The second largest city in Andalusia is one of the most popular destinations on the Costa del Sol. The beautiful sea and long sunny days are only two of the reasons why Malaga is worth visiting. There are also interesting museums in the city, lively markets where you can sample the local cuisine and plenty of activities to take part in. In this short guide you will find a lot of useful information for your holidays in Malaga.
Malaga is in Andalusia, on the Costa del Sol, in the south of Spain.
Its airport is well served and has numerous connections with Italy.
Many low-cost airlines take off and land in Malaga: Ryanair, Vueling, Volotea and easyJet, for example, connect the Andalusian city’s airport with Pisa, Rome Fiumicino, Milan Malpensa, Turin, Venice and Palermo.
Malaga’s climate makes it a perfect destination in any season. Even in winter, temperatures remain mild and rarely fall below 10°.
The best time to visit the Andalusian city definitely depends on the type of holiday you are planning: summer is perfect for the beach and nightlife, while winter is a good season to enjoy the city’s beauty and go for tapas in the evening.
For your choice, we suggest you consider that July and August are the hottest months and temperatures often reach 40°.
Spring and autumn are, in our opinion, the best seasons to enjoy the city away from the summer crowds.
Malaga, as we said at the beginning, is not only beach and sea, and there are many things to see in the Andalusian city.
Here are some of the things we think you should not miss.
– Malaga Cathedral. The Catedral Nuestra Señora de la Encarnación is very impressive and the mix of styles (late Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque) makes it even more fascinating. The church is nicknamed La Manquita (the Monk) by the locals because it has only one tower: the other one was never finished.
– The Picasso Museum. The famous painter was born in this city and the museum dedicated to him is a must-see.
– The Alcazaba. This building contains hundreds of years of history: it was built on Roman remains during the Umayyad dynasty. Over the centuries it saw changes and extensions until the Christian reconquest. Inside it houses the ancient Roman Theatre and some interesting museums.
– The Castillo de Gibralfaro. Like the Alcazaba, this fortress also bears the signs of the Arab and Christian past. Its outdoor area hosts interesting events in the summer months, but one of the main reasons to go there is the magnificent view over the city.
– The Centre Pompidou. Lovers of contemporary art will be happy to know that this branch of the largest and most famous museum in Paris houses works by Chagall, De Chirico, Frida Kahlo, Magritte and Mirò.
Now that we have told you what some of the most important attractions in the Andalusian city are, we would like to give you some advice on what to do during your holidays in Malaga.
– Experience the city’s nightlife. Malaga, like the whole of Andalusia and Spain, is famous for its lively and cheerful nightlife. In the old town you’ll find plenty of places to enjoy tapas and a few beers, while along the Malagueta, on the city’s beach promenade, you can have a cocktail and dance until late in the summer.
– Take a Food Tour. If you have a real sweet tooth like us or simply want to learn more about the city’s culinary traditions, we suggest you take one of our gastronomic tours: our Malaga Gastronomic Tour will take you from the port to the city centre to discover the most popular dishes of the Malaga people, while the Malaga Street Food & Market Tour will give you the chance to experience the spirit of the market and taste some of the best Andalusian street food.
– Going to the sea. Obviously, one of the favourite activities of those who choose a holiday in Malaga is going to the beach. There are about 15 beaches in the city. The most popular is certainly the Malagueta. If you like water sports we recommend Playa de La Caleta and Playa de San Andrés. If you prefer to relax, choose the Playa de la Misericordia.
We hope you find this short guide useful when planning your holiday in this beautiful Andalusian city.