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Malaga in jan some advice please

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Malaga in jan some advice please

So, me and my lovely husband and 4 year old daughter are flying out to malaga for husbands 40th birthday. We were meant to be staying outside malaga with family but unfortunately they have let us down. Just wondering if you have any advice for where to stay in or very near malaga for a 4 day trip. Also we like to explore the area so is public transport good? Thank you for your help!!

Erith, Kent
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1. Re: Malaga in jan some advice please

Try Torremolinos, its a short train ride into Malaga. Public transport is excellent along the coast. Or you could stay in Malaya city, lots to see and do.

Edited: 10 January 2014, 10:26
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Malaga is the capital of the Costa del Sol and has beaches, plenty of sunshine, and one of the best climates in Spain. It is also one of the most beautiful and relaxing cities in Spain, and 100% Spanish. Malaga has 14 museums (among them the Glass and Crystal Museum, Carmen Thyssen Museum, Automobile Museum, and the two Picasso Museums), historic churches (four founded by the Catholic Kings), and monuments that include two castles (Alcazaba and Gibralfaro). The sights are mostly downtown and completely walkable. There are very good restaurants, tapas bars, and nightlife. The city is very safe. The Malaga Park is a very large semi-tropical park and beside it is a new park called the Palmeral de las Sorpresas at the port. Muelle Uno is a new shopping/restaurant complex at the port. The Gardens of La Concepcion are the largest tropical plant gardens in Europe. There are about 1000 buildings from the 19th century downtown, one of the largest and best conserved collections in Spain.

The natives have the great charm of Andalucia and are among the most friendly people in Spain. It is easy to do day trips to the white towns of Ronda, Mijas, and Nerja, since Malaga is the transportation hub of its province. Malaga Airport is the third largest airport in Spain and has direct connections with many European cities. One can take the AVE from Madrid to Malaga. Read the top questions in the Malaga forum.

Shopping is wonderful and most stores are walkable from downtown. Downtown has Calle Larios, Calle Nueva, and Calle Granada and surrounding streets, with many boutiques. El Corte Ingles is a large department store near downtown. Two shopping malls near downtown are the Larios Center and Vialia.

Good hotels:

5-star: Vincci Posada del Patio

4-star: Hotel AC Malaga Palacio – The rooftop restaurant is a romantic place during twilight with a great view of the port.

4-star: Hotel Molina Lario – The hotel restaurant Café de Bolsa is a very good restaurant.

3-star: Hotel Don Curro

The Restaurant El Pimpi at Calle Granada, 62, has Andalusian decoration and music and one can have tapas and try Malaga’s sweet wine here. This is the restaurant that celebrities are brought to. Movie stars and members of royalty have all been here.

Malaga was named by Trip Advisor as the 7th best destination in the “Traveler’s Choice 2013 – Top 10 Destinations of Spain” list.

You can take buses and trains from Malaga to explore Andalusia.

Edited: 10 January 2014, 11:57
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3. Re: Malaga in jan some advice please

I'm not sure I'd be too keen on staying in a busy bustling city with a 4yo. Have a look at hotels in Torremolinos, if you want to be traffic-free and by the beach then the village of La Carihuela would be your best bet, fine for a 4yo to wander about as the village is all pedestrianised.

Easy into Málaga and along to the other resorts by frequent local bus or train.

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Agree with NSG point re the pedestrian area of the Carihuela, both my children commented how relaxed they were when they visited us on the carihuela with our grandchildren. (Possibly helped by dad paying the bill)

One was staying at the Bali in Benalmadena and the other at the Griego Mar in Torremolinos, both areas having very busy traffic flows.

The children could run free and we could just keep a watchful eye on them, was the most relaxed for me also, as a grandparent if have my grandchildren, cant take my eye off them for a second, when not yours the responsibility a lot greater, love having them though, you know you can hand back.

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