Málaga is a world apart from the adjoining Costa del Sol; a briskly modern yet historic city, it still has the atmosphere and swagger of a Mediterranean port. Admittedly, initial impressions can be discouraging as, like most Spanish cities, the shell is drab and industrial. But the kernel, the historic city centre, is charming with its majestic, if peculiar, unfinished Gothic cathedral, surrounded by traditional balconied buildings, narrow pedestrian streets and some of the best tapas bars in the province. In recent years, the city has heavily invested in its culture and heritage with new museums, extensive restoration and a brand-new port development.
Málaga is a joy to stroll around, with a skyline that reflects the city’s eclectic character; church spires jostle for space with russet-red tiled roofs and lofty apartment buildings while, like a grand old dame, the 11th-century Gibralfaro castle sits grandly and provides the best view of all.
Best places to stay in Málaga
Andalucia - Malaga Province (Chapter)
Málaga is a delightful city, intrinsically Andalucian, yet with an innovative streak. Something of a gourmet and culture capital, the city is the perfect base from which to explore breathtaking mountains of La Axarquía or the tourist-driven Costa del Sol.
Málaga destination guides
Seville Day Trip from Malaga
Be seduced by the Andalusian charm of Seville on a day trip from Malaga. Built on the banks of the Guadalquivir River, lively Seville has a rich Arab legacy and colorful local districts such as Triana and La Macarena. Most famous of all are its UNESCO World Heritage-listed cathedral and Alcazar fort – both of which you'll see on this action-packed day trip.
Malaga City Hop-on Hop-off Tour
Explore Malaga, the capital of Costa del Sol with this 24-hour ticket aboard an open-top, double-decker bus. You’ll see all the main sights of Malaga as you hop-on and hop-off 14 conveniently located stops around the city. With great views from the top of the bus, strategically placed stops and an interesting commentary, this truly is the best way to see the sights of Malaga.