Malaga is a modern city in Spain that offers exceptional entertainment, flavourful cuisine, stunning white beaches and a unique skyline. It has a vibrant atmosphere and is a bustling port city offering stunning views of Spain's Costa de Sol and the gorgeous blue sea. As well as being a great holiday destination in its own right, the coastal towns and villages on the Costa del Sol as well as cities in Andalucia have plenty to offer visitors on an extended break.
Malaga has a moderate climate and the best time to visit is from April to October, peak season being July and August as the weather is the hottest, but this can make the beaches overcrowded. The city holds a 9-day party with fireworks called the Feria de Malaga in August. The weather can be unpredictable between December and January, although The Holy Week Processions from the 6th January is a nice sight to enjoy.
Malaga is two hours ahead of London. It is a very popular and thriving city, so its streets can be busy and parking spaces hard to find. It is recommended to book your rental car well in advance. Knowing Spanish can also come in very useful, but most people speak English. Most restaurants offer a cheap three course meal at midday with prices ranging from around 6 euros upwards. Both restaurants and shop prices are around 50% cheaper than in London, and it is important to note that siesta is from 2pm to 5pm and all shops will be closed.
The airport is easy to reach from central Malaga. Public transport takes around 15 minutes and a bus fare will cost around 1.30 to 3 euro, and you can purchase a rechargeable multi trip card from Estancos. The train fare will cost around 1.75 euro. Taxis are faster but more expressive, costing around 20 euro. Fares will be higher on weekends and holidays, as well as after 10 at night. All major sights of the city are accessible by foot. On average a hotel in the city will cost you around 50 euros per night, while budget accommodation can range from 10 euro upward. It is also important to note that alcohol and driving laws in Spain are stricter than in the UK, with 0.05% (0,25 mg/l) the legal limit, so make sure to arrange transport if you plan to enjoy a night on the town.