Malaga City Guide
With an impressive history spanning 3,000 years, Malaga reigns as one of the oldest cities in the world. As the birthplace of the infamous painter and sculptor Pablo Picasso and international film star Antonio Banderas,...
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Malaga City Guide
With an impressive history spanning 3,000 years, Malaga reigns as one of the oldest cities in the world. As the birthplace of the infamous painter and sculptor Pablo Picasso and international film star Antonio Banderas, Malaga has a rich arts and cultural heritage while heralding as a cosmopolitan city.
Perched on the Mediterranean shore, Malaga is the capital city of the Costa del Sol. The weather averages 23 degrees and the city rarely ever sees a cold day. No wonder millions of holidaymakers from neighbouring not-so-warm-countries flock to Malaga each year, looking for a little respite from the cold.
Things to Do
Malaga is a culture vulture’s paradise. You can explore the city’s diverse architecture, from the Renaissance Cathedral locally known as the ‘One Armed Lady’, to the historic fortress Alcazaba. Here you can soak in the panoramic views of the sun-kissed city below. There are around twenty museums in Malaga alone, just begging to be visited. Still, no trip to Malaga will be complete without stepping into the birthplace of Pablo Picasso. Since his passing in the 1970s, his home has been renovated and transformed into a museum showcasing his work.
But not everyone comes to Malaga for art and history; they come to experience its unique vibe. The Old Quarter is home to a multitude of eateries and cafes with an atmosphere that will excite all your senses. Walk along cobblestone paved avenues, eat tapas and freshly fried fish, or indulge in a plateful of churros, smothered in warm chocolate sauce. Sit back and let the charm of this city wash over you, as you down a sangria or three.
Once you’ve had your fill of church spires and city life, you can retire to Malaga’s beach to bathe in the Mediterranean sea. There are several beaches lining the shore, like El Palo, which is best suited for families. There’s even a nudist beach, so make sure you do your homework before leaving home! All beaches are easily reached by bus.
Each year Malaga reels in millions of tourists coming by train, plane and even cruise liner! Yes, Malaga’s former rundown port has been completely rebuilt, opening its shore to incoming traffic from near and far. It’s safe to say that as the second largest port in the world, cruise line passengers disembarking at Malaga have indeed given the city’s tourism a boost. When on dry land, taxis are an inexpensive way of getting around. While the metro is under construction, the local bus is the best option for now. There’s also a Tour Bus that you can hop on and off at most of the major tourist attractions.
When to Go
There’s never a bad time to visit Malaga. The sun shines all year round, making it the perfect holiday destination anytime of the year. This said Spring or Autumn is a good time to head over if you want to catch some sunshine. August, in particular, is a time when the locals slow down for a week-long fiesta with their very own Malaga Fair. There are street parties, Flamenco shows and firework displays that can be seen all over the city. You may not get to see most of the sights during this week, but you’ll certainly experience the city and the Spanish in all of their glory.
Whether you’re in Malaga for the magnificent architecture, art and culture, or to lounge on the beach, there are plenty of places you can rest your head at night. Take a look at our extensive accommodation listings in Malaga to secure yourself a place to sleep. Then the Fiesta can begin. Hide text ...