One of the oldest cities in Europe and the largest city on the Costa del Sol, Malaga boast a fantastic Mediterranean climate, a rich and varied history, excellent shopping and phenomenal local cuisine. Located in the southern region of Andalucía, Malaga has long been a popular with tourists – particularly for summer holidays. While, in recent years, many tourists have started to venture further afield as explore other parts of Spain, Malaga has a diverse range of attractions on offer. This modern city still has a rich and charming history in its centre where you’ll admire the stunning Gothic cathedral and surrounding historical buildings. There are also a range of museums to visit where you’ll learn about the heritage of this great city. Malaga enjoys a great Mediterranean climate with warm, dry summers and mild winters. The temperature heats up around late May/early June hitting temperatures in the mid to late twenties in July and August.
A hatchback will make for some comfortable coastal drives around the south of Spain and, indeed, around the beautiful streets of Malaga itself.
Driving in Malaga
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Important things to note
Petty thievery such as pickpocketing and bag snatching is common in crowded and tourist areas of the city, so keep a vigilant eye out whenever you’re out and about.
It is the law to carry your passport with you at all times in Spain. However, many people have had their passports stolen when passing through airports, so take extra care keeping all of your personal belongings, valuables and travel documents safe and secure at all times. It’s advisable to take a few photocopies of your passport with you.
Take care when swimming the sea, as many beaches have strong undercurrents. Most have a flag systems warning against entering the water if it is too dangerous to do so.
Highlights & Hotspots
Admire the phenomenal architecture of Malaga’s cathedral which took many architects over 200 years to complete. Inside you’ll admire the fascinating level of detail and 18th century religious artwork.
The Museo Picasso is home to a huge collection of Picasso’s works. You’ll have the opportunity to learn the history of the Malaga-born artist as well as see a collection of over 204 works donated and loaned to the museum.
The city boasts a vibrant nightlife with many lively clubs and bars in the Malagueta district. Alternatively, for a more tranquil and sophisticated evening, why not have a drink or two in one of the elegant bars lining the sea front.
For those really wanting to discover a great way to indulge in luxury and unwind, a trip to the El Hammam is the perfect solution. Unwind in one of these authentic steam rooms, indulge in a little aromatherapy or melt away the stresses of the modern world with a specialist massage.
Malaga Airport (Malaga-Costa del Sol Airport) is located approximately 5 miles southwest of Malaga and is accessible via the N340 motorway.