Malaga: discover Andalusian specialities over the weekend

Known primarily for its sunshine, beaches and historic culture, Malaga is also full of specialities to discover during a stay in Andalusia. And there's no shortage of good places to eat. Salads, soups, cold meats, cheeses, tapas. There's something for everyone. And it's not just food that's on offer here, there are also plenty of alcoholic beverages typical of this region of southern Spain. Rebujito, cartojal, Malaga wine... A firework display of flavours to tantalise the taste buds for a weekend. Malaga also boasts some huge covered markets, such as the Atarazanas, right in the middle of the historic centre, where you'll find a warm, atypical atmosphere. Specialities to savour on the spot or buy to take home. This is the perfect two-day itinerary for discovering as many local flavours as possible. It's a programme that's perfect for those with a sweet tooth.

View of Obispo square in front of the cathedral

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Day 1: Stroll around the historic centre

👉 Visit the wine museum

As soon as you arrive at the airport, Malaga sets the tone with its many Spanish restaurants. More than just a cultural city, it's also known for its fine food and drink.

On our first morning, we head west to Malaga's historic quarter, where the Wine Museum awaits us. On weekends, it's best to get there as soon as it opens at 10am, as it closes at 2pm on Saturdays. In this former eighteenth-century palace, we can taste the finest vintages and discover the history of Malaga's wine culture. More than 400 antique exhibits are displayed on different themes, including bottle labels, barrels, advertising posters and much more. Admission includes two tastings of wines from the Malaga and Sierras de Malaga designations of origin. Other tastings are also available à la carte.

📍 Location: Plaza de los Viñeros 1, 29008, Málaga.

Opening times: Monday to Friday, 10am to 5pm. Saturdays from 10am to 2pm.

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👉 Discover the Atarazanas market

After this wine discovery, we head south to the historic district. After a ten-minute walk, we reach the central Atarazanas market, built on former shipyards. This symbolic covered market sells fresh local produce. We sampled Malaga goat's cheese, one of the local specialities. Don't leave the city without trying it, and don't forget to take some home with you. After wandering around the market and buying several products, the Parc de Malaga, just a few minutes' walk from the market, is the ideal place to sample the products you've just bought. If the tasting is too extensive, a siesta is in order in this quiet, friendly park.

📍 Location: C. Atarazanas, 10, 29005 Málaga

Opening times: Monday to Saturday, 8am to 3pm

Le marché Atarazanas

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👉 Wine bar and tapas in the historic centre

Our journey ends in Malaga's historic centre. Strolling along the small pedestrian streets, we come across many atypical restaurants and mouth-watering tapas restaurants. There are so many to choose from that it's difficult. In the end, we opted for Balcon des Fleurs, a restaurant serving tapas and Mediterranean cuisine. All in a warm, authentic setting. It's impossible to pass up the patatas bravas, tortillas and platters of local cheeses and hams. If you're really hungry, the paella de la mar is a must. This is just a glimpse of their menu, which offers so many different things. There's something for everyone. After this meal, a digestive stroll through the little streets around the cathedral is highly recommended to discover this charming district steeped in history and culture.

📍 Location: Calle Martínez, 12, 29005, Málaga

Opening times: Tuesday to Saturday: 12 noon to 4pm and 7pm to 11pm

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Day 2: Enjoy the Malaga coastline

👉 Buying Spanish charcuterie

Another culinary speciality of Malaga and Spain is, of course, its charcuterie, which is easy to bring home. On Sunday mornings, you can go to the José Puerto shop in the centre of Málaga to buy the best cold meats. Special mention goes to the Iberian hams. With their own pig farm, the company makes top-quality products with excellent value for money.

📍 Location: C. Granada, 7, 29015 Málaga

Opening times: Monday to Thursday, 10am to 10pm. Friday to Sunday, 10am to midnight.

👉 Savour local cuisine by the sea

At lunchtime, sit down at the El Balneario restaurant, with its terrace overlooking the Mediterranean. Located in the former public baths, this restaurant serves delicious local cuisine. Andalusian specialities include espeto de sardines, which are sardines grilled over a wood fire. A selection of tapas, seafood and cold meats can easily round off meals if you get really hungry.

📍 Location: C. Bolivia, 26, 29018 Málaga

Opening times: daily from 12 midday to midnight

Espeto of sardines on the beaches of Malaga.

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👉 Sipping a rebujito near the port

To round off our stay in Málaga, how could we not enjoy a rebujito in the port of Málaga? This drink, made from a mixture of lemonade and Manzanilla (Spanish wine), is a speciality of the Andalusian férias. You can enjoy this beverage in the splendid setting of the Cobalto 15 bar. There is also a whole range of cocktails to discover new flavours.

📍 Location: paseo de la farola 4, muelle, 1, 29002 Málaga

Opening times: Sunday to Thursday, 12pm to midnight. Friday and Saturday from 12pm to 2am.

Aerial view of the port of Malaga.

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