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Malaga is a coastal city and capital of Malaga province in southern Spain. It is known for its golden sandy beach resorts and historic ruins. With so many things to see and do, guests often opt to rent a car in Malaga during their holidays, as a car hire in Malaga gives the freedom to go anywhere anytime without depending on local taxis and buses. It offers convenience, comfort, and relaxation. Furthermore, when you are exploring the area in your rented vehicle, it is easy to immerse yourself in the local culture and savour the experience.

It's your choice: Where to go in Malaga

The city is divided into 11 districts and several neighbourhoods. You might want to start your visit at the Centro, where you’ll find historic sites, opulent churches, and modern architecture. The historical centre also overlooks the famous medieval Moorish fort of Alcazaba. If you’re looking for a relaxing break, head to El Palo, which is a residential beachfront community with plenty of good seafood restaurants. The seaside promenade is ideal for cycling and walking, so park the car nearby and embark on foot. Outside of the capital city, there are many places to visit when you rent a car in Malaga. Drive to Marbella and sample its upscale nightlife or go to Nerja, a seaside resort in Costa del Sol popular for its Balcon de Europa lookout and cave complex. Active holidaymakers can spend time in El Chorro canyoning, hiking, and climbing.

Things to do in Malaga

The city is full of pleasant surprises, whether you choose to spend your time beach-hopping or visiting museums. Many Malaga hotels are near the city centre, and from there it easy to stop by the Picasso Museum close to the Plaza Merced, where the world-renowned painter was born. The museum is housed in the Buenavista Palace, a splendid example of Andalusian architecture. Around town are the magnificent ruins of Gibralfaro and the Renaissance-style cathedral of La Manquita. There are at least 15 different beaches in Malaga where you can swim, sunbathe, or simply enjoy the views. Highly recommended is El Pedregalejo, a beach resort just a half an hour’s walk from town, boasting fine restaurants and a lively nightlife. La Concepción Botanic Garden is worth a visit as well, a majestic garden constructed in 1850 with more than 2,000 plant species.

Important info about Malaga

Malaga sits at the bottom of the Montes de Malaga along a narrow strip of the Mediterranean coastline. It has beautiful beaches and coves. Its terrain is rocky and steep, with peaks reaching up to 500 metres. The city is flanked on both sides by the rivers of Guadalhorce and Guadarmina, important sources of water for the town and the valleys. The catchment zone, estuaries, and wetlands are places frequented by migratory birds, some of which are nearly extinct in other coastal areas. The city enjoys a Mediterranean type of climate characterised by hot summers and very mild winters. There are over 300 days of sunshine every year, making Malaga a year-round travel destination. Swimming is possible throughout most of the year with the lowest water temperatures falling to about 18°C. Winds coming from the sea bring cool breezes during warm days whilst the mountains shield the city from the cold in winter.

Weather in Malaga
Country Malaga
Language Spanish
Currency euro
Time-Zones CET
Country Code +34

Good to know

Cheap flights to Malaga land at Malaga Airport, officially known as Malaga-Costa del Sol Airport. Both budget and regular airlines operate non-stop flights from London to Malaga, lasting two hours and 55 minutes. If you wish to hire a car in Malaga, you must be at least 21 years old and in possession of a licence for at least two years. Depending on the rental company, surcharges may be applied to young drivers. Note that Malaga drivers, like the rest of Spain, drive on the right and overtake from the left. The speed limits are 120km/h on motorways or autopistas, 100km/h on dual carriageways, 90km/hour on single carriageways, and 50km/h in urban areas. Excessive speeds attract hefty fines. For drinking, the legal limit, or blood alcohol concentration (BAC), is 0.05%.

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What to taste in Malaga

The city’s proximity to the sea and the mountains has a direct influence on its cuisine. Seafood is popular, as are hearty dishes more typical of inland areas. Try fried fish, rice stew with cod, and chirlas (baby clams). If you’re visiting during winter, there are several filling dishes that you must sample, including berza malagueña, also known as Malaga cabbage, which features pig trotter, vegetables, and black pudding, and migas, a dish of crusty bread and chorizo. In summer, you can’t go wrong with a Malaga salad prepared with cod, oranges, potatoes, olive oil, spring onions, and parsley. Don’t forget to try the local refreshing white garlic soup which is essentially a mixture of Muscat grapes, almonds, garlic cloves, olive oil, and vinegar. For desserts, there are numerous treats to try, such as pestiños (honey-coated fritters), almond biscuits, and borrachuelos (fried pastries).

What to bring to your friends from Malaga

Red or white wines from Malaga are typical gifts to bring home for friends, whilst non-drinkers will appreciate a bottle of extra virgin olive oil. The region of Andalusia has an established ceramics and pottery industry, so you might also consider home decor. Buy decorative hand-painted plates, pots, and bowls in colourful designs. Other souvenirs that make great presents include Spanish fans, flamenco dresses, jewellery, and porcelain biznaga or flowers. If you’re going to the Picasso Museum, don’t miss the souvenir shop, where you can find mugs, tote bags, or a book of Picasso prints for fans of the renowned painter. If you’re still wondering what to bring to your friends, stop at the supermarket and get some goat cheese, raisins, and local cured Spanish meats.