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Málaga has almost 3,000 years of history. The Phoenicians, known for their ancient alphabet, established the city around 800 BC, settling there in order to take advantage of mineral deposits.

The Carthaginians obtained control around 550 BC, but lost it to the Roman Empire just over three centuries later. They built the city up in to an important trading centre and expanded the port dramatically.

The city’s volatile story continued when the Visigoths ousted the Romans in 623 AD after decades of minor invasions and skirmishes. Then they in turn lost Málaga to the Moors in 711, marking the start of a period of great change that is clearly visible in the architecture today. During this period Málaga was filled with communities from many religions—Jews, Liberian Christians, Southern Arabs and others lived together in (relative) harmony.

In the 15th century, Spanish Christians expelled the Moors, and have maintained control ever since. During the 17th and 18th centuries, diseases and natural disasters, including a massive earthquake, devastated the city; the reconstruction from the latter took over 100 years.

In the 20th century, the city faced the Spanish Civil War, agricultural challenges, and economic hardship. Then the 1960s brought a flood of tourism, which is still the flagship industry today.

Spend a weekend in Malaga, a vibrant, traditionally Spanish port city located on the azure Mediterranean that has been grabbing the attention of travellers for decades.

Málaga is at once historic and modern with its windy streets and impressive monuments stand shoulder to shoulder with new museums and chic fashion boutiques. The port area is being revitalised as a leisure area and you can enjoy the famous nightlife all night long.

You are sure to be charmed by such a magnificent city, so book your flight to Malaga today!

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Tribuna Malaga Hotel

3 stars
3.6 / 5 11 reviews
Modern central Malaga hotel. Malaga's museums, shops and tapas bars within easy walking distance. Air-conditioned rooms feature satellite TV, a safe and minibar. The private bathroom comes with a hairdryer. Some rooms offer city views. The Tribuna's La Barbacana restaurant serves traditional local cuisine. The restaurant's impressive dcor includes part of an historic Moorish wall. Hotel Tribuna has a tour desk and is a 10-minute walk from Malaga Cathedral and the Picasso Museum. Parking is available nearby for an extra charge, and the beach is 5 minutes' drive away.
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Barcelo Malaga

4 stars
4.2 / 5 10 reviews
Unique designer hotel conveniently by Malaga's trains station. Close to city centre and beaches. Adjoining Andalusias largest shopping centre. The hotel has stylish, contemporary rooms. Rooms come with king-size beds and flat-screen TVs. Hotel guests can choose between rooms with a hydro-massage shower or a bathtub. The sleek, sophisticated public areas are all also decorated with the spectacular, eye-catching design that is the hotels trademark. The thoroughly contemporary restaurant and conference facilities make the hotel an ideal choice, whether you are staying in Malaga, for business or for leisure. The award-winning El Anden restaurant offers a various menu according to the season. The B-Delicious restaurant offers delicious buffet breakfasts. El Anden restaurant moves its service to our B-Lounge terrace during August, for your own comfort. You will be pleased to try our choices of different dishes while you enjoy the nights of Malaga. The hotel is recognised by acclaimed British magazine Wallpaper as one of the world's best 50 business hotels and has been recognised with the TripAdvisor 2012 Certificate of Excellence. Next to it the hotel is ranked among the top 10 designer hotels by Trivago users.
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Petit Palace Plaza Hotel Malaga

4 stars
4.2 / 5 16 reviews
Malaga’s home-away-from-home for families and business folks alikePetit Palace Plaza Malaga is a four-star facility with many enticing amenities, including a high-quality breakfast buffet, available to guests each morning.  The hotel is located in a prime spot, right in the middle of town and close to many of the city's most renowned tourist attractions.  The Petit Palace Plaza Malaga sits in a car-free zone and is just minutes away from the cathedral and the main shopping center in the historic part of Malaga, where the architecture dates back to the turn of the twentieth century. 3 Reasons To Stay:Modern amenities, breakfast buffets, and a pet-friendly environmentPremium location with a premium rating to matchVariety of room types, each decked out in high-tech touches Petit Palace Plaza Hotel Malaga Rooms Sixty-six rooms are spread over five floors, with accommodations versatile enough to suit families as well as solo or business visitors.  Double and triples are available, as well as larger suites.  The bedding varies between suites, with family suites available in king, twin bed, and even double bunk configurations.  Traditional bathtubs grace every room, with whirlpools and a hydro-massage device in the showers.  Rooms contain individual laptops or PC's for guest use (fees may apply), as well as free Wi-Fi access (fees may apply) and flat-screen televisions.  The Petit Palace Plaza Malaga is pet-friendly, with certain rooms allocated for guests and their animal companions (call to confirm). Things To Do:Cristal de Malaga (Museum of Glass and Crystal) (0.75 mi/1.2 km)Kelipe Centro de Arte Flamenco (0.75 mi/1.2 km)Alcazaba (0.87 mi/1.4 km)Museo Carmen Thyssen (1.1 mi/1.8 km)Malaga Cathedral (1.62 mi/2.6 km)Castillo de Gibralfaro (1.93 mi/3.1 km)
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Eurostars Astoria Hotel Malaga Centro

3 stars
4.0 / 5 6 reviews
Modern hotel in prime location for exploring Picasso’s birthplace This modern hotel is perfectly located for tourists and business guests visiting Malaga. Just off the city's main avenue, the Alameda Principal, dozens of up-market boutiques and restaurants await tourists. Close proximity of the railway station enables visitors to explore some of the beautiful Andalucian villages around Malaga. Multi-lingual staff is on hand to make sure visitors get the best from their Malaga holiday, and an excellent buffet breakfast sets guests up for the day, whether their plans include sightseeing or business dealing. 3 Reasons To Stay: Strategic location 124 miles from the AVE railway station, with connections all over SpainFunction rooms accommodating up to 25 peopleClose to many art galleries and iconic tourism sites, like the Picasso Museum and Malaga Cathedral Hotel Eurostars Astoria Rooms The 57 bedrooms in the hotel are all soundproofed and have wooden floors and modern functional furniture. All bathrooms are equipped with a hydro-massage bath, an especially nice feature after a rough day of meetings or sightseeing. Selected rooms feature views over the city to the Gibralfaro Mountain.  Work desks, air-conditioning and free Internet connections (conditions may apply) are standard in-room amenities. In addition to the standard Double Room, the Hotel Eurostars Malaga offers the Romantic Room, which includes breakfast, a bottle of celebratory cava and a romantic weekend-friendly check-out time of 2pm. There is a designated room for guests with mobility problems, and the hotel is wheelchair accessible. Things To Do:Centre de Arte Contemporaneo (0.2mi/3 km)Malaga Cathedral (0.4 mi/0.7 km)Malaga Amphitheatre (0.6 mi/0.9 km)Alcazaba (0.6 mi/1 km)Picasso's Birthplace (0.7 mi/1.1 km)Parque del Mar  (0.9 mi/1.4 km)Plaza de Toros (0.9 mi/1.4 km)Trade Fair and Congress Center of Malaga (5.4 mi/8.7 km)Lauro Golf Club, Alhaurin de la Torre (14 mi/23 km)Caves of Nerja (60 mi/96 km)
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Room Mate Larios Hotel Malaga

4 stars
4.0 / 5 5 reviews
History, culture and comfort in the heart of MalagaThe Room Mate Larios Hotel provides guests with a convenient location and friendly service. Located in the heart of Malaga, the hotel enables guests to easily access the area's fascinating cultural and historical attractions. On-site, the hotel has a wide range of facilities on offer, including an Internet room with free Wi-Fi (some fees may apply), a roof terrace bar, meeting rooms, and banquet facilities. Guests can enjoy a buffet breakfast in the hotel's restaurant as well as a variety of cocktails. A baby-sitting service and laundry service is available. 3 Reasons To Stay:Excellent location, with instant access to Malaga's cultural and historic attractions, including Gibralfaro Castle Breakfast buffet served in the hotel's restaurant Free wireless Internet offered in the hotel (some fees may apply) Room Mate Larios Hotel RoomsBright rooms offer an art deco theme, and consist of standard and junior suites with a television, mini-bar, self-controlled air-conditioning, telephone and full bathroom. Take advantage of convenient amenities such as a hair-dryers, mirrors, and bathroom products in all rooms. A work desk is standard in all suites, for the convenience of business guests. All rooms have free wireless Internet access (some fees may apply). Some rooms within the hotel offer a balcony with views of the Marqués de Larios Street. Services available with each room include a wake-up service and room service. Non-smoking rooms and facilities are available upon request. Things To Do:Catedral la Manquita (walking distance) Paseo de Chinitas (walking distance) Alcazaba (0.8 mi/1.3 km) Museo Picasso (Picasso Museum) (0.9 mi/1.5 km) Picasso Natal House (0.9 mi/1.5 km) Playas de Málaga (1.8 mi/3 km) Gibralfaro Castle (1.9 mi/3.1 km)
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Salles Hotel Malaga Centro

4 stars
3.8 / 5 18 reviews
Salles Hotel Malaga Centro is set in Malaga's picturesque old town. It features free Wi-Fi, free mini-bar and a seasonal rooftop swimming pool and bar-terrace with impressive views of the city. The Malaga Centro's Guernica Restaurant serves a range of Mediterranean and Andalusian cuisine. Rooms at the Malaga Centro offers two very different ambiences and styles, designed to suit all our guests' tastes. Buffet Breakfast: 12 Euros Per person per night.
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Suite Novotel Malaga Centro

4 stars
3.5 / 5 2 reviews
The first Suite Novotel in Málaga: this 4-star hotel has 90 exclusive suites measuring 323 sq. ft. (30 m2). Located at the heart of the city's historic quarter it is ideal for exploring its museums and beaches. Guests at the hotel can enjoy a 24-hour snack service and fitness center, in addition to free massages on Thursdays (see conditions), WIFI service and paid covered public parking.
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Molina Lario Hotel Malaga

4 stars
4.2 / 5 30 reviews
Nineteenth-century romance amid modern hustle and bustle Situated opposite the cathedral and near the port, the Hotel Molina Lario is a four-star facility located amid the bustle and commotion of Malaga. This three-building lodging fuses one new structure with two refurbished nineteenth-century buildings. Being in the city's urban center, many landmark attractions are just a short walk away, including the Picasso Museum. The hotel's amenities include a solarium, rooftop pool, and a restaurant with both indoor and outdoor dining. A business center and meeting rooms are available to corporate guests. 3 Reasons To Stay:A short walk from many tourist landmarksA plethora of modern amenitiesRooms with a cozy, home-like feel Hotel Molina Lario Rooms 103 intimate rooms come in classic, superior, deluxe, or junior suite configurations. Décor consists of warm yet neutral colors to soothe the rush of busy downtown Malaga. Each room is also soundproofed, with individually-controlled air conditioning and heating.  Free Internet access is available (some fees may apply) through both Wi-Fi and wired access. Rooms have flat-screen televisions with international channels, sound systems and telephones. In the en suite bathroom, there are bathrobes, slippers, and even a telephone.  Smoking rooms are available upon request, as are disability-friendly facilities.  Room service is also on offer. Things To Do:Kelipe Centro de Arte Flamenco (0.25 mi/0.4 km)Picasso Museum (0.25 mi/0.4 km)Museo del Vidrio y Cristal de Malaga (Museum of Glass and Crystal) (0.56 mi/0.9 km) Policies and feesParking fee is 18 Euros per day + 10% Value Added Tax.
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Monte Malaga Hotel

4 stars
4.3 / 5 10 reviews
Ecological forerunner in Spanish hotel design The sleekly designed building is the first thing guests notice, but it's not all about design or location, though the Monte Malaga wins in both attributes. The hotel is committed to sustainable tourism, with ecological features such as solar panels supporting this ethic.  And everything is located just a few yards away from Malaga's major tourist sites such as the Picasso Museum, the city's Convention Centre, and walking-distance beaches. With eight fully equipped, size-adjustable conference rooms, the hotel is also popular with business visitors. 3 Reasons To Stay: Easily accessed by road or railSpecially designed and built to protect the environmentIdeally situated for sightseeing, shopping, and beach activities Monte Malaga Rooms Most of the 179 rooms have sea views and are elegantly, but comfortably, furnished. As well as the standard 300 square foot rooms, the hotel provides Junior Suites, which have a separate lounge, a balcony or terrace, and a whirlpool bath. The top-of-the-range suite has a floor area of 1,100 square feet, decorated in a classic style with a lounge, dining room, dressing rooms, and a 484 square foot terrace with views to the sea. The bathroom has a sauna and Jacuzzi. There are a few rooms especially for smokers, and female-friendly rooms for business women staying on their own. All rooms are air-conditioned and guests have the use of broadband Internet, heated pool, Turkish baths, Finnish sauna, and a fitness center within the hotel. All beds are either twin singles or doubles and there is also a pillow menu. Things To Do: Centre de Arte Contemporaneo (0.3 mi/0.5 km)Parque del Mar (0.5 mi/0.8 km)Malaga Cathedral (0.8 mi/1.3 km)Malaga Amphitheatre (0.9 mi/1.5 km)Alcazaba (1 mi/1.6 km)Beach (1 mi/1.7 km)Plaza de la Merced (1 mi/1.7 km)Gibralfaro Castle (1.2 mi/2 km)Congress Centre (6.9 mi/11.1 km)
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Parador de Malaga Gibralfaro

4 stars
4.0 / 5
The hotel towers high, surrounded by pine trees on Mount Gibralfaro and facing the Alcazaba, from where it is possible to make out the Bay and the city of Mlaga from a unique perspective. Constructed from stone alongside the Gibralfaro castle, its position allows one to visit Mlaga and is suitable for the practice of an infinity of sports activities, golf, tennis at the nearby facilities of the Parador del Golf. The public spaces of the hotel, as well as the rooms and the attic swimming pool enjoy beautiful views over the city and the sea, while offering an excellent level of comfort and convenience. With a magnificent display of Andalusian gastronomy, the restaurant offers fried 'pescatos a la malaguea', among other dishes. The hotel also offers reception.
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Malaga Hotels

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Tribuna Malaga Hotel

3 stars
3.6 / 5 11 reviews
Modern central Malaga hotel. Malaga's museums, shops and tapas bars within easy walking distance. Air-conditioned rooms feature satellite TV, a safe and minibar. The private bathroom comes with a hairdryer. Some rooms offer city views. The Tribuna's La Barbacana restaurant serves traditional local cuisine. The restaurant's impressive dcor includes part of an historic Moorish wall. Hotel Tribuna has a tour desk and is a 10-minute walk from Malaga Cathedral and the Picasso Museum. Parking is available nearby for an extra charge, and the beach is 5 minutes' drive away.
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Barcelo Malaga

4 stars
4.2 / 5 10 reviews
Unique designer hotel conveniently by Malaga's trains station. Close to city centre and beaches. Adjoining Andalusias largest shopping centre. The hotel has stylish, contemporary rooms. Rooms come with king-size beds and flat-screen TVs. Hotel guests can choose between rooms with a hydro-massage shower or a bathtub. The sleek, sophisticated public areas are all also decorated with the spectacular, eye-catching design that is the hotels trademark. The thoroughly contemporary restaurant and conference facilities make the hotel an ideal choice, whether you are staying in Malaga, for business or for leisure. The award-winning El Anden restaurant offers a various menu according to the season. The B-Delicious restaurant offers delicious buffet breakfasts. El Anden restaurant moves its service to our B-Lounge terrace during August, for your own comfort. You will be pleased to try our choices of different dishes while you enjoy the nights of Malaga. The hotel is recognised by acclaimed British magazine Wallpaper as one of the world's best 50 business hotels and has been recognised with the TripAdvisor 2012 Certificate of Excellence. Next to it the hotel is ranked among the top 10 designer hotels by Trivago users.
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Petit Palace Plaza Hotel Malaga

4 stars
4.2 / 5 16 reviews
Malaga’s home-away-from-home for families and business folks alikePetit Palace Plaza Malaga is a four-star facility with many enticing amenities, including a high-quality breakfast buffet, available to guests each morning.  The hotel is located in a prime spot, right in the middle of town and close to many of the city's most renowned tourist attractions.  The Petit Palace Plaza Malaga sits in a car-free zone and is just minutes away from the cathedral and the main shopping center in the historic part of Malaga, where the architecture dates back to the turn of the twentieth century. 3 Reasons To Stay:Modern amenities, breakfast buffets, and a pet-friendly environmentPremium location with a premium rating to matchVariety of room types, each decked out in high-tech touches Petit Palace Plaza Hotel Malaga Rooms Sixty-six rooms are spread over five floors, with accommodations versatile enough to suit families as well as solo or business visitors.  Double and triples are available, as well as larger suites.  The bedding varies between suites, with family suites available in king, twin bed, and even double bunk configurations.  Traditional bathtubs grace every room, with whirlpools and a hydro-massage device in the showers.  Rooms contain individual laptops or PC's for guest use (fees may apply), as well as free Wi-Fi access (fees may apply) and flat-screen televisions.  The Petit Palace Plaza Malaga is pet-friendly, with certain rooms allocated for guests and their animal companions (call to confirm). Things To Do:Cristal de Malaga (Museum of Glass and Crystal) (0.75 mi/1.2 km)Kelipe Centro de Arte Flamenco (0.75 mi/1.2 km)Alcazaba (0.87 mi/1.4 km)Museo Carmen Thyssen (1.1 mi/1.8 km)Malaga Cathedral (1.62 mi/2.6 km)Castillo de Gibralfaro (1.93 mi/3.1 km)
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Eurostars Astoria Hotel Malaga Centro

3 stars
4.0 / 5 6 reviews
Modern hotel in prime location for exploring Picasso’s birthplace This modern hotel is perfectly located for tourists and business guests visiting Malaga. Just off the city's main avenue, the Alameda Principal, dozens of up-market boutiques and restaurants await tourists. Close proximity of the railway station enables visitors to explore some of the beautiful Andalucian villages around Malaga. Multi-lingual staff is on hand to make sure visitors get the best from their Malaga holiday, and an excellent buffet breakfast sets guests up for the day, whether their plans include sightseeing or business dealing. 3 Reasons To Stay: Strategic location 124 miles from the AVE railway station, with connections all over SpainFunction rooms accommodating up to 25 peopleClose to many art galleries and iconic tourism sites, like the Picasso Museum and Malaga Cathedral Hotel Eurostars Astoria Rooms The 57 bedrooms in the hotel are all soundproofed and have wooden floors and modern functional furniture. All bathrooms are equipped with a hydro-massage bath, an especially nice feature after a rough day of meetings or sightseeing. Selected rooms feature views over the city to the Gibralfaro Mountain.  Work desks, air-conditioning and free Internet connections (conditions may apply) are standard in-room amenities. In addition to the standard Double Room, the Hotel Eurostars Malaga offers the Romantic Room, which includes breakfast, a bottle of celebratory cava and a romantic weekend-friendly check-out time of 2pm. There is a designated room for guests with mobility problems, and the hotel is wheelchair accessible. Things To Do:Centre de Arte Contemporaneo (0.2mi/3 km)Malaga Cathedral (0.4 mi/0.7 km)Malaga Amphitheatre (0.6 mi/0.9 km)Alcazaba (0.6 mi/1 km)Picasso's Birthplace (0.7 mi/1.1 km)Parque del Mar  (0.9 mi/1.4 km)Plaza de Toros (0.9 mi/1.4 km)Trade Fair and Congress Center of Malaga (5.4 mi/8.7 km)Lauro Golf Club, Alhaurin de la Torre (14 mi/23 km)Caves of Nerja (60 mi/96 km)
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Room Mate Larios Hotel Malaga

4 stars
4.0 / 5 5 reviews
History, culture and comfort in the heart of MalagaThe Room Mate Larios Hotel provides guests with a convenient location and friendly service. Located in the heart of Malaga, the hotel enables guests to easily access the area's fascinating cultural and historical attractions. On-site, the hotel has a wide range of facilities on offer, including an Internet room with free Wi-Fi (some fees may apply), a roof terrace bar, meeting rooms, and banquet facilities. Guests can enjoy a buffet breakfast in the hotel's restaurant as well as a variety of cocktails. A baby-sitting service and laundry service is available. 3 Reasons To Stay:Excellent location, with instant access to Malaga's cultural and historic attractions, including Gibralfaro Castle Breakfast buffet served in the hotel's restaurant Free wireless Internet offered in the hotel (some fees may apply) Room Mate Larios Hotel RoomsBright rooms offer an art deco theme, and consist of standard and junior suites with a television, mini-bar, self-controlled air-conditioning, telephone and full bathroom. Take advantage of convenient amenities such as a hair-dryers, mirrors, and bathroom products in all rooms. A work desk is standard in all suites, for the convenience of business guests. All rooms have free wireless Internet access (some fees may apply). Some rooms within the hotel offer a balcony with views of the Marqués de Larios Street. Services available with each room include a wake-up service and room service. Non-smoking rooms and facilities are available upon request. Things To Do:Catedral la Manquita (walking distance) Paseo de Chinitas (walking distance) Alcazaba (0.8 mi/1.3 km) Museo Picasso (Picasso Museum) (0.9 mi/1.5 km) Picasso Natal House (0.9 mi/1.5 km) Playas de Málaga (1.8 mi/3 km) Gibralfaro Castle (1.9 mi/3.1 km)
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Flights to Malaga

Departure Arrival Travel dates Round-trip fares
Dublin Malaga Tue 12 Aug - Tue 19 Aug €164
Barcelona Malaga Tue 26 Aug - Fri 29 Aug €156
Tenerife Malaga Tue 29 Jul - Tue 5 Aug Check rates
Cork Malaga Sat 16 Aug - Wed 3 Sep €187
Madrid Malaga Tue 29 Jul - Tue 5 Aug Check rates
Copenhagen Malaga Tue 12 Aug - Tue 19 Aug €229
Moscow Malaga Fri 1 Aug - Thu 7 Aug €546
Rome Malaga Mon 8 Sep - Mon 15 Sep €210
Shanghai Malaga Tue 29 Jul - Tue 5 Aug Check rates
Frankfurt Malaga Mon 28 Jul - Fri 1 Aug €396
Amsterdam Malaga Tue 29 Jul - Tue 5 Aug Check rates
London Malaga Sat 30 Aug - Thu 11 Sep €147
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Best time to take a holiday to Malaga

  • The subtropical Mediterranean climate of the city makes for hot summers and comfortable winters. With an average of only 50 days of precipitation occurring a year, the city is great for outdoor lovers. The most rainfall occurs between November and January, so travellers should plan and pack accordingly. The best weather with the most comfortable temperatures for travel falls between April to June and then between September and October. Visiting Malaga during these times is ideal, but be sure to avoid Palm Sunday to Easter if you prefer uncrowded travel, as the Holy Week is most popular in this city.

Malaga highlights

  • Hop on (and off) the Malaga Tour Bus

    This is a hop-on-hop-off tour that goes around the whole city, stopping at all of the major sights. The buses are open-air and child-friendly and once you buy your ticket, it is usable throughout the subsequent 24 hours.

    Visit the Roman Theatre

    This remarkable old theatre was only discovered in 1951 buried underground and it seemed as if it had not been used since the 3rd century. Much of the theatre has been undergoing restoration efforts, and you can assess the work for yourself for free.

    Play a Round of Golf

    With almost 40 courses to choose from, gold enthusiasts will quickly come to think of the Costa del Sol as heaven. The mild climate makes golfing at any time of year even more enjoyable, though an afternoon round at the height of summer will be a test of endurance. Luckily, the facilities are state-of-the-art and the hospitality is impeccable.

    Watch a Football Game

    Like most Spaniards, the people of Malaga are fanatical about their football, and Malaga Football Club is a successful Primera Liga team. If you are lucky enough to be in town for a home fixture, don’t miss the opportunity to see them play at La Rosaleda. Visit the team’s official website for more information about the schedule and tickets.

    Go Shopping

    There are myriad ways to spend your leftover euros in Malaga’s shopping streets. Alfajar sells beautiful, one-of-a-kind Andalusian ceramics, perfect for souvenirs. El Corte Inglés is a department store where everything from tailored suits to cured ham and chocolates can be found.

Top Malaga attractions

  • Alcazaba

    This was the palace and fortress of Muslim governors and was built back in the mid-11th century. Once inside, you will see Roman artefacts, stone walls and striking views of the harbour. During the summer months, it is wise to go before noon and avoid the blistering afternoon heat, as well as the larger tour groups. A lift from Calle Guillen Sotelo delivers you right to the centre of the Alcazaba.

    The ‘One-Armed’ Cathedral

    Construction on the city’s principal cathedral began in the 16th century on the site where the most important mosque once stood. Because the construction went on for the next two centuries, there is a mishmash of Gothic, Renaissance and 18th century baroque architecture. It bears the nickname ‘La Manquita’ (One-Armed) because the southern tower is incomplete. Be sure to see the wooden choir stalls from the 17th century; they were carved by renowned Andalusian sculptor Pedro de Mena.

    Mercado Atarazanas

    As soon as you walk through the huge archway, you will be enthralled by this frenetic Neo-Islamic daily market. There are piles of delicious bites for sale: seek out some quality ham, cheese, sausages, fruit and sweets and then sit with a coffee and people watch from one of the cafes on the nearby pedestrian street.

    Museo Picasso Málaga

    This museum boasts 200+ Picasso works, thanks to the eccentric painter’s daughter-in-law and grandson, who donated and lent the pieces. There are different temporary exhibitions showcasing Picasso themes and many of the drawings, paintings and engravings have never been shown to the public before. There is a heavier concentration on Picasso’s earlier works, but the works on display represent every phase of his admirable career.

    Baños Árabes

    There are no pools at this bath house, but it is an ideal place to sweat out all your body’s impurities and relax in the steamy darkness while listening to soothing music. It is best to book your visit in advance, especially if you decide you want to indulge in a specialist massage because they are by appointment only.

  • Alcazaba

    Spend a day at the stunning fortified palace atop the Gibralfaro hill. Take in the gorgeous views, and navigate your way through ancient Roman artefacts.

    Playa de la Malagueta

    Work on your tan or take a relaxing stroll through the sand on this beach. Head over and indulge to nearby shops and restaurants afterward.

    Museo Picasso Málaga

    Featuring 204 Picasso paintings, this museum is one of the hottest attractions in the city for visitors.

    Castillo de Gibralfaro

    Test your stamina with a power walk up to this castle, featuring a small museum and great views of the surrounding areas.

    Jardín Botánico La Concepción

    The lush botanical garden includes waterfalls, lakes and thousands of tropical plants for visitors to enjoy.

    Casa Natal de Picasso

    The birthplace of Picasso is now a major spot for modern artists, with exhibitions and research ongoing.

    Malaga Cathedral

    The impressive Gothic architecture of the building is the perfect backdrop for photos and a must-see when in the city.

    Town Hall Palace

    Take a tour and soak up the history of the building as well as the modernistic design.

    Tivoli World

    Spend a day at this amusement park with your family and friends, and enjoy dozens of rides, shows, music and restaurants.

Malaga holiday travel tips

  • Airport Arrival

    Malaga’s international airport is the primary gateway to the Andalucía region. From the terminal, there are special buses that whizz excited new arrivals to their hotels and resorts.

    Speak to your hotel’s concierge about exactly how to arrange for a transfer service. Of you can’t sort one out beforehand, there is also a Malaga airport shuttle that is ideal if you are travelling with a large group of people.

    Taxis are plentiful; all you need to do to grab one as you step outside of the airport doors. However, note that some drivers charge extra for trips to and from the airport.

    Getting Around Town

    The city has excellent public transport, but for those who love to walk, Malaga is easily traversable on foot. From the city centre, everything you need or wish to see can be reached with a brisk walk, and this way you can work up an appetite for lunch.

    The local metro system is made up of a single line and makes 15 stops between its two end stations. The train departs twice an hour, and the metro station is located next to the central post office.

    There is an extensive bus network in the city, and most lines operate from 6.45 a.m. until 11.00 p.m. You can find the timetable and prices in English on the official website.

    Malaga car hire is a great option because of the extra freedom it give you to discover less touristy parts of Andalucía, and there are so many companies that prices are kept fairly low.

    Safety and Security

    Malaga isn’t dangerous, but you shouldn’t walk alone at night or in poorly lit areas wearing expensive jewellery or carrying large quantities of cash.

    Avoid driving after dark if possible and do not stop for hitchhikers anywhere. Do not stop if you see a broken down vehicle, and don’t drive whilst using a mobile phone unless it functions with a hands-free kit. Motorcyclists and drivers should have two reflective triangles and high-visibility vests on hand.

Insider tips for Malaga travel

  • Gorki

    This modern tapas bar is the perfect place to stop in for a bite to eat. Nestle yourself in the eccentric décor, and enjoy the tasty wine selection.

    Alfajar

    The shop sells genuine Andalucian pottery pieces that are handcrafted.

    Clandestino

    A local favourite, this restaurant is a great spot to visit and immerse yourself in the sights, tastes and smells of both Latin and European cuisine.

    Flea Market

    Every Sunday morning, there is a flea market by Estadio de la Rosaleda. It's worth the trip to pick up fresh produce, souvenirs and crafts.

    Cafe Lepanto

    Treat yourself to dessert and choose from pastries, ice creams and more to satisfy your sweet tooth.

Where to stay in Malaga

  • The sleek four-star Monte Malaga Hotel will make your vacation a gentle haze of luxury and comfort. The clean, modern structure overlooks the sea, putting you a few paces away from the beaches, and most guestrooms enjoy a sea view. There are also gym facilities, a spa, pool and Turkish bath to take your level relaxation to new highs.

    Hotel Molina Lario is a beautiful establishment located just across from the Cathedral, right among the city’s best attractions. Completed in 2006, two of the hotel’s three structures were entirely reconstructed while preserving the beautiful 19th century facades, while the third is entirely brand new. There are 100+ luxurious sound-proofed guestrooms that will make guests feel more comfortable and relaxed than they feel in their homes. There are even special rooms for disabled guests and—a rarity these days—guests who smoke. Enjoy coffee breaks and cocktail hours on the various balconies and terraces, or take a dip in the swimming pool.

    The recently-built five-star Vincci Posada del Patio Hotel is absolutely gorgeous and elegant. It has an avant-garde style and is ideally situated in the middle of the historic city centre.

    This established tourist hotspot has accommodation for all ages and budgets, so if these aren’t to your taste, you can take a look at other possibilities for a hotel in Málaga here.

Malaga restaurants

  • Don’t miss Adolfo (Primero Marítimo Pablo Ruíz Picasso, 12), one of the city’s most illustrious restaurants. The innovative dishes are made with fresh ingredients and there is an exceptional wine list. The service matches the high quality of the cuisine and better yet, the bill always ends up lower than you expect.

    For some really authentic local food, go to Mesón Astorga (Gerona 11). The quality is superior the most, yet the prices are agreeable. Enjoy superb wine, attentive service and the convenient option of ordering half portions.

    The Mediterranean cuisine at Escuela de Hostería (Finca la Consula, Churriana) is sensational. The locals flock here to savour freshly caught seafood and seasonal dishes such as loin of deer in autumn. The menu changes each month to best utilize fresh, seasonal ingredients, which are procured locally. Also try the lamb in red wine sauce and the beef tenderloin. The dining room is housed in a 19th century villa and has a charming garden.

    Locals also love El Chinitas (Moreno Monroy 4) for its seasonally-changing Spanish/Portuguese cuisine. The menu might feature mouth-watering shellfish soup, a mixed fish fry, grilled red mullet or sirloin steak, depending on what time of year you show up. To get you in the mood, grab a drink and perhaps some tapas at the adjoining Bar Orellana.

Health & Safety

  • Health and Hygiene

    There are no mandatory vaccinations: as long as you have received boosters for vaccinations included in the typical medical schedule, you should be fine. Children will need to receive those earlier, though.

    Spain has a great network of health care facilities, including for emergency care. Before you leave, it would be a good idea to ask your local GP or post office for a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC).

    In the case of an emergency, dial 112, and for on-call pharmacies, 098.

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