Average 2 hour flight
Time difference +1 hour(s)
Average temperature 23°C
Beach holiday or city break - why not choose both? On holidays to Malaga you get the very best of both worlds, as this cosmopolitan and historic port city in Spain also has miles and miles of golden sandy beach! A favourite with couples and groups of friends that love to soak up the culture, but also popular with families with young children thanks to great local attractions, you'll soon be charmed by marvellous Malaga.
The capital of the Costa del Sol, Malaga also enjoys nearly 330 days of sunshine each year and an average temperature of 22°C - so you're almost guaranteed to be able to hit the beach, whenever you decide to take your holiday. Away from the beach, you can take a sunny stroll through one of Malaga's lush parks and picturesque gardens such as the beautiful Parque de Malaga, or visit the many intriguing museums and art galleries. Or if the kids are in need of some excitement, take a day out to Aqualand in Torremolinos, or Tivoli World theme park in Benalmadena.
The city of Malaga itself has a rich history to uncover too. Its historic quarter dates back almost 800 years, and it's also famous for being the birthplace of artist Pablo Picasso - you'll soon see for yourself why he was so inspired by his home city, and the stunning coastal scenery. The streets and plazas of Malaga are always abuzz with activity too; explore and admire the grand architecture, visit the boutiques, or just pull up a chair at a pavement cafe and enjoy a refreshing cerveza or sangria whilst the locals pass by. Then there's the exclusive resort of Marbella, which is just a 45-minute train ride away and ideal for a day trip.
When night falls on Malaga, visit its lively bars, clubs and pubs, which have something for everyone whether you'd like to just enjoy a few quiet drinks after dinner or dance the night away! You'll find the best nightlife around Plaza de Uncibay and Plaza de la Merced, and thanks to the large student population, it's well-tailored to the younger crowd. However, if partying until dawn isn't your thing, why not visit a flamenco show for an authentic Spanish experience during your holiday in Malaga?
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There's plenty to see and do on a Malaga holiday whether you're into history, nature, art, sport, or just great food! The city has extensive sports facilities, numerous concerts and cultural events, a theatre (where Banderas once trod the boards!) and a cinema. The city's streets are full of beautiful old buildings dating back centuries one of the main attractions being the Picasso Museum where you can see paintings and drawings dating back to the late 19th Century when Picasso was just a teenager. The Moorish fortress of Alcazaba is a major landmark with its solid fortified walls dating back to the 700s when the Arabs first conquered this region of Spain. The 14th century Gibrafaro Castle overlooking the city is also worth a visit. Enjoy one of the most beautiful botanical gardens in Europe, Finca La Concepcion, with its wide variety of exotic flowers and ornamental pools filled with water lilies, frogs and turtles. The shops range from designer boutiques to traditional Spanish outlets. There are also more than 20 international top range golf courses within an hours drive of the city. Malaga has a thriving nightlife all year round you'll find everything from traditional gypsy flamenco performances and hospitable back street tapas bars to modern nightclubs. In the historic centre of Malaga, the streets and squares buzz with authentic bars, outdoor terraces and good live music. Malaga's warm evenings are also were made for sundowners a drink to be enjoyed at sunset on a terrace, maybe accompanied by some of Malaga's famous cakes.
Malaga is a great place to eat out and the bars and restaurants are where the real social life of the city takes place. International cuisine including Italian, Hindi, Chinese, English and French restaurants rub shoulders with eateries serving regional fare. Tapas are an Andalusian tradition and a wonderfully inexpensive way to try a variety of local food. Malaga is also famous for its "pescaito frito", a selection of small fried fish such as sardines and red mullet, best washed down with a glass of ice cold fino sherry. Head to the east of city to El Palo, a typical fisherman's village, to enjoy the "catch of the day. Local wines are also widely available and of course the traditional Sangria.