As one of the most important cities in Andalucia and the biggest of Costa del Sol, Málaga is a cultural reference in Europe, as it is the birthplace of important cultural figures, such as the painter Pablo Picasso and the actor Antonio Banderas.
For a city that is thousands of years old, Málaga was able to mature itself along the centuries by developing some important sectors, mainly tourism and construction. The junction between these two areas has catapulted Málaga as a major stop to any investor in the Real Estate world, with top-quality properties on key areas in the city. It is now a mandatory stop when visiting Costa del Sol.
To enter this beautiful garden, you must pay a fee during the week; however, the entrance is free on Sundays. Considered a Site of Cultural Interest in 1943, this garden is known for the floral species that albergates, some of them quite rare.
Any resident in Málaga knows this market due to the quality of the items that each merchant has to sell. If not motivated to do some groceries, then pass by for some drinks, as some of the best Malagasy cafés are located in this market and it is a good way to try out the local ingredients in tapas format, as well as a nice cold beer or a refined glass of wine.
On top of Mount Gibralfaro, you can find the castle, allowing you to have a panoramic view of the city. It dates back to the 10th century, built by a Moorish Caliph and it was occupied not just by the Moors but also by the Christians.
Another important historical site is the Alcazaba of Málaga, built under a Roman bastion in the XI century. For centuries this fortress was a stronghold for the Muslim conquerors.
The Catedral Basílica de La Encarnación is one of the city's most well-known symbols. It took more than two centuries to be completed (between the XVI and the XVIII centuries) and is known for being an architectural manifestation of the Renaissance style. It also has an important historical gallery of paintings from important historical painters.
Being born in Málaga, it was only natural that Pablo Picasso would have a place dedicated to honouring him. The Buena Vista Palace is where his museum is located, with more than 250 works of the painter, most of them donated by his family. It is very close to the centre and for a small fee, you have the opportunity to see the works that made this Spanish painter world-famous.
This is where the heart of the city resides. The old town is filled with cafés and bars, making the environment of this zone so spectacular. It is also a nice experience to walk in the ancient streets of this area; some of the buildings are hundreds of years old. You can also find local shops for you to fancy. Once you enter this zone, you will never want to leave!
The airport of Málaga is located in the district of Churriana, just 12 km away from the center of the city. It is the oldest airport in Spain and consequently one of the oldest in the world, being founded in 1919. Despite its age, this airport is also one of the busiest airports in Spain thanks to its constant renovation of equipment and traffic airlines that stay based there.
The rise of flights and therefore passengers has given the need for this airport to have a third terminal, capable of accommodating more passengers than before, having always in mind the best experience possible. Most of its flights come from the UK and from some countries belonging to the European Union.
The Andalusian spirit is strong in Malagasy cuisine - the finest selection of wines combined with plates containing the most tender meats alongside well-condimented side dishes that can go from fresh salads to delicious tortillas or pasta.
Everyone, or at least a good majority, enjoy having a drink after a good meal and Málaga has well-harmonized places that can offer you not just great cocktails but amazing environments. Take a look at our suggestions both for restaurants and for places to stay in Málaga nightlife:
Málaga is connected to Costa del Sol, a coast bathed by the Mediterranean Sea, which means that like any Mediterranean area it is hot in the Summer and not too cold during Winter. The hottest months are July and August, with temperatures that can go up to 30ºC. As for cold months, January is definitely the coldest month, rounding 17ºC during the day and 7ºC in night time. However, the sun is present in the skies most of the time so you should not feel the typical Winter breeze.
It may come as a surprise to you, but Málaga is Andaluzia's fashion capital. For instance, every September the Larios Street hosts Málaga Fashion Week, which has Europe's longest catwalk, extending itself for more than 300 meters. As a consequence of that, the city equipped itself with multiple shopping malls spreaded in almost every neighbourhood. As you will certainly see, the people from Málaga are always paying attention to the latest trends! Here are some of the options they have to inspire themselves:
The city is very accessible by bus. The EMT (Empresa Malagueña de Transportes) have extensive lines that can take you anywhere in the city. Most of the stops are located near the main neighbourhoods and centre of the city. Not just around the city but Málaga also have buses to other Spanish cities. You can check all of the options here.
The train is also a valid option, as it can take you from the airport to any part of the city. It has two lines, one coming from Fuengirola (C-1) and the other coming from Álora (C-2). You can check the map of the city's train service.
Like Seville, another Andalusian city, Málaga is very pleasant to explore by bicycle. You can rent a bike in the many kiosks of the city.
This is one of the main reasons why you should have a property in Málaga: you are very close to stunning beaches! The nearest from Málaga is the famous Malagueta beach, as it is very reachable by foot. Right after Malagueta, you have the beach of La Caleta, which is also gorgeous. If you like to explore the surroundings of the cities, we advise you to reach Bajondillo beach. It is very wide, plenty of space for you to guarantee the required social distancing during the pandemic management.
Near Torremolinos, which is a municipality near Málaga, you can find Carihuela, a fishing village that is very well known for excellent restaurants but also for the beach. Come and see for yourself - have a swim to open your appetite!
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