5 Things Not to Miss in Malaga and the Costa Del Sol

Malaga, the largest city in the Costa Del Sol, has a little bit of something for everyone. Beach lovers are well catered for with a number of world-class beaches, while adventure lovers can hike in its nearby mountains, scuba dive in its crystal clear waters, and indulge in mountain biking, jet skiing, and a number of other adventure sports.

Malaga from above.

Malaga’s rich culture and history are sure to excite every history lover, too. Malaga is also a relatively inexpensive holiday in Spain hotspot, meaning you won’t have to break the bank to enjoy a holiday in Malaga.

A bit of wine.

Today we are listing 5 reasons why you should consider Malaga and the Costa Del Sol for your next holiday!

#1 Trips to Malaga are surprisingly affordable

It’s no secret that Spain’s economy is experiencing difficulties at the moment. Recent figures show that unemployment has reached a record high of 27%, and it doesn’t look like things are going to change anytime soon. While this is bad news for prospective expats and local Spaniards, it’s good news for holiday goers and early retirees.

Malaga beach. Who wants to be there right now?

Many Spanish holiday hotspots like Malaga have reduced their prices in a bid to attract tourists. Flights to Malaga are cheaper than ever before, and restaurants, shops, tour companies, and hotels have slashed their prices, too. The wonders of the Costa Del Sol await you upon arriving in Malaga, and it won’t cost you a lot of money to experience them.

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#2 Malaga’s beaches are amongst some of the best in the world

Malaga is located close to dozens of beaches, some of which are considered to be amongst the best in the world.

Malaga’s beach.

Of the beaches close to Malaga, Playa de la Malagueta, a 1200m long blue flag beach made up of black sand; Playa Palo, a beach featuring coves and clear waters that are perfect for snorkelling; and Playa Las Acacias, a long and wide beach with fine, grey sand are considered to be three of the best. Each of these beaches has excellent facilities, too, with restaurants and bars located nearby. Several hidden, secluded beaches are located near Malaga, too. These beaches can be easily reached by car or motorbike. They’re the perfect place to enjoy some private sunbathing.

#3 Malaga’s locals are very welcoming and friendly to travelers

Malaga’s locals are some of the friendliest and happiest in Spain. They’re always cheerful and ready to lend a hand if you’re having any problems.

A typical Spanish bar.

The locals also like to socialise and enjoy themselves. In the evenings, they meet up for dinner and drinks and then spend the night partying away in one of Malaga’s many bars and clubs. It’s not uncommon to find all night street parties taking place in Malaga, too.

#4 Malaga’s rich culture and interesting history to learn about

Malaga’s old city is home to dozens of interesting cultural and historical attractions. It also offers perfect views over the city and its coastline.

Fish market.

Alcazaba, a castle built by the Moors in the 11th century, is a particular standout. The castle is located on a hill overlooking Malaga. Considering its age, it’s remarkably well preserved. Inside the castle’s grounds, there’s also a set of gardens containing colorful plants and flowers, and a Moorish palace containing artefacts dug up during excavations of the castle. Other standout sites in Malaga include the Roman Theater, a gigantic theater created by the Romans hundreds of years ago; the Castillo de Gibralfaro, another Moorish castle; and Malaga Cathedral, a towering beautiful cathedral that sits in the centre of Malaga’s old city.

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The best way to visit these sights is on foot. By doing so, you’ll be able to take in the beauty of Malaga’s old city at a relaxing, leisurely pace.

It may be worthwhile to hire a guide while exploring Malaga’s old city, too. A guide will be able to provide background information about the old city’s many buildings, and they’ll also be able to take you to hidden sights located in the old city. Many of the local guides are able to speak English, but they’ll charge more than the Spanish speaking guides.

#5 Malaga’s shops and restaurants are some of the best in Spain

Malaga is full of shops selling clothes, souvenirs, jewellery, and more at budgets to suit every shopper.

Calle Marqués de Larios, a pedestrianised street located close to Malaga’s port, is a must visit for every shopper. The street is full of boutique shops selling clothes and show designed by some of the best fashion designers in Spain. The streets surrounding the Calle Marqués de Larios are also full of shops, many of them selling handmade items at surprisingly affordable prices.

A visit in the theater.

Finally, brand name high street shops like H&M, Zara, and more can be found at the Vialia Shopping Centre, a massive shopping centre located next to the Maria Zambrano train station.

Delicious seafood paella.

Malaga’s restaurants are also excellent with food from all over the world available at affordable prices. Tapas bars can be found scattered throughout the city with delicacies like boquerones, a dish made from anchovices, and ensaladilla, a russian salad, on the menu, while international restaurants can be found close to the tourist areas near Calle Marqués de Larios and the Malaga Cathedral. A number of excellent seafood restaurants can be found close to the beach, too.

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Malaga has a little bit of something for everyone

Beach lovers will fall in love with its many beaches, food lovers will be enamoured by the food on offer, adventure lovers will be spoiled for choice with dozens of adventure sports to choose from, history and culture lovers will fall in love with the city’s rich culture and history, and shoppers will be able to spend days happily browsing Malaga’s many shops. Make sure to put Malaga on the top of your shortlist when deciding on a possible Spanish break in the future. Malaga is a very relaxed and comfortable place. You’ll always feel safe and at ease when in Malaga.

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Agness Walewinder
Travel freak, vagabond, photography passionate, blogger, life enthusiast, backpacker, adventure hunter and endless energy couchsurfer living by the rule "Pack lite, travel far and live long!"
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