Málaga

For other places with the same name, see Málaga (disambiguation).

Málaga is a large city in the southern Spanish region of Andalucia and capital of the Málaga Province. The largest city on the Costa del Sol, Málaga has a typical Mediterranean climate and is also known as the birthplace of the artist Picasso. The city offers beaches, hiking, architectural sites, art museums, and excellent shopping and cuisine. While more laid back than Madrid or Barcelona, Málaga is still the center and transport hub for the hugely popular Costa del Sol region, which is flooded with tourists in the summer, and the city has certainly cashed in on the sun and sand, with lots of new construction as well as hotels and facilities geared to tourists. However, Málaga also offers some genuinely interesting historical and cultural attractions in its old city and its setting on the coast is still beautiful.

Understand

Climate

Climate averages for Málaga
1971-2000 Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Annual averages
Average temperature (°C) 12131516202325262420151318
Average maximum daily temperature (°C) 16171921242730312824201723
Average minimum daily temperature (°C) 781012151821221915131114
Average monthly precipitation (mm) 8155494125122616569588526

Get in

Map of Central Málaga

By bus

The main bus station is right across the street from the train station, a km or so west of the city centre on Paseo de los Tilos. The station serves buses from all over Spain and is a major transfer point if you're passing through the region.

A substation, the Muelle Heredia bus station, is located along Avenida de Manuel Agustin Heredia, adjacent to the port and handles many of the regional buses that serve the Málaga province, such as those going to nearby beach towns, many of which are operated by the Málaga Metropolitan Transport Consortium .

By train

María Zambrano, the city's sleek new train station, is about a km west of the city centre and served by RENFE's high-speed AVE service, which zips travelers to Madrid in 2.5–3 hours (some with continuing service to Barcelona), Cordoba in 1 hour or Seville in 2 hours, with multiple trains running each line daily. Slower (and cheaper) trains are also available. For Granada, take a train to Bobadilla and change to a Granada-bound train there.

RENFE also operates two Cercanías commuter rail lines out of Málaga, one west along the coast to the airport and the nearby tourist towns of Torremolinos and Fuengirola and one inland. Both lines make two stops in Central Málaga: one at the María Zambrano station (where you can connect to RENFE and the bus station across the street) and one at the end of the line at Centro-Alameda, located closer to the city center where Avenida de Andalucia crosses the Guadalmedina River.

By car

The A-7 E-15 motorway runs along the coast to from Gibraltar to Almeria and through Murcia and on.

The A-45 motorway runs from Cordoba to Málaga.

By boat

Port of Málaga

There is a ferry route between Málaga and Melilla in North Africa with Transmediterranea. Book early.

By plane

Málaga has the third biggest international airport (AGP) in Spain (after Madrid and Barcelona). As a holiday destination - the airport's primary tenants are discount carriers and charter airlines, although limited service on the European national carriers (Air France, British Airways, etc...) is available. Seasonal service (non-daily) is available from New York-JFK on Delta.

From the airport you can get a train, a bus or a taxi into town, or hire a car. A taxi to the city center will cost about €15. Bus line A express costs €2 (correct in Jan 2013) and is very convenient, running every 30 minutes and stopping at Alameda Principal and Paseo del Parque, where most of the local buses that serve the city stop as well. The route map for bus 19 can be seen on the web . The stop names are shown on an electronic display inside the bus so you can tell when to get off.

Renting a car at Málaga's airport is relatively cheap, but it is advisable to book in advance.

By taxi

You can get a taxi from Málaga Airport taxi rank just outside the arrivals hall of Terminal 2. Generally, there are taxis available, although you may have to queue and in summer the queues can be very long. A typical journey to Málaga city centre will cost around €20, a journey to Málaga Port will cost around €25.

Get around

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See

The Roman Theater beneath the Alcazaba

Do


Events

Malaga during the holiday season

Learn

Buy

The Central Market (Mercado Central de Atarazanas)

Eat

Jamon is a regional specialty, and is an aged, salted ham, from acorn-fed pork, similar to prosciutto.

Drink

Málaga nightlife will make you think that nobody sleeps in this town even during the work week! However, it is especially busy from Thursday to Sunday, where people buy their drinks in the supermarkets and have them at night in controlled areas known as "botellodromos" in the city center, before going into the clubs:

Sleep

Looking up at the tower of Málaga cathedral
This guide uses the following price ranges for a standard double room:
Budget Under €40
Mid-range 40-100 euros
Splurge Over €100

There are basically two good locations for tourist lodging in town: At the beach, or in or near the pedestrian zone in the center. The cheapest beds are found in the red light district between the center and the port.

Budget

Mid Range

Splurge

Go next

Málaga has exceptional road and motorway links, making it an excellent base for exploring the nearby villages and towns. Wonderful drives inland reveal the hidden gems of this region, with small restaurants nestling in the hills where you can experience a truly authentic taste of Andalucia.

There are also several tourist holiday resorts within reach: Torremolinos, Nerja and Marbella.

Berrocal's Museum System. Exhibition venue around the work of the sculptor Miguel Berrocal in the Andalusian village of Villanueva de Algaidas, in the outskirts of Málaga. The project offers the possibility to visit 3 exhibit spaces:

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