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Malaga
Malaga

A concentration of culture under the Spanish sun

Malaga in short

Andalusia's second-largest city has been a busy trading port since ancient times. Tourism is also a major industry, as evidenced by the many hotels and tourist facilities dotted around the seafront. Of course, Malaga has suffered from property speculation. Despite this, the old town and historic quarter have retained their charm and offer some interesting sights. These include the Alcazaba, a fortress in ruins, the Renaissance cathedral - never finished -, the Picasso museum - opened in 2003 -, and the house where the painter was born, a moving reminder of his childhood. For the best view of the city of Málaga, climb the steps along the city walls to the top of Gibralfaro Castle. Your efforts will be rewarded with a breathtaking panoramic view of the bullring, port and cathedral, taking in the whole of Malaga as far as the seaside resort of Torremolinos, 6 kilometres away.

Stroll along the spacious (6,500 m²) Palmeral de las Sorpresas promenade, inaugurated in 2011. Or walk around La Concepcion botanical garden. Relax in the superb and immense Al Andalus hammam, housed in a palace in the old Arab quarter, straight out of the Alhambra! Further afield, you can explore Andalusia by visiting the main cities of Seville, Cordoba or Granada, taking the white villages route to Ronda or visiting the caves of Nerja, or why not go as far as Gibraltar?

You can also admire the cathedral and sanctuary of the Virgin of Victory, the archaeological museum, the Carmen Thyssen museum, the first Centre Pompidou outside France, the only Russian National Museum outside Russia, the Automobile museum, the Glass and Crystal museum, and a former customs house converted into a fine arts museum.

Andalusia and Malaga are bursting with local gastronomic specialities. What could be better than porra antequerana or ajoblanco, two cold soups typical of the region? Enjoy delicious grilled fish right on the seafront in a chiringuito (beach bar/restaurant). Visit cheese and charcuterie shops to discover new flavours such as goat's cheese or Malaga cured ham. Add to all these flavours with a glass of Malaga, the local cooked wine, cartojal, the famous white wine of the ferias, and don't forget the rebujito, a cocktail made with manzanilla and lemonade. Stroll through the city's many covered markets, such as the superb Atarazanas central market, where you can buy a whole range of products that you can taste on the spot or take home.

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How to get there?

Malaga is a very well-served destination. Several airlines offer direct flights from a number of cities in the UK, at very affordable prices and with relatively short flight times. You can also travel by car or train, but the journey time will obviously be longer.

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Where to stay?

Hotels or flats, there's no shortage of accommodation in Malaga. And to suit all budgets. Most of them are very well located, close to both the historic centre and the beach. This means you can get around easily on foot without using a car.

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Practical information

🗓️ When should you go?

Malaga is an ideal destination in Spain for a multitude of reasons. This city in southern Spain is the perfect blend of modernity and cultural history. It's an ideal destination whatever the time of year, as the temperature rarely dips below 10°C. But it all depends on you and what you're looking for. If you're looking to party and take advantage of the many events on offer, summer is the time to go. The famous Malaga feria is held in August, but this is also the time of year when tourists flock to Andalusia. If you prefer to avoid the crowds, consider booking your stay around May or in autumn. However, avoid going between November and February, when the weather is colder and rainier.

📄 What are the administrative formalities?

If you are a citizen of the European Union, you can travel with your identity card, no need for a visa. For others, your valid passport will suffice. For further information, visit the website of the Britich embassy in Spain .

If you wish, you can also take out travel assistance with your insurance company or bank.

🆔 Loss or theft of your identity papers

If your identity papers are lost or stolen, you must go to the nearest police station to make a declaration. The Spanish police have set up a special telephone number for foreign tourists to make the process easier. The number is 902 102 112(Monday to Sunday, 9am to 9pm). This declaration is not always enough to allow you to return home, especially for airlines. They may require the presentation of a valid travel document issued by a British consular authority.

🐕 Travelling with a pet

Travelling to Spain with a dog or cat is perfectly possible provided that the animals have an electronic chip (or a tattoo before 3 July 2011) and have been vaccinated against rabies. The animal must also have a European passport.

🚗 Driving in Spain

Licences issued in UK and from the countries of the European Union and the European Economic Area (Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway) are authorized to drive in Spain. You drive on the right-hand side of the road! Seatbelts must be worn by all occupants. The speed limit is 120 km/h on expressways and motorways, 90 km/h on conventional roads and 30 km/h in built-up areas. AP stands for toll motorway and A for free expressway. In the event of an offence, fines are sent directly to your home country in accordance with the bilateral agreement..

💊 Health

Before any stay in Spain, it is strongly recommended that you obtain a UK Global Health Insurance Card (GHIC)

👛 Currency

Spain uses Euros since January 2002.

🚌 How do I get around Malaga?

Maria Zambrano station is the city's main train station, and this is where you can access the metro and the local suburban train line. To get to Costa del Sol airport, you'll need to take the local suburban train. The whole of central Malaga is within walking distance. Otherwise, one of the best options for getting around is by bus. There's a mobile app called EMT Malaga to help you get around.

☎️ Useful numbers

  • Spanish National Police: 091
  • Civil Guard: 062
  • Emergencies: 112
lightbulb_outline Editor's tip

Malaga can be reached on foot, so we encouage you pack good shoes. They'll also come in handy if you climb up to Gibralfaro Castle. The narrow path to get there is steep, but the final view is well worth the diversions.

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