Introducing the city

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About Malaga

A modern yet historical city, Malaga is a destination full of vitality with a laid back vibe, a desirable Mediterranean climate and a surprisingly solid amount of attractions that include the Picasso Museum.

Pablo Picasso was born in Malaga and when you return from Spain’s sixth largest city, you’ll be able to paint a pretty picture of this historic gem (almost as good as the legendary artist himself, right?). Sitting on the southern end along the Andalucian coastline, Malaga has a population of around 570,000 and is better known as the tourist mecca, Costa Del Sol.

With its sublime skyline and a toasty Mediterranean climate, Malaga is a joy to explore with its laid-back lifestyle evident in both the city centre and along its vibrant coastline. Recently this Spanish hotspot made real efforts to invest in its cultural and heritage sites, improvements that have resulted in Malaga now boasting more museums than any other city in the Andalusian area. Its Gothic cathedral, traditional balconied buildings, narrow pedestrian streets and a whole host of amazing tapas bars are all part of the city's widespread charm. However, literally painting a picture of this city is a tough ask, even for the great that is Picasso.

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When Should You Visit?

There are less crowds in June (compared to July and August) but the days are still hot and there's minimal rainfall.

Malaga enjoys an enviable climate all year round with dry hot summers seeing temperature highs averaging over 30 degrees Celsius and mild winters seeing temperatures highs averaging around 18. Low humidity in summer means the heat isn’t as uncomfortable as you’d think. In both spring and autumn, you can expect many days over 20 degrees Celsius yet evenings might be a little chilly. Showers should be expected in early spring or late autumn although most of the city’s rainfall comes in December.

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Travioor top tips

Atmosphere
Beyond
Beaches

Insider Info

  • The people here are incredibly friendly and a good atmosphere sweeps the streets in the evening with Mitjana Square one of the best places to be, particularly in the later hours of the night.

  • Don’t hesitate to travel a little further out from the city either by car, train or bus. There are some great activities nearby like rock climbing at the El Chorro gorge which is around a 50 minute drive.

  • Although the nearest beach is La Malagueta, you’ll find some other beaches further east which are quieter and a little more pleasing on the eye. You can walk along the waterfront or take a bus as the walk can be quite tiring in the heat.

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Food and drink

Main Course £7.91 | 9.00 €

3-Course Meal £30.77 | 35.00 €

Cappuccino £1.33 | 1.51 €

Beer £1.76 | 2.00 €

The Scene

Much of the cuisine in Malaga includes fish or seafood, especially along the coast. Typical Spanish fare like paella and some fantastic tapas can be enjoyed, with many beach restaurants known as chiringuitos pulling in the crowds. One of the best loved spots is a menu-less place called El Tintero where waiters sing out what they are carrying and customers signal if they’d like that dish. A Malaga delicacy is espetos (grilled sardines on a bamboo stick), whereas the regional speciality is jammon (salted ham).

After, or even with your food, you can enjoy Malaga’s sweet wine known as Mosto or a few glasses of Sangria in typical Spanish style. If you’re after a lively evening, Malaga will not disappoint with its host of bars and clubs drawing in the party crowd. Areas known as ‘botellodromos’ in the city centre are where the cool kids head to drink their BYOB before heading out.

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History

Malaga’s Story

The Phoenicians were the first to land in Malaga, building a fortress overlooking the harbour which they used for salting fish. After a period of rule by the Greeks, the Romans colonised Spain in 218 BC and turned the city into a major trading port, exporting materials and goods (such as iron, copper and olive oil) as well as building a theatre. Further historical monuments were erected by the Moors who conquered and ruled for a significant period of time and made the city noticeable for its figs and wine. In 1487, Christian conquerors invaded the city and many Muslims were sold as slaves or killed. Churches were constructed and many of the Moorish buildings were knocked down. The 17th and 18th centuries were awful times for Malaga with natural disasters and a plague destroying the city and many of its residents. Yet the 19th century brought more promise, when the town walls were demolished so the city could expand; it prospered economically as a result.

The city was on the decline again in the early 20th century and the Spanish Civil War and political unrest didn’t help matters. When General Franco gained command, the city began to pick itself back up and once again became a great commercial centre. By the 1960s, Malaga was on the map as a tourist destination with the help of the whole Costa Del Sol region and it now stands as Spain’s second largest port.

Language

Hola | Hello
Gràcies!/Mercès | Thank you

Spanish

The official language in Malaga is Spanish but you will need to know little, if any of it, to get by as many people speak English. However, it is good to know the basics:

  • Please: Per favor/Sisplau
  • Excuse me: Perdó
  • Do you speak English?: (Que) parla (formal)/parles (informal) anglès?

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Need to know

+34 Dialling Code
112 Emergency Services

Get The Low-Down

  • Beware of pickpockets and bag snatchers, particularly at the markets and in busy areas.
  • Cycling is a good way to get around with some parts of the city only accessible to pedestrians and cyclists.
  • A service charge is added to the bill in restaurants.


VISA INFORMATION

Find out about the visa requirements for Spain here.

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Travioor Recommends

1. Sightseeing

Visit the city’s historic attractions including La Alcazaba, Gibralfaro Castle and the Roman Theatre.

2. Picasso Museum

Head for the Picasso Museum; the legendary artist was born in this city, so it’s a must.

3. Cathedral Gardens

Wander the Cathedral Gardens home to a fascinating structure called La Manquita.

4. Wine And Dine

Dine in the local restaurants and sip the sweet Malaga wine.

5. Beaches

Relax on one of the many nearby sandy beaches and take a swim in the warm waters.


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