When you are visiting Malaga, you are truly in for a treat. This stunning seaside town offers a lot more than just amazing beaches; the rich history of the area, incredibly friendly locals, and a number of delicious culinary treats.
Malaga enjoys a very pleasant climate; April - October is normally the most popular period for tourists, but keep in mind that July and August can be very hot and beaches can get very busy. The weather in December and January can be surprisingly cool and sometimes wet. If you want to visit Malaga in its most lively edition, you should visit in the second half of August, when Feria de Malaga takes place; a party with celebrations and fireworks that lasts for 9 days. During the Easter, there are the Holy Week Processions, and on the 6th of January, there is the Procession of Three Holy Kings.
Make sure to book your rental car well in advance and keep in mind that parking spaces are hard to find in central Malaga. Alcohol and driving laws in Spain are somewhat stricter than in the UK: the allowed limit of blood alcohol content is 0.05% (0.25 mg/l). You can get a cheap three-course meal Menu del Dia offered midday in many restaurants; prices start at around 6 EUR. In general, restaurant and grocery prices are around 50% cheaper than in London. Some Spanish is useful; however, many people speak English. Siesta lasts from 2 PM till 5 PM, and many shops will close during that time. The time in Malaga is 1 hour ahead of the local UK time.
If you arrive by plane, you can take a bus (tickets cost around 3 EUR), train (tickets around 1.75 EUR), or a taxi (around 20 EUR) to central Malaga; all options will take around 15 minutes. There is also an airport bus to the Costa del Sol (approximately 6 EUR), including Torremolinos and Benalmadena (both around 4 EUR). Within Malaga, single bus tickets cost around 1.30 EUR and you can get rechargeable cards for multiple journeys to save money. Taxis are quite expensive, and nighttime (after 10 PM), Saturdays and holiday fares are even higher. Hotels prices start at around 50 EUR per person/night and budget hostel prices start at around 10 EUR.