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Useful information about the flight from London Gatwick to Malaga
Malaga: history and culture on the Costa del Sol
Malaga was first colonised by the Phoenicians in 1000 BC. It was also ruled by the Romans and when governed by the Moors, it became a renowned Moorish city. The Christians later took over leadership.
When to catch the best weather and events
The weather is best from April to October, although it can get quite hot in July and August when beaches tend to be full of life. December and January months are best avoided as the weather can be changeable. If your visit coincides with Easter, you'll catch the Holy Week Processions and early in the New Year, 6th January, the Procession of the Three Holy Kings takes place. During the last half of August, the city is set alight for 6 days, with firework displays and parties for the Feria de Malaga.
Things to do before you arrive
If hiring a car, book in advance and bear in mind that parking spaces are limited in central Malaga. Driving and drinking laws are stricter in Spain than UK, with a blood alcohol limit of 0.25 ml/l so avoid the temptation to drink and drive. Many locals speak English, but it's still a good idea to learn basic Spanish phrases. The Menu del Dia, or midday meal, is cheap in many restaurants with prices starting at around 6 euros. Siesta time begins around 2pm when many shops shut for three hours. Prices in restaurants and groceries stores are generally much cheaper than those in the UK. Malaga's time zone is set at CET and CEST in summer.
Travel options to the city centre and the coast; places to stay
You can catch a bus from the airport to central Malaga for around 3 euros. A train will cost about 1.75 euros. Taxis cost about 20 euros and the journey takes approximately 15 minutes. An airport bus is also available, which travels to regions along the Costa del Sol. The cost to Marbella is approximately 6 euros and 4 euros to Torremolinos and Benalmadena. You'll find hotels starting from around 50 euros, and hostels from about 10 euros per person (in dorms). You can get to most of the major tourist sites comfortably on foot. Buses are another option and single tickets cost around 1.30 euros. Save yourself money by purchasing a rechargeable card that allows multiple journeys. Taxis can be very costly, and fares are even higher on Saturdays and during holidays with rates also increasing after 10 pm.