A stone’s throw from the hedonistic antics of the Costa del Sol, Malaga too often pales in the shadow of its famous Andalucian siblings. Sure, it’s popular with tourists, but it’s also one of the oldest cities in the world, circled by beguiling countryside and picturesque hilltop hideaways. Its rich history has left a fascinating legacy: explore Baroque churches and the Moorish Alcazaba palace alongside modern masterpieces by Picasso, the city’s most famous son.

When to go

Summers can be sizzling, so visit in spring or late autumn instead to wander in comfort. Winters are chillier but still sunny, with the added boon of fewer crowds as you take in the sights.

Food & Drink

Malagueños love their caught-that-morning fish: try boquerones (anchovies fried in a light batter) and the region’s famous barbecued sardines. Prawns are a local speciality: try them in a piquant pil-pil sauce, made with tomatoes, garlic and chilli. For the best seafood in town, make sure to stop off at Maricuchi, right on the beach in Pedregalejo. Locals like to eat late, so plan accordingly.

Not to miss

Climb the medieval Gibralfaro castle for far-reaching, picture-perfect views of red-tiled buildings, spired churches and glorious coastline. On a clear day, you could even spot Morocco in the distance.

Nightlife

The Mediterranean appetite for nightlife is alive and well here, with plenty of traditional bars, cosmopolitan hangouts and pulsing clubs lining the coastal streets. The centre of town is good for after-dinner tipples: sip on Malaga Seco, the region’s head-turning dry sherry. For a taste of local vintages, head to Pablo Picasso’s regular haunt Antigua Casa de Guardia, a rustic old tavern perfect for whiling the night away over a few glasses of wine.

Where to stay in Malaga

Beyond charming old-town retreats, the province’s most enticing boltholes are a short drive away. Stylish and contemporary, Marbella hosts upmarket boutique hotels and exclusive villas. For a quainter feel, head inland to Ronda’s rural hideaways, or to hilltop Casares where indoor-outdoor living comes with spectacular mountain views.

How to get there

Malaga Airport serves year-round flights to domestic and European destinations, as well as seasonal flights to New York.

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