Discover the charming and cultural city of Malaga

Alcazaba, Malaga
My friend has planned a week in Malaga at the end of the month and I have made a last minute decision to go with her. I have never been to this region of Spain before and do not know much about its history. Although we are going to relax, I want to spend some time sightseeing and getting to know the area. I would really appreciate if you could recommend some of the key things to see and also some places to stay.

My friend has planned a week in Malaga at the end of the month and I have made a last minute decision to go with her. I have never been to this region of Spain before and do not know much about its history. Although we are going to relax, I want to spend some time sightseeing and getting to know the area. I would really appreciate if you could recommend some of the key things to see and also some places to stay.

Malaga is a beautiful part of Spain and is ideal for combining a week of relaxation as well as some sightseeing. The Mediterranean seaport is always a buzz of activity and will not disappoint on any level.

The Alcazaba is one of the most iconic sites in this idyllic city. Offering spectacular views over the city, it is a must-see for anyone visiting Malaga. Built in the 11th century, this fortress is a maze of passages alongside beautiful gardens and impressive architecture and is a wonderfully peaceful place to spend a day exploring.

Situated in the historic centre of the city, Malaga Cathedral is another of the city’s finest sites. Towering over the surrounding buildings, the Cathedral has drawn influence from Renaissance, Baroque and Gothic architecture and is a tranquil haven for a weary traveller after a long morning sightseeing in the heat of the city. The Cathedral’s long history is filled with strange and wonderful stories that will transport you to a time gone by.

Birth place of world renowned artist Pablo Picasso, Malaga is an art lovers dream. The Picasso Museum, located in Buenavista Palace, is one of the city’s most beloved cultural attractions. The museum’s permanent collection of works consists of pieces donated from the private collections of Picasso’s family. There are more than 200 spectacular paintings that will leave you in awe of the Spanish painter’s talent. The museum is also home to a number of temporary exhibits to make your trip even more memorable. The Contemporary Art Museum on the banks of the Guadalmedina River is another of the city’s highlights and is home to a vast collection of art work including pieces by North American artists such as Roy Lichtenstein.

If you are feeling energetic, the city offers a number of organised bike tours which will take you through its winding streets and allow you discover a different side of Malaga. If you wish to have a more relaxing day of sightseeing, hop-on hop-off open top bus tours are available throughout the day and the experienced guides have a wealth of knowledge.

Malaga is home to a plethora of restaurants and dining options so you won’t be stuck for choice on where to eat. There are of course an extensive number of traditional restaurants in the city as well as a wide variety drawing on more international influences. You will find that many of the city’s more traditional Spanish restaurants close after lunch and do not open again until late evening. This may be off putting for those of us used to having dinner in the early evening; however a number of restaurants no longer follow this schedule. El Rescoldo near Malaga Cathedral offers a taste of traditional Spain and is a great spot to experience Spanish dining at its finest.

Los Mellizos Malaga on Calle Sancha de Lara is one of the city’s best seafood restaurants and uses fresh produce caught locally. Los Mellizos also offer an extensive tapas menu to allow you to fully engage with the culture of Spain during your trip.

If you are a wine lover, Antigua Casa Guardia, one of Picasso’s old hangouts, serves up a number of local wines to tantalise the taste buds after your meal. El Casino on Calle de Pedro de Toledo is another great spot for after dinner cocktails.

Where to Stay

Vincci Seleccion Posada del Patio (*****)

Prices start from €113 per room per night on Hotels.com

*Prices are subject to availability at the time of booking.

This beautiful five-star hotel is located in the heart of Malaga and is within walking distance of a number of the city’s attractions including Carmen Thyssen Museum and Malaga Cathedral. The hotel includes an on-site restaurant, café and a bar/lounge area for guests to enjoy. The hotel also features a seasonal outdoor swimming pool and a rooftop terrace. Guest rooms offer city or river views and are all fully air-conditioned. Complimentary wireless internet access is available throughout.

Room Mate Lola (****)

Prices start from €79 per room per night on Hotels.com

*Prices are subject to availability at the time of booking.

Located near Malaga beach, the contemporary Room Mate Lola is close to many of the city’s sights including the Port of Malaga and Malaga Amphitheatre. Hotel amenities include laundry service and complimentary newspapers. Guest parking is also available. All air-conditioned guest rooms include minibars and safes. Complimentary wireless internet and satellite TV’s also feature in all rooms.

Malaga Centro (****)

Prices start from €69 per room per night on Hotels.com

*Prices are subject to availability at the time of booking.

Situated in Malaga’s old town, the Malaga Centro is close to Malaga Amphitheatre and Alcazaba. The hotel includes a rooftop terrace bar with impressive views of the city, a gym and a seasonal rooftop swimming pool. The Malaga Centro’s spacious guest rooms are equipped with a free welcome minibar, flat screen televisions with satellite channels and complimentary Wi-Fi.

For more information and travel tips on planning your holiday visit www.Hotels.com or call 1800 55 3338 to wake up happy on your holiday!