Malaga City offers a wealth of culture, nightlife, sightseeing, and beaches. There is something for everyone in this trendy and vibrant City. Malaga Airport is very conveniently located a short train or bus ride away, but offers everything you would expect from an international airport including car hire.
During winter, Malaga reaches a pleasant 18 degrees. Springtime temperatures rise to approximately 22 degrees and the summer months are typically as high as 35 degrees.
Ancient architecture is a huge part of Malaga’s history and can be seen everywhere. Visit the Cathedral Santa Iglesia Catedral Basílica de la Encarnación popularly known as “La Manquita” (“the one armed lady”.) The Cathedral was 250 in the making and its construction displays elements of Renaissance and Baroque architecture.
The Alcazaba is a Moorish fortress built in the 11th century. City tourist buses offer reasonably priced 24-hour ticket tours which take you to the very top of the Alcazaba where you can use the hop on/off facility to relax for a while and take in the 360 degree views across the City. Views that literally astound you.
Remnants of an ancient Roman Theatre lie below the Alcazaba dating back to 1st century BC. Unearthed by construction workers in 1951 it has taken many years of careful restoration to unearth this stunning piece of Roman history, well worth a visit during the night time when it is lit up majestically.
Malaga has over 14 kilometres of stunning Mediterranean coastline. Stroll along the promenade to discover inviting “chiringuitos” – beach bars – offering fresh, local cuisine. Many rent out sun loungers and umbrellas, a perfect way to spend the day. Malaga City beaches are very clean and have great facilities including showers, toilets and play areas for children.
Walk around the vibrant and colourful Calle Larios, a broad pedestrian avenue with street entertainment including mime artists and flamenco. Take a detour and explore the narrow side streets to find unusual artisan, Arabic, boutique shops and bars.
If you feel you have shopped enough, mingle amongst the trendy Malagueños, enjoy a cold drink, a tapa, a ration or menu del dia.
The meandering Malaga Marina has a great deal to offer, with green parks and the Muelle Uno shopping complex with its trendy shops and restaurants, always bustling and vibrant.
When it comes to nightlife, this is a vibrant city all year around, and in the summer months, most do not venture outdoors until after dark, which is after 10pm. This is the time when Malaga comes into its own, when the streets and squares filled with families having fun.
Malaga has a rich variety of restaurants, bars and bodegas from smart and contemporary lounges, flamenco bars, to the traditional “spit and sawdust” bars. Make sure to include the amazing Antigua Casa de Guardia on your visit, the oldest bar in Malaga founded in 1840. In addition, El Pimpi, where you can mingle amongst the ancient barrels, and sip the famous sweet fortified wine and gaze upon the interesting old photographs that adorn the walls.
Apart from the very popular Picasso Museum and Birthplace, there are over 100 art galleries and museums in the City, with something on offer to satisfy any discerning art or cultural connoisseur.