Málaga

Travel Guide
Malaga Historic Centre showing street scenes, a city and heritage architecture
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 kilometres) 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 centre is easy to explore on foot and metro buses stop at many major attractions.

Where to stay in Málaga

Holiday Inn Express Malaga Airport, an IHG Hotel
Holiday Inn Express Malaga Airport, an IHG Hotel
3 out of 5
Avenida de Velazquez 294 Salida, Autovia MA-21 en direccíón Aeropuerto, Málaga, Malaga, 29004
The price is RM274 per night from 1 Mar to 2 Mar
RM274
per night
1 Mar - 2 Mar
Stay at this 3-star business-friendly hotel in Málaga. Enjoy free breakfast, free WiFi and free parking. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (1,065 reviews)
Excellent
"Great to stay during late flight hours. Pros: - free tasty breakfast - close to the airport - great prices - you can book a room for more than 2 people"

Reviewed on 5 Feb 2023

Holiday Inn Express Malaga Airport, an IHG Hotel
Barceló Malaga Hotel
Barceló Malaga Hotel
4 out of 5
C/ Heroe de Sostoa 2, Vialia Railway Station, Málaga, Malaga, 29002
The price is RM505 per night from 26 Feb to 27 Feb
RM505
per night
26 Feb - 27 Feb
Stay at this 4-star boutique hotel in Málaga. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast and room service. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the comfy rooms in their reviews. ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (1,004 reviews)
"Good access to the train station"

Reviewed on 7 Jan 2023

Barceló Malaga Hotel
Gran hotel Miramar GL
Gran hotel Miramar GL
5 out of 5
Paseo Reding, 22, Málaga, Málaga, 29016
The price is RM935 per night from 27 Feb to 28 Feb
RM935
per night
27 Feb - 28 Feb
Stay at this 5-star luxury hotel in Málaga. Enjoy free WiFi, an outdoor pool and 3 restaurants. Our guests praise the helpful staff in their reviews. Popular ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (1,015 reviews)
Even better second time around.
"After several false starts we finally got round to going back to the Miramar where we had been so impressed the first time we stayed there in 2021, when masks were still mandatory and we ended up having to get covid tests before we could go home. We were half-expecting to be disappointed, but this ..."

Reviewed on 4 Feb 2023

Gran hotel Miramar GL
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.
AQUA Apartments Málaga
AQUA Apartments Málaga
3 out of 5
CALLE DUENDE, 9, Málaga, Málaga, 29005
Stay at this 3-star apartment in Málaga. Enjoy free WiFi, daily housekeeping and a kitchen. Popular attractions Port of Malaga and Plaza de la Constitucion are ...
5/5 Exceptional! (1 review)
Great apartment in great location
"Great apartment in great location. There is no reception for check in as it’s an apartment but detailed instructions were given in advance for everything you need. We were pleased with the room condition and we’d definitely go back for longer stay."

Reviewed on 1 Jan 2023

AQUA Apartments Málaga
El Museo Living & Experience Club Apartments
El Museo Living & Experience Club Apartments
3.5 out of 5
Calle Madre de Dios 11, Calle Alamos 37, Málaga, 29012
Stay at this 3.5-star aparthotel in Málaga. Enjoy free WiFi, a 24-hour front desk and an airport shuttle. Popular attractions Port of Malaga and Teatro Cervantes ...
4.9/5 Exceptional! (134 reviews)
"Well located. Reception personnel were incredible! We did not receive our luggage until four days into our trip. The reception personnel tracked down our luggage to Chicago, and without their help I don’t know if we would’ve seen our luggage. This place was phenomenal."

Reviewed on 6 Feb 2023

El Museo Living & Experience Club Apartments
Casa de la Merced Suites
Casa de la Merced Suites
3 out of 5
Granada, 82, Málaga, Malaga, 29015
Stay at this 3-star apartment in Málaga. Enjoy free WiFi, room service and on-site parking. Our guests praise the helpful staff in their reviews. Popular attractions ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (66 reviews)
"Excellent location, property in very good condition. Room was comfortable. Had a particularly powerful shower. Free drinks and breakfast snacks at the front desk. Would recommend!"

Reviewed on 16 Dec 2022

Casa de la Merced Suites
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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