Malaga is the largest city on the Costa del Sol. A flight to Malaga from the UK is the gateway to the whole Costa del Sol, which has long been a popular tourist destination for us Brits after a little relaxation in the sun.
Malaga and the Costa del Sol have a reputation for being great value holiday destinations, and that's partly thanks to the sheer number of cheap Malaga flights that are available all year round. But all too frequently, Malaga is seen simply as somewhere to fly into, and then travel onwards from. But that needn't be the case, and 2013 has set a trend that's sure to continue into 2014 and 2015 for more people booking themselves into a Malaga hotels.
There's much to recommend staying put in Malaga after your flight arrives. The city boasts a great mix of historic sights and pretty beaches, has an up-and-coming nightlife, and once you arrive into Malaga from the UK on flights, you won't have to travel much more, instead you can get on with your holiday straight away.
It's possible to get a flight to Malaga from more airports across the UK than ever before, which has made this destination more accessible and driven flight prices down. Expect to be in the air for around three to four hours, depending on your departure point.
All flights to Malaga are direct, which is great news! To save money, look for airline sales and of course use our flight search. If you can be flexible about when you fly then expect to be able to get a pretty good price that won't eat into your holiday budget too much - meaning more to spend on food, partying, visiting the sights or whatever you want!
There are plenty of airlines that offer flights to Malaga so it's very easy to get there from most UK airports. As lots of budget airlines cover the route it's a great destination for cheap flights. Many people who are on a flight to Malaga Airport are heading onwards for a beach holiday, so you could also look for holiday packages to popular resorts like Benalmadena, Marbella and Torremolinos.
There's a great choice of options for onward travel:
Car Hire - Getting a hire car can be a great way to discover the Costa del Sol after you arrive into Malaga on your flight. Be aware some roads are toll roads, but past concerns like using the correct side of the road and working out directions, you'll be fine!
Private Transfer - Like a taxi, but booked in advance this is a good cheap option if you just want to be ferried to your hotel and left to enjoy the weather and the surroundings.
Taxi - Most taxis are now metered, but be sure to ask for a quote before embarking as well. You will find a rank outside the arrivals.
Bus - There are buses that take you to Marbella Coach station as well as to Malaga Bus Station, but there is no comprehensive service from here. Onward travel to a whole range of Costa del Sol destinations is perfectly achievable from these hubs.
Train - Direct to Malaga centre, this is the easiest option on a budget. From there, you can head to your hotel on foot or catch a train along the coast to other destinations, as well as the high-speed services across Spain.
If you're not venturing far from the historic old town or the beach you'll probably be happiest walking, but if you want to travel a bit further, Malaga has a good bus network, and the taxis are highly regulated so offer very reasonable fares. For travel to nearby villages or for exploring the surrounding countryside, hiring a car or a scooter is probably the best option.
Malaga is on the train network which means that high-speed rail travel across Spain to Madrid, Barcelona, Seville and beyond is really easy. There is also a coach network offering very reasonably priced intercity travel. If you're planning on touring some more out-of-the-way places though you'll probably find that organising car hire in Malaga is your best option, although beware of the toll roads if you're trying to stick to a small budget!
Malaga has lovely weather all year round, with temperatures in the coldest months of January and February rarely dropping below 12°C in the daytime, and normally a few degrees higher. The rain is largely concentrated in the winter months, with summers being hot and predominantly dry. The temperatures in the summer range from about 24°C in May and October to around 30°C at the height of the season in August.
The peak tourist season runs from June to October and the resorts around Malaga get really busy around this time. If you're looking for cheap Malaga holidays then plan early to take advantage of advanced booking offers and flight deals. Going in the 'shoulder' months of April and May you can pick up much better bargains and still enjoy some great weather. Malaga has long been a great place to enjoy some warmth during the winter and the prices are a lot lower during the off season, although some attractions and amenities close for some or all of the winter months.
The beaches are the main attraction in this part of the world, with miles and miles of sandy beaches alongside the beautiful warm Mediterranean sea. You will find that many of the resorts still centre around an old town, and here is where you will find charming streets and ancient attractions.
Malaga is a prime example of this and the cathedral and the Alcazaba, a Moorish fort, are the highlights. If you're after a night of revelry, be warned that the nightlife starts late so expect that you won't return to your hotel until after the dawn!
Why not look out for festivals, such as the Feria de Malaga, to add an extra partying edge to your 2013 or 2014 holiday - you'll need to book early when the party comes to town! For more inspiration head to our Malaga guide.
£ Euros. The best place to exchange money in Malaga is a bank, although you will need to show your ID. The other option is an exchange bureau which is slightly less hassle but the rates are less favourable. ATMs across Malaga and Costa del Sol resorts are also a great source of cash at a good exchange rate, just check your bank charges for hidden fees.
Spanish - although the Malaga accent is quite thick so may take some getting used to if you speak the language. English is very widely spoken at most of the tourist places. You'll probably need a few Spanish phrases to get by on public transport where there are few people who speak English.
+34 for Spain and then 95 for Malaga numbers.
Valid UK passport is all you'll need to enter Spain for a tourist visit.
Malaga has plenty of beach space!
The Moorish Alcazaba sits in a commanding spot
Malaga's Cathedral in the Old Town
Escape the crowds in Conception Garden
Plaza de la Merced is the commercial hub of the city
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