When you think of spending a city break in Spain the obvious contenders are always places like Barcelona, Madrid, Valencia and Seville. However, there is another city in Southern Spain that doesn’t get the credit it deserves…Marvellous Malaga! Here are the reasons why it’s the perfect city break destination.
Full of History
Everyone knows about the famous Alhambra Palace in Granada but Malaga has its own slice of stunning architecture in the Alcazaba and the Castillo de Gilbralfaro, some of the finest examples of Arabi constructions still standing in Spain. The Alcazaba was built I the 11th century and the views from this huge fort over the city are worth the climb up there. In Castillo de Gilbralfaro you will also find a museum explaining the history of this impressive castle.
No Spanish city would be complete without a bullring and Malaga has a fine example of one. Built in 1876 the bullring can seat up to 14,000 spectators and is still used for some of the largest bull fights in the region today. The gothic cathedral in the centre of the city is a must-see and the Town Hall is also an impressive building.
Art lovers cannot leave Malaga without visiting the home of the city’s famous son; Pablo Picasso. There is a very interesting museum just next to the cathedral that explains more about the artists life.
Great for Shopping
If you like a bit of retail therapy on your city breaks you will not be disappointed with Malaga. The attractive main shopping street is lined with boutiques, jewellers, home stores and more. There are also plenty of cafes, ice cream parlours and restaurants for you to stop and take a rest in whilst watching the world go by.
Malaga has its own city beach but this can get a little crowded, especially during university term times when the students flock here to catch some rays between lectures. If you want to spend a day on the beach then hop on the very reliable train that runs the length of the Costa del Sol and jump off at Torremolinos, Benalmadena and Fuengirola, or any of the little places along the coast that have fabulous sandy beaches. The nearest beaches in Torremolinos are only around 20 minutes from the city centre. If you want to take some time out of the city and stay on the coast for a few days there is a great choice of Villas and Apartments on the Costa del Sol to choose from.
Malaga is a cosmopolitan city with a bustling nightlife. It has international students and visitors from all over the world so expect an eclectic crowd if you head out for a night out here. Vista Andalucia is one of the best flamenco bars on the whole of the Costa del Sol if you want to experience something typically Spanish. The bar is open from 10:30pm until 6am so be prepared for a long night of dancing!
For something a little more modern head to Malaga Port where there are waterside bars and restaurants in cool contemporary buildings. Kaleido is a popular place to enjoy tapas or sip cocktails before hitting one of the cities clubs.
With flights leaving the UK for Malaga more often than ever there is no excuse not to hop over to Malaga and enjoy this vibrant city for yourself.