Escape the grey British weather with a cheap flight to Malaga. Flights to Malaga are available from London Luton, Stansted and Gatwick airports and arrive at Malaga Costa del Sol Airport. UK citizens do not require a visa if they are planning to stay less than three months. Taxis are available just outside the arrival hall – look out for the white cars with an orange ‘Taxi’ sign on the roof. Trains to Malaga City are available from the train station underneath the Terminal Three building. Airport Bus services shuttle between Malaga and Marbella, with journeys usually taking about 45 minutes. Tickets for the Airport Bus are available at a booth outside the arrivals hall. EMT operates other bus services travel between Malaga Airport and the city centre, stopping at several destinations in between.
Renfe operates two local train lines in Malaga – the C1 travels along the Costa del Sol while the C2 stops at destinations further inland. Tickets can be bought online through the Renfe website, or from Auto Check-in machines in train stations. Buses are cheap and easily available throughout Malaga. Check the EMT website for local bus routes and operating hours. EMT also operates bus services throughout Andalusia and to other provinces in Spain. Taxis can be flagged down when needed. However, taxis in Malaga are not metered, but instead have a list of set prices for different destinations. The distinctively-shaped BiciTaxis are a rather novel way to explore the city centre. They can be flagged down like regular taxis, or hired ahead of time on the Tricosol website.
Forget the shingle beaches and cold waters of the UK - beaches in Malaga have fine sandy shores and the warm water here is just perfect for a paddle. El Candado and Las Acacias are two popular beaches not far away from the city centre. Both are great for family outings as well as water sports. The Moorish castles La Alcazaba and Gibralfaro Fortress loom dramatically over the town centre. Other not to be missed sights include Malaga Cathedral and the Roman Theatre. The home of Pablo Picasso – Malaga’s most famous son – has been converted into a museum. The Museo Picasso Malaga has another collection devoted to the famous artist.
Visit El Corte Ingles to pick up something other than the usual tourist tat. The Spanish department store stocks high street favourites Mango and Zara as well as a range of fashion, homewares and furniture. Shop and dine with the locals at Atarazanas, the city’s version of London’s Borough Market. The bustling marketplace has stalls selling fresh seafood, fruits, marinated olives and other delicacies. Sample Andalusian-style tapas at Bodeguita El Gallo. El Tintero is one of the most famous chiringuitos (seafood restaurants) in Malaga – there’s no menu here, so pick whatever looks good. Wash it all down with mosto, a local brew made from muscat grapes. Liceo’s location in an old mansion belies its popularity with a predominantly young crowd of students and tourists. The four dancefloors serve up a range of music to dance to. The Vista Andulacia is popular with flamenco aficionados and professional dancers.