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Bienvenida to Malaga, the wonderful Andalusian city on Spain’s Costa del Sol. Hugging the Med with it’s mild winters and long hot summers, breeze through the terminal at Southampton airport and fly into Malaga in two hours and 40 minutes.
Used as an easy destination to get to the Costa’s main sunshine resorts of Marbella, Torremolinos and Fuengirola, settle in and rest a while - there’s much to explore in this city’s vibrant heart.
From Picasso to the Romans, fortresses to cathedrals and Paradors to palaces, stop off and spend time exploring the old historic centre. Come for one of the celebrated festivals in Holy Week or the Feria de Malaga to see the city come to life in all its Spanish splendour, or laze on its quiet beaches. The secret to Malaga is its quiet confidence, enough off the beaten track to forget about the throngs of tourists elsewhere on the Costa. And thanks to the 300 days of sunshine a year, it’s a great destination - whatever the weather might be doing back home.
Flybe flies to Malaga airport in about two hours and 40 minutes.
The airport is 8kms from the city centre, and where you can pick up a pre-booked hire car, shuttle bus, City Bus, train or coach – there are plenty of cheap ways to get into Malaga and into the Costa del Sol.
Top things to see and do
Malaga’s most famous son Picasso, was born here so there are plenty of spots across the city to see the artist’s works. Or find the CAC Malaga, the impressive museum of modern art.
Malaga’s Teatro Romano is a wonderfully preserved piece of history to wander round, complete with vomitorium.
Walk up to the Castle of Gibralfaro and be rewarded with views that stretch out across the coast and over to Morocco.
Malaga Cathedral is one of many ornate places of worship dotted across the city.
Malaga’s immense Alcazaba fortress is one of its most popular and much-loved attractions. It’s also nest to the Castle and near to the Roman Theatre so the hefty walk to get to it reaps plenty of reward.
Off the beaten track
Believe it or not, it’s possible to enjoy some of the best modern tapas at Malaga airport before check-in. La Moraga is quietly taking over the world with its own blend of first class kitchen skills. A must.
Ever wanted to sleep in a palace? In a Parador you can - and for less than you might think. Malaga’s Parador is located next to the Gibralfaro Castle, overlooking the fortress and the old town below.
Every august, the streets of Malaga come to life with the Feria de Malaga. Visit at Easter for Holy Week to witness the ornate thrones and floats that celebrate its Catholic history.
The amazing smells, sights and sounds at the famous Atarazanas covered market is well worth a look. Grab a bocadillo and head to the beach.
Whilst you will get noise from the nearby airport during the day, golfers will love the Parador de Malaga Golf, named one of the top 100 courses in Spain.