Malaga is overlooked when it comes to Southern Spanish cities. Sure, it’s popular with tourists, but mostly as a base for accessing the Costa del Sol. This city is so, so much more! In fact, Malaga is one of the oldest cities in the world, with a history spanning almost three millennia. As such, there’s a lot to discover here. Come soak in some Andalucian sun and enjoy this jewel of the Spanish south.
Where to go
Encounter the genius of Malaga’s most famous son at the at the Museo Pablo Picasso. Wonder at the baroque glories of Malaga cathedral. Wander through the ancient Alcazabar palace, a remnant of the Moorish rule. Clamber over roman ruins, such as the amphitheatre. Learn about the city’s vibrant past at the many museums. Take a drive down the Costa del Sol. Enjoy a long, drawn out evening with wine and tapas at one of the many restaurants.
Food & Drink
Southern Spain’s cuisine displays traces of the Iberian Peninsula’s vibrant history. Paella is a gift of the Arabs, who ruled Southern Spain for centuries. Pork is a big, big deal here and you will come across it in sausages, ham and other delectable forms. Gazpacho, a cold soup is just the thing to eat on a hot summer’s day. For stylish, contemporary Spanish cuisine, we recommend Manducare (Avenida Manuel Agustín de Heredia 2), very close to the port. For very, very fresh seafood delights, you can’t go past Maricuchi (Paseo Marítimo El Pedregal 14) for its barbequed sardines and prawns. An advisory word, however - the Spanish like to eat quite late, so factor this in mind if travelling with children.
As elsewhere in Spain, things kick off fairly late and continue into the early hours. While you’re here, you might as well do as the Malagans do. A favourite of Pablo Picasso, Antigua Casa Guardia (Alameda Principal 18.) has been serving regional vintages by the glass since 1840. For more of a night out on the tiles, Sala Gold (Calle Luis de Velázquez 5) features a baroque interior, hip tunes and a young, fashionable crowd.
Where to stay
Our hotels near Malaga combine rustic country charm with easy access to Malaga and its delights. Posada Los Cantaros
is a gorgeous 19th-century farmhouse turned delightful country hotel. We know you will love the wonderful food on offer here, a passion of Patrick, the owner. If you’re here for a relaxing break, the Fountainhead Retreat
provides a complete digital detox, allowing guests to enjoy good food, fresh air and tranquillity. Enjoy the amazing views, in-house restaurant and the wide range of spa treatments. Finally, Shanti-Som
, a luxury hotel close to the city, offers extensive spa treatments and massages, in addition to the luxurious suites and fine dining at the Samsara restaurant. How to get there
Air Europa, Monarch and Vueling fly to Malaga direct from London, daily.