12 Mar 2021

Why You Should Visit Malaga For A Sensational Holiday Abroad

The Costa del Sol is one of the most popular travel destinations in Europe. There is no surprise the coast of the sun is so popular. Who wouldn’t want to spend a week or two soaking up rays in the Mediterranean heat? Malaga is the capital of the Costa del sol and is the perfect location for a holiday abroad.

This coastal city is known for its glorious beaches, hot climate, delicious food, and rich culture. Malaga is also home to some of the best museums and monuments in Spain.

Let’s dive into why Malaga is the perfect location for your holiday. Not only that, but we are going to explore why this city is so popular, discover the best places to stay and the best time of year to visit.

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What is Malaga Famous for?

The beautiful coastal beaches

Coastline beach in the tourist destination, Malaga

Malaga’s coastline is one of the most famous in the whole of Spain. It has a large stretch of fantastic beaches to choose from. Each beach being unique and slightly different from the other.

You can choose from the flash Marbella beaches where you can lounge in style or choose a more relaxing and calm beach in Benalmadena. One of the main attractions to Malaga is the heat and the beaches. They really are fantastic if you want to spend your holiday relaxing in the sun.

Here are some of the top beaches I recommend visiting depending on how you want to spend your day.

Benalmadena

This is the perfect beach if you want to spend the day just sitting back and relaxing. There are small shops nearby but I would recommend bringing a picnic and enjoying the sun. This is also the perfect beach for family activities and games.

Los Boliches

This is the perfect location to enjoy delicious Spanish food in the sun. This stretch of beach is packed with beach bars and traditional chiringuitos. Some of the beaches will even deliver your food directly to you on the beach!

La Cala

La Cala is also a very good family location. You will often find people relaxing and sunbathing on this stretch of sandy white beach. This location is also close to the very famous Olivia’s where you could pop in for some lunch on a hot day.

Puerto Banus

At the top of the coast, you will find Puerto Banus just past Marbella. This is where you will really be lounging in style. Lounging on exclusive sunbeds and sipping one-of-a-kind cocktails is what you should expect your day to look like. There are also a lot of beach clubs in the area offering food and the very best parties and DJs.

Culture and History

Malaga cathedral, a popular tourist attraction

With Malaga being one of the largest cities in Spain, it holds a lot of historical and cultural value. There are some of Spain’s most important museums and architecture in this city that are a must-visit on your holiday. The most famous museum being the Picasso Museum.

Malaga is Picasso’s birthplace and the city displays many memorabilia connected to this artist. The museums in this city have a lot on offer for everyone. From fine art to exploring ancient moments, you can discover the past of Spain throughout Malaga. 

If you want to learn more about what museums are on offer in Malaga, head on over to our latest blog post here.

Malaga also has a wide variety of attractions on offer that exhibit their beautiful Arabic-inspired architecture. If you would like to spend some time during your holiday in Malaga indulging in Spanish history, you must visit the Malaga Cathedral and the Alcazaba fortress. 

Malaga has numerous attractions on offer from exploring the art and culture of the city to climbing the treetops in Marbella. It is also home to one of Europe’s most dangerous walk paths, Caminito del Rey. Why not plan your trip in advance and book your tickets to some of Malaga’s most famous attractions.

Food and Wine

Traditional Spanish tapas dish, gambas al pilpil.

Spain as a whole is super popular for its traditional delicacies and the Mediterranean diet. Malaga is an area of Spain that produces a lot of products that the country has become very famous for.

The coast produces olives, almonds, grapes, raisins, the very best wine, fish, the list goes on. With such a wide variety of fresh produce on offer, it’s no wonder Malaga has become famous for its local food and a great holiday destination to indulge.

Tapas is one of the most famous cuisines originating in Spain. It was originally made to eat alongside your drinks in bars. This has now evolved into something even more magical. Tapas is often enjoyed during lunch or dinner with friends over a glass of sangria or a Cerveza.

Traditional Food

Traditional spanish fried sardines

One of the most traditional tapas dishes in Malaga is gazpacho. Gazpacho is a mixture of tomatoes and other ingredients such as cucumber, peppers, garlic, and olive oil and is usually served cold. Although cold soup is not to everyone’s taste, the tomatoes in Andalusia are some of the best you will ever taste, so it is definitely worth a try.

Malaga is also famous for some of the best fried fish and grilled sardines in Andalusia. All along the coast, you will find traditional fish restaurants that only serve a wide variety of freshly caught fish.

In these restaurants, the best thing to try would be the mixed-fried fish plate. This plate will allow you to try the very best fish Malaga has to offer and there is enough to share with the whole table. Enjoy a traditional malagueño lunch in the sun on this fantastic holiday.

Wine

Locally produced Malaga wine

Last but not least be sure to order a glass of malagueño wine with your meal. As we know southern Spain is one of Europe’s greatest producers of the sweetest grapes. This has allowed Malaga to produce some of the best wine you will ever taste. I recommend trying the Vino Sastre wine with your meal, it’s one of my personal favourites.

Where are the best places to stay?

Malaga has a whole coast of wonderful places to explore and discover new attractions. I like to think the coast of Malaga has a town that is perfect for everyone. All the towns along the coast bring something special to the Costa del Sol. Here are my favourite three and why I think you should visit them during your holiday to Malaga.

Malaga City Centre

View over Malaga city centre

Malaga city centre is full of culture and art. It is honestly the best experience to get lost in, taking in the sights and indulging in the beautiful artwork. This city is an art lover’s dream!

Mijas

Mijas village, a popular tourist town in Malaga

Mijas has a more traditional feel to it. It features small white villages and has a very authentic feel. It is the perfect location to relax and enjoy a traditional Spanish lifestyle.

Marbella

View of the town of Marbella in Malaga

Marbella is the perfect location for party animals. If beach clubs with world-famous DJs and super clubs sound like your perfect holiday, this is the place for you.

It’s wonderful to think the coast has so many places to visit and so many things to experience. If you want to learn more about where you should visit for your perfect holiday in Malaga, check out our blog post “The very best authentic Spanish towns to visit in Malaga”.

When is the best time of year to visit?

Malaga’s climate is fantastic all year round. The summer high temperatures can be extremely hot and comparable with Morrocan destinations. Spring and autumn also have lovely temperatures with highs of 25 degrees. You can expect a lot of rain in winter but you can always escape to the slopes of Sierra Nevada and enjoy winter sports in Europe’s sunniest ski resort.

Although Malaga is lovely to visit all year round. Here are the top times of year I recommend visiting to make the most out of a holiday in Malaga.

Easter

Semena Santa easter parade in Malaga

Spain is a Catholic country and visiting during easter time will show you just how they celebrate. Malaga city centre has parades throughout the streets but you will also find parades in the smaller towns along the coast.

Semana Santa, also known as Holy Week, is a truly unique experience. Expect to see huge thrones carried by over 200 men coming through the streets followed by cheering and singing. It really is a magical experience.

August

Malaga feria featuring flamenco dancers

The Feria is also a wonderful event to experience. The biggest feria of the year is held in August all along the coast. It is a celebration that lasts for a week and consists of dancing, singing, and traditional flamenco performances.

The daytime feria is a great place to eat, drink and have some fun in the sunshine. When the night time comes along, there are more shows available, particularly flamenco shows, as well as a lot of rides and attractions for children to enjoy. The feria is a great experience and is not at all comparable to a normal fair at all.

Summer

Summer holiday at the beach in Malaga

My all-time favorite time to visit Malaga would be in the summertime. It makes the perfect summer holiday for everyone and anyone. Expect the summertime to be busy and very, very hot! During the summer there are often more concerts and live music attractions available as well as the famous feria. Malaga really is the definition of the perfect summer holiday destination.

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