Málaga is a large city in the southern Spanish region of Andalucia and capital of the Málaga Province. The largest city on the Costa del Sol, Malaga has a typical Mediterranean climate and is also known as the birthplace of famous Spanish artist Pablo Picasso . The city offers beaches, hiking, architectural sites, art museums, excellent shopping and cuisine. While more laid back than Madrid or Barcelona, Malaga is still the center and transport hub for the hugely popular Costa del Sol region, which is flooded with tourists in the summer, and the city has certainly cashed in on the sun and sand, with lots of new construction as well as hotels and facilities geared to tourists. However, Malaga also offers some genuinely interesting historical and cultural attractions in its old city and its setting on the coast is still beautiful.
Málaga has a mediterranean climate like the rest of the coast of Andalusia and it also one of the sunniest cities in Europe with an average of 300 days of sunshine and only 40-45 with precipitation annually. Malaga also has the warmest winter of any city in Europe with a population above 500,000 as the city is protected by the Malaga Mountains leading to the average winter temperature being 13°C (55°F). Daytime highs are usually well above 15°C (60°F) and nighttime lows rarely get below 7°C (45°F). The city does experience some days with temperatures below 5°C (42°F) but any further below 3°C (37°F) is very rare. The record low is -3.8°C (25°F), recorded on February 4th 1956 which was also the only day that Malaga experienced snowfall in the 20th century. Flurries do occur however in the mountains occasionally and the last significant snowfall was in January 2017. Summers are not as hot however as the rest of Andalusia due to the moderation of the sea. Temperatures however are usually above 30°C (86°F) during the day and around 20°C (68°F) during the night. The mercury rarely reaches 40°C (104°F) but temperatures above 35°C (95°F) are not uncommon. Málaga is also virtually dry during the summer with absolutely no precipitation during July and a 6 milimeter average in June and August.