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The stretch of sunny Spanish coastline around Malaga is as diverse as a tapas menu: you'll find spicy historical towns and cities, tasty seaside resorts, and a flavoursome culture dripping with charm, elegance and warmth. It is also a golf lover's paradise with some of Spain's best courses.

Why go?

One of the most popular holiday destinations among Britons, Malaga has so much to offer...

After you've unpacked your sunshine threads following your flight to Malaga, consider touring the Costa del Sol. Ronda, Mijas and Granada are all nearby and offer special memories of whitewashed buildings and magnificent Moorish architecture. Gibraltar, also known as The Rock, is only two hours south of Malaga.

The lovely Costa del Sol has lots to offers holidaymakers, though stay close to Malaga and you'll discover a city with a growing reputation as a cultural hotspot. There are plenty of restaurants, cafés and shops dotted around the castle and the port, and a museum dedicated to Pablo Picasso, who was born in Malaga, gives a flavour of the rich cultural tapestry that can be found in the city.

How to get there

The popularity of Malaga all year round means there are plenty of flight options...

Flights to Malaga Airport (AGP) from UK airports take around two and a half hours and are frequent, especially during the busy summer months.

Use a price-comparison site to find the cheapest deals on flights to Malaga, in both the peak times of April to October and during the winter months, when the sun still shines in between some spells of rain and the sea remains warm.

Villa and time-share apartment holidays are also common in this part of Spain, so flights and car hire should be booked early to find the best bargains on this hugely popular route.

Golf enthusiasts should pay to book their clubs on Malaga flights, as the region's status as a golfing paradise is well deserved.

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Getting to and from the airport

Transfers to Malaga city and nearby resorts from the airport come in the form of buses, taxis and dedicated transfer services, which can be booked prior to travel...

As well as Malaga city, the lively resorts of the Costa del Sol such as Torremolinos, Benalmadena and Fuengirola. Marbella, Puerto Banus, Estepona and San Pedro can also be reached by bus, taxi or transfer service.

Public transportation can be limited in this region and car hire is a great idea if you want to see more of the coast than your pool or beach. Car hire in Malaga is very good value and could save you on the cost of transfers to your resort from the airport.

What's on?

Malaga is very much a tourist destination which means there is a plethora of good quality places to stay...

British tourists have been flocking to Malaga since the 1960s, and as numbers have increased with the onset of bargain flights, this has generated a lot of investment in hotels and holiday rental accommodation.

Central Malaga is a good choice for those who want to experience the hustle of this pretty Andalucian city and yet still take the short journey to the coast - around 20 minutes away.

However, Torremollinos, Fuengirola and, of course, major British favourite, Marbella, are just a short drive westwards from Malaga Airport - offering an excellent choice of hotels, holiday rentals and, for the outdoors lovers, camping.

Since most holidaymakers opt for a straightforward flight and hotel package, it's worth bearing in mind that the quality of hotels in the Malaga region varies widely - from plush five-star resorts complete with state-of-the-art sports facilities, such as the famous La Manga Club in Murcia, through to family-run guesthouses set back from the coastline in Antequera or Ronda. Both are very beautiful but not ideal for those seeking a beach holiday.

For younger families, the Malaga coastline remains hugely popular, and for those looking for nightlife, people-watching and fun, Marbella is a firm favourite.