The golden sands of Malaga
Malaga in Spain is an excellent, relaxing getaway choice. The vibrant port city is situated along the Mediterranean Sea's picturesque Coast of the Sun (Costa del Sol). Leave the daily routine behind and enjoy the magnificent La Malagueta Beach and many other attractions in the area.
Malaga is one of the premier travel destinations between April and October. The temperature will be from around 20°C upwards during the day and slightly cooler in the evenings. Include the exciting Feria de Malaga on your itinerary, this nine day event features fireworks and traditional festivities. The celebration is held during the last weeks in August and provides entertainment for all ages. During the week of January 6th, the area's Easter holiday season, the Semana Santa Procession is also enjoyable.
Tips for the Costa del Sol
Fortunately, many of the major points of interest are within walking distance. However, if you are planning day trips, perhaps to the Rock of Gibraltar, book your rental transportation early. That way you can quickly become familiar with the area's parking and driving regulations. Some knowledge of Spanish is helpful in Malaga, but many residents speak English as well. Take advantage of the unique experience of Menu del Dia, inexpensive 3 course afternoon meals offered by many restaurants. The prices for dining start at around 6 euros. Afterwards, join locals and take a siesta from 2pm to 5pm to recharge while most businesses are closed. Your budget will be pleasantly surprised with the costs of eating out or buying groceries in Malaga. Both are generally 50% less costly than price ranges in London, for example. Also, don't forget to synchronise watches, Malaga clocks are set at only one hour's time difference to UK.
Travelling around Malaga
Visitors have a choice of travel from the airport to accommodation and sightseeing. These include taxis, buses and trains. All are reasonably priced, a taxi will run at about 20 euro. Buses and trains range from 1.75 to 3 euros per ticket. If you are exploring other beaches and locations such as Aqualand Torremolinos or the Colomares Castle in Benalmadena consider taking the bus. Travelling by bus will be approximately 4 euro each way. A stay at a 5 or 4 star hotel with all the amenities, should be roughly 50 euro per night. More economical hostel or hotel options start at ten euro.