Based in Andalcuia in Spain’s deep south, and right on the Med, sun-kissed Malaga was the birthplace of the artist Pablo Picasso. The city has a more chilled out feel than Madrid or Barcelona, and holidays to Malaga can combine lazy, idyllic days on the beach with hiking, architectural sites, art museums, shopping and cuisine
There’s a beach near the town centre, but may also want to try the smaller, quieter ones slightly to the east. Reach them by taking a pleasant stroll along the sea front, or hop on a local bus. Whatever you do, beach holidays to Malaga won’t disappoint. It’s not called the Costa del Sol for nothing!
If you’re an active type, grab a bike for a two-wheeled tour of the city. There’s also some great rock climbing in the area. This place’s culture is also very rich. In town, there are some fascinating Moorish castles which have spectacular views, or visit the interactive music museum or Picasso’s birthplace. And, of course, you won’t want to miss out on Malaga Cathedral, well worth a visit.
There are some attractive gardens next to the sea, adorned with palm and orange trees and jacaranda. Or visit Finca La Concepción, 150 years old and one of Europe’s most beautiful botanical gardens.
Added to the year-round warm climate (the mountains protect Malaga from the worst of the winds) you’ll find the locals extremely friendly. For a real taste of Spanish life, don’t forget to sample some paella, a slice of tasty tortilla, or some chilled gazpacho soup.