It's the biggest city in the Costa del Sol, and a holiday in Malaga is ideal for lovers of beaches, culture and all that Spain can offer. The incredible Roman Theatre will make you feel like you've stepped back into the Ancient World. Visit Picasso's birthplace, or go for a wander through the stunning Alcazaba fort which dates back to the 11th Century. And then there are the beaches of course; Playa de la Malagueta and Playa Palo are just a few of the great ones in the area.
There are a huge range of direct cheap flights to Malaga on offer from airports including Leeds Bradford, London Stansted, Bristol, Manchester and Birmingham. Ryanair, easyJet and British Airways are among the airlines which fly straight to Malaga Airport, with an average journey time of just under three hours. Malaga Airport is located eight kilometres from Malaga itself, and is well served by taxis and buses.
Getting around during you holiday in Malaga is easy, as public transport is extensive and cheap. Bus fares are fixed regardless of distance travelled, and buses themselves are prompt and punctual. Train services also connect the city to the rest of the Costa del Sol, and even taxis are on the cheap side. That said, if you feel like exploring beyond the central attractions and nearby beaches, you may want to hire a car in Malaga, which will give the freedom to roam this gorgeous part of Spain and take in the sun-drenched landscape.
As it's one of the biggest tourist destinations in Spain, there are plenty of hotels in Malaga. They run the gamut from basic to luxurious, but if you want to get a good deal then make sure you book well in advance as many months as possible, especially if you're planning to visit over July and August, when the Summer crowds pour in. If you can be flexible with your holiday, it's worth seeing if you can come just before or just after the Summer peak, as you stand to make savings on accommodation.
There are plenty of nice, traditional restaurants in Malaga, offering freshly caught seafood, often simply presented. So avoid any contrived and swanky tourist traps and head for the chiringuitos (beach restaurants) where you try espetos, which are sardines skewered and barbecued, and are a must when you visit Malaga.
Updated 23rd July 2014
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