Situated on Spain’s southern coast, Malaga is the Costa del Sol’s most famous resort. Renowned for its lively nightlife, historic fortresses and some of the best beaches in southern Spain, Malaga is the perfect destination for a fun beach holiday.
Where to Stay
As one of Spain’s major tourist resorts, accommodation is plentiful in Malaga. Hotels in Malaga run the full gamut from high rise coastal hotels to luxury hotels overlooking the bay. If you do not fancy staying in a hotel, there is an increasing number of guesthouses and family run bed and breakfasts throughout the city. Malaga also has plenty of choice when it comes to self-catering apartments. This type of accommodation is found in coastal locations as well as rural areas with stunning mountain views. Self-catering apartments can be rented on a weekly or monthly basis.
When to Go
Like the rest of the Costa del Sol, Malaga experiences its peak season in July and August, the hottest months of the year. While the weather is great, it may be better to visit Malaga before the peak season in May or June or after it in September. The weather is still warm enough for swimming in the sea during these shoulder seasons but there are fewer tourists.
Thing to do in Malaga
The beaches will obviously draw crowds during any time of the day or evening. These are all located upon what is locally known as the Costa del Sol (the Sun Coast). The basic layout includes a main road which houses countless English-themed bars on one side and endless stretches of sand on the other. Some of the most frequented locations include Benalmadena and Benidorm. These are known to become quite busy during the peak holiday season. Should you be looking for a more tranquil setting, visiting locations such as Guadalhorce (to the north) will provide more privacy for you and your family. Be sure to bring plenty of sunscreen, for the solar rays can be brutal during any time of the year.
Andalusia is known for a history that was heavily influenced by Arabic cultures. This can be seen in much of the older architecture here and a perfect way to catch a glimpse into the past is to visit the famous Alcazaba of Malaga. Constructed by a Moorish king centuries ago, this is one of the most pristine examples of preserved Arabic architecture in existence. Daily tours are offered and you can witness the splendour of intricate designs, functional fountains and a large garden terrace located within its interior. As the Alcazaba is perched upon the peak of a high cliff, you are also able to enjoy panoramic views of the nearby countryside and the city of Malaga itself. There are public excursions here or you can instead choose to use a car hire service to explore the surrounding countryside as well.
Tivoli World is another must-see attraction when travelling to Malaga. This massive amusement park is located within the nearby town of Benalmadena and is thought to be the number-one venue for families in all of Andalusia. Water slides, man-made mountains, haunted houses and open-air swimming pools are but a few of the amenities to be enjoyed here. Tickets can be purchased on an all-day basis; allowing you and your family to fully experience all that Tivoli World has to offer. This park is open throughout the year.