The official language in Malaga is the Spanish, but in the Andalusia region of the country they have the dialect called “andaluz”, which sometimes can vary a bit on the pronunciation of the words. In general, it is said that andalusians speak faster and don’t pronounce many letters, but they are really charming and funny and you will not find any problem on understanding and communicating with them, specially in the most touristic sites.
The weather in Malaga in general is hot, both in the Summer and in the Winter. Malaga has a Subtropical-Mediterranean climate, which has a yearly avarage temperature of 18,5 ºC. Winters are quiet mild and warm ,with a mit more rain than the rest of the year, but with temperatures which almost never go down from 10ºC. On the contrary, Summers are very hot and quiet wet, and temperatures can go easily until the 40ºC. Malaga is one of the cities in Spain with more sun every day, with more than 3000 hours of sun every year.
When to go
One of the best months to visit the city is in September. During the Summer months the hot weather can be overwhelming and too intense and also, the city is crowded, but in September the city and everything gets better. You can still enjoy of the beach and of the night life without any jacket etc…
Usually, the commercial opening hours in the shops of Malaga depend on each shop and on each neighbourhood. Usually they open from 9/10 in the morning until the lunch time and after they open again from 17h until 20/21h at night. In the center and the most touristic places in the city they usually don’t close and they work steadily from 9 to 21h, same than commercial centres.