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. 

Nightlife
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. 

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FOUNTAINHEAD RETREAT HOTEL

riogordo, spain

Fountainhead Retreat Hotel is a romantic boutique hotel set in the Andalucian countryside. If you have done the city breaks and fancy a weekend destination with a difference then try this chic retreat, with just 4 suites, an intimate restaurant & spa.

SHANTI-SOM WELLBEING RETREAT

malaga, spain

Shanti-Som Wellbeing Retreat is a wellbeing Chic Retreat in southern Spain near Marbella.  Shanti-Som allows guests to retreat, take stock of their life, relax, detox if needed and de-stress in beautiful surroundings.

THE TOWN HOUSE

marbella, málaga, spain

Finally a hip hotel in old town Marbella, The Town House is a contemporary and private boutique hotel. Beautifully designed, the interiors are fresh and cool giving a feeling of space and light.

VILLA PADIERNA THERMAS HOTEL

carratraca, spain

Just half an hour from the Costa del Sol in the village of Carratraca, Villa Padierna Thermas Hotel is one of our favourite luxury hotels in Spain with one of the best thermal spas in Europe.

ALMOHALLA 51

archidona, spain

With just 5 bedrooms Almohalla 51 is a very charming, new little Chic Retreat in ArchidonaAndalucia.  Filled with character (and wonky beams!) this hideaway will charm the pants off any weary traveller looking for affordable style.

DDG RETREAT

casares, spain

Located on the rocky coastline of the Costa del Sol, a short drive from the beach, DDG Retreat is a charming hideawayl made up of just 5 casas and a luxury villa. Private and exclusive, this hip hideaway is perfect for couples or can be rented exclusively for small groups and older families.

HOTEL LA FUENTE DE LA HIGUERA

ronda, malaga, spain

Hotel La Fuente de la Higuera is a small, luxury suite hotel with the atmosphere of a relaxed country house. The renovated olive mill is in a tranquil, rural setting just 10 minutes drive from Ronda.

POSADA LOS CANTAROS

sierra de gibralgalia, málaga, spain

Posada Los Cantaros is a small charming hotel in Malaga, Andalucia.  Privately owned and privately run this romantic boutique hotel with just 5 rooms is an intimate and unique experience, one to be enjoyed by all.

THE LODGE RONDA

málaga, spain

The Lodge Ronda belongs to Hotel La Fuente de La Higuera and sits in 22 acres of private grounds in the Andalucian countryside. The views from this luxury villa are just as stunning and stretch over the Sierra de las Nieves.

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