Malaga might not be as popular as other Spanish cities, but a quick visit to the birthplace of Pablo Picasso is enough to win any visitor's heart. With a great mix of ancient history and modern culture, nearly 3.000 hours of sunshine a year, and several kilometres of beach, it's quite easy to see why Malaga has been described as "Ciudad del Paraíso" ("Paradise City").
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The shops in Malaga are normally open from 10am to 1:30pm and from 5–9 pm on weekdays but there are exceptions. Larger shopping centres and shops stay open all day.
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Closed: 1 January and 25 December
In Malaga, nearly everything is within walking distance in or around the “Centro Antiguo”. Wherever you look, you are reminded of the city’s rich heritage – Malaga was founded in 900 B.C. and forged by Phoenicians, Greeks, Carthaginians, Romans, Visigoths, and Arabs.
The city’s most famous inhabitant, Pablo Picasso, was born at Plaza de la Merced in 1881. Picasso’s life and work is still present in most places and the citizens of Malaga are very proud of their son. The opening of the Museo Picasso in 2003 was a big hit and has certainly made the city flourish culturally.
Next to the museum, the visitor can find both the Roman theatre, an Arab castle and, not far away, is a bull fighting ring. CAC, with its international contemporary art, is located on the other side of the old town. The Plaza Episcopal is adjacent to the Cathedral and has occasional exhibitions, often of high quality. Teatro Cervantes offers a wide range of concerts, dance, and musicals.
Malaga is an excellent base for those looking to take day trips along the coast, up to the small mountain villages, or to one of the larger Andalusian cities.
It is approximately a two hours’ drive from Granada, Córdoba, or Seville in a hired car or by bus.
When in Granada: don't miss the fabulous Moorish palace Alhambra, the Gothic cathedral, and the Arab quarters in the Albaicín.
Córdoba: walk to the old Jewish quarters and La Mezquita to experience this region's rich history.
Seville: make sure to visit the Santa Cruz and Real Alcázar districts at the heart of the city.
In Puerto Banús, you will view the gigantic luxury yachts, splurge on designer name shopping, and mix with the rich and famous at the chic bars on the sea front. There are also yachts, discothèques, bars and restaurants in Puerto Marina in Benalmádena. Ronda is a picturesque town located on a precipitous limestone cliff. The road leading there from San Pedro de Alcántara on the coast is a dizzy mountain trip.
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In Malaga, you won't find that many restaurants with white tablecloths. This is a city full of informal bars packed with people and a wide range of tapas. Here, they generally eat a lot of fish and shellfish at the so-called “chiringuitos” on the beach and on the Paseo Marítimo in Pedregalejo.
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There aren't many trendy, international-style cafés in Malaga, but there are some genuine ones as well as cosy teashops in Arab-inspired surroundings. Not to forget the “churrerias”, shops selling churros dipped in hot chocolate.
Just like other Spanish cities like Madrid, Barcelona, and Granada, Malaga and the Costa del Sol are also famous for their bustling nightlife. And just like the rest of Spain, the inhabitants of Malaga enjoy partying until the early hours of the morning.
In the centre of town, it's not difficult to find a bar with music and people chatting – there are many in close proximity to each other. If you're looking for a proper nightclub, you should go to Puerto Marina in Benalmádena.
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Calle Larios and Calle Nueva, the street running parallel to it, are the main shopping streets in Malaga for shoes and clothes. Shoes can be found, for example, at Antonio Parriego and Nicolas on Calle Larios. You can also find the Spanish clothes shops Mango, Massimo Dutti, Bershka and Pull & Bear there.
Málaga-Costa del Sol Airport is located approximately 10 kilometres from the city centre and offers good transportation along the entire Costa del Sol. It is easy to get to Malaga by train, bus or taxi. The train takes 10 minutes and the bus 15 minutes to half an hour. Both bus and train depart every half hour.
Taxis are available at the airport:
+34 952 040 804
+34 952 333 333
Address: Málaga-Costa del Sol Airport, Malaga
Phone: +34 91 321 10 00
Spain can be visited visa-free for up to 90 days by citizens of Australia, New Zealand, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Malaysia, Israel, UAE and most countries in America. If you are unsure whether or not you need to apply for a visa, we recommend contacting the embassy or consulate in your country. International (non-Schengen) travelers need a passport that is valid for at least 3 months after the end of their intended trip in order to enter the Schengen zone. Citizens of Schengen countries can travel without a passport, but must have a valid ID with them during their stay.
Best Time to Visit
Malaga enjoys a pleasant climate nearly all year round, with mild winters and summers that can get relatively hot in July and August. The best time to visit is spring, when temperatures are most comfortable, or the summer months for a beach-focused vacation.
Buses from Malaga bus station at Paseo de los Tilos go to, for example, Marbella, Estepona, Granada, Córdoba and Seville. The train station is right next door. It is easiest to catch the suburban train which runs between Malaga and Fuengirola in the centre, subway next to the post office on Avenida Principal.
You can catch city buses on Alameda Principal or Paseo Parque. Tickets are purchased on the bus.
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Taxis are booked via Unitaxi, but it is just as easy to hail one on the street. Alternatively, you can go to one of the city’s taxi ranks.
Phone: +34 952 333 333
Stamps are sold in tobacconists’ bearing the sign “Tabacos”. You can find a post office by looking for its yellow facade.
Address: Avenida de Andalucía 4 (El corte Inglés), Malaga
Pharmacies are open from 10 am-8.30 pm with a siesta from 1.30 pm-5 pm. Pharmacy Caffarena is one of the pharmacies that are open 24 hours a day.
Address: Alameda Principal, 2, Málaga
Phone: +34 952 21 28 58
Country code: +34
Area code: 0952