The Spanish siesta
In most major cities in Spain, stores remain open all day and in Malaga you won’t notice much of the famous Spanish siesta either.
Small shops usually close at 1 or 2 pm. They start the second part of their working day around 5 pm and they close for the night around 9.30 pm.
Nevertheless, the siesta is essential for the Spanish way of living. The hot afternoon hours in the summer are perfect for taking a short nap and we recommend you to enjoy a siesta as well or at least stay in the shade.
The Spaniards work long days and it is certainly not common for them to go to a restaurant before ten o’clock at night, but obviously as a visitor to a city like Málaga you can decide for yourself.