The vibrant port city of Malaga puts the soul into the Costa del Sol. With more than 30 museums and a thriving art district, Soho – not to mention Malaga being the birthplace of Picasso – it’s one of Andalucia’s most exciting cultural hubs. It also has an incredibly rich history, with centuries-old castles and glorious cathedrals dotted in and around the city. Its location on the gorgeous coast of southern Spain means that Malaga city breaks offer fantastic beaches. With 15 honey-hued sandy stretches to choose from, there are beaches to suit all types of traveller, from couples and families to groups of friends.
Once the sun sets, you can swap beach-hopping for bar-hopping – Malaga fizzes with energy and has excellent nightlife. Foodies will feel like they’ve died and gone to gastro-heaven, as city breaks to Malaga are delicious affairs. Dining options are plentiful, with everything from Michelin-starred restaurants to rustic seafood shacks. It’s the kind of place you can enjoy top-notch tapas with an ocean view one side, and a Moorish palace on the other. If you can drag yourself away from the beaches and bars, there’s scope for adventure, too – a hike along the Chillar River to the cave of Nerja offers some of the most spectacular scenery in the region. For an intriguing city break with surprises around every corner, Malaga is hard to beat.
Puerto de Malaga
Malaga’s port is a few minutes outside the city centre, and is well worth a visit for its great restaurants, charming harbour and relaxed atmosphere.
One of Malaga’s most famed landmarks, this palatial 11th-century fortification at the foot of the Gibralfaro hill is the best-preserved Moorish fortress in the country.
Catedral de Malaga
The building of this majestic cathedral – renowned for its 40-metre dome — began in the 16th century and continued for 200 years. The results are astonishing.