Located on the Costa del Sol, visitors to Malaga can enjoy all the sun, sand and fun of a regular beach holiday, but can also explore this ancient and fascinating port city. Wander around the narrow streets and see cathedrals, castles and enjoy some delicious tapas, to enjoy the other side of this pretty area.
April to October is considered the best time to go to Malaga, but July and August can be hot and the beaches are often very busy. The weather in December and January can be colder as well as wet, so these are not popular months for travel. Malaga celebrates Easter with the Holy Week Processions and on 6th January the Procession of the Three Holy Kings. In the second half of August Feria de Malaga takes place with fireworks and a huge party lasting nine days.
Hire cars well in advance and take note that parking spaces are hard to find in Malaga city centre. Alcohol and driving laws in Spain are stricter than in UK, the limit being 0.05% (0.25 mg/l). Knowing some Spanish may be useful during your trip, however many people speak English. Menu del Dia is a cheap three course meal offered at midday in many restaurants, prices start from EUR 6. Siesta is 2pm till 5 pm and many shops shut during this time. Generally, restaurant and grocery prices are much cheaper than in London. Malaga is an hour ahead of London.
To get to central Malaga from the airport, you can take the bus for around EUR 3, the train is around EUR 1.75 and taxis cost approximately EUR 20 - all take around 15 minutes. The airport bus to the Costa del Sol (Marbella) is approximately EUR 6, to Torremolinos and Benalmadena it costs about EUR 4. For getting around Malaga, major tourist areas in the city are accessible by foot and single bus tickets cost around EUR 1.30. Rechargeable multi-trip cards are available and they save money. Taxis are quite expensive and even more so on Saturdays and holidays, there are also increased rates after 10 o'clock in the evening. Hotels start from around EUR 50 per person per night or a budget hostel costs about EUR 10 upwards.