Malaga is packed full of charm and traditional Spanish attractions, not least because it’s one of the oldest cities in Europe. Today, it has a balance of historic and modern touches and has become a highlight of the Costa del Sol region, providing a popular gateway for visitors in search of a beach break with a hint of culture.
While many may pass through on their way to their chosen beach resort, Malaga holidays offer a great deal more than a regular spot on the sand. The city is rich in culture and history, boasting Moorish castles, Roman ruins and a stunning cathedral, as well as being the birthplace of a little known artist called Picasso.
Holidays to Malaga provide more than just a convenient base, and you’ll find countless things to do in the city before catching your flight back home.
A Costa del Sol Gem
Malaga holidays are the perfect way to explore an engaging variety of historic sites and pretty churches, while the little streets and squares in the city open up to a host of delightful cafes and restaurants. Boutiques, craft shops and larger shopping centres are present in Malaga so you won’t have a problem finding the perfect gift to take home from your trip to the Costa del Sol.
Tropical and sub-tropical plants are found in La Alameda, the main park in central Malaga, and for delightful beaches head just outside of the city, which opens up to a glorious world of sand and sea, and you’ll find a number of 5-star hotels making the most of these fantastic beach locations.
Malaga's city beach of Caleta is well equipped for the whole family with sunbeds and umbrellas to hire, and toilets and showers available. About 1400m long, Caleta Beach is easily accessible and offers great views towards the port. Long promenades run along many of the beaches and are flanked by numerous traditional tapas bars and restaurants known locally as chiringuitos. You won't have to move far from your sun lounger to find tasty seafood and cold beer in Malaga.
Take to the Water
If you fancy a little more action around the beach, you’ll find a variety of water sports up and down the coast around Malaga, from simple sports on the sand like beach volleyball and football, to adventures in the water like kayak touring, jet skiing and windsurfing. Malaga is also a brilliant location to explore the farther stretches of the Costa del Sol’s coastline, providing easy access to destinations like Marbella, Estepona and Nerja.
You’ll find that Malaga is blessed with decent weather year-round, though the highest temperatures, usually peaking at around 30C, will be experienced in the summer months between June and September. July and August experience the biggest influx of tourists, but for those looking for a little more peace and quiet there is plenty of winter sun to be had throughout the darker season.
Throughout the whole year you’ll be able to experience the wonderful cuisine of the Costa del Sol, some of the finest in Spain. Predictably the seafood is fantastic, with some wonderful fried fish dishes all along the seafront. The tapas in Malaga are also very good, as is the Iberian ham.
Out and About in Malaga
Malaga is a great place to explore on foot, and you’ll find some great attractions throughout the town. The Alcazaba of Malaga is a wonderfully maintained Moorish castle which also boasts a Roman theatre just below it. A visit to the grand cathedral is also worthwhile, especially at night when it is lit up to make it look even more imposing. You should also take the opportunity to discover Picasso’s legacy in Malaga. The artist was born in this city, and as well as having the option to visit his birthplace, there is the fantastic Picasso Museum featuring some of his exclusive work.
If you fancy a little bit more of a thrill, you can venture out of Malaga and head to the El Chorro gorge for some serious rock climbing. While the climbing is best left to those with experience, the gorge itself is a magnificent sight, one you can appreciate from the slightly precarious walkway.
For a day of fun and relaxation, a 20-minute drive west will bring you to the resort town of Torremolinos. The town is home to the biggest water park in Andalucia, Aqualand. Spend the day slipping and sliding down the waterslides or chilling out in one of the many pools on offer to visitors.