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Centuries of malagueño passion gives the town center its heart. Relive Roman theatricality in the amphitheater, and celebrate Málaga’s most famous son at Museo Picasso, all under the ramparts of the Alcazaba. Join locals on teeming terraces, sip sweet wine at Antigua Casa de Guardia and drink in the sunset from the lofty Gibralfaro Castle.
Places to stay from $10 a night
Carretera de Cadiz
1.9 miles from downtown
Málaga’s roots as an industrial port are on show in Carretera de Cádiz. Now-dormant chimneys preside over the beachfront, where malagueños stroll, exercise and sip beer at beach bars. Packed with locals, this area is home to alternative art spaces La Cochera Cabaret and La Térmica. It’s also home to some of Málaga’s quietest beaches.
Places to stay from $24 a night
Puerto de la Torre
3.8 miles from downtown
A different kind of air blows through Puerto de la Torre. Perched on a hillside above Málaga’s city center, its snaking mass of quiet residential streets envelop the slopes, where rows of low-rise houses are peppered with swimming pools. Beyond the town, the roads leading to Antequera and Granada roll northwards through the mountains.
Places to stay from $38 a night
0.4 miles from downtown
Graffiti: art or vandalism? A community project has allowed Soho to bloom into an urban art scape where images of crows, chameleons and mind-bending robots vie for wall space. Among the paint, you’ll find modern art at the Contemporary Art Museum (CAC) and shops that sell hipster staples like vintage clothes and organic food.
Places to stay from $17 a night
Málaga has reinvented itself as a cultural epicenter. In the past, just about every vacations here involved a direct trip from the airport to a resort on the Costa del Sol – but not anymore.
Nowadays, around every corner you'll find a museum or art gallery. Among the best are the Museo Picasso Málaga, which features over 200 works by Spain’s most famous painter, and the Centre Pompidou Málaga, a contemporary art museum crowned by a giant, multi-colored cube.
The Pompidou and other modern attractions call Muelle Uno home, an open-air shopping mall and collection of restaurants next to the Port of Málaga. Be a Malagueño for a day and treat yourself to a plate of "boquerones" (fried anchovies), then head to a back-street tapa bar in the center for some Manchego, chorizo, and Iberian ham. Afterwards, walk it all off through the gardens of the Alcazaba – an ancient Moorish fortress from the 11th century.
Málaga’s position between the mountains and the sea hosts a pleasant microclimate that keeps the beaches busy well past the summer. Malagueta Beach is the most popular with its high-quality facilities and beachside bars.
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|Most popular time to visit||July-September|
|Cheapest time to visit||January-March|
|Local currency||€ 1 = $1.09|
|Average weekend price||$98 per night|
|Average weekday price||$107 per night|
|Average stay||2 nights|
Malaga was amazing, the sights, the culture and the people. The hop on hop off bus tour was very good. Amazing outdoor restaurants and Tapas! I really enjoyed the Museum and the cathedral. Really everything was amazing especially the fantastic service I got at Hotel Valencia. A man named Nacho really helped me out especially when the pandemic hit and everything was in lockdown. He graciously helped me get accommodation until I could get a flight home, back to Canada. He even made sure I got to the airport safely. I would visit Malaga again in a heartbeat! Thanks so much!!
The apartment was very clean and modern. Good size for one or two people. I appreciated the coffee making facilities and snacks provided. Having to pick up the key from a different location is an extra step, but the two locations are not far apart.
We chose Malaga to meet up with four branches of our family, including our two year old daughter. Even though it was in February and not super warm, it was an absolutely magical area to explore, with equal amounts of cultural, historical, relaxing, and fun activities. We tried a different restaurant every day, and loved the variety and quality of the food pretty much everywhere. We enjoyed renting bicycles and scooters to travel along the beaches (head east to El Balneario) and had a lot of fun with the festive attitudes/activities of the large basketball tournament(sorry, I forgot the name) and Carnival. We never rented a vehicle in Spain, but booked an all day wine tasting tour of the nearby Ronda which picked us up near our flats which was perfect (tannintrail.com). We also rode a bus to Granada for two days, which appeared easier than the train over to Granada, which we heard had been having some work done so there were many connections. Our favorite spots were El Pimpi, Grupo Gorki, Sushi King(I think that was the name, amazing sushi, right by the tunnel under Alcazaba), and any of the local tiny coffee/sandwich places. It is an amazing city.
Loved the city - had a great atmosphere during the Carneval and on Andalusia Day (28th February). The old centre is easy to get around on foot and there is lots to do for a few days. The Alcazaba fortress was the highlight of my visit, but the Picasso Museum and cathedral tour were also great places to go. Enjoyed the Spanish food, with plenty of churros for breakfast, and lots of seafood for lunch and dinner.
Absolutely loved this location. A lot to see, excellent sights to visit, superb restaurants, great places to walk, great bus system to local towns and so inexpensive. I will be back and be recommending Malaga to family and friends!
WE loved our first trip to Malaga. Visited the Cathedral, Picasso Museum, market & the beach area and you could walk everywhere. Loved the food, tapas bars & eating at the market. The town was lively even in January/February. We will definitely be back.
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