Málaga Travel Guide

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Málaga Highlights

  • Pro
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    Senoritasmile says…

     the old city, proximity to sea, fresh sardines on beach! 

  • Con
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    Carmela71 says…

     too crowded in summer... and driving!!! 

  • In a nutshell
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     Colour, sun, happiness, good weather and traditions together 

Málaga Things to Do

  • Gibralfaro Castle

    The name has a meaning of "rock of light" that signified a previous lighthouse built by Phoenicians of this spot. The fortress that was built in 1300's to further protect the gentry of the Granada kingdom, who could get up higher from the Alcazaba castle in case of attack. It is almost 400 feet to the fort and the highest point in the city. The...

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  • Alcazaba

    Malaga's Alcazaba is simply super. It is actually the best-preserved (albeit restored and partially reconstructed) alcazaba in Spain, although it is nowhere near as vast as the Alhambra nor is it as beautifully detailed and decorated. But it's still an excellent introduction to the architecture of the rich at the height of Moorish Spain, most...

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  • Cathedral

    I'd visited the exterior of Malaga's cathedral.....Nuestra Señora de la Encarnación ...... on my December daytrip, but allowed myself time to properly explore its interior on my return visit. As cathedrals go it's quite a late structure, because Malaga belonged to the Moors until the early 1400s). Almost nevitably, it was built on the site of a...

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Málaga Restaurants

  • La Posada de Antonio

    CLOSE. LAST TIME I PAST THROUGH LA POSADA WAS CLOSE. LA POSADA DE ANTONIO WAS AT THE CENTER OF MALAGA IS NOT THE ONE OF ANTONIO BANDERAS. Big local with nice things for tapa. Very nice to have take a table and have a break while you have a good wine and a tapa chistorras pinchos morunos tortilla

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  • El Pimpi's

    I love this place - huge vaulted celings, flagstone floors and walls lined with enormous barrels signed by many literary greats. It's always buzzy here and sometimes has live music too. Food is limited, a few tapas dishes and a mixture of mini filled toasted rolls.

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  • Clandestino

    This is a great funky restaurant in the centre of Málaga. Great staff and extra points to them for having the gluten free options clearly marked on the menu, hooray! Mushroom & langoustine risotto and the duck, quail egg & spinach salad are both delicious. And for dessert carpaccio of pineapple, fantastic!

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Málaga Nightlife

  • Puerto Banus and Marbella

    Really great place to go out, full of english people with great atmosphere and cheap drinks, good music and friendly staff. You can mostly find me in there because its such a great place at night time the pooltable becomes the stagefloor where you can dance all nite till 5AM in summer Really easy dress code, trainers no problem shorts no problem,...

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  • El Pimpi

    This is one of those bars you need to visit. It is always very busy with locals and at night there is music and sometimes flamenco. It's a maze of courtyards and different rooms lined with barrels and old posters. It used to be a convent. It's a nice place for tasting one of the many typical wines from Malaga, together with some tapas.

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  • Plaza de la Merced

    Plaza de la Merced is the meeting point for most of people to start to enjoy an evening on Málaga town center. Many bars, restaurants and cafeterias round there. La plaza de la Merced es el punto de encuentro para la mayoría de los jovenes para empezar a disfrutar de la noche en el centro de Málaga. Hay varios bares, restaurantes y cafeterias en...

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Málaga Transportation

  • MALAGA TO FUENGIROLA TRAIN LINE

    While there is a mainline train station in Malaga connecting with the major Spanish cities, it is the local line that most people are interested in. This runs from Malaga to Fuengirola and has stops at all the main tourist areas. The carriages are clean and spacious and the next stop is always shown in lights above every door making them easy to...

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  • Alsa buses

    I was much impressed by the Alsa buses I used, particularly the long-distance ones. Duyring my two visits to this part of Spain I used the Alsa buses to make trips from Nerja to Malaga and to Almunecar, and then from Malaga>Granada and back.Buses are comfortable, with upholstered seats and a luggage hold (the type that we in the UK call...

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  • Renfe Maria Zambrano station

    Renfe is the official railway operator in Spain, running long-distance and medium-distance routes as well as the local Cercanias rail lines.Malaga's main Renfe station is Maria Zambrano, to the west of the historical centre. It's a very modern building, named after a Spanish philosopher and attached to a large, modern shopping centre. There are...

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Málaga Shopping

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  • Most important shopping street

    Nice walking area in the middle of Malaga old city with shopping and nice restaurants in all of the small side streets. It is also very close to the Cathedral, Picasso Museum and the water front park. Easy parking in various underground parking and a great place to visit on a Sunday with family ! Calle Larios and Calle Nueva, the street running...

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  • hairdresser

    Had to search for a hairdresser because didnot had time in the netherlands to go to 1.While i was in Larios centro i saw this 1. looked very modern.paid 16.80 euro some extra for special hairtreatment so was about 22 eurosnormally i pay in the netherlands 35 or 40 euros.you get a number so you can shop a bit or waitonly they dont speak much...

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  • VISUAL FEAST OF FRESH FRUITS &...

    Wednesday February 23, 2011Hans and I, along with Bajondillo friends Fina and Gino, spent the afternoon in Malaga. One of the highlights of our visit has to be the ATARAZANAS MARKET. Fish, meat (hams, pate, pork, chicken), cheese, fruits and vegetables - all fresh and at great prices. There are 260 market stalls in the building. The Fish section is...

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Málaga Local Customs

  • Málaga Feria 2011

    Every August Málaga holds it's Feria - It's a week long party that starts with a huge firework display and continues with fun, frocks and drinking!

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  • Living statues

    Not really a tip - more a point of interest - Málaga has many 'living statues' - mainly in the main shopping street, but also near the Alcazaba and the Plaza del Carbon.My favourite is "Paco Yuppie Estress" (Who is on Facebook - see below) - He's very good and is popular with all the tourists.I also like the viking - mainly 'cos he's so dreadful!!...

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  • Semana Santa

    Semana Santa is the week from Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday - Every day "tronos" or thrones are paraded around the streets of Málaga, as in other Spanish cities.These parades go on for hours as the different 'brotherhoods' parade with their particular groups - they are amazing to watch and in Málaga there is almost a party atmosphere (Which there...

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Málaga Warnings and Dangers

  • Tourist Office.

    Well, I have the feeling that people who works inside the tourist business shall be polite and helpful. You can say that you dont know in many ways. Even if you work in Malaga, I think you should have some knowledge about a great tourist destination as Gibraltar. Anyway, when I arrived this man in the toursit office at the train station was not...

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  • Be Aware Where YOu Walk after Dark

    Keep out of the Malaga park after hours when it is dark. There were remnants of homeless people sleeping in the and drug paraphernalia around if you look close, especially going up the path to Alcazaba castle.

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  • Trash Along the path

    A great disappointment to me was the plethera of trash, bottles, and plastic bags along the path leading up to Alcazaba and Gibralfaro. It is a turn off to see such a site, when some city worker should be cleaning up the mess daily, of better yet find the violators. It looks like it may a a place for late night drinking either by youth, or homeless...

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Málaga Tourist Traps

  • train from Malaga airport - Fuengirola

    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...

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  • Malaga Airport transfer con? - Malaga...

    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...

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  • Day Three

    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...

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Málaga What to Pack

  • Packing List

    Spain is world reknown for its high fashion and excellent quality leather bags and shoes. Shop around for the bargains, Corte Ingles in Puerto Banus has some fantastic sales from designer to street brands. If you should get caught in the Costa del Sol without your luggage don't panic. Go down to Puerto Banus and look for a shop which faces the sea...

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  • Packing List

    Family Travel If you enjoy music, I suggest you bring some kind of portable cd player or walkman. I found the radio stations in Spain to be the worst I've ever experienced!! The reception was brutal. When we were driving, the stations would last for two songs at best and the mix was horrible. They'd go from pop to classical opera and everywhere...

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    Travel light......you dont need too many clothes. comfortable shoes are best LOTS OF SUN TAN LOTION as the Spanish sun is very hot.

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Málaga Off The Beaten Path

  • Mijas

    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.

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  • Frigiliana

    Frigiliana is an attractive village in Andalucia, located about 50 km east of Malaga. After hiring a car in Malaga airport, we stopped here for a few hours to break the drive to the Sierra Nevada mountains. The village is easy to reach, at the foot of the Sierra de Tejeda mountains, just a few kilometres in from the motorway, with Nerja the closest...

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  • Nerja

    1 hour and a half by car from Marbella, less than an hour from malaga (with the new road), 52 km from Malaga, is called 'Balcón del Mediterraneo' ('Balcony of Mediterranean Sea'). Apart of the beautiful view its Cueva de Nerja, a 3000 years old cave with colossal stalactites, makes it worth a visit.

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Málaga Sports & Outdoors

  • Mountain biking fun

    Can't believe I'm writing a 'sporting tip'!!Right then! This is really on the recommendation of house guests (sporty ones) who took themselves off for a day of mountain biking and had a fabulous day. They went with John from "Blazing Trails" who was an excellent guide, asked lots of questions about what they wanted from the day and their fitness...

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  • Basketball with me

    If you come over a few days and you like basketball, I offer you the chance to shoot some hoops with me. During this year I've been playing every week with a very good group of friends in the evening, but the indoor sports center will be close in summertime. We consider ourself as low-mid level players, with a couple of good skilled ones.Basketball...

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  • UNICAJA: The kings of basket in Spain.

    Ohhhhh yes Málaga is very proud to have the champions of basketball league 05-06 and this team is UNICAJA. They are the best team of basket in Spain and one of the best of Europe, the won the Korac cup 3 years ago and the spanish cup last year. They have played the Euroleague for the last 2 years, and they will for the next 3 years. One of their...

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Málaga Favorites

  • Malaga Streets

    A lot of Malaga is ugly blocks of urban sprawl flats, but in the old centre you can find a beautiful heart. Full of narrow sometimes cobbled pedestrian streets winding in and out of each other. You can see that, like a lot of Andalucia, a lot of money is being put in to 'doing up' the centre of the city. Buildings are freshly painted and restored...

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  • Costa del Sol Towns

    My favorite thing was the horse and carriage ride in the center of Malaga. Picking a favorite thing was tough- Malaga is so interesting- beautiful cathedral, gorgeous sea views - travel on the coast- skip the auto pista- a modern highway but NOT scenic. We visited the Picasso Museum- a must see! We ate tappas in the little sidewalk cafes- we like...

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  • Excursions

    better to rent a car,among a lot: www.hellehollis.com 1.GRANADA,alhambra :you must book the visit sooner as possible,see my "local customs" tip! 100km,one hour,speedway 2.SEVILLA 200km,90minutes,speedway 3.CORDOBA,180km,two hours,speedway +national road 4.RONDA 100km+grazalema+arcos de la frontera:a famous white small city and its must to visit...

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