Quick Guide to Malaga
Lying in one of Spain's most popular resorts, the Costa del Sol in southern Spain, Malaga boasts a 2,800-year history and a beautiful coastal location. It's one of the oldest inhabited cities in the world, as well as a great place to top up your tan! This means that holidays in Malaga can be all about the history, all about the beaches, or a healthy mix of the two.
Boasting the warmest winter temperatures in the whole of mainland Europe, Malaga holidays can be enjoyed all year round. Most of the resorts, Malaga included, are very Anglo-centric, although if you want a holiday with a more distinctly Spanish feel in Malaga, you can certainly find that wandering down narrow alleyways past cafes where groups of young people spontaneously break out into song, or at one of the clubs playing reggaeton beats all night. With so many cheap Malaga hotels to choose from there are always great deals on last-minute holidays.
If you want to see more of the stunning coastline, picturesque villages and the area's top attractions too, then it's worth getting hold of car hire from Malaga Airport. The roads are easy to drive on, and once you get used to driving on the other side of the road you should have no problems at all.
Fab holidays for:
Winter sun, History, Waterparks
Did you know?
Artist Pablo Picasso and actor Antonio Banderas were born in Malaga.
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Top 5 Days Out in Malaga
Holidays to Malaga and the Costa del Sol are generally about soaking up the sunshine and relaxing on the beaches. If you do want to leave the shore and head off on adventures big or small, there's plenty to keep you occupied.
- Malaga Cathedral
- The Malaga Cathedral is a beloved monument of the city. Nicknamed the 'one armed woman' by the locals due to the fact its south tower was never finished, go inside and have a look at the sculpted figures in the choir stalls!
- Picasso Museum
- Since Picasso was born in Malaga, it comes as no surprise that there's a museum there dedicated to the artist. In the Palace of Condes de Buenavista, you can go and see more than 200 paintings by the mastermind himself.
- Gibralfaro Castle and Alcazaba
- The 14th-century Gibralfaro Castle boasts the most beautiful views of the city. Don't miss out on a visit to the nearby Alcazaba. With gardens, a courtyard, and trickling fountains, it's a sight to see.
- Selwo Adventure Park
- One part amusement park, one part conservation centre, there are more than 200 animals to be discovered at Selwo Adventure Park, including lynxes, lions and bears. It's a great day out for kids and animal lovers!
- Aqualand Torremolinos
- You'll find very few people who don't love a good waterpark and Aqualand Torremonlinos doesn't disappoint. With steep declines, black holes and even a surf beach, it's fun for all ages, so a great family activity!
How to get to Malaga
Cheap flights to Malaga are plentiful, thanks to many low-cost airlines that offer the route, keeping competition up and prices down. That means that you will have more money in your pocket to stretch your holiday to Malaga to ten nights or perhaps even two weeks. Alternatively, you could fit in a three-day break in Malaga for a little sunshine on the cheap.
Expect to be in the air for around three hours when you set off on your Malaga holidays, depending on where you're flying from in the UK. Onward travel from Malaga Airport is best done either by train, which will take you into the centre of Malaga, as well as onwards down to coast to other resorts, and car hire. You can also use coach transfers to the nearby bus station, local buses, taxis and private shuttle buses.
If you have booked a package holiday to Malaga then it's definitely worth checking whether your transfers are included, or add them if they are at a reasonable cost, as this is the most hassle-free way to start your holiday in Malaga.
Malaga flights are cheap all year round, but if you want a holiday in Malaga or the Costa del Sol in the peak summer holidays, then you'll have to book well in advance to get the best deal. We do occasionally see great value last minute holiday deals to Malaga, and we put these in our Real Deals Newsletter, so if you're after some spontaneous travel then make sure you sign up!
Where to stay in Malaga
When it comes to choosing the accommodation for your holidays to Malaga, one thing is certain, there will be plenty of choice. Although to get the best deal you really need to be organised and book ahead. There is everything from beach-front hotels to hostels and campsites too.
The two main areas to stay in are on the beachfront and in the pedestrianized zone in the city centre. These are not far from each other, but your decision here should be based on your holiday priorities - whether you want to spend you time mostly on the beach, or mostly wandering the pretty streets and seeing the sights. The cheapest accommodation is found in the red light district, which is between the centre and the port - so bear that in mind if you're on a family Malaga holiday on a budget!
The Costa del Sol is known for its golf and Malaga is no different. If you're planning on enjoying a golfing holiday in Malaga then make sure your accommodation is fairly near to the main road around the resort so it's easy to travel to the many golf courses here on the "Costa del Golf".