Just thirty years ago, Malaga was thought of as little more than the gateway to the Costa del Sol. With several European flights arriving into its airport each day, it provided visitors with easy access to the delights of the sunshine coast, however modern-day Malaga has a lot more to boast about and there are certainly many reasons why you should take the time to visit Malaga City.
Over the past few decades, Malaga has developed into a cosmopolitan, vibrant and culturally rich city that is steeped in history. As you wander through the winding streets you can admire the historic monuments, whilst enjoying the sounds of street buskers, talented artists and the irresistible aromas wafting from the artisan markets. There are literally so many reasons why you should visit Malaga, but here are our top 20 reasons why…
1 – Climate
With an estimated 300 days of sunshine each year, the Costa del Sol certainly lives up to its literal name translation; Coast of the Sun. The Malaga region is blessed with mild winter temperatures and guaranteed sun through the summer months, making it a popular, year-round destination for visitors.
2 – Friendly People
The native people of Malaga, referred to as Malagueños, are known to be friendly and accepting of visitors. Through the centuries they have welcomed the Greeks, the Moors and the Romans, to name just a few, so acceptance and hospitality are deeply ingrained in their culture. Whether you are discussing the range of local delicacies or famed artists of the region, the proud people of Malaga will happily share their knowledge and experiences with you.
3 – Airport
Malaga is home to the third largest airport in Spain, with several flights arriving from all over Europe each day of the year. It has also welcomed several of the low-cost airlines, so its easier and cheaper to visit Malaga than ever before.
4 – Great Transport
Malaga is blessed with a great range of transport links allowing you to explore the surrounding region with ease. Whether you are opting to travel by road, train or boat, you will be spoilt for choice when it comes to destinations to explore. Drive down the coast to the beachfront towns of Fuengirola, Marbella and Estepona; venture inland to explore the white-wash mountain villages; or explore the larger cities of Madrid, Seville and Granada.
5 – Great Beaches
The province of Malaga is blessed with 159 kilometres of coastline, so you won´t be surprised to hear it is home to some fantastic beaches. These are regularly cleaned and often offer facilities such as showers, toilets, and seafood restaurants.
6 – Golfing Paradise
The Costa del Sol has been a magnet for keen golfers for many years, with over forty courses available for players to enjoy. Several of the courses in the region have been designed by the top golf architects in the world, so whatever your skill level, you will enjoy the beautiful courses on offer.
7 – Culture
Few tourist destinations offer as much in the way of culture as Malaga City. With attractions such as the Picasso Museum, Malaga Cathedral, the Alcazaba and Roman Theatre, Municipal Museum, Pompidou Centre and Gibralfaro Castle (to name just a few); the city is certainly blessed with cultural wealth. Entry to many of these attractions is also free on the last Sunday of each month, so that´s even more reason to explore and be inspired.
8 – Good Food
All types of restaurants can be found in the city and along the coast; ranging from sophisticated, high-end cuisine to the more simple, tasty local delicacies. The produce is usually freshly sourced from local markets, directly from farmers and of course, from the ocean. If you enjoy the best of the best, there are now a total of five one-star Michelin restaurants in the Costa del Sol. Alternatively, if you are travelling on a bit more a budget, we highly recommend trying on of the hundreds of chiringuitos along the coast.
9 – Shopping
The Costa del Sol is considered to be home to some of the best shopping in Spain. Dotted throughout the region you will find the large shopping centres of Plaza Mayor (Malaga), Larios Centre (Malaga), Rosaleda Centre (Malaga), La Cañada (Marbella) and Miramar (Fuengirola). The region is also home to many top-end, designer shops and brand-name stores for your retail therapy enjoyment.
10 – Countryside
This region is famed for its beautiful beaches and charming coastline (rightly so), but venture inland to the Malaga countryside and you will find a whole new world of scenic beauty to explore. Winding through the mountains, with fruit and olive trees polka-dotting the landscape, you will discover the delightful white-wash villages of Ronda, Mijas, Nerja and Frigiliana.
11 – Nightlife
The Costa del Sol is famed for its vibrant nightlife scene, with Malaga City itself providing a great venue for an evening of fun and entertainment. The bars and restaurants are open until late, and you will often find artists and live music performed in the main squares of the city. A little further afield, is the famed port of Marbella and the Marina in Benalmadena, both of which feature great restaurants, bars and clubs to suit all tastes and styles.
12 – Nature Parks
At weekends, the local people of Malaga City like to escape to the shady pine forests of the Montes de Malaga Natural Park. The rushing streams, magnificent waterfalls and breath-taking scenery are a vast change from the bustling and vibrant streets of the city. This change of pace is often welcomed by visitors, as they enjoy the beautiful scenery and array of wildlife found in the parks. The Malaga region is also blessed with other designated nature parks such as the Sierra de la Nieves and the Sierra of Tejeda.
13 – A Year Around Resort
Malaga is an all-year-round destination and unlike more northern Spanish cities, the restaurants and shops remain open through the winter months. If you are travelling outside of peak season, you may find that some of the beach chiringuitos are closed until the summer months, but due to its large population and popularity, Malaga City keeps most of its doors open to visitors all year round.
14 – Healthcare
Although healthcare if often not at the forefront of your mind when planning a holiday, it is still important to know that should an incident occur you would be adequately treated. Malaga is a large city, with good doctors, hospitals and private medical practices. For European residence the EHIC card is sufficient for you to receive treatment, however, we do advise you also consider travel insurance to cover all aspects of your trip when you visit Malaga.
15 – Cosmopolitan City
The beauty of Malaga and the Costa del Sol has lured thousands of immigrants to its shores and is now home to a diverse range of nationalities. The varied and international population of the area has contributed to the region’s culture in a very positive way, creating a booming, cosmopolitan city that welcomes visitors with open arms.
16 – Festivals
Malaga is a proud city and this is clearly apparent during the festivals and ferias that take place through the year. The Holy Week procession in Malaga is said to rival that of Seville, which is generally famed for having the largest celebration in the whole of Spain.
Each August Malaga also holds a ten-day spectacular for its annual Feria. The crowds descend on the city, dressed in traditional clothing, whilst parading around the city on foot, horseback or horse-drawn carriage. Senoritas dance the flamenco as food and drinks are plentily available. It claims to be the biggest fair in Europe, so it´s certainly another reason to visit Malaga.
17 – Amusement Parks
The Costa del Sol is home to a varied range of amusement parks for your enjoyment. For those whose enjoy wildlife, the Bioparc (Fuengirola), Dolphinarium and Aquarium (Benalmadena), Selwo Marina (Benalmadena) and Crocodile Park (Torremolinos) are definitely worth a visit. If your activity of choice is a bit more action-packed, then why not try Aqualand (Torremolinos), Cable Car (Benalmadena), Tivoli World (Benalmadena), Aquavelis Water Park (Velez-Malaga) or Go Karting in Mijas. The Costa del Sol is your playground and packed full of activities for you to enjoy.
18 – Water Sports
The Costa del Sol is home to several seasonal water parks but is also well-situated to enjoy water sports most of the year round. Located along the beaches, you will find a range of water-based activities, from kite surfing, parasailing, and windsurfing to the fast-paced water jet packs and jet skis.
19 – Hiking
Malaga is blessed with more than forty official hiking trails for you to enjoy and explore. Varying between long or short trails, with slopes or plains, meandering down rivers or climbing up mountains; whatever your hiking style, Malaga will have a trail that suits you. The Malaga province is also home to the famed walking path, the Caminito del Rey, which was recently restored to improve safety. The trail has since reopened and offers breath-taking views along-side stomach-churning passages that cling to the rugged cliff faces.
20 – Something For Everyone
The Province of Malaga is so special because it offers something for everyone. Whether you are an adrenalin junkie, avid food lover, or enjoy a bit of relaxation in the sun; there will be plenty of reasons for you to visit Malaga.
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We hope you agree with our reasons to visit Malaga and looking forward to welcoming you to the Costa del Sol very soon.