Due to the fact that most of the cheap flights to the Costa del Sol arrive into Malaga, most people have begun to see it as an arrivals point, not a destination in itself. It's time to think again as Malaga offers a great combination sights, like the Alcazaba and Gibralfaro, and some stunning beaches. Here you will find all sorts of things from the ancient to the modern with the Cathedral, the Roman ruins and the Picasso Home Museum.
You can get even more out of your holiday 2013 and 2014 by joining in the party at one of the annual festivals, such as August's Feria de Malaga. There are plenty of festivals all along the Costa del Sol throughout the summer so why not book a hotel in Malaga, reserve some cheap car hire from Malaga Airport and set out to enjoy yourself to the max!
Hiring a car in Malaga
With a car from Malaga Airport, the whole of the Costa del Sol will be your oyster, with its lovely beaches galore! It really is the easiest way to see more of the coast and if you're looking to get a cheap deal it's best to arrange car rental in Malaga, as the number of renters has led to competition between the car hire firms, pushing prices down. It's important to book well in advance to secure not only the best deal on your car rental from Malaga Airport, but also to make sure there is availability as summer can see demand go through the roof!
Whatever your holiday plans are, unless you're going to get to your hotel in Malaga, or and stay put, you will need to get around and having your own car is the easiest way to do it. You will find that public transport and dedicated resort transfers are adequate if you're not planning on getting out much, but cheap Malaga car hire really is a great way to see more without breaking the bank.
If you are planning plenty of day trips, be aware of the fact that many of the faster roads in the Costa del Sol are toll roads. Individually, the charges are not hat expensive so getting more direct access is probably worth the payment, but if you're planning on travelling around quite a bit they can definitely rack up. If you're in doubt about where they are, get yourself to the nearest garage and buy a road map - they will be marked.
What to do in Malaga
There is plenty to keep you busy if you're a go-getter holiday type who would rather spend time seeing and experiencing things rather than relaxing on the beach. Here are our top five things to do in Malaga:
Alcazaba - a Moorish fortress high above Malaga, here is where a hire car can come in handy! Dating back to the 11th century you'll find three palaces and ornamental gardens too! Walk up if you want to feel virtuous, but don't forget you water bottle!
Gibralfaro - is located even higher than the Alcazaba and consequently offers stunning panoramic views. Visit the tiny museum, explore the castle, and enjoy the view. You could take lunch if you're so inclined.
Roman Theater - surprisingly close to the town centre, this was hidden until 1953! Today it's a great spot to catch some peace and quiet as well as some sun.
Fundacion Picasso Casa Natal - is the house where Picasso was born. Inside you'll find a range of pieces as well as a brief history of his life.
Malaga Cathedral - named the One-Armed-Woman thanks to its lopsided towers, this cathedral was built over 250 years and as such has a whole gamut of archaeological styles. Look out for the choir stalls and don't miss out on next door Iglesia del Sagrano's interior either.
Day Trips from Malaga
Aside from sunshine, the one thing the Costa del Sol is known for is golf, with numerous world class courses. Fans of the game should definitely play a round or two! Other day trips include the star studded Puerto Banus, as well as the theme parks and attractions of Torremolinos and Benalmadena. And taking a day trip to Mijas will send you back to the past. Here are a few ways you can use your car hire from Malaga Airport to make your holiday that bit more memorable.
Old Coast Road - a drive along the old coastal road means stunning views and plenty of beaches, great for a picnic or a swim in the Mediterranean.
Nerja Caves - are an important Prehistoric archaologica site and one of the top attractions in Spain to boot. Just down the coast from Malaga, if you're interested in cave paintings and rock formations, this is a must-do. Also look out for the semi-regular concerts held inside the naturally-formed chambers.
Tangier - lying just across the Straits of Gibraltar you can get here in an hour by car ferry from Algeciras! Take a day trip and explore the souks, drink some Moroccan tea and soak up the view of Europe.
The Alhambra - a UNESCO World Heritage Site and another of the top sights in Spain, this grand palace and gardens are worth seeing to be believed. Beautiful Moorish style makes for amazing holiday pictures too!