Between 5 and 7 p.m. is ‘meriende time’ in Málaga, 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 Málaga is the Pier 1 Port of Málaga. 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 in the evening, especially after 11. The square is the heart of Málaga and is packed with people enjoying coffee and pastries late into the evening.
If you are looking for out-of-town excrusions, we recommend you visit at least one of the cities surrounding it. Less than hour a way by car lies Marabella, one of the most visited tourist destinations in Spain, known the world-over for its glamorous beaches and luxury resorts. For a more laid-back trip, head 100 kilometers west of the city, where you will find the charming city of Ronda. Surrounded by mountains and home to river valleys, the city offers some of Spain's most dramatic natural sceneries.