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Malaga is undoubtedly one of the most popular holiday destinations to visit on the Costa Del Sol and it is more than easy to see why. Mixing the old with the new, there is something for everyone to do and experience, and the beautiful weather that, aside from a couple of months when it cools down over winter, automatically makes you feel happy and relaxed. If you don't stay in the centre of Malaga, you'll find many flock to places further along the coast, such as Benalmadena, Torremolinos and even Marbella. Find a cheap holiday, a last minute break, or an all inclusive treat.

Flight duration: arriving at Malaga airport

Flights to Malaga from London take around two hours and 45 minutes, and around three hours from Manchester to Malaga. The airport is situated around 12km southwest of central Malaga. Once you arrive, there are plenty of transport options to reach your destination of choice, whether it is Malaga city centre or a little further afield. Taxis are easy to find outside the airport, plus there's an express bus service between the airport and Malaga, with only seven intermediate stops in-between, it takes about 20 to 25 minutes and costs two euros. There is also a train connection from the terminal to the city centre which takes around eight minutes.

Our Top Tip For Malaga

Visit the very charming old fishing village of Pedregalejo (located in the city East side), a local sunshine sea promenade where many local restaurants specialized in fried fish, salads and sangrias offer their best quality to locals and visitors.

The highlights

Malaga Cathedral

Located in the heart of the city, Malaga's cathedral dates back to the 16th century. The Gothic style of the Cathedral is utterly breathtaking and explains why it actually took 200 years to complete! The domed ceiling is 40 metres high and there is a total of 15 chapels which house a vast amount of 18th century religious art. It is also worth visiting the Cathedral's museum to have a look at the religious items on display, of which many date back 500 years.

Gibralfaro Castle

It is very hard to miss Gibralfaro Castle as it stands tall above the city of Malaga. The 14th century building offers some of the best views of Malaga, the way in which it almost blends into the hill that begins to form the mountain range and creates the backdrop of the city.

Museo Picasso

Opened in 2003, the Museo Picasso is one of the most exciting places to visit in Malaga and it is the perfect way to honour the work of Spain's most famous artist. Whether or not you are a long-time fan of Picasso's work or not, you will undoubtedly be impressed by the collection which offers 204 pieces of work.

Pompidou Centre

This is the first Pompidou museum established in the world outside of France. Modern art from the Georges Pompidou Centre in Paris is exhibited in Malaga as permanent museum, located in the new Muelle Uno, a stylish promenade full of boutiques and elegant restaurants.

Did you know?

  • Artist Pablo Picasso and actor Antonio Banderas were born in Malaga. You can visit Picasso's birthplace at his natal house located in the historical city centre.
  • While other Andalucian cities have their Alcazars, Malaga boasts not one but two Moorish castles.
  • The favourite local food is fritura malaguena (fried fish), lots of seafood, fresh fruits and salads and honey-based desserts.

Surrounding Areas

Marbella is only a very short distance away and you can get there within minutes on a local bus. Make sure to visit the Old Quarter of Marbella and, in particular, the Plaza De Los Naranjas (Orange Square) which houses the Ayuntamiento (City Hall) and the Capilla de Santiago Apostol (Chapel of Saint James the Apostle), both of which are spectacular buildings and definitely worth seeing. Hire a car and head up the mountains towards Ronda, which is one of the most breathtaking villages, particularly due to the 18th Century Puente Nuevo bridge, which spans across the 100 metre canyon below.