Malaga is one of the most popular cities in Spain. Located in the region of Andalusia in the south of Spain, Malaga benefits from a subtropical-Mediterranean climate, including some of the warmest winters in Europe.
If you shop around on flight comparison sites like Momondo you can easily find cheap flights to Malaga from London and other major cities very easily. Using Malaga as a hub, you can easily travel to Gibraltar or even North Africa. However, there is a lot to do in the city itself.
Beaches in Malaga
Many visitors to Malaga will want to relax on the beach. And there is a great variety of beaches to choose from.
Playa de la Malagueta is just a few minutes from the centre of town, and offers 1200 metres of warm, black sand.
The Playa Palo beach offers excellent facilities for sailing, diving and swimming, and great restaurants and beach bars.
Eating out in Malaga
Malaga has some of the best traditional tapas bars in all of Spain, and the locally caught anchovies are specialty of many restaurants in the city.
In fact, as Malaga is located right on the coast, the city is famed for its huge variety of seafood, while the Roman and Moorish past has also influenced the local cuisine.
If you want to splash out, try Manducare. Located just opposite the port, this restaurant is known for its seafood, particularly the scallops and prawns.
Maricuchi is there if you want to save a little. Enjoy platters of prawns, clams and sardines traditionally barbequed and served right on the beach.
And if you are on a budget, try La Cosmopolita. It offers traditional Andalucian dishes, with a more contemporary twist, such as cured beef with almond mayonnaise. The restaurant is open daily, from breakfast until midnight.
Museums in Malaga
Malaga is best known for the Picasso Museum, which charts Pablo Picasso’s career, from the late 19th-century to his death in 1973. The museum is located in the heart of the old town, just a few minutes from Picasso’s birthplace.
The archaeological museum at Alcazaba is another great attraction in Malaga. Overlooking the sea, this was built in the 11th century as a palace and fortress. Exhibitions focusing on the Romans and the Moors gives a clue to Malaga’s violent past.
Exploring the Malaga vineyards
Malaga has a wine culture dating back over a thousand years, and you can soak up the heritage by exploring some of the vineyards that surround the city.
Bodega A. Muñoz Cabrera is one of the oldest vineyards, and includes a museum showing the equipment used in wine making over the centuries.
The Bodega Kieninger vineyard is one of the newest, and was established in 2000. Located on the foothills of the Sierra Summit, this vineyard blends Austrian grape varieties with the Andalusian climate and methods.
The Joaquín Fernández Winery produces organic wine and is surrounded by olive trees, oaks, lavender and many other local plants. It is truly beautiful.