I have mixed feelings about Malaga, I like it because it's very authentic and little touristy, I dislike it because of its dirtyness and abandoned beautiful buildings. In short, Malaga is not quite the touristic place the authorities want you to believe... just go to the tourist office: everyone speaks Spanish (and Spanish only)... which is certainly not a crime, but it's not very helpful if you want to attract foreigners. Malaga was founded by the Phoenicians, inhabited by the Romans, ruled by the Moors and finally conquered by the Catholic Monarchs... which let it fall into decline. Malaga would really be a gem, there's plenty of wonderful old buildings in the city centre, all crumbling down, literally... I call it awasted beauty. Some recosntruction is going on, currently, but there's still a lot to do and it will take years to bring it back to its former glory.
Take the bus to Mijas. It`s a beautiful little place and a great place for a gentle stroll and relaxing with a wee beer. If you find some good shopping, that`s a bonus too!
Take a minute to visit the San Sebastion church, climb to the Plaza de Toros and get great views of the Costa, and relax.
There are a couple of bars and...
There are a couple of bars and clubs in the oldest part of Malaga. I recommend especially the tapas bars where you have the famous tapas, a little dish between two main meals. Very nice and very original.
The best place to learn about the Andalucian mentality. Does everyone has to see that you are a tourist? So leave your bagpack at home and have a little style.
Malaga Airport is located 6 km West of Malaga, just at the main Coast Road (N340) and the new toll road.
When leaving the airport by car, and approaching the N340, the Left hand lane takes you to Malaga, Granada, Nerja all the Eastern Costa del Sol, and the right one is for Torremolinos, Benalmadena, Fuengirola, Marbella, Estepona, Cadiz ...western Costa del Sol.
there is train Service from Málaga Airport to Málaga City and Fuengirola, every half an hour, just outside the airport.
There are frequent bus Service from the Airport to Málaga City, Service No 19, that takes you to the bus station, ready to take any bus.
Near the Bullring the Refectorium
Wonderful place to have tapa or to dinner. Next the Bullring it will be full if there is a Bullfight. The typical soup of the Málaga area is ajo blanco con uvas (cold almond soup flavored with garlic and garnished with big muscatel grapes).