Malaga, which lies on the Mediterranean's Costa del Sol, is a fabulous holiday destination. Come for the sun (sol) or for the local festivals.
The best time to visit Malaga is from April to October. July and August can be very hot and beaches can become overcrowded. The weather in December and January can sometimes be unpredictable. Visit the city on 6th January for the procession of the Three Holy Kings. Or spend Easter in Malaga to see the Holy Week processions. In the second half of August enjoy the Feria de Malaga, fireworks and a party that lasts for nine days.
Before visiting Malaga, be sure to book your hire car well in advance and be advised that parking spaces can be hard to find in central Malaga. It may be useful to know some Spanish, however, many of the locals do speak English. When eating out, look for the Menu del Dia, a cheap three-course meal offered at midday in many restaurants, which can come as cheap as €6. The locals tend to enjoy a siesta from 2 pm until 5 pm, so many of the shops will tend to shut down. Restaurant and grocery prices are usually around 50 percent cheaper in Malaga than they are in London. The time in Malaga is one hour plus that of London.
A bus fare from the airport to central Malaga runs at around €3. The train to the city centre is around €1.75, and taxis will cost about €20. All forms of transportation take roughly 15 minutes to get to the centre of town. An airport bus to the resorts along the Costa del Sol or Marbella is priced approximately €6. Torremolinos and Benalmadena are around €4. You can find a hotel room from €50 or so per person per night, whereas a night at a budget hostel will cost you about €10 upwards. Major attractions and sites in the city are all accessible by foot, however, for those who prefer to not walk, single bus tickets cost around €1.30. Rechargeable multi-trip cards arealso available and can be purchased at Estancos to save money. Taxis in Malaga are quite expensive, with Saturday and holiday fares usually higher and increased rates after 10 pm. Be advised that alcohol and driving laws in Spain are stricter than in the UK - 0.05% (0.25 mg/l).