Magical Malaga holidays 2020
Malaga holidays are packed full of charm and traditional Spanish attractions, not least because it’s one of the oldest cities in Europe. Today, it has a balance of historic and modern touches and has become a highlight of the Costa del Sol region, providing a popular gateway for visitors in search of a city break that combines sunny days on the beach with a hint of culture.
While many may pass through on their way to their chosen beach resort, Malaga holidays offer a great deal more than a regular spot on the sand and a cocktail in hand. The city is rich in culture and history, boasting Moorish castles, Roman ruins and a stunning cathedral, as well as being the birthplace of a little-known artist called Picasso.
Malaga holidays are the perfect way to explore an engaging variety of historic sites and pretty churches, while the little streets and squares in the city open up to a host of delightful cafes and restaurants. Boutiques, craft shops and larger shopping centres are present in Malaga so you won’t have a problem finding the perfect gift to take home from your trip to the Costa del Sol.
Tropical and sub-tropical plants are found in La Alameda, the main park in central Malaga, and for delightful beaches head just outside of the city, which opens up to a glorious world of sand and sea, and you’ll find a number of 5-star hotels making the most of these fantastic beach locations.
Malaga at a glance
Must-visit historical sites
The hilltop Gibralfaro Castle boasts incredible views and the Alcazaba is a constant reminder of the city's historical past
Discover the best beaches
A city break with a beach - La Malagueta is the perfect respite from the typical city life
Art & culture
Malaga is home to Picasso and you can visit his former home for a closer look at his creations
Fab shopping scene
Have a browse down Calle Larios for boutique shops and your usual high street stores
Fine dining scene
Enjoy the tapas on offer in this wonderful city, or hit up the port's promenade, Muello Uno, for a lovely meal in the evening
Plaza de la Merced is perfect for daytime walks, lunch at one of the restaurants or a drink in one of the popular bars come evening
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Things to do in Malaga
A bustling and vibrant city dominating the coast of the Spanish region of Andalucia, Malaga is the traditional centre of the Costa del Sol. Generally, flights to Spain are reasonably priced throughout the year, with the peaks being in the summer months. The best part of Andalucia is that it's a year-round destination, the cooler months best for both cheap holidays to Malaga and long days sight-seeing.
There are so many things to do in Malaga, a destination capitalising on the Costa del Sol’s steamy Mediterranean climate, fantastic traditional cuisine, and a rich history – few know that Picasso was born in Malaga.
Southern Spain is an undeniable tourism hotspot of Europe, and Malaga is certainly no exception. Yet despite this hefty influx of visitors and increased infrastructure, the city still retains its original charm. While the sun and the sand are often the main focus for tourists that flock to this part of Spain, a combination of Roman ruins, intriguing museums and historic castles will have you delving beyond the more frequented of Malaga’s attractions.
If you fancy a little bit more of a thrill, you can venture out of Malaga and head to the El Chorro gorge for some serious rock climbing. While the climbing is best left to those with experience, the gorge itself is a magnificent sight, one you can appreciate from the slightly precarious walkway.
For a day of fun and relaxation, a 20-minute drive west will bring you to the resort town of Torremolinos. The town is home to the biggest water park in Andalucia, Aqualand. Spend the day slipping and sliding down the waterslides or chilling out in one of the many pools on offer to visitors.
Malaga rests along the Costa Del Sol, literally the coast of the sun, and the city is blessed with expansive stretches of soft sand and picturesque bays to fill the hearts of all beach bums with glee. Malaga's city beach of Caleta is well equipped for the whole family with sunbeds and umbrellas to hire, and toilets and showers available. About 1400m long, Caleta Beach is easily accessible and offers great views towards the port. Long promenades run along many of the beaches and are flanked by numerous traditional tapas bars and restaurants known locally as chiringuitos. You won't have to move far from your sun lounger to find tasty seafood and cold beer in Malaga.
For a truly scenic beach, just 20 minutes up the coast will deliver you to the beautiful Playa de Guadalmar, a sandy beach which kisses the mouth of the river Guadalhorce. a regional beauty spot. Or you can hop along the coast the other side of Malaga and explore popular bays like Playa de la Malagueta and Playa de El Palo.
If you fancy a little more action around the beach, you’ll find a variety of water sports up and down the coast around Malaga, from simple sports on the sand like beach volleyball and football, to adventures in the water like kayak touring, jet skiing and windsurfing. Malaga is also a brilliant location to explore the farther stretches of the Costa del Sol’s coastline, providing easy access to destinations like Marbella, Estepona and Nerja.
You’ll find that Malaga is blessed with decent weather year-round, though the highest temperatures, usually peaking at around 30C, will be experienced in the summer months between June and September. July and August experience the biggest influx of tourists, but for those looking for a little more peace and quiet there is plenty of winter sun to be had through the darker season.
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