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Guide to Malaga

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Introduction to Malaga likes to show the world just what Spain can offer, and how very often it guards it’s jewels very close to it’s chest. Malaga is a fine example of this. Mention the name Malaga to most people and they’ll imagine cheap package resorts, pink Northern Europeans, lots of beer and not much else. However this is where most people are mistaken. Yes, the Costa del Sol is there and it serves it’s purpose very well, everyone deserves a sun and fun holiday, but Malaga is an attractive city and province apart from that.

Malaga city is wonderful. Beautifully positioned on the coast at the junction bewtween the Mediterranean and the Atlantic, it’s a relaxed, working, Spanish city, with a strong identity and a great deal going for it. The centre is dominated by an intriguing old town, and wide palm lined boulevards giving Malaga an air of wealth and prosperity. It’s restaurants and bars are excellent, the atmosphere is youthful and exuberant, and it houses an interesting museum to celebrate it’s most famous son, Pablo Picasso. It boasts a well-kept urban beach area, the Cathedral is worth a look, and the imposing Gibralfaro fortress offers unequalled views.

Malaga is the capital of the region that bears the same name and as well as the Costa del Sol, it is home to a number of attractive smaller towns, well worth an afteroon or day of your time. Although all within a short drive from the Costas, they feel a world apart. Antequera is a smart, well preserved example of Andalucia at it’s finest and Ronda is a must-see, perching perilously near the edge of a vast chasm. In the meanwhile traversed by a jaw-droppingly high bridge which has kept out would be invaders since time immemorial.

Malaga City Guide…Don’t Miss

  1. Have a cafe con leche on the Plaza de la Merced before heading into the Casa Natal de Picasso (Picasso’s birthplace house) to get a feel for the young painter. Then wander through the centre of town to the Museo Picasso and overdose on the master
  2. Assess your strategic position by heading up to the Islamic-built Gibralfaro Castle to take in the views and explore Malaga’s history.
  3. Have lunch and a drink along the city’s Malagueta beach
  4. Go out in the casco antiguo (old town) at night and have some pescaito frito (fresh fried fish) and a glass of your favourite tipple
  5. Take a trip to Antequera and Ronda to see just how much Malaga province has to offer away from the Costa del Sol.

What to Eat and Drink in Malaga

We know how tough it can be in a bar or restaurant when you’re visiting a foreign country. Here’s our guide of what local specialities to look for on the menu in Malaga.

  1. Fritura Malagueña – Whatever was fresh from the ocean that day, fried majestically in Olive oil and flour, leaving not a drop of grease.
  2. Arroz Caldoso con Bacaloao – A rice dish with cod.
  3. Huevos a lo Bestia – fried eggs with breadcrumbs, garlic, pork, black pudding and chorizo.
  4. Ajoblanco – A refreshing cold Almond based soup with garlic.
  5. Drink a sweet wine from Malaga such as Quitapenas or Casa de Guardia.



Where to Stay in Malaga

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