Malaga Travel Tips. An article sharing travel tips about visiting Malaga. How to get there and more…
Mark Ford, Founder of Plus1 Travel
It’s great to have you here searching for Malaga travel tips. Málaga is a municipality of Spain, capital of the Province of Málaga, in the autonomous community of Andalusia. With a population of 571,026, it is the second-most populous city of Andalusia after Seville and the sixth most populous in Spain. Málaga is a port city in southern Spain that lies on the Costa del Sol and boasts some of the most significant cultural infrastructure in Europe. Known for its scenic beaches, magnificent castles, stylish harbours and excellent restaurants, Malaga is a city full of traditions that have shaped both its history and its people. There are many things to see and enjoy in Malaga, so tourism in Malaga is much more
than enjoying its fabulous coastline and beautiful landscapes. From its Moorish history to the modern time, the city is full of interest and surprises. Before we get into the top 10 things to do in Malaga, we’ve included links in the description to various discount codes and links to resources of things to do, so make sure you check those out.
Malaga Travel Tips – How To Get From The Airport To Malaga
When searching for Malaga travel tips, the city of Malaga is served by Malaga airport located 8 kilometers southwest of Malaga. Here’s a simple guide on the best ways to get from the airport to Malaga as comfortable as possible.
There’s an express bus line running from the airport to Malaga, it costs €3 and the ride takes 20 minutes.
Flights to Malaga
The express bus runs 24 hours.
The easiest and fastest way to get from the airport is the C1 rail line that connects Malaga Airport with downtown within just 12 minutes and also to other locations of Costa del Sol.
A single ticket is just €1.80.
Taxis are available at the ranks located in the Arrivals of Terminal 3 and cost €20 to get to downtown Malaga from the airport within just 20 minutes.
Malaga Travel Tips – How To Get Around Malaga
When searching for Malaga travel tips, as with any large city, transport options around Malaga are abundant. In this simple guide you will find our transport information about the city, with links to dedicated pages, and information on the best ways to see Malaga city, and its surrounding areas.
Walking is possibly the best way to see the sites of Malaga, especially in the Old Town. It is free, and it allows you to take whichever route you want with as many stops as you please, allowing you to view only the things you really want to see and spend as long as you wish doing so.
The local train terminal station called Alameda is located on the Explanada de la Estacion near the CAC museum. Local trains are called “Cercanias” The first stop is the main Maria Zambrano station. Malaga has a local train service west along the coast to Fuengirola and north west inland up the Guadaljorce valley to Alhora.
Malaga has a two-line metro system that runs from the centre to the west and south-west of the city, starting from Maria Zambrano RENFE train station. A single ticket cost €1.35.
Malaga has a very efficient local bus service network to connect you to areas around the city centre. The buses are operated by a municipal company called EMT. Many urban busses are taken from the stops along the central Alameda. Single bus tickets cost €1.30.
Best Places To Stay In Malaga
When searching for Malaga travel tips, the biggest town on the Costa del Sol, Malaga is the ideal combination of relaxed southern style and Mediterranean glam. But with the town’s areas spread along such a long narrow stretch, how do you decide which is the best for you?
Start off on Calle Marques de Larios, the wide boulevard that is both a renowned shopping street and the gateway to the old town of Malaga, much within walking distance and you’re spoilt for choice on what to eat, drink and do. The triangular group of streets that encompass the old town also contain a whole swag of museums, palaces, plazas and all that jazz, so you won’t run out of things to see! And since you’re in Malaga, you have to check out some Picasso. The Museo Picasso is a building dedicated to his life and his art, and is found right here in the old town.
Just southwest of the old town, across the Guadalmedina river and a touch closer to the beach, is the neighbourhood of El Perchel. We’ve chosen it as the best place to stay in Malaga on a budget as it is super close to the centre of things, but far enough away that prices for accommodation and entertainment is lower! It’s a bit rough around the edges and is perhaps a little more like the ‘real’ Malaga, or the way it used to be. You can still find fishermen bringing their catch in here and you won’t have to look far to find yourself some truly fresh seafood.
Northeast of the old town is La Merced, our choice for the best neighbourhood to stay in Malaga for nightlife. It’s got more bars, clubs and restaurants than you could shake a stick at and you’ll always have an onward destination! La Merced is the entertainment centre for the city. You especially have to find your way to El Microteatro – the mini theatre where you can enjoy a drink while getting a theatrical experience, in miniature scale! For the culture or history buffs, this is the birthplace of Picasso. The Plaza de la Merced was where he was born, yes, but also the area he spent his childhood.
With powerful walls visible from almost anywhere in the city, Málaga’s Alcazaba is a Moorish fortress palace and valuable monument from the Islamic era. It was first erected in the 8th century and was bolstered and expanded over the next five hundred years. On this hill are two sets of walls protecting an inner and outer citadel.
Just down the hill, beyond the outer walls of the Alcazaba is the best ancient monument in the city. The theatre was in use for around 300 years up to the 200s but then was forgotten about and even used as a quarry during the Moorish period. The structure was only rediscovered in 1951 and considering all its been through is actually in pretty good shape today.
The city’s cathedral took more than 150 years to build, and so is a kind of melange of renaissance and baroque styles. The facade for example was one of the last parts to be completed and is suitably grand, with arches, columns, pilasters and stone reliefs depicting saints. The cathedral’s north tower is 84 meters-tall, second only in Andalusia to La Giralda in Seville.
Castillo de Gibralfaro
Like the Alcazaba this hilltop fortress looms above the city. It’s a majestic landmark that you might recognize from Málaga and the wider province’s emblems. There has been a fortress here since the Phoenicians more than 2,500 years ago and this castle was the scene of a pivotal siege in 1487. The Muslim Malagueños held out against King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella for three months before surrendering when they ran out of food.
Museo del Vidrio
This intriguing little museum is in a lovely old house from the 1700s, with exposed beams in the ceilings, period furniture and tasteful decoration. What people come to see though is the large collection of antique glassware that spans several thousand years. There are pieces from a range of ancient civilizations: Phoenicians, Romans, Ancient Greeks and Egyptians. Check out the green Roman glass bowl, still intact 2,000 years later.
As with much of Spain, the central market is such a focal point of daily life in Málaga that you have to see it for yourself. Locals favour the stalls at Atarazanas for freshness, and because the prices are reasonable. It’s also just a lovely building, with an elegant iron and glass canopy, Mudéjar arches and a magnificent stained-glass window. Come to buy all the usual market produce, like fruit & veg, meat (both raw and cured), cheese, fresh bread and some local honey or sherry. There are also bars where you can get a tapa to go with a cold glass of cruzcampo.
Parque de Málaga
When the heat is on, this esplanade is like diving into the undergrowth, and you’ll be surprised how cool it can be, even in the summer. The broad, lush fronds of the towering palm trees provide ample shade over the three main walkways. There’s also something surreal about seeing ornate pieces of baroque and renaissance sculptures and fountains surrounded by subtropical plants.