If you're keen to sample authentic Spain and not British seaside ghettos, then avoid the over-commercialised resorts to the West of Malaga along the Costa del Sol. If you manage to find anything remotely connected with spanish culture, you'll be charged tourist prices for mediocre food and entertaiment.
If you looking for Britain and all things Briitsh with sun thrown in.. then fill your boots!
Unique Suggestions: Try and hunt out small, spanish bars that serve traditional tapas free with each drink.
Fun Alternatives: If you're staying in this area and are disappointed by what it has to offer, hire a car or check out the buses to explore some of the places mentionned in VT members 'off the beaten path' tips.
We had dinner in the restaurant MEDITERANEO in Nerja , Malaga.
Please dont go there , the food is terrible , it was the wurst food I ever eat in my whole life .
The girl who brought the food was a real BI....ch.
The people next to us also didnt touch there food .
Unique Suggestions: DONT EAT THERE.;;;;;;;;
Fun Alternatives: If U want to eat well in Nerja , go to casa lluc , in the center from the town and its 100 % smoke free.
Just back from a fantastic holiday near Malaga.
Our only gripe is the taxi service (con?) at Malaga airport. We were "poached" by Malaga Taxis, aka Spain Shuttle SL and a shark called Carlo Piran. They were holding up our name card at airport arrivals hall and escorted us into their taxis when we had already pre-paid with another company. Either they copied our name from the genuine taxi driver or this is an organised con. We ended up paying twice with no refund from either company.
Unique Suggestions: Be warned and double check that the taxi driver picking you up is from the company you booked with! In any case, please do me a favour and steer clear of Malaga Taxi, Spain Shuttle SL and Carlo Piran!
Fun Alternatives: Our return transfer was provided by Suntransfers.com and their service, price, cars and drivers were perfect.
As sasid before, Malaga lives to the sea. And the lighthouse to light boats and ships during the night is just in the middle of the city, close to the port.
Sorry: a bit dark. It was the sunset when I took the pic ...
Other cities all over Spain which are built close to the sea do not live "to the sea". I mean, ports are out of the city and their sorroundings are poor: normal people do not go there. Some cities such as Valencia and Barcelona are making an effort to approach the city to the sea.
But Malaga is not like that. The city lives in the beach and the port is in the middle of the city. Good experience!
The first day in Malaga:
1) visit "La Alcazaba" - a military fortress build by the Moors in the 11th century ,
more than 100 towers and a superior part with a residential area including 3 palaces.
I've heard people say it is more impressive than the the Alhambra in Granada, but I don't think so, but still - its one of the places you must visit if you go Malaga.
2)The Picasso Museum - With More than 200 paintings, drawings, sculptures, ceramics, and graphic works illuminate the entire breadth of his long and prolific career, from his first academic studies to his late paintings in the 1970s.
3) The Cathedral -
Plaza del Obispo
Museum of the Cathedral
Molina Lario Street.
for a siesta, go to the plaza de la constitución nearby, and enjoy the tapas bars around, or good Sangria.
Jump to Corte Ingles, the biggest department store in Malaga , Avenida de Andalucía, 4 y 6,
for some shopping, or, in calle Larios st.
Like in many larger cities you will find people who want to give tourists a special ride around the town. In Málaga you can sit yourself down in a carriage and let the horses guide you through the streets. I don´t know the prices anymore, but I do know that it was very expensive. I didn´t try it because of this... maybe it would have been worth it, but I chose to use my feet.
All over Europe there are very poor people, I can`t believe that they are really wealthy and just go out begging or busking for something to do. If the situation is right don`t be embarrassed to be the one person who gives something. As the song goes, another day for you and me in Paradise.
Unfortunately there are mentally ill people, drug users and alchoholics who may seem threatening and giving is the last thing on your mind, I respect this point of view. Fortunately the people begging in Malaga weren`t too bad although they did seem to arrive in waves. It`s sad that we can`t solve these problems and have to walk or turn away sometimes. It looks like the onus is on the authorities to keep this to a minimum because it can be awkward for tourists.
Day Three in Malaga:
The first half of the day, go to Malaga beches.
Go to the beaches of Pedregalejo and El Palo! its in the east of Malaga (line 11 from city center) .
Its away from the main and busy beaches of Malaga, but they very unique and El Palo is a traditional fishing village where you'll get the best "fresh from the sea" fried fish on the Costa del Sol.
Second Half of the day:
Go to the Plaza de la Merced, enjoy the nice Cafe's around and on the evening go to local Tapas bar.
If you are still awake - try the nightlife of Malaga
A resort for the English, Finnish, Danish, Germans and Dutch (Northern Europeans in general).
Has a large beach, everyone speaks English, lots of souvenir shops, English, Finnish and Danish bars, Indian and Chinese restaurants and even a few Japanese ones too.
Only come here if you like resort holidays where you want a break and to lie on the beach. Don't come here if you want to see traditional Spain and practice Spanish.
I hear it has a nice historical centre but I didn't see that part so can't comment. I think it is small though.
Because it is a tourist town be prepared to pay over the odds for things and for people to try and rip you off. It happens.
Unique Suggestions: Look at it with a curious eye.
Fun Alternatives: Cadiz and la Costa de la Luz.
Parking in Malaga City centre is problematic. Spaces are scarce even in Winter, and it isn't very clear which areas are permitted for parking and at what times. If you are going to park in the city centre try to use one of the underground car parks.
Unique Suggestions: If possible use another means of transport. Public transpost is good and makes for a bit of an adventure. Study up on travel words in your Spanish Dictionary as many bus drivers and train staff do not speak English at all.
Fun Alternatives: If you need to park your car in a secure location for more than a couple of hours you can use a company called Easy Parking based at Malaga Airport. They have a courtesy bus service which will take you to the airport and pick you up again included in the price.
Its a bit hard for me to squeeze Malaga into 3 days only, after living there for few years.
Malaga is not very big (comparing Barcelona or Madird) but there's lot to do while there.
I'll try to mix culture , fun and food and a bit travelling around. It might be too busy but it is worth to try it.
Getting to Malaga its easy by train from any city Spain, or by flight as well.
Don't take expensive hotel a regular B&B will be just fine since you are going to spend most of the day touring around.
Inside the city you can also use Taxi. Its not high price and it can save lot of time.
Day Tow in Malaga:
Go out of Malaga, better with a train, to the next provice.
The Train Station is situated next to the Bus station, 2 km from the Malaga harbor and 9 km Go to Toremillinos, Benalmadena. Fuengirilla - all of them are part of the Costa Del Sol, and it is one of the most beautiful costline in Spain.
Try to make sometime to visit Marbella, and take a deep breath before going to the Marina (puerto).
If you lucky, you can not only see the fancy boats from the outside, but also from the inside if the owner is nice enough.
The port offers many restaurants and Cafe's.
The fashion stores here are expensive, but you can't find those labels in other places in the Costa.
If you short on time, skip the visit in Benalmadena o Fuengirola, and go only Toremollinos and Marbella.
In theory this is a great service and saves a bundle against taxi fares.
The first snag is that the airport rail platform is some 1000m from the airport building which in good weather and without too many bags, is fine, but at night in the winter is not so clever.
Secondly at this time of evening or night, rail staff are no where to be found which is a big problem as the only way of obtaining a ticket is from the machine near the platform. This is invariably not operational mainly due to tourists jamming it up with non Spanish coins.
The only alternative then is to take the train without a ticket which is fine unless you can get through the barrier at the destination without your ticket or even worse be on a train with a ticket inspector.
On my last vist I had already been travelling some 20 hours from the Pacific Coast of Canada via London and Barcelona where yet again the ticket machine was out of order and no staff available.
Boarding the train, I could see a female inspector and thought that as clearly this is a regular problem at Malaga airport I would be treated with courtisy as in addition to the machine problem clearly I was a foreigner, and it was late in the evening.
She asked for my ticket and in my pidgeon spanish tried to explain the ticket machine was not working at the airport. clearly she understood the message but insisted in Speaking only in Spanish which seemed odd on a route which 50% of the passengers are Brits or at least speak English.
I offered her a fairly large euro note which was all I have at the time and clearly she was unimpressed, telling me in spanish that she could not take this and that I would have to get off the train at the nesx stop in the middle of nowhere, go buy at ticket, and catch the next train which would be in about 30 mins time.
She proceeded to stay near to me until the train stopped and basically escourted me to the doors, watching me the whole time down the platform to ensure I didnt hop back on further down the carriage.
As luck would have it, getting up to the station I noticed a police officer had just pulled someone off the train, and had left the gate open which I nipped through without problem as otherwise I would have had yet another interogation as to why I wasnt travelling with a ticket. By this time I was more than fed up with the hospitality of the railway service so went out onto the street to hail a cab for a further E25 to finish my journey.
Welcome to Malaga !!!
Puerto Banus. A nice looking place but a bit 'Egg and Chips' in places. It has a Linekers Bar - enough said.
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