Well that’s OK … because so did I! And what’s more, I did’t even realise Malaga was actually on the coast. For some reason or other I’d an image of visitors having a bit of a journey from the airport to the sea. I’d often heard, and read, that it was a great city in itself and well worth a visit – but I didn’t really believe it. Circumstances recently brought us there for a family celebration and we were all so impressed! The place is beautiful and a great location for a mini break.
This is what you can expect…..
1. Grand Squares
5. Majestic Buildings
7. Palm Trees…
8….and Orange Trees
9. Roman Ruins
10. Lots of Colour
13. Wide Shopping Streets…
14….and Narrow Alleys….
16. All year round weather for two-wheelers!
17. Great Sunsets
18. The most famous Tapas Bar in town….
19….or something a little quieter
20. Bull Fighting ( if that’s your thing)
21. Long Beaches
22. A redeveloped Marina
23. Outdoor Markets…
24…and Indoor Markets
27. Bike Tours
28. Big Stores….
29….and Small Stores
30. Street Art….
31….and Street Art!
32. Cafes and Bars on every corner
34….or something a bit more substantial….
35….or straight to Dessert
38. Roof Bars with Night Views
39. Chain Hotels….
40…or Small Hotels….
41….or great Airbnbs
42. Architecture from the past….
43. …and something from the present
44. The smallest Irish Bar in the world!
46. Cruise Ships
47. City Views….
48….and Sea Views
49. Manicured Roundabouts
52. A glass – or 5 – of Moscatel in the oldest bar in town
53. Colourful plants – even in October
54. Beautiful Churches
55. And last but not least – Pablo Picasso
While there are bargains to be found on occasion, Malaga is not the cheapest place on the planet to get to – this is a year round airport hub for sun and golfing breaks on the Costa.
Access to the city centre is very easy – there are bus and train options as well as taxi. We got a bus from outside the terminal which brought us to the old town for €3 each.
Don’t arrive on a Friday night and expect to just walk into a hotel – as I remarked above re flights, this is a year round venue and weekends are very popular.
A few mentions ….
We booked an Airbnb through iloftmalaga It cost about €165 per night – which wasn’t cheap – but had 2 double rooms as well as a sofa bed so could sleep 6. The location was fantastic- just off the shopping street and very close to the Cathedral.
I spent 3 nights in Hotel Venecia – also very close to the old town. The midweek rate varied -averaging about €100 per night. I didn’t have breakfast there but there are lots of cafes close by with breakfast deals from about €3 upwards.