Malaga travel tips
Flights to Malaga: history and sun on the Costa del Sol
Located in Spain's Costa del Sol along the Mediterranean coast, Malaga dates back to pre-Roman times. With a vibrant nightlife and cultural scene to go with its history, Malaga is a popular year-round attraction. Malaga airport also provides the gateway to the many resorts along the coast: Benalmadena, Torremolinos and Fuengirola for example.
When is the best time for a holiday on the Costa del Sol?
While the Costa del Sol is inviting at any time of year, July and August are the hottest part of the year and can make your stay a bit warmer than you would like in addition to the beaches being a bit too crowded then. Planning a holiday for May or June as well as during September will ensure excellent weather, pleasant water temperatures and will be a lot quieter.
The Easter season is a particularly big deal in Malaga, and the Holy Week Processions are a sight to see. The end of August features nine days of festivals and fun as part of the Feria de Malaga. And while Malaga can be a bit unpredictable in terms of weather during winter, the Procession of the Three Holy Kings in January is also a common draw.
Important travel facts: Malaga and the Costa del Sol
In Malaga the cost of living is about less than that in London, and a little money goes a long way. So too do local special offers such as the Menu del Dia meals offered at many restaurants at midday; these are multi-course meals that run from around EUR 6 per person - quite a deal. Do be aware that many establishments are closed in the afternoons and only reopen in the evening, so plan your outings accordingly - no lunchtime shopping here! Malaga time is set to CET/CEST, which is one hour ahead of London time.
Getting around and getting along
Most of the major attractions are easy to reach on foot, but take care to avoid the midday sun especially during the summer; parking is limited and taxis are expensive, so alternatives are mostly limited to buses. Single fares for buses within the city are roughly EUR 1.30, to and from the airport around EUR3, and are a little cheaper with rechargeable passes. Accommodation is fairly reasonably priced, with budget hotel options starting at around EUR 50 per night and hostels approaching single digits.