Malaga Travel Guide

Introduction to Malaga

Malaga is a dynamic and atmospheric Spanish port city offering an ideal blend of history and culture mixed with sparkling Mediterranean waters, golden beaches and a contemporary vibe. The attractive, cosmopolitan city lies on a beautiful sweep of bay in Andalucía and is blessed with long sunny days and year round warm climate. 

Malaga is the birthplace of Pablo Picasso and offers a rich cultural heritage and many interesting museums. With wide boulevards, swaying palm trees, lively nightlife and an excellent selection of seafood restaurants and tapas bars, Malaga is certainly worth a visit.

Malaga's unfinished cathedral

Malaga's unfinished cathedral

This heavy Baroque façade is an impressive architectural feast for any visitor

Picasso Museum

Picasso Museum

A visit to Malaga wouldn't be complete without a peek inside the former home of Pablo Picasso

 Alcazaba

Alcazaba

Arguably the most important historic monument in Malaga, a must see!

Other things to do in Malaga

Malaga is an authentically Spanish and incredibly attractive old town. With hot weather, beautiful surroundings and long sandy beaches, Malaga makes for the ideal getaway for both couples and families. 
With a mix of old, grand architecture, modern shops and bars and fantastic hotels and resorts, visitors can treat themselves to some sightseeing, sunbathing and shopping by day and enjoy cocktails and tapas by night.
For those that opt to stay within the city itself, a visit to the impressive Alcazaba fortress is an absolute must. With its series of stone walls, Moorish archways, winding corridors, stunning rose gardens and trickling irrigation channels, it is definitely one of the most iconic sites of Malaga.
Malaga is great for young families, offering excellent value and a fantastic climate. Families with children can head to the nearby beaches to enjoy a range of watersport activities or simply relax in many of the city’s parks or attractions. The local water park, Parque Acuatico Mijas, is about half an hour's drive from Malaga, and makes a great day out.

Eating and drinking in Malaga

The gastronomy of Malaga is typically Mediterranean, with the speciality being fresh fish and the famous gazpacho (cold tomato soup), perfectly refreshing on a hot day. The Malagueños love their food and there is an unlimited choice of bars and restaurants to enjoy an alfresco lunch or evening meal, many of which are child friendly.

El Palo, to the east of the city is a typical fisherman's village and the place to go for that veritable "catch of the day”.

For a fine dining experience, the intimate Café de Paris in Malaga centre or renowned Calima restaurant located a little further afield in Marbella will not disappoint. Both restaurants are worthy holders of a Michelin Star and offer delightful Andalucían cuisine focusing on locally sourced seasonal ingredients.

Book hotels in Malaga and enjoy the atmosphere of the city at its best. Visitors should definitely embark on an evening of bar-hopping, and take pleasure in this wonderfully inexpensive way to sample a large variety of local tapas, mix with the locals and enjoy a good Spanish wine.

Malaga climate

Malaga enjoys a warm Mediterranean climate which has helped make it one of Europe’s favourite holiday destinations.
The climate is characterised by long, hot, dry summers and very mild rainy winters. The city receives almost 3000 hours of sunshine a year which equates to about 300 days every year with sunny weather.

When to go to Malaga

Malaga is known for its cultural vibrancy, as there are lots of fairs and carnivals throughout the year. Summer is ideal for basking in the sunshine whilst winter offers a chance to admire the architecture, visit the many museums, hit the shops or enjoy the buzzing Christmas fairs.

Flying to Malaga

Charters, low cost airlines and national carriers all have flights to Malaga so it's easy to fly to from most major cities in the UK and it's worth shopping around to get the best deal. Malaga International airport recently celebrated the opening of a new terminal building and is located 8km from the city centre providing excellent communication links with the whole of the Costa del Sol.

 Malaga Deals

Hotels in Malaga

Car hire in Malaga

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