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Set on the Costa del Sol in southern Spain, the port city of Malaga sits pretty on a coast of yellow sandy beaches. With a modern skyline of high-rise hotels and resorts lining the beach, Malaga’s hills are also home to two ancient citadels - the Alcazaba and ruined Gibralfaro.
Packed to the brim with cultural wonders, scenic delights and world-class attractions, holidays to Malaga in 2019 / 2020 aren’t just about sun, sea and sand. Beautifully blending a fantastic cultural scene with a touch of the modern, trips to Malaga are diverse. Spend time kicking back and relaxing on the beautiful beaches along the Costa del Sol, see some stunning sights in the picturesque town of Mijas or party hard in the beachside town of Benalmadena.
Whether you’re a family looking for fun in the sun, a culture vulture wanting to soak up some Spanish charm or a couple wanting to hide away together, Malaga holidays have something for everyone.
Whether days spent lazing on the beach and partying all night or exploring ancient ruins and tucking into local cuisine are your idea of holiday heaven, Malaga will provide it in spades. Holidays to Malaga can be as active or laid-back as you wish. Take a tapas tour, enjoy a cocktail down at the beach or make a splash and try your hand at jet-skiing along the coastline. You’ll find that Malaga is not short of sunshine all year round, so add basking in the Spanish sun to your list of things to do!
Discover the oasis in the heart of the city, Malaga Park or El Parque de Malaga, which is full of tropical flowering trees and plants, and exotic species brought from overseas.
Malaga Cathedral is another unmissable attraction that you’ll want to wander around. The astounding Renaissance building dates back to the 16th century and features lots of elaborate Baroque façade.
No holiday to Malaga is complete without at least one visit to the beach. Aptly located on the Costa del Sol, Malaga is a coastal gem famed for its beaches. With as many as 320 sunny days a year, you will have lots of opportunity to experience the golden beaches and swim in the warm Mediterranean Sea.
Holiday makers flock to Malagueta and La Caleta beaches as there is something for all ages enjoy, from swimming to sunbathing and water sports. All the beaches are equipped with modern facilities like showers, bathrooms and children’s playgrounds.
In nearby Torremolinos, you will find Playa de Torremolinos, the town’s most popular beach with both locals and holidaymakers. The town has a further six more beaches, namely Bajondillo, Los Alamos, Playamar, Montemar, La Carihuela and El Saltillo, so you’ll never be far from the sand on your Malaga holiday.
Thanks to Malaga’s proximity to the Med, seafood dominates the city’s menus. In addition to this, as Malaga is part of the Andalucía region, it benefits from traditional seafood recipes like slow-cooked stews and deep-fried fish with a wedge of lemon.
As well as an abundance of fish, you can also expect a variety of tapas on your Malaga holiday. Rich in flavour and tremendously colourful, typical Spanish cuisine consists of locally-grown produce, especially ripe olives and juicy oranges and lemons. You will also find the best jamón serrano on the menus of Malaga’s eateries - the cured ham comes from the nearby mountainous areas of Andalucía.
For mouth-watering Spanish food, book a table at the El Meson de Cervantes restaurant to enjoy exciting fusion dishes. Or for something a little more international, there is the Brazilian-inspired La Posada de Brasil and the contemporary themed La Consula restaurant.
The nightlife in Malaga is very cosmopolitan and the city’s bars and nightclubs have recently undergone a makeover - so you can expect an exciting night out on your holiday to Malaga. With the finest of Spanish clubbing, you will no doubt be partying until the early hours.
To begin your night out in style, check out one of the superb beachside hotel complexes along the Costa del Sol. The hotel bars provide an ambient atmosphere where you can enjoy the best of Malaga’s hospitality, and of course the national drink, sangria. Don’t forget to stop by the Bodega Bar El Pimpi on Calle Granada. This celebrity haunt is housed in an ancient mansion and is one of the oldest bars in Malaga.
If you’re a real party animal, you can head to trendy night spots like Liceo or Discoteca Andén and dance the night away. Elsewhere, you can also party hard in Benalmadena, only 30 minutes west of Malaga.
Those on holiday in Malaga with kids won’t be short of things to do in the area. Home to a handful of family-friendly attractions including Aqualand and Tivoli World, there’s something to keep even the smallest ones entertained.
The many Blue Flag sandy beaches will also always go down a treat, as will the cheeky churros dipped in chocolate! Take a trip out to Selwo Marina Delfinarium in Benalmadena to see all sorts of animals up close, from dolphins and penguins to exotic birds.
If you plan your holiday to Malaga during the summer months, don’t miss out on the Feria de Agosto when the streets turn into open parties and a huge amusement park takes pride of place in the centre of town. Wine will be flowing, music will be playing and dancing will be happening. Don’t worry, it’s not all about partying – expect kids to be dressed up in flamenco outfits and enjoying the fun.
Malaga is packed with so many great attractions, it’s the ideal place for couples looking to explore on foot. Up in the hills stands the Alcazaba of Malaga, a delightfully maintained Moorish castle that also boasts a Roman theatre beneath it. You can explore the citadel’s history together and marvel at the brilliant architecture.
Or you could walk up to Parador de Gibralfaro to enjoy the sunset. The views from the castle are outstanding, so make sure you make it to the top of the hill just before the sun slips away so you can enjoy a view of the coastline and downtown Malaga. It’s the perfect start to a romantic evening in Malaga.
Together you must take the opportunity to discover Picasso’s legacy in Malaga, the artist’s birthplace. The wonderful Museo Picasso Málaga celebrates the life of the artist and exclusively features some of his greatest creations.
Adventure awaits in Malaga. From the Mediterranean Sea to the Montes de Málaga mountain range, your holidays to Malaga will be packed with exciting outdoor activities. From bungee jumping at Puerto de la Torre to rafting on the Genil River, which flows between Malaga and Cordoba, you’ll get your dose of adrenaline here.
Those who are looking for some action will want to venture a little further outside of Malaga to visit El Chorro, a fantastic gorge that offers some extreme rock climbing. Make it to the top and enjoy stunning views of this diverse and gorgeous region.
If you love the marine environment, Marbella is just under an hour away from Malaga and offers a host of high-adrenaline water sports. Experiencing the Costa del Sol like never before, you have the choice of activities including jet skiing, wakeboarding, water skiing or renting boats.
As the capital of the Costa del Sol, Malaga is also one of the world’s oldest cities with a history that dates back nearly 3,000 years. Today, as you wander around the city, it’s like walking around an open-air museum with Phoenician, Roman, Moorish and Christian influences on every corner. Malaga’s rich artistic heritage means that it’s also a great cultural destination and is very popular with European travellers, as well as those from further afield.
Malaga holidays have a lot to offer the curious traveller, from intricate churches to intriguing museums and castles. Dig a little deeper and you’ll find a whole host of things to do in Malaga. Visit the gorgeous Alcazaba de Malaga, a fascinating 11th-century fortification built under Malaga’s Moorish rule. The castle offers stunning views from its hilltop location and is the ideal location for holidaymakers of all ages.