MálagaSpain

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

Malaga featuring a city

Centro

4.5/5Wonderful!(807 area reviews)

Picasso Museum Malaga and Alcazaba are a few top attractions in Centro. Hop around the city on the metro at La Marina Station or La Malagueta Station and check out the area's fantastic nightlife, stunning cathedral and captivating waterfront views.

Centro
Plaza de Toros de la Malagueta showing a city

La Malagueta

Pristine beaches, ample dining options and captivating waterfront views are just a few things travellers love about La Malagueta. Sights like Malagueta Beach and Plaza de Toros de la Malagueta are top spots to explore, and you can get around the greater Málaga area at La Malagueta Station.

La Malagueta
Malaga featuring outdoor art

Carretera de Cadiz

4/5Very Good!(40 area reviews)

Consider a visit to Jose Maria Martin Carpena Arena and take some time to enjoy the beaches during your time in Carretera de Cadiz. If you want to see more of the city, jump on the metro at La Luz - La Paz Station or Puerta Blanca Station.

Carretera de Cadiz
Malaga-Este, Málaga, Andalusia, Spain

Malaga-Este

4.5/5Wonderful!(19 area reviews)

You'll enjoy the cafes and spas in Malaga-Este. You might want to make time for a stop at Malagueta Beach or Parque Natural Montes de Malaga.

Malaga-Este
Churriana, Málaga, Andalusia, Spain

Churriana

3.5/5Good!(59 area reviews)

The pristine beaches and ample dining options are top of the list for many visitors to Churriana. A stop by Los Alamos or Los Alamos Beach might round out your trip.

Churriana
Puerto de la Torre, Málaga, Andalusia, Spain

Puerto de la Torre

4.5/5Wonderful!(5 area reviews)

Puerto de la Torre is known for its ample dining options, and you can get around the area by hopping on the metro at Puesto de Control Station.

Puerto de la Torre

Top hotels in Málaga

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Gran Hotel Miramar
Gran Hotel Miramar
5 out of 5
Paseo Reding, 22, Málaga, Málaga
The price is £201 per night

Nestled on the beach, this Centro hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Malagueta Beach and Plaza de Toros de la Malagueta. Picasso Museum Malaga and Alcazaba are ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (700 reviews)

"Booked this property for my 40th birthday in March, and it didn't disappoint. From the moment we arrived the staff were really friendly and the hotel couldn't of been any better. It mixed the old character of the property with a few modern amenities in the room which I really liked. I was a little ..."…"

Reviewed on 10 Apr 2020

Gran Hotel Miramar
Molina Lario Hotel
Molina Lario Hotel
4 out of 5
The price is £140 per night

Located in Centro, this boutique hotel is steps away from Palacio Episcopal, Málaga Cathedral and Calle Larios. Picasso Museum Malaga and Malaga Roman Theatre ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (995 reviews)

"Great restaurant and rooftop bar. Great location! Clean rooms."…"

Reviewed on 15 Mar 2020

Molina Lario Hotel
Soho Boutique Vegas
Soho Boutique Vegas
3 out of 5

Located in Centro, this beachfront hotel is in the city centre and within 1 mi (2 km) of Plaza de Toros de la Malagueta, Picasso Museum Malaga and Alcazaba. ...

4/5Very Good! (990 reviews)

"Position and hotel for us was good and the pool was warm. We asked for a kettle and milk and this was given to us no problem. Hotel transfer to airport was reasonable and easy"…"

Reviewed on 12 Mar 2020

Soho Boutique Vegas

Popular places to visit in Málaga

Port of Malaga
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Port of Malaga

4.5/5(635 reviews)

One of Spain’s most popular cruise ports is a great place to experience the atmosphere and history of lively, welcoming Málaga.

Malagueta Beach
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Malagueta Beach

4/5(584 reviews)

Laze under the Andalucían sun on this popular beach, which is just a short stroll from Malaga's historic city center.

Picasso Museum Malaga
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Picasso Museum Malaga

4/5(289 reviews)

Within the Palacio de Buenavista, a 16th-century palace, is this museum showcasing the life and works of Malaga’s most celebrated artist.

Alcazaba
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Alcazaba

4.5/5(315 reviews)

Explore the lavishly decorated residence of Moorish sultans and other rulers in this thousand-year-old fortress built on the remains of a Roman settlement.

Málaga Cathedral
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Málaga Cathedral

4.5/5(477 reviews)

The “One Armed Lady” and her ornate Baroque and Renaissance features has charmed locals for over 200 years.

Gibralfaro Castle
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Gibralfaro Castle

4.5/5(300 reviews)

Malaga’s most famous landmark sits on top of a mountain and offers panoramic views of the city and the Alboran Sea, stretching all the way to Africa.

Top things to do in Málaga

Granada Highlights - Full Day Tour
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Granada Highlights - Full Day Tour

£75
Per adult
74% of travellers recommend
Malaga Interactive Music Museum + Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour
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Malaga Interactive Music Museum + Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

£20
Per adult
78% of travellers recommend
Sala VIP Lounge at Malaga Airport (AGP)
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Sala VIP Lounge at Malaga Airport (AGP)

£27
Per adult
Gibraltar Shopping Experience - Full Day Tour
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Gibraltar Shopping Experience - Full Day Tour

£25
Per adult
78% of travellers recommend
Tangier by Ferry - Full Day Tour
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Tangier by Ferry - Full Day Tour

£96
Per adult
Skip the Line: Aquatropic Water Park Admission Ticket
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Skip the Line: Aquatropic Water Park Admission Ticket

£19
Per adult

Reviews of Málaga

4.7

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
411
5 - Excellent 68.5%
4 - Good
172
4 - Good 28.666666666666668%
3 - Okay
17
3 - Okay 2.8333333333333335%
2 - Disappointing
0
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5/5 - Excellent

Gustav

13 Mar 2020

Lovely, friendly vibrant City! Never been in Spain before but after this trip I want to be back!

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

12 Mar 2020

Only there for one day but would definitely go back for longer. Beaches are nice. Town is nice. Quite a lot to do.

5/5 - Excellent

Amelia

9 Mar 2020

Malaga has my heart.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

9 Mar 2020

Great location for a warm city break during the UK winter.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

5 Mar 2020

Very much enjoyed Malaga. Very friendly and welcoming people.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

2 Mar 2020

Great town, bars, beach, shops, restaurants, transport links, excellent value for money, friendly, weather

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