Of Andalucia’s big four cities – Malaga, Granada, Seville and Cordoba – Malaga is by far the most underrated. Featuring a number of museums, monuments and churches, the city has a fantastic atmosphere that can be enjoyed all-year round.
It is the largest city on the Costa del Sol, and is famous for being the birthplace of famous Spanish artist Pablo Picasso. It’s also a very safe city, but has gained a bit of a reputation as a party destination in recent years.
About the area
Malaga is a port city on southern Spain’s Costa del Sol. It is known for its high-rise hotels and beautiful sandy beaches, as well as its two huge hilltop citadels – the Alcazaba and the Gibralfaro. The city also features a soaring Renaissance cathedral, nicknamed La Manquita (‘one-armed lady’), after one of its towers was strangely left unbuilt.
With a population of approximately 600,000 people, the city is thriving with culture and wide range of different nationalities.
What to see
Calle Marqués de Larios is one of Malaga’s most famous streets. Located in the city centre, here you will find a wide selection of bespoke shops, cafes, bars and restaurants. It really is the perfect place to watch the world go by, while soaking up the Spanish culture. The El Corte Ingles is another must visit if you’re into your shopping. This shopping centre is found at the entrance to the city and offers many different shops for you to enjoy.
Other must-see sights in Malaga include the Pablo Picasso museum, La Manquita – a stunning 16th century cathedral, and the old Jewish quarters. Also, if you visit during August, be sure to check out Malaga’s famed feria. This event typically runs for 10 days and 10 nights, and is packed full of fun and entertainment for all the family. Spanish people really know how to party, so dust off those dancing shoes and prepare to have a great time!
If partying isn’t really your thing, the processions throughout Malaga over Easter are truly spectacular to watch instead. Be sure to check them out if you’re in the area at the time.
How to get there
Getting to Malaga from its airport is incredibly quick and easy. If you’re driving, take the MA-20 and you’ll get there in approximately 25 minutes. Alternatively, take the bus for €3 and you’ll get there in more like 15 minutes.
There’s also a train service, costing €1.80 for a one-way ticket, which will get you there in 12 minutes.