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City Breaks Malaga

Trace Malaga’s varied history spanning more than 3,000 years - from the Roman Theatre and the Moorish fortification, Alcazaba, to the Catholic Santuario de la Victoria (Shrine of Victory) and the Palacio de Buenavista. Find out more about the city’s most famous artist at the Picasso Museum before giving in to the aromas of freshly-cooked tapas emanating from a café. If you feel like relaxing for a while, the city’s 14km sandy beach is the perfect place.

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Best time to visit: If you’re seeking warm sunshine, July and August are the hottest months

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Fly to: Malaga airport, around 12km southwest of central Malaga.

Alternative transport: You can also travel by Eurostar to Paris with onward through France and down into Spain.

Activities in Malaga come in a variety of shapes and sizes to suit all types of traveller. Whether you’re at your happiest meandering around a good museum or you prefer to explore the great outdoors, our top recommendations should help you plan your visit.

Head to the historic quarter to find some of the best places to visit in Malaga. The city’s 28 museums cover a wide range of subjects, including Picasso’s paintings, marine life, and even cars.

Covering almost 5,000 hectares, the neighbouring Natural Park Montes de Malaga makes it easy for the city’s visitors and residents to enjoy outdoor activities in Malaga – without spending hours in the car. Pull on your hiking boots and keep your eyes peeled for eagles soaring overhead.

If you’re wondering where to go in Malaga, don’t miss the chance to find out more about the 25,000 plants rooted in the botanical garden located 5km outside of the city. Wander among subtropical species from around the world, with waterfalls and fountains dotted in between.

MALAGA IS BEST FOR...

Art lovers: Learn about the life and times of Malaga’s most famous son at Picasso’s Birthplace Museum.

History enthusiasts: Journey through Malaga’s colourful past, taking in the Moorish fortification, Alcazaba and the Catholic Shrine of Victory.

Beach babes: Pick your spot and park your beach towel on Malaga’s 14km stretch of golden sands.


FAST FACTS

Language: The language spoken in Malaga is Spanish

Currency: The currency used in Malaga is the euro (€)

Local time: Malaga is 1 hour ahead of GMT/UK time

Fly to: Malaga airport, around 12km southwest of central Malaga.

Alternative transport: You can also travel by Eurostar to Paris with onward through France and down into Spain.

Flight time from UK: 3 hours

Tourist Information: Further Malaga tourist information can be found at www.malagaturismo.com/en

Visa & Health: Before you travel, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/spain for recommendations and advice on visas and health for your holiday to Malaga.


WEATHER AND CLIMATE

Temperature: Averaging between a maximum of 22(°c) and a minimum of 13, Malaga owes its pleasant climate to its position between the regulating Mediterranean Sea and the protective Malaga mountains. 

Best time to visit: If you’re seeking warm sunshine, July and August are the hottest months. Malaga is at its coldest between December and February, and most of Malaga’s rain falls in autumn and winter.


GETTING AROUND

Bus: The bus service in Malaga will take you to the most popular spots in the city.

Horse-drawn carriage: Pass by Malaga’s major landmarks on an exciting 45-minute tour. The trip takes in Malaga Park, Paseo de la Farola, Paseo Marítimo, Plaza de Toros, Paseo de Reding and Plaza de la Merced.

Segway: Get a unique perspective of the city as you manoeuvre a Segway around the sights.

Car: Whether you bring your own or hire one when you get there, having a car gives you freedom to explore the surrounding area.


EVENTS

Fair fun: Visit Malaga around the end of August to see the elaborate spectacle of Malaga Fair. Expect fireworks, music, tapas and wine, processions and a fairground in the city centre.

A musical Christmas: The Verdial Festival is held each 28th December, in honour of the feast of the Holy Innocents. Performers dance a particular type of fandango accompanied by a small orchestra. Everyone celebrates with local wines.

Street party: Carnival takes Malaga by storm each February and March. Expect a multicultural celebration featuring bright colours and bold characters. Join in as the streets fill with music, dance and laughter.


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