Malaga is a sizzlin' city with a cosmopolitan vibe on the Costa del Sol.
Rich in culture, the birthplace of Picasso has a charming historic quarter, castles and cathedrals and excellent museums. It's more famous, however, for its spicy, flamboyant nightlife, tapas bar-culture and chic shopping. Beaches as well. They're sandy, golden and postcard perfect; all in all making one of the most exciting destinations in southern Spain. Malaga has its own airport, just outside the city.
Each year, visitors flock to Malaga to enjoy some of Spain's best beaches. The Costa del Sol is packed with sweeping golden beaches, punctuated with little coves and quiet bays. The area around Malaga is no different, with various Blue Flag and child-friendly beaches.
Malaga's central beach, Playa de las Acacias, over 1km in length. It enjoys soft honey-gold sands that shelve gently into the warm waters of the Med. The beach has plenty of water sports available, a children's play area and lifeguard service. The seafront is lined with cafés, bars where you relax with mojito in the sunshine.
For a quieter beach, a wander into Malaga's eastern suburbs brings you to some really nice sandy stretches. The eastern beaches enjoys a chilled-out atmosphere and are dotted with little chiringuitos (beach bars), where you enjoy fresh seafood and an ice-cold beer. Due to its prime location, a Malaga holiday means you're never more than a short drive away from miles of sandy beaches.
Parts of Malaga feel like a traditional Spanish town, particularly in the historic and charismatic old quarter. The old quarter consists of winding web of cobblestone streets packed with restaurants, pavement cafés and curious shops. Be sure to visit the impressive 16th century Gothic cathedral.
Overlooking the narrow passages of the old quarter, stands the dramatic Moorish palace-fort of Alcazaba. It houses an interesting archaeological museum, while the ruins of a Roman amphitheatre lie next door. High above the city, the castle remnants of 14th century Castillo de Gibralfaro provide a memorable excursion. The city views from its ground are sensational.
Elsewhere in the city, long tree-lined boulevards host designer boutiques, gourmet restaurants and boutique hotels, as well as galleries. Art is big in Malaga, and highlights include the Museo de Artes Populares, which celebrates traditional Andalucían life, and the CAC contemporary art museum. The exceptional Picasso Museum is arguably the finest gallery in the city.
Malaga has a vibrant tapas-bar culture; enjoying a glass of wine with friends over delicious Andalucían food is a daily occurrence. Some of the best places are tucked away down little side streets, so it's well worth a exploring. Try local favourites like jambon Serrano, tortilla, and patatas bravas, while there's an abundance of seafood like oysters, prawns, anchovies and sardines.
Malaga enjoy a sultry nightlife, equal parts flamenco-inspired Andalucían entertainment and vibrant city-style partying. Mainly though, Malaga buzzes with energy, every night, all year round. In classic Spanish style things start late and finish late (or early, depending how you look at it). From classy cocktail loungers that cater to the Marbella-crowd to beach parties for the free-spirited, this is a city that likes to have fun. There's a hip bar scene around squares and side streets of the historic quarter, and an eclectic range of pulsing clubs. Put simply, this is among Spain's most happening party cities.