- Malaga All inclusive holidays
There are very few city breaks in Europe that offer culture, art, music and beaches, all wrapped up in one fabulous destination. Malaga is the exception. The birthplace of the famous artist Pablo Picasso and with enough museums, art galleries and concert halls to keep the most discerning culture vulture happy, it also offers a great selection of beaches.
Malaga has so much to see and do, one visit is never enough. History buffs will be in their element on Malaga all inclusive holidays: the imposing Castillo de Gibralfaro, built to defend the Alcazaba Moorish castle, is a must-see.
Malaga is a city brimming with gardens. The Concepción Botanical Gardens, in particular, are delightful in spring. It’s full of quirky landmarks, such as the ‘Around the world in 80 trees’ feature, and the different themed gardens filled with tropical plants.
Guadalhorce Natural Park is a haven for adventure tourists, with dramatic cliffs and gorges, and the beautiful village of El Choro. If you have a head for heights then you can’t leave this area without a trip along the Caminito Del Rey: a walkway, pinned along the steep walls of a narrow gorge.
Malaga’s location on the Spain’s south coast means that there are plenty of beaches to choose from. However, the ones closest to the city are also the most crowded, so if you want a day of tranquillity then it’s best to hire a car. Head east and you will find plenty of pretty little inlets and coves to explore.
All inclusive holidays to Malaga have to include a visit to the huge Alcazaba Castle. It is the best preserved Moorish castle in the whole of Spain, and a site of international importance. A climb to the top of the castle is well worth it for the views, and the small Moorish palace that is home to a good collection of artefacts that have been discovered during various archaeological digs over the years.
Directly below the castle sits a Roman amphitheatre, again, in a remarkable state of preservation. In the evenings this atmospheric location is a wonderfully romantic. If you’re lucky, you might even catch local actors in productions of ancient Greek and Roman plays.
The Paseo del Parque is a great place for an evening stroll, but if you’re an art lover then head during the day to the Museo Casa Natal. This interactive museum has captured the essence of Pablo Picasso’s birthplace by recreating a 19th-century hall with pictures, mementos and photographs. It’s an absorbing and fascinating insight into the life of one of the 20th century’s greatest abstract artists.
The city’s cathedral is a monument to overindulgence when it comes to architecture. The 16th-century building is renowned for its soaring domed ceiling and 15 chapels. Climb up 200 stairs to the top of the tower and you have an uninterrupted view of the city, and a chance to catch your breath!
A very modern landmark is the Malaga Pompidou Centre, an offshoot of the famous Parisian landmark. This colourful building was opened in 2015 and is a tribute to modern art in all its forms. Its gallery houses some of the most innovative modern works, and it has quickly become a firm favourite with visitors.
Malaga’s nightlife is legendary. If you’re booking all inclusive holidays to Malaga you can choose from lively bars, pumping clubs, refined opera or cool jazz bars. It’s always busiest around Plaza de la Merced and Plaza Uncibay, where you will find many trendy bars. If you want something a little less crowded but no less vibrant, head to Calle Granada or Calle Olmos, or the Plaza del Vado del Maestre, which is a favourite with locals.
If you fancy something a little more authentic then one of the oldest wine bars in the city is the place to go. Bodega Antigua Casa de Guardia, or the Old Guard House, opened in 1840 and is still welcoming patrons today. The wine is poured directly out of barrels, and this wonderfully traditional bar has also managed to fight off the threat of being modernised.
Clubs are a mix of Latin and hardcore dance, helped along with some generous cocktail offers. If you want some live music while you’re on holiday in Malaga then the city’s main sports venue, the Malaga Deportes y Eventos, plays host to some pretty big names all year round.
Why choose an all-inclusive holiday to Malaga
Malaga all inclusive holidays offer you a chance to really expand your knowledge of Spanish food beyond the usual suspects! Top of the list has to be the informal seafood restaurants known as chiringuitos. These beachfront restaurants along the seafronts of El Palo and Pedregalejo pride themselves on creating authentic Spanish fish and shellfish dishes using the freshest ingredients. If you’re strolling around the centre of town you will find tapas bars, as well as gastro-bars serving fusion cuisine.
Some of the more exclusive restaurants like to experiment with Spanish classics (think oxtail tapas!), but you will also find traditional dishes like Malagan almond and garlic gazpacho-style soup. One of the most popular dishes is espetos: freshly caught sardines skewered on a bamboo stick and grilled over a fire.
The wine is second to none, with bright, fresh whites that accompany fish dishes perfectly, through to deep, meaty reds with character. Look out too for sherry, which in this part of Spain is still an incredibly popular drink.
Tipping isn’t mandatory but is expected, and you should be looking at around 10 per cent in an upmarket restaurant. In tapas bars it’s not a requirement, but it’s certainly appreciated. Like cheap all-inclusive holidays to Malaga? Check out our other amazing deals for Malaga holidays!