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Things to do in Malaga

Malaga is a thriving hotbed of Spanish culture and history. Located on the Costa del Sol, it delicately mixes local tradition with tourist attractions and is a great base to explore from. Immerse yourself in the Spanish way of life, with flamenco dancing bars, local tapas and wines, and great shopping in Malaga’s city centre.

As the home of Picasso, Malaga contains the Pablo Picasso museum, as well as others dedicated to expensive glass, vintage cars and more. Tee off at one of Malaga provinces’ 66 golf courses or explore the beaches along the city’s sea front, before venturing out to other coastal resorts such as Marbella, Estepona and the many picturesque villages in between. Choose from our carefully selected hotels, and combine with car hire to get the most out of holidays in Malaga.

Golf & Spa

Golf & Spa

The province of Malaga is home to over 60 golf courses and also offers specially designed golf hotels. Hire a car and drive around to experience the various courses. Or pamper yourself in a spa hotel; visit the Thalasso spa at the Gran Hotel Elba in Estepona or the Fuerte Miramir Spa centre in Marbella amongst others.

Beaches

Beaches

Malaga’s Pedregalejo is a sandy beach parallel to the promenade, just east of the city. Relax on Marbella’s Cortijo Blanco beach, with its mountain backdrop. Enjoy excellent swimming at Neuva Andalucia – El Duque beach in Puerto Banus, or explore Roman ruins near the Guadalmina beach. Try fishing, pedalos and local beach bars on Malaga city breaks.

Culture

Culture

Visit the Picasso museum in the home city of his birth, Malaga’s most famous son. The museum offers paintings from the private family collection. The Museo Automoitistico de Malaga is a fantastic private collection of rebuilt vintage cars, or view the 11th century Moorish citadel of Alcazaba. Take a trip to Granada, with its beautiful Arabic palace – Alhambra.

Food and nightlife

Food and nightlife

One of the best restaurants in Marbella is La Messina, with a seasonal Mediterranean menu and strawberry beer. Dine at typical beach restaurants in Malaga and Torremolinos, enjoying local delicacies such as fried fish. Sample and buy sweet Malaga wine in Frigliana village near Nerja, or enjoy the nightlife in Abisinia in Malaga; a bar and nightclub.

Activities/experiences

Activities/experiences

Take a 4 hour historic bike ride around Malaga and get a guided tour of nooks and crannies. Experience Kelipe, which offers authentic Flamenco in a small courtyard at weekends. Visit La Concepcion Botanical gardens, a collection of tropical and subtropical plants. Visit traditional equestrian shows like El Ranchito in Torremolinos or ride the cable car in Benalmadena to the mountain top.

Exciting experiences

Malaga City Hop-on Hop-off Tour

Explore Malaga, the capital of the Costa del Sol, with this 24-hour ticket aboard an open-top, double-decker bus. You'll see all the main sights of Malaga as you hop-on and hop-off 15 conveniently located stops around the city. With great views from the top of the bus, strategically placed stops and an interesting commentary, this truly is the best way to see the sights of Malaga. Birthplace of Picasso, Malaga boasts pretty streets, leafy boulevards and lush gardens.

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Jerez and Cadiz Day Trip from Costa del Sol with Winery Tour, Andalusian Horse Show and Sightseeing Cruise

Experience the traditions of southern Spain on a day trip to Jerez and Cadiz from Costa del Sol and central Malaga. Travel by comfortable coach to Jerez de la Frontera to enjoy an authentic equestrian show featuring Andalusian horses. Take a guided tour of Williams and Humbert winery and sample two local wines with a snack. Buy lunch, then hop aboard a boat for a sightseeing cruise along the Cadiz coast. Finally, relax and enjoy a sightseeing coach tour of central Cadiz.

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Gibraltar Sightseeing Day Trip from Malaga with Optional Dolphin-Watching Cruise

On this day trip from Malaga, travel across the border from Spain to Gibraltar – a British territory most famous for its Rock of Gibraltar. See top attractions on a sightseeing tour, shop for British goods and photograph views of the Spanish and Moroccan coastlines from the top of the Rock. You can also upgrade your tour to include a dolphin-watching cruise in the waters off Gibraltar, home to three different species of dolphins.

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Malaga weather

Prepare for the weather before your holiday

Average seasonal temperatures°C/°F
  • 15°Jan
  • 16°Feb
  • 18°Mar
  • 19°Apr
  • 23°May
  • 27°Jun
  • 30°Jul
  • 30°Aug
  • 27°Sep
  • 22°Oct
  • 18°Nov
  • 15°Dec
Average monthly rainfall (mm)
  • 81
  • 55
  • 49
  • 41
  • 25
  • 12
  • 2
  • 6
  • 16
  • 56
  • 95
  • 88
Average daily sunshine (hours)
  • 5
  • 6
  • 7
  • 7
  • 9
  • 11
  • 11
  • 11
  • 8
  • 7
  • 6
  • 5

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