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Travelers have been drawn to visit Malaga, Spain, and the Costa del Sol for decades, drawn in by warm sun and relaxing beaches. We were hesitant to take a trip to Malaga, afraid it would be swarming with sun-seeking Brits. We were wrong (at least in the off-season). Whether the goal is to visit the best beaches in Malaga, to learn about the Andalusian culture, or to eat amazing tapas and drink local wines, Malaga is the perfect destination. 

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Malaga Travel Blog – How To Visit Malaga Spain

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How To Visit Malaga Spain

In this Malaga travel guide, we will share our tips on how to make the most of a trip to Malaga. This includes recommendations for some of the best places to visit in Malaga, Spain, as well as where and what to eat and drink in Malaga.

Where Is Malaga Spain

One of the oldest cities in Europe, Malaga is a port city in the Costa del Sol (Coast of the Sun) region of Spain. Founded nearly 2,800 years ago, it is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world. Malaga is the birthplace of the acclaimed artist Pablo Picasso. One of the most important port cities in Europe, Malaga plays a vital role in the economic development of Southern Spain.

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When To Go To Malaga

With the Mediterranean Sea to the south and the Malaga Mountains to the north, Malaga experiences mild winters and extremely warm summers. While winds from the Mediterranean can make the summer heat manageable, don’t count on rain to help cool off. With over 300 days of sun per year, rain isn’t a common sight to see in Malaga. For comparable cities of its size in Europe, Malaga experiences the warmest winters of any city on the Continent with average temperatures around 65˚F (18˚C) making it the perfect winter getaway.

What To Do In Malaga– Top Malaga Attractions

Best known for its white sandy beaches, reason enough to visit Malaga city, the city offers a wide range of attractions to explore. For art lovers, the Museo Picasso Malaga showcases over 250 works of art donated by the Picasso family. Housed in a 16th Century former palace, the museum is a great way to beat the summer heat of Malaga while experiencing works from one of the greatest artist of all time.

Perched above Malaga with commanding views of the city and the sea, sits the Moorish fortification known as the Alcazaba. Built in the 11th Century, this vast complex set the standard for military architecture for centuries to come. Dubbed “La Manquita” or one armed lady for its unfinished state, the Cathedral of Malaga was constructed over 200 years beginning in 1528. It is the second largest cathedral in Southern Spain.

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How To Make The Most of One Day in Malaga

We understand that travelers don’t often have as much time as we do when visiting a destination. Often, travelers will take Malaga day trips, only spending a day in Malaga. Here, we make some recommendations on what to see in Malaga Spain in one day. In addition to some of the Malaga attractions we discussed above, here’s a few more ways to spend a day.

Although I would recommend taking a walk along one of the beaches near the Malaga city centre, most of our recommendations here will focus on Malaga Old Town. This area is the best place to explore when it comes to food, drink, and cultural activities. There is also a load of shopping to be done, mostly around Calle Marquis de Larios.

So, what to do in Malaga in a day? We recommend the Picasso Museum. It’s one of the best museums in Malaga. Picasso is the most famous son of Malaga city. The museum is located in the center of the city, in a restored palace. The Museum Picasso Malaga is open seven days a week, from 10 am to 7 pm. Admission is only €7.50.

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Malaga For Food And Wine Travelers

The best of Malaga Spain has to come in the form of food and drink, particularly for people to travel for food like we do. For food travelers, definitely visit one of the Malaga city markets. They are generally open in the mornings to early afternoon and are closed on Sunday. Try the Mercado Central de Atarazanas, which is one of the top Malaga tourist attractions. It’s also a very local market too. There are a few market bars inside the market as well as outside that are great places to eat some great local tapas.

If you have a little more time to kill, the local Malaga wine consortium created this quaint Malaga Wine Museum on the first two floors of its headquarters. This is a museum really for die-hard wine aficionados and wine travelers. It’s for people who know a good amount about wine already and really want to learn about the local wine history. It might not be one of the hippest places in Malaga, but it has its charm.

Where to stay in Malaga Spain

Recommended Hotels In Malaga Spain

We stayed at the Petit Palace Plaza Malaga during our stay in Malaga. It’s steps from the center of Malaga and our room offered the most amazing views of the Cathedral. They are walking distance to some of the best restaurants in Malaga Spain. I would definitely recommend them as one of the top hotels in Malaga city centre. Check the best rates for Petite Palace here.

Another option, closer to the beach, is the Gran Hotel Miramar Malaga, one of the top Malaga luxury hotels with views of the water. This area of Malaga is a little too quiet for me during the winter months, but it is still only about 10-15 minutes away from the center of town. In the summer, there are loads of beach bars and chirinquitos near the Gran Hotel Miramar. Check the best rates for Gran Hotel Miramar Malaga here.

Get more recommendations for the best Malaga Hotels on Tripadvisor or Booking.com. For resorts near Malaga, check out these hotels along the Costa del Sol. Outside of the city center, on the beachfront, most of the accommodations focus on apartments. This is a great place to use Airbnb. If you’ve never used Airbnb before, get a discount on your first stay here.

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