Málaga

Travel Guide
Malaga Historic Centre showing a city, heritage architecture and street scenes

Experience the traditional festivals, tapas bars and museums of this modern, sprawling city, where Picasso was born and the beauty of the Costa del Sol awaits.

Málaga has all the folklore, energy and romance of a flamenco dance on a balmy night. Phoenician, Roman, Moorish and Christian empires all left their mark on this bustling metropolis, which is Spain’s sixth-largest city.

A walk along the winding streets of Málaga’s Old Town will take you past the palm tree-lined Paseo del Parque, the ancient ruins of the Málaga Amphitheatre and the monumental Málaga Cathedral. Visit the Moorish Alcazaba fortress from where you can follow a passageway up to the city’s landmark Gibralfaro Castle, with its views over the Alboran Sea towards Morocco.

This port city is sunny most of the year and summers can get hot in southern Spain, so don’t plan outdoor activities around noon. Have a siesta instead, followed by a lunch of adobo (fish marinated in wine), gazpacho (cold tomato soup) or pescaíto frito (fried fish).

As is the custom in Spain, dinner doesn’t start until late at night in Málaga so you’ll have plenty of sightseeing time to visit the city’s many cultural attractions. Among these is Picasso’s Birthplace (Casa Natal Picasso), in the Plaza de la Merced, and the nearby Picasso Museum Málaga.

More than 30 other local museums are dedicated to the arts and history and public shows are common too. In the late afternoon, "living" statues entertain the crowds in the main shopping street and squares. Festivals include the parades of the Semana Santa at Easter and the Feria de Málaga in August.

The province of Málaga is located on the Costa del Sol in Andalusia and the city gives access to more than 100 miles (160 kilometers) of Mediterranean coastline with long, wide sandy beaches. You’re sure to find the ideal place to sunbathe, enjoy watersports or socialize in beach bars. Málaga International Airport has flights to all major European cities and high-speed trains connect Málaga with Madrid and Barcelona.

Málaga’s compact historic center is easy to explore on foot and metro buses stop at many major attractions.

Where to stay in Málaga

Holiday Inn Express Malaga Airport, an IHG Hotel
Holiday Inn Express Malaga Airport, an IHG Hotel
3 out of 5
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is Rs4,638 per night from 8 Dec to 8 Dec
Located in Churriana, this hotel is within 2 miles (3 km) of Malaga Airport Museum, Jose Maria Martin Carpena Arena and Plaza Mayor. Los Alamos and Los Alamos ...
3.9/5 Very Good! (913 reviews)
"very good value for money, very friendly staff, would have liked a shuttle maybe to airport?"

Reviewed on 29 Nov 2021

Holiday Inn Express Malaga Airport, an IHG Hotel
Gran hotel Miramar GL
Gran hotel Miramar GL
5 out of 5
The price is Rs17,394 per night from 12 Dec to 12 Dec
Located in Málaga Centro, this beachfront hotel is in the city centre and within a 15-minute walk of Malagueta Beach and Málaga Cathedral. Port of Malaga and ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (804 reviews)
"Beautiful hotel and the staff is amazing - would definitely recommend this hotel. Only minus point is the pricing of drinks & food inside the hotel i.e. 6 euros for a cola when in a restaurant outside the hotel it is like 2.50 euros. This was a pity as I expect to pay more but this was really overpricing ..."

Reviewed on 25 Nov 2021

Gran hotel Miramar GL
Only YOU Hotel Malaga
Only YOU Hotel Malaga
5 out of 5
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is Rs11,595 per night from 8 Dec to 8 Dec
Located in Málaga Centro, this luxury hotel is steps away from Calle Larios and Port of Malaga. Málaga Cathedral and Carmen Thyssen Museum are also within 10 ...
5/5 Exceptional! (5 reviews)
"Only You Hotel is a brand new hotel. It’s chic and modern. Very beautiful. Food at both available restaurants is very good. We found the entire staff to be very friendly and helpful. Amazing hotel and staff. Enjoyed every minute of our stay. Perfect location too. Right in the heart of Malaga central. ..."

Reviewed on 15 Nov 2021

Only YOU Hotel Malaga
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Pinar Apartments Málaga Centro
Pinar Apartments Málaga Centro
3.5 out of 5
Located in Málaga Centro, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Museo del Vino Malaga and Málaga Cathedral. Port of Malaga and Calle Larios are ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (357 reviews)
"Real convenient and nice place to stay as it is in Malaga centro. The place is very clean. The check in office is not the same place where you stay. Can be noisy at night if you are a light sleeper. Overall very enjoyable stay! Yup"

Reviewed on 2 Dec 2021

Pinar Apartments Málaga Centro
Apartamentos Spa del Palacete
Apartamentos Spa del Palacete
4 out of 5
Located in Málaga Centro, this spa apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Carmen Thyssen Museum and Málaga Cathedral. Port of Malaga and Calle Larios ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (16 reviews)
"It was a nice place, I really like the security and flexibility. The location was great. The room was cleaned and good condition 😊."

Reviewed on 23 Oct 2021

Apartamentos Spa del Palacete
Apartamentos Nono Charming Stay
Apartamentos Nono Charming Stay
3 out of 5
Located in Málaga Centro, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Teatro del Soho CaixaBank and Málaga Cathedral. Port of Malaga and Calle Larios are also ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (938 reviews)
"Very good hotel with excellent service and central location."

Reviewed on 2 Dec 2021

Apartamentos Nono Charming Stay
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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