Melissa McDonald, City Breaks Specialist

"Malaga is perfect if you’re looking for a city break where you can relax as well as explore, the city is blessed with beaches and parks, and also home to the famous Picasso museum. But what I love the most about this city is the shopping, the Calle Marques de Larios is definitely recommended – this is where you can find Spanish shops like Mango and Zara. The skyline in Malaga is also wonderful, and I recommend seeing it from the top of Gibralfaro Castle."

Malaga at a glance

Situated off the southern Costa del Sol, Malaga has become Spain’s capital of tourism thanks to its fantastic weather, cultural attractions and popular beaches. Restoration in the historic city centre along with new constructions on the port have given Malaga a new image, while a push to make the city one of Europe’s top art centres has created the so-called “mile of art” that includes over 30 museums and art galleries. Malaga is also the birthplace of the artist Pablo Picasso, for which a museum has been dedicated.

With a history spanning over 2,800 years, Malaga is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world. Many relics of the city’s history can be visited today, including a Roman theatre, a Baroque cathedral called La Manquita and Alcazaba, an 11th century Moorish castle. There are also plenty of gardens and parks to explore. Take a stroll down the palm tree shaded Paseo del Parque to enjoy the sculptures, fountains, and tropical plants along the coast or make a visit to La Concepcion, Malaga’s artistic historical botanical gardens located just outside Malaga.

Perfect if you’re looking for:

  • Beachfront attractions
  • Art and culture
  • Historic attractions
  • Lively nightlife

Getting around

Visitors to Malaga can choose to walk the city centre or hop on a local bus or tour bus. There is also a two line metro system that runs from the heart of the city to the west and south west. 

Shopping in Malaga

A great mix of international labels, designer boutiques, and daily markets span the Costa del Sol, where small specialty shops that have been owned and operated by generations of the same family mingle with larger retailers specializing in the latest trends. Head to Calle Marqués de Larios to check out popular Spanish designer brands or stroll the pedestrianized street of Calle Marqués de Larios to enjoy the charming boutiques and a good selection of shops featuring Spanish made shoes.

Dining in Malaga

The food experience in Malaga is one to savour, especially when accompanied by seaside views and great weather for outdoor dining. Fresh seafood dishes are a staple here; pork, raisins, almonds, and olive oil are also a popular part of Malaga cuisine.  

Be sure to try Malaga’s famous Mosto, a sweet wine made from muscat grapes, which can be found in most drinking establishments in the city.

Must-try local dishes:

  • Pescaíto frito: fried fish
  • Porra: tomato soup with dried beans
  • Tarta Malagueña: an almond and sweet wine cake topped with raisins

Get your tailor-made city break itinerary

Osprey Holidays can create a fabulous short break  designed completely around your needs. We can arrange whatever you need, including:

  • All travel and transfers on days of your choice
  • Accommodation from our handpicked range of hotels, to suit your budget and requirements

Our award-winning team can provide expert advice and recommendations, from general questions to tiny details. Contact us now for your tailor-made itinerary.

Important information
Population 566,913
Languages Spanish
Currency Euro
Visa Information No visa required for EU citizens
Average temperatures

(monthly highs °C)

Distance from airports
Malaga Airport 13 km
Railway stations
Estación de Málaga María Zambrano

Things to do in Malaga

  • The Cathedral: a splendid example of Renaissance architecture
  • The Alcazaba: Moorish palatial fortification, the best preserved in Spain
  • Roman Theatre: a great example of an ancient Roman amphitheater, built in 1st century AD
  • Picasso Museum: the artist was born in Malaga and the museum houses nearly 300 works donated by his family

Tours and Excursions

City Tour with Tapas

With over 3000 years of history, Malaga is home to a wealth of monuments and cathedrals left by the Phoenicians, Romans and Moors. It is known as a home to artists and for its culture, food, parks and beaches. Highlights of this tour include Atarazanas Market, The Alcazaba – fortress-palace of the Moorish rulers – and the Roman Theatre, built in the first century BC. After your walking tour enjoy some traditional tapas at the famous ‘el Pimpi’ restaurant.

Gourmet City Tour

Love culture and food? Then this tour is for you! You will take in Malaga’s main cultural sights, starting at Atarazanas Market where you will sample two of the area’s most identifiable products – Iberian ham and cured goat’s cheese – then on to Constitution Square, the Cathedral, Roman Theatre and Picasso Museum. During the tour you will visit three of Malaga’s best restaurants where you will try a selection of tapas, Spanish wines and paella.  

Electric Bike Tour

The perfect choice for an effortless tour of the city. Accompanied by a guide, take a scenic ride through the historical centre and up Mount Gibralfaro to the lookout that offers panoramic views of the city and bay below. Continue down the walls of the Alcazaba to the promenades where you can enjoy the views along the coast. As this is an electric bike tour it is suitable for people of all ages and fitness levels.    

We would be happy to arrange an excursion for you. To discuss options with a member of our knowledgeable team or to book, please contact us on 0131 243 8098.