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Málaga
Travel Guide

Experience the traditional festivals, tapas bars and museums of this modern, sprawling city, where Picasso was born and the beauty of the Costa del Sol awaits.

Málaga has all the folklore, energy and romance of a flamenco dance on a balmy night. Phoenician, Roman, Moorish and Christian empires all left their mark on this bustling metropolis, which is Spain’s sixth-largest city.

A walk along the winding streets of Málaga’s Old Town will take you past the palm tree-lined Paseo del Parque, the ancient ruins of the Málaga Amphitheatre and the monumental Málaga Cathedral. Visit the Moorish Alcazaba fortress from where you can follow a passageway up to the city’s landmark Gibralfaro Castle, with its views over the Alboran Sea towards Morocco.

This port city is sunny most of the year and summers can get hot in southern Spain, so don’t plan outdoor activities around noon. Have a siesta instead, followed by a lunch of adobo (fish marinated in wine), gazpacho (cold tomato soup) or pescaíto frito (fried fish).

As is the custom in Spain, dinner doesn’t start until late at night in Málaga so you’ll have plenty of sightseeing time to visit the city’s many cultural attractions. Among these is Picasso’s Birthplace (Casa Natal Picasso), in the Plaza de la Merced, and the nearby Picasso Museum Málaga.

More than 30 other local museums are dedicated to the arts and history and public shows are common too. In the late afternoon, "living" statues entertain the crowds in the main shopping street and squares. Festivals include the parades of the Semana Santa at Easter and the Feria de Málaga in August.

The province of Málaga is located on the Costa del Sol in Andalusia and the city gives access to more than 100 miles (160 kilometers) of Mediterranean coastline with long, wide sandy beaches. You’re sure to find the ideal place to sunbathe, enjoy watersports or socialize in beach bars. Málaga International Airport has flights to all major European cities and high-speed trains connect Málaga with Madrid and Barcelona.

Málaga’s compact historic center is easy to explore on foot and metro buses stop at many major attractions.

Where to stay in Málaga

Top Hotels in Málaga

Gran hotel Miramar GL
Gran hotel Miramar GL
5 out of 5
Paseo Reding, 22, Málaga, Málaga
The price is ¥19,885 per night from Mar 17 to Mar 18

Nestled on the beach, this Centro hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Malagueta Beach and Plaza de Toros de la Malagueta. Picasso Museum Malaga and Alcazaba are ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (730 reviews)

"Had a 3 night stay in the Crown Suite and it was absolutely brilliant. The room was incredible, clean and very spacious. The terrace was beautiful and the jacuzzi great!"…"

Reviewed on Oct 27, 2020

Gran hotel Miramar GL
Barceló Malaga Hotel
Barceló Malaga Hotel
4 out of 5
C/ Heroe de Sostoa 2, Vialia Railway Station, Málaga, Malaga
The price is ¥8,597 per night from Mar 17 to Mar 18

Located in Cruz de Humilladero, this romantic hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Picasso Park and Centre de Arte Contemporaneo. Central Market of Atarazanas ...

4.4/5Excellent! (985 reviews)

"Excellent hotel, great rooftop pool and decking although pool bar closed to covid restrictions, unfortunately. Perfect location for me as it was next to the train and bus stations and I explored the area. Turn right, you are near a beach , turn left it’s a short walk to the busy town area, although ..."…"

Reviewed on Jul 25, 2020

Barceló Malaga Hotel
Hotel ILUNION Malaga
Hotel ILUNION Malaga
4 out of 5
Paseo Marítimo Antonio Machado, 10, Málaga, Malaga
The price is ¥7,862 per night from Mar 3 to Mar 4

Located in Centro, this eco-friendly hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Port of Malaga, Málaga Cathedral, and Picasso Museum Malaga. Alcazaba and Malagueta Beach ...

4.3/5Excellent! (976 reviews)
Loved it

"Fantastic staff, we were well looked after from beginning to the end"…"

Reviewed on Nov 2, 2020

Hotel ILUNION Malaga
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Vacation Rentals in Málaga

Malaga City Breaks
Malaga City Breaks
3 out of 5
Calle Pozos Dulces, 28, Málaga, Málaga
The price is ¥5,044 per night from Mar 4 to Mar 5

Located in Centro, this apartment building is within a 5-minute walk of Carmen Thyssen Museum and Calle Larios. Picasso Museum Malaga and Málaga Cathedral are ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (58 reviews)

"Great location and great space."…"

Reviewed on Aug 17, 2019

Malaga City Breaks
Brand new Villa El Rosario
Brand new Villa El Rosario
4 out of 5
Calle Puerto de los Pinos, Málaga, Malaga

Located in Carretera de Cadiz, this villa is 0.6 mi (0.9 km) from University of Malaga and within 3 mi (5 km) of Port of Malaga and Picasso Museum Malaga. Alcazaba ...

Brand new Villa El Rosario
Apartamentos Nono Charming Stay
Apartamentos Nono Charming Stay
3 out of 5
ST. Casas de Campos 15, Málaga
The price is ¥7,486 per night from Mar 8 to Mar 9

Located in Centro, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of MIMMA, Calle Larios, and Málaga Cathedral. Picasso Museum Malaga and Port of Malaga are also ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (921 reviews)
Fab roof bar.

"Trendy, clean and comfortable rooms. Lovely staff and an amazing roof bar b"…"

Reviewed on Jun 16, 2020

Apartamentos Nono Charming Stay
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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