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Málaga
Travel Guide

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

The city of Málaga is situated along Spain’s southern coast, just a 30-minute-drive from Torremolinos and an hour by car from Marbella. Once famous for being the gateway to the Costa del Sol, Malaga is respected around the world for its fantastic art scene, cosmopolitan vibe and sophisticated shops, hotels and restaurants.

Start a tour of this lively city at the central attraction of Mount Gibralfaro, a hill rising over the town that’s also the location of the Gibralfaro Castle. After that, you can visit other historic sights such as the 16th-century cathedral and the Moorish Alcazaba fortress, before moving on to the city’s key attractions: the art galleries and museums.

There’s the Pompidou Centre, a brightly coloured glass cube housing works by famous 20th-century artists. There’s the Art & Popular Customs Museum, housed in a 17th-century inn and providing an insight into a lost way of life. And of course, there’s the Picasso Museum, which boasts over 200 works by the Málaga-born painter.

All art and history aside, Málaga is the perfect location for a relaxing beach holiday. A long stretch of beach known as Playa la Malagueta runs from the harbour to the suburb of El Morlaco, offering refreshment stands, sun loungers and a friendly vibe that makes families, party animals and backpackers alike all feel right home. Its easy to see why Malaga holidays have boomed in popularity.

Venture further from the centre of Málaga and you can enjoy a football game at La Rosaleda stadium, brush up on your car knowledge at the Automobile Museum and wander through the beautiful blooms of the Botanical Garden. Day trips to neighbouring resort towns are also incredibly easy by car or train.

Head southwest to Torremolinos and savour a day of theme park fun, splashing around at Aqualand, getting up close to the wildlife at Crocodile Park and admiring the night-time illuminations at Tivoli World in neighbouring Benalmadena. For secluded natural walks, meanwhile, Montes de Málaga Natural Park, just north of the city, cannot be missed.

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Where to stay in Málaga

Molina Lario Hotel
Molina Lario Hotel
4 out of 5
The price is £90 per night from 27 Jun to 27 Jun
Located in Málaga Centro, this boutique hotel is steps away from Palacio Episcopal, Málaga Cathedral and Calle Larios. Picasso Museum Malaga and Malaga Roman ...
4.6/5Exceptional! (980 reviews)
"Great location and delightful staff. Room was also very nice."

Reviewed on 11 Oct 2020

Molina Lario Hotel
Barceló Malaga Hotel
Barceló Malaga Hotel
4 out of 5
C/ Heroe de Sostoa 2, Vialia Railway Station, Málaga, Malaga
The price is £93 per night from 29 Jun to 29 Jun
Located in Cruz de Humilladero, this romantic hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Picasso Park and Centre de Arte Contemporaneo. Central Market of Atarazanas ...
4.4/5Excellent! (976 reviews)
"Nice and modern hotel.Spacious rooms, good breakfast"

Reviewed on 15 Jun 2021

Barceló Malaga Hotel
Gran hotel Miramar GL
Gran hotel Miramar GL
5 out of 5
Paseo Reding, 22, Málaga, Málaga
The price is £235 per night from 29 Jun to 29 Jun
Nestled on the beach, this Málaga Centro hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Malagueta Beach and Plaza de Toros de la Malagueta. Picasso Museum Malaga and Alcazaba ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (741 reviews)
"Stay here! Absolutely worth the money and you will not regret it. I had the best experience at this hotel, the staff were kind and attentive, the poolside service and food was out of this world, and the cleanliness was unmatched. Staying here made my time in Málaga that much more enjoyable. Can’t ..."

Reviewed on 25 May 2021

Gran hotel Miramar GL
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Apartamentos Mediterránea Centro
Apartamentos Mediterránea Centro
3.5 out of 5
The price is £65 per night from 22 Jun to 22 Jun
Located in Málaga Centro, this apartment building is steps away from Plaza de la Constitucion and Calle Larios. Picasso Museum Malaga and Málaga Cathedral are ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (14 reviews)
Malaga old town wonderful location
"Excellent location centre of Malaga. Everything on your doorstep"

Reviewed on 10 Nov 2020

Apartamentos Mediterránea Centro
Apartamentos Nono Charming Stay
Apartamentos Nono Charming Stay
3 out of 5
The price is £66 per night from 23 Jun to 23 Jun
Located in Málaga Centro, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of MIMMA, Calle Larios and Málaga Cathedral. Picasso Museum Malaga and Port of Malaga are ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (921 reviews)
Fab roof bar.
"Trendy, clean and comfortable rooms. Lovely staff and an amazing roof bar b"

Reviewed on 16 Jun 2020

Apartamentos Nono Charming Stay
Caleta Homes - Ancha del Carmen
Caleta Homes - Ancha del Carmen
3.5 out of 5
The price is £137 per night from 28 Jun to 28 Jun
Located in Málaga Centro, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Málaga Cathedral, Port of Malaga and Picasso Museum Malaga. Alcazaba and Malagueta ...
5/5Exceptional! (4 reviews)
"Really nice apartment which offers everything you need for a short or long stay."

Reviewed on 14 Oct 2019

Caleta Homes - Ancha del Carmen
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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