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
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
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- All travel and transfers on days of your choice
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- Important information
Population 566,913 Languages Spanish Currency Euro Visa Information No visa required for EU citizens
- Average temperatures
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- Distance from airports
Malaga Airport 13 km
- Railway stations
Estación de Málaga María Zambrano