Few visitors to Spain take the time to discover Malaga as they head from the airport down to their holiday resorts on the Costa del Sol. In doing so they miss a gem of a city with a fascinating old quarter next to a Roman theatre and Moorish palace, a commercial centre with first class shopping and a vibrant social life. Locals flock to little bars scattered all over the centre where they mingle with friends over wine and tapas in one of the the south’s liveliest cities.
Places to Stay
What to do in Malaga
There are plenty things to do in Malaga thanks to the city’s historical heritage which has left us with some fascinating Roman and Moorish attractions. In more recent times the opening of the Picasso museum in the artist’s hometown has added the city to the ever growing list of Europe’s best short break destinations.
Here is our suggested top 10 things to do in Malaga.
- Visit the Alcazaba
- Visit the Gibralfaro
- Visit the Picasso Museum
- Try Malaga wines at the Antigua Casa de Guardia
- Take an excursion to the Caves of Nerja
- Visit the magnificent El Chorro Gorge and national park of El Torcal
- Enjoy the Festival of Malaga and Semana Santa
- Take day excursions to Granada, Seville, Ronda, Cordoba and Gibraltar
- Play golf on one of over a hundred courses in the region
- Enjoy the beaches and waterparks of the Costa del Sol
Getting to Malaga
The number of low cost airlines providing flights to the Costa del Sol has grown steadily over time with new airlines now offering cheap flights to Malaga from a variety of departure points. On arrival the train service from the airport is very handy if you’re just staying in the city. Renting a car at Malaga airport is a good idea if you’re heading along the Costa del Sol. Thousands of visitors arrive in Malaga port every year on cruise ships and often take Malaga shore excursions to the Alhambra Palace in Granada or to Ronda.
For package tourists staying on the Costa del Sol there is a train which runs from Fuengirola to Malaga stopping in Benalmadena and Torremolinos on the way to Malaga airport and Malaga city. It’s only a little over 30 minutes between Fuengirola and Malaga and is a very convenient way to head into the city to spend a day or evening.
Malaga By Night
There are some great tapas bars in Malaga where the locals congregate in the street to enjoy fried fish dishes with a glass of Cruzcampo beer in the street. There’s also a good range of restaurants in Malaga.