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Malaga city - capital of Andalucia and a city of great history

Most tourists think of Malaga as a place to fly into to start their holidays on the Costa del Sol, but few actually take the time to explore this fascinating city.  The city is the birthplace of Pablo Picasso, and is a cosmopolitan and attractive city – ranging from modern streets and buildings, to the older narrow winding streets of typical Andalucian buildings, with many seafood restaurants and tapas bar to relax and rejuvenate during your tour of the city.

Located on the Costa del Sol, Malaga is situated in a sweeping bay, with golden sandy beaches, and is surrounded by beautiful mountainous scenery. Visit the port to see many cruise ships visiting the city. The city enjoys over 300 days of sunshine each year and benefits from the highest average temperatures in Spain.

Malaga has many attractions for the tourist and here is a selection of the main tourist “must visits”: 

Fuengirola Beach
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Calle Larios:
A wide and modern boulevard through the centre of the city with many smart shops and coffee bars and well worth a stroll.  You will see many human statues (or street performers) – reminiscent of the famous Las Ramblas in Barcelona. From Calle Larios, you can take many of the smaller, narrow winding streets and plazas to view other attractions of the city.

The Cathedral of Malaga:
A beautiful Renaissance cathedral with a Baroque and beautiful façade – and well worth the visit to this gorgeous piece of architecture.  However, beware of the gypsies haunting the entrance to the cathedral, who will try their best to take a few Euros from you.

Birthplace of Picasso:
Close to the Cathedral is the Plaza de la Merced – a huge square surrounded by restaurants and bars, and including the house in which Pablo Picasso was born.  Not much to see in the house, but it is interesting to see photos of Picasso as a child, and the clothing he wore when he was christened.  No cameras are allowed in the house – if they catch you they actually take your camera and lock it in a locker until you are ready to leave!  (I speak from experience!).

Picasso Museum:
More interesting is the Museo Picasso – which displays many of the fine works of this famous artist – close to the Cathedral.

La Alcazaba
Further on you can visit La Alcazaba – built during the Moors occupation of Malaga in the mid fifteenth century.  Fascinating architecture and definitely worth a visit.  The Alcazaba is on the hillside, and you can get some wonderful views from up there.
An interesting note is that there is a well preserved Roman amphitheatre in the grounds of La Alcazaba – unfortunately as it is undergoing renovation, it is only possible to view the ruins through the fence.

Gibralfaro Castle

At the very top of La Alcazaba is the Moorish Castillo Gibralfaro – with astounding views of the city below and the surrounding areas.  Right next door to the castle is the Parador de Malaga Gibralfaro, one of the famous Paradores of Spain, which also enjoys the wonderful views.  Well worth a stay for at least a night.

Calle Alameda and the Botanical Gardens
Running through the centre of the city, and close to La Alcazaba are the beautiful botanical gardens – a lovely and leafy place to relax and catch your breath (also just adjacent to the Port of Malaga).

Teatro Cervantes
The main theatre in Malaga is the Teatro Cervantes, which is where another famous son of Malaga once performed – Antonio Banderas – and he still appears there from time to time.

Malaga has many excellent restaurants, cafes and tapas bars where you can enjoy a variety of local dishes, ranging from tapas to full menus.  Most are very affordable and offer Andalucian specialities including “pescaito frito”, a selection of small fried fish including sardines and red mullet.  Enjoy the catch of the day and wash it down with a fine Spanish wine. As Malaga goes to sleep during the siesta period, this would be the perfect time to relax and refuel for the late afternoon activities.

Incidentally, if seeing Malaga with limited time, the Hop-On Hop-Off bus tour is a great option as it takes you to all the main sights of the city in comfort... get on and off as often as you like during the day.

In closing, Malaga is definitely worth at least a day and a night of your visit to the Costa del Sol.  Tag it on to the beginning or ending of your holiday and you will not regret it! 

Malaga Featured Hotels

Author: Anne Sewell


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AC Malaga Palacio Hotel Málaga
AC Málaga Palacio Hotel rises 15 stories above the Andalusian port city of Málaga, Spain, birthplace of Pablo Picasso. The hotel stands within view of the harbor and near the ornate Cathedral of Málaga. Also near the hotel, Paseo del Parque dots the landscape with exotic trees and exquisite statues. Among the hotel's dining amenities, the hotel's second floor restaurant displays expansive views of Paseo del Parque and utilizes fresh ingredients to create specialty regional dishes. Among the hotel's rejuvenating amenities, the hotel supplies a fitness facility stocked with an array of cardio and free weight equipment. Offering a rooftop retreat, the pool is surrounded by cushioned lounge chairs.
Barcelo Málaga Hotel, Málaga
The Barcelo Málaga is located in central Málaga, within 800 metres of the Picasso Museum, the CAC Málaga Contemporary Art Centre and the Cathedral. Vialia Train Station is located next to the hotel. Barcelo Málaga serves breakfast daily (surcharge). There are two restaurants serving lunch and dinner. The B-lounge serves cocktails and snacks in the ultra-modern atmosphere of the lobby.  The hotel offers a business centre, conference facilities and wireless internet access available throughout.  The 221 air-conditioned guestrooms at Barcelo Málaga feature contemporary decor with avant-garde art work.
Hotel Molino Lario, Málaga
Hotel Molina Lario features two renovated properties retaining their handsome 19th-century façades and one new building. The hotel is located in central Malaga, with Malagueta Beach 100 metres from the hotel and the Picasso Museum 300 metres away.  The hotel has an outdoor swimming pool with a sun terrace, and there is a putting green, a garden terrace, air-conditioned public areas with wireless internet access, and complimentary newspapers on offer in the lobby.Restaurant El Café de Bolsa serves Spanish tapas and Mediterranean dishes in a contemporary setting with a terrace for al fresco dining. The 103 guestrooms, over seven floors, have muted tones and smart, contemporary furnishings.
Hotel MS Maestranza, Málaga
Hotel MS Maestranza is a 12-floor property situated in the central Malagueta area of the city, just 100 metres from the beach and 200 metres from the bustling port.  The complimentary spa and solarium are on the top floor of Hotel MS Maestranza with stunning city views, and guests can work out in the gym, book a massage (surcharge), and relax in the sauna. El Camarote is a modern restaurant with white linen-topped tables. The menu includes a variety of Spanish and Mediterranean dishes made with fresh, seasonal ingredients. Hotel MS Maestranza offers 90 air-conditioned guestrooms and suites with balconies, modern decor, polished wood floors and Picasso prints and furniture replicating that which the Málagan artist had in his house.
Hotel Villa Guadalupe, Málaga
Villa Guadalupe is located in Málaga, Spain, five kilometres from the city's historic centre and seven kilometres from the beach.  This traditional terracotta-tiled and whitewashed hillside hotel overlooks Malaga and the coast, and has an outdoor pool bar and patio.  Villa Guadalupe's Restaurante Amador has a local and international a la carte menu plus a daily set menu, and features a backdrop of mosaics, oil paintings, and sculptures. The hotel also has a poolside bar.  Villa Guadalupe's 11 guestrooms have white walls, large windows, modern artworks, and marble floors. They include balconies, air conditioning, complimentary wireless internet, DVD players, and satellite television.
Husa Guadalmedina, Málaga
The Husa Guadalmedina is located in Málaga, Spain, 500 metres from the 16th century Cathedral. The Alcazaba is 600 metres away and Torremolinos is at a 16 kilometre distance. The nearest train station is situated 600 metres from the hotel.  The hotel extends to a terrace with solarium and offers an outdoor jetted tub and an onsite bar. The hotel has a coffee bar and a buffet restaurant.  The 60 guestrooms have sleek, modern decor and include air conditioning, wireless internet, satellite television, hair dryers, minibars, and desks.
Novotel Málaga Aeropuerto, Málaga
The Novotel Malaga is located in Málaga, Spain, two kilometres from beaches, three kilometres from a golf course, and six kilometres from Málaga's historical centre. It is three kilometres from Málaga Airport, offering a free shuttle service from 7h to 11h and from 18h to 22h.  This is a modern hotel with a spacious lobby featuring a wood floor, subtle lighting, and contemporary armchairs in bright colours. Amenities include an outdoor pool, a room service menu, wireless internet access, secure parking, and complimentary newspapers.  The Novotel Málaga's modern Claravia Restaurant opens daily for a buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Parador de Málaga Gibralfaro, Málaga
The Parador de Malaga Gibralfaro rises up surrounded by pine trees on the Gibralfaro mountain and facing the Alcazaba Citadel, from where the Bay and the city of Malaga can be seen from a unique perspective. This stone built hotel allows easy access to Malaga and nearby sports activities.  This hotel presents bright and spacious accommodation in the form of its beautifully set up rooms, offering all modern facilities and personalized services to all its guests.In short the hotel assures a very pleasant and wonderful stay during the visit. 
Parador de Málaga Golf, Málaga
The sea, the enormous hedges of flowers, golf and Andalusian enchantment define the space in which this Parador rises up, concentrating all the charms of the Costa del Sol in its setting. Playing golf as a sport and a continuous challenge, along with all the leisure activities which the Parador offers, converts it into an ideal place to offer yourself an unforgettable break. The spacious and bright bedrooms offer beautiful views of the sea, the large swimming pool and the golf course. The living rooms, the lobby and the dining room acquire the light tones characteristic of the Costa del Sol. 
Petit Palace Plaza Hotel, Málaga
The Petit Palace Plaza is located in Málaga, Spain, within 300 metres of the 8th-century Alcazaba and Gibralfaro Castle, both offering panoramic views over the city. The harbour is 400 metres away, and Málaga Airport is 10 kilometres from the hotel.  The Petit Palace Plaza serves a buffet breakfast (surcharge) in its white-walled dining room. The onsite café, Cafetech, serves a selection of hot and cold drinks and light snacks.  Decorated in a charcoal and burnt orange colour scheme, the 66 guestrooms are fitted with contemporary angular furniture and are uniquely marked by singular painted flowers on white walls.  Technology is a number one priority with complimentary use of laptops, wireless internet access, and flat-screen satellite television. 
Room Mate Larios Hotel, Málaga
The boutique Room Mate Larios is located in Málaga, Spain, within 300 metres of the eighth-century Moorish Alcazabar and Gibralfaro Castle. This quirky hotel has an Art Deco interior contrasting with its 19th-century façade, and the lobby has a monochromic colour scheme with cylindrical pillars and a floor-to-ceiling mirrored wall. Room Mate Larios provides a complimentary buffet breakfast until midday, and the in-house restaurant serves Mediterranean and oriental-style dishes. The hotel's bar serves a range of refreshments.  The Art Deco theme extends to the 41 air-conditioned guestrooms. Citrus-coloured walls are matched with animal-print bedding, floor-to-ceiling windows with deep scarlet curtains, and photographic artwork. 
Room Mate Lola, Málaga
The Room Mate Lola is a smart, modern, five-storey boutique hotel situated in the commercial centre of Málaga; the Cathedral is 450 metres away and the Picasso Museum Is one kilometre from the hotel. Guests can start the day with a complimentary breakfast, ask at the concierge desk for help booking tours and tickets, and use complimentary wireless internet access which is available throughout the hotel. The 50 guestrooms located on five floors feature monochrome decor with striking decorative paint effects, and ultra- modern and retro-1950s furnishings. All include air conditioning, cable television, direct-dial phones, complimentary wireless internet access, safes, hair dryers and minibars.
Tryp Guadalmar Hotel Málaga
The Hotel Tryp Guadalmar is located in Málaga, Spain, six kilometres from the city centre, and three kilometres from Málaga Airport. Overlooking Málaga Bay, the hotel offers direct access to the beaches of Guadalmar and Bajondillo. The two outdoor swimming pools are surrounded by a garden and terrace with sunloungers and shades.  The hotel's health club has a hot tub, sauna, and gym, and a hair salon and beauty parlour are also available for appointments.  The Hotel Tryp Guadalmar has three bars; the Bar Picasso which serves drinks in the terrace area, Bar Invernadero, which opens in summer, and the Piano Bar, which serves cocktails. The Restaurant Cenachero serves regional specialities and contemporary dishes, while the poolside restaurant has a barbecue menu.
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