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A fascinating mix of ultra-modern and historic, book a flight to Malaga and find yourself a world away from the nearby Costa del Sol and in what is still a bustling, traditional Mediterranean port in many ways.
The buzzing centre, with its unfinished medieval cathedral, narrow streets, balconied traditional buildings and tapas bars is an unforgettable and very typically Spanish experience. Fly to Malaga and see an aspect of old Spain that is fast disappearing under a tidal wave of economy tourism.
Gibralfaro Castle and the nearby Roman Theatre and Alcazaba are probably the top three attractions here, and from this elevated spot you can get great views across the city during your trip to Malaga. Enjoy the fountains, gardens and a stroll around the battlements. The Picasso Museum is home to many pieces by Malaga’s most famous son, and the city’s cathedral, the Manquita, is also worth a visit.
The Conception Botanical Garden is good for a stroll and the Thyssen Museum houses a grand collection of Spanish 19th century paintings.
Atarazanas Market is the central market of Malaga and dates back to the 14th century. It was built by the Moors as a dry dockyard for ship construction and now sells everything you can think of, from fruit and vegetables to oil, olives and fish.
For the best view of Malaga, go up to the top of the Parador de Malaga Gibralfaro and enjoy a drink and snack on the terrace of the Parador Hotel whilst watching the sun set over the ancient city. It’s an easier alternative to climbing up Gibralfaro Castle.
Between 5pm and 7pm each evening is ‘meriende time’ in Malaga, when everyone seems to be out strolling, especially in the Calle Larious, the main thoroughfare of the city. Enjoy coffee or tea with fritters and watch the world go by.
The other great area for walking during your trip to Malaga is the Pier 1 Port of Malaga. Opened in 2011, it has superb views of the Alcazaba and Gibralfaro Castle and is home to many shops and restaurants.
Mitjano square is also a good place to visit, especially after 11pm. The square is the heart of Malaga and is packed with people enjoying coffee and pastries late into the evening.
From sensational seafood to atmospheric tapas bars and Michelin-starred dining venues, Malaga is a real gourmet’s delight. Traditional Andalucía tapas can be found all over the city and the bustling quayside is especially good for seafood. Organic vegetables and locally caught fish are used in most of the recipes, and there are many other traditional dishes on offer.
Try the local specialty Gazpachuelo, a variant of tomato soup which incorporates mayonnaise and fish. The new gastro-bars which are appearing now along the coast are also worth trying, especially for their platters of fried fish.
When travelling to Malaga for shopping, visitors are never disappointed. The shopping opportunities here represent an exotic mix of old and new, from low key parochial outlets selling traditional arts and crafts to the more recent options like international chains and boutique outlets.
Find souvenirs along the coastal strip and designer goods nearer the centre of the city.
All the big Spanish retailers are represented in fashionable streets like the Avenida de Andalucia, but there are also many fun weekly markets in the city and literally hundreds of smaller outlets.
When you book a flight to Malaga with Qatar Airways you will travel on a Qatar Airways operated flight to Barcelona or Madrid, and connect to Malaga with our partner airlines.
Flights to Malaga arrive at Malaga-Costa del Sol Airport, 8km from the city centre. Take the suburban train line from T4 to Malaga centre, Torremolinos and other destinations on the Costa del Sol.
Visa restrictions for entry into the country will depend on your country of origin, length of stay and whether your trip is for business or pleasure. So before you fly to Malaga please check the visa and passport requirements.
Currency: Euro (EUR)
Voltage: 220 V 50 Hz
Plugs: Type C / F
International dialing code: +34