Málaga is located on the Costa del Sol, a stretch of coast on the Spanish Mediterranean. This region is spoiled with sunny days and thanks to the mountain ranges nearby, the coast is nicely protected from the wind making it feel warmer and sunnier.
With a combination and contrast of the seaside with its historic Old Town this destination is a special place to experience the Mediterranean Lifestyle.
With over 300 days of sun per year, rain isn’t a common sight. For comparable cities of its size in Europe, Malaga experiences the warmest winters of any city on the Continent with average temperatures around 65˚F (18˚C) making it the perfect winter getaway.
A Guide to Malaga
The nearest major airport is Málaga-Costa del Sol Airport (AGP / LEMG). This airport has international and domestic flights and is 13 km from the center of Malaga.
Wyndham Resorts is around 25kms from Malaga Airport.
Seville Airport is the main international airport serving Western Andalusia in southern Spain. The airport has flight connections to 42 destinations around Europe. Seville Airport is around 200 km from Malaga. We recommend travelling by train between these cities, which takes less than two hours.
Another major airport is Federico García Lorca Granada-Jaén Airport (GRX / LEGR), which has international and domestic flights from Granada, and is 126 km from Malaga. There are one or two trains daily between Granada (Granada Train Station) and Málaga (Maria Zambrano Station) that transfer in Antequera. The entire trip will take about 1 hour and 45 minutes, similar in time to the bus but slightly more costly.
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Food Markets: The food in Malaga is top notch and the best way to get to know it is by visiting one of the city’s markets. Mercado Central de Atarazanas is a busy market in a beautiful historic building. It’s hard not to be impressed by the huge archway at the front which was once part of a shipyard. Once inside, the most eye-catching feature is its huge stained glass window. Stalls inside offer everything from cheese and meats to fresh fish, colourful fruit and vegetables and hundreds of varieties of olives. From Malaga’s famous fried fish to croquetas to craft beer ,it’s one of the top things to do in Malaga at night, and a really fun place to spend an evening with friends.
Malaga Beaches: With the beach of Playa Peñón del Cura right outside the hillside-set property, is perfectly located for regular doses of vitamin sea. Closeby to our resorts in the area, this rugged, rocky part of the coastline leads into the El Faro beach to the west. It is 195 meters long and is a very popular area for scuba divers and underwater swimming. Fuengirola has the longest seaside walkway in Spain at 7 km in length, officially known as El Paseo Maritimo Rey de España, “the King of Spain’s seaside promenade”. There are seven main beaches in Fuengirola: El Ejido, Santa Amalia, San Francisco, Los Boliches, Las Gaviotas, Carvajal, and Torreblanca, where you will find almost everything from typical beach bars, sand sculptures, shops, recreational areas, opportunities to try water sports. There are also bike lanes that line the boardwalk for easy access for cyclists.
Malaga Flamenco Show: You cannot go to Spain without experiencing Flamenco. For an entertaining evening, attend an original flamenco show in Malaga’s historic centre. You’ll enjoy great music from a live band, plus enjoy a traditional drink at the bar.
Ronda: Ronda is one of the main cities of Malaga. It’s surrounded by different mountain ranges, like the Sierra de Grazalema and the contrasts in its landscape are more than praised by tourists. Do not miss the opportunity to visit one of the most emblematic cities, which is the third most visited city in Andalusia, offering culture, nature and Celtic origins.
Marbella: Marbella Marina is the perfect spot for enjoying all the leisure of the capital of the Costa del Sol, where the sound of the Mediterranean and the gentle aroma of jasmine and the ladies of the night will form part of the best tourist experience you will ever have. The beach clubs such as Trocadero Arena, Puro Beach, Nikki Beach and Ocean Club are the ideal places to enjoy the best leisure by the Mediterranean Sea.
One of the best features of Marbella are its stone-paved streets and its colourful doors. With a typically Arabian design, the places you must visit in the old town are the Castillo (Castle), an Arabian medieval building and the Plaza de los Naranjos (Orange Tree Square).
Puerto Banus: Puerto Banús is located to the west of Marbella and has one of the most famous marinas on the European continent. Since its opening in 1970, it’s one of the favourites ports of the rich and famous. It is almost impossible to walk its streets without taking a photo next to a super elegant yacht, or even a world-famous actor.
Marbella & Puerto Banus
Museo Picasso: For art lovers, the Museo Picasso Malaga showcases over 250 works of art donated by the Picasso family. Housed in a 16th Century former palace, the museum is a great way to beat the summer heat of Malaga while experiencing works from one of the greatest artist of all time.
Gibralfaro castle: Another place you must visit in Malaga is Gibralfaro castle. From the Alcazaba, you can go to the castle on foot via a path offering great views over the city. It is however a bit steep, so if you prefer, you can take the bus #35 from the Avenida de Cervantes to go there. The castle was built in the 14th century to protect the Alcazaba. It had a barrack to house soldiers, as well as a lighthouse. That’s actually where the castle got its name from: Gibralfaro means “mountain of light”. On clear days it’s even possible to see the Strait of Gibraltar. It’s the best scenic view over the Malaga, and it’s also very nice at night with all the city lights
Bioparc Fuengirola: A sustainable zoo near Malaga which protects its animals in environments similar to their natural habitat. The park reproduces the living conditions for more than 130 species inhabiting jungles in Africa and Asia, as well as some of the islands in the Indo-Pacific region. The Bioparc Fuengirola also allocates more than €28,000 to biodiversity conservation projects, including to the preservation of fauna in Madagascar or developing programs to breed endangered species.
Malaga Cathedral: The Cathedral of Málaga is a Roman Catholic church in the city of Málaga . It was constructed between 1528 and 1782, and its interior is also in Renaissance style.
Concepción Botanical Gardens: The Jardín Botánico Histórico La Concepción is an English landscape garden with over one hundred and fifty years of history. It is located at the northern entrance of Malaga and it has more than fifty thousand plants, of two thousand species of tropical, subtropical, and autochthonous, highlighting the collection with more than one hundred different species of palms, bamboos, aquatic plants and its historical garden.
Centre Pompidou Malaga: Located in Muelle Uno an open-air complex with a variety of contemporary shops & restaurants along a waterfront promenade. The Center Pompidou will offer a permanent exhibition of several dozens of works of the impressionist collection of the Centre Pompidou in Paris, inviting the public to explore the art of the XX and XXI centuries.