Malaga - sun and history on the Costa del Sol
Malaga, a Mediterranean city, is situated on Spain's Costa del Sol. With a historical centre boasting a Gothic cathedral, traditional buildings and narrow streets. Recent investment has modernised Malaga's port and industrial areas, bringing a cultural presence to the city, along with some of Spain's best Tapas bars.
Best Time for Malaga
The best time to travel is typically from April to October. July and August can be overly hot, with many beaches being overcrowded as a result. The weather during December and January can also be slightly unpredictable. Easter is characteristic to Malaga, with visual Holy Week processions in the streets creating a unique environment; it is a celebration of colour, vibrancy and majesty. Other festivals include the Procession of the Three Holy Kings on 6th January and the Feria de Malaga in August.
Before you Travel
Aside from walking the city centre, a great way to see Malaga and its surroundings is by hire car. However, it is favourable to book in advance and parking spaces can also be fairly difficult to find in the centre. Although southern Spain remains a popular tourist enclave, with English spoken by many, a degree of Spanish will certainly be most helpful and appreciated. Prices in Malaga are about 50% cheaper than in London, thus making most restaurants affordable. When looking to eat, an affordable 3 course Menu del Dia is offered at midday in many restaurants for approximately EUR 6. The lunch hour is generally followed by a siesta from 2pm to 5pm. Many shops close during this period. Bear in mind that Spain resides in a timezone that is an hour ahead of the UK.
Facts about Malaga
Upon arrival in Malaga, there are a number of options to travel to the centre. For around EUR3, an airport bus shuttles passengers to the city centre. There are also airport buses running to nearby Marbella, Torremolinos and Benalmadena. Alternatively, a train to the centre is typically EUR1.75. A 15-minute taxi journey would cost approximately EUR20.
Hotels tend to cost around EUR50 per person/night, with budget hostels costing upwards of EUR10. Walking is by far the best way to see Malaga, with major sites easily accessible. Bus tickets are affordable, at EUR1.30 a trip. Multi-trip cards, available at Estancos, help save money. On the other hand, taxis are much more expensive. If you are driving, don't drink alcohol as the laws are stricter in Spain than in the UK: 0.05% (0,25 mg/l).