Malaga is a great city break or summer holiday destination and it gives visitors a unique taste of Spain...
The birthplace of Pablo Picasso, it's fair to say that Malaga notches up its share of cultural points. It's the largest city of the Costa del Sol and a major hub of activity during summer when millions of visitors pass through Malaga Airport on their way to the beach resorts of Spain's most popular stretch of coast. But thousands stay in Malaga itself to tour the historic elements of this handsome destination and to hit the city beaches. Malaga's food scene is undeniably delicious. Some of the best tapas bars by the sea are in Malaga and the city's restaurants serve some of the tastiest cutting-edge cuisine outside Madrid and Barcelona.
Stay in centrally-located Malaga hotels to have easy access to the best of this city...
Visitors looking for four- and five-star hotels in Malaga will not be disappointed. There is a good selection of luxury hotels in the city and on the outskirts, where golf courses sprawl away from lush hotel grounds featuring swimming pools and fine restaurants.
Big-name chain hotels are well represented in the city, with ibis, Novotel, Marriott, NH, Room Mate, and Barcelo making appearances.
Some Malaga hotels feature swimming pools, but the city streets are also crammed with quaint boutique-style hotels that offer little in the way of amenities but plenty in terms of charm and a warm welcome.
Those wishing for independence can look for private villas in the hills around central Malaga and self-catering apartments within the city.
Hiring a car during your break is a fantastic idea, especially if you plan to stay on the outskirts of town or wish to visit some of the attractions of the Costa del Sol. The beach resorts of Torremolinos and Benalmadena are just 20 minutes away; stay in these areas for more of a traditional package holiday feeling. Travel inland too, to see the gorgeous mountain-top village of Mijas. Orange-scented Seville is only two hours from Malaga and this sizzling city offers up a fiery combination of sights, flamenco dancing and bullfighting.
The old and the new blend beautifully in Malaga and both faces of the city provide sightseeing opportunities...
The Costa del Sol is known for its magnificent beaches, family resorts and party hotspots. Malaga adds a little more magic into the holiday mix.
Top five attractions
In Spanish it's the Castillo de Gibralfaro. However you wish to say it, you should visit this lofty spot on a Malaga hilltop and gaze at the incredible views of the city.
Close to the castle is the Alcazaba. The ancient citadel clings to the side of the hill and is another breath-taking outlook spot.
Set within the historic centre of Malaga is this stunning 16th-century Renaissance church.
A wide selection of works by Malaga's most famous son can be seen at this enchanting museum.
Playa de la Malagueta is the biggest and most popular beach in central Malaga. You can also walk to some of the area's quieter and smaller beaches. There's no need to miss out on sunshine and dips in the sea during your city break.
Just like any other Spanish city, Malaga hosts a line-up of lively events throughout the year...
Join in the fun at one of these annual events.
Semana Santa; March/April: Easter is celebrated with vigour across most of Spain and Malaga is no exception. You'll see religious processions during Semana Santa, the Holy Week, and the party atmosphere afterwards is wonderful to be a part of.
Night of San Juan; June: The longest day of the year is marked with bonfires on the beach and night swims to ward off evil spirits.
Feria Malaga; August: The traditions of the region are observed with gusto during this festival. Expect to see traditional costumes, dancing and fireworks and to taste classic dishes. There are fairground rides and bullfights on the beach. This is a huge party in Malaga and hotels can be extra busy.