At the mid-point of the Costa del Sol coastline, port city Malaga is close to both the beaches and mountains. The region is popular with both tourists and expats, claiming a relatively high British population.
City of culture, full of history and architecture
Malaga is one of the oldest cities in the world, founded by the Phoenicians in 770BC. Its the largest on the Costa del Sol and has a huge number of activities to match its busy nightlife. You can sunbathe on the beach, hike up a mountain or even explore a castle - all in the same day and without leaving the city.
The region has a sub-tropical climate, with warm weather all year round - so its always a good time to visit. Malaga is also one of the few cities in Europe where the plants and trees stay green in winter.
Top 5 things to eat and drink
Malagas coast is lined with chiringuitos - beach restaurants offering paella, seafood and many other Spanish dishes. Sample some of the following highlights of Andalusian cuisine:
- Sweet Mosto wine - Malaga is famous for its vino
- Coquinas - small clams cooked in white wine
- Espetos - grilled sardine skewers
- Pescato frito - deep fried fish and seafood
- Cazon en adobo - Andalusian fish in vinegar
Top 10 Spanish experiences
Malaga is the main hub of the Costa del Sol, and has a lot to offer for holidaymakers straight out of the airport. There are so many things to see and do - weve picked out just a few:
- Take a free salsa class at one of Malagas bars and clubs
- Trek through the hills on an Andalusian horse
- Sense the towns history at the Roman theatre
- Relax on the popular Playa de la Malagueta beach
- Visit the Picasso Museum or the artists birthplace
- Walk among the flowers at La Conception Botanic and Historical Garden
- See the unfinished Malaga Cathedral, at the heart of the city centre
- Pick up some souvenirs in the pedestrianised central shopping area
- Head to any of Malagas 30 museums for art, engineering and music
- Perfect your swing on one of the citys four golf courses