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All About Málaga
Located in Andalusia on the Costa del Sol, Málaga is Spain’s busiest port city, boasting iconic museums, gorgeous Mediterranean beaches, and a popular film festival that has transformed the city into a cultural hotspot. As one of the oldest cities in Spain, Málaga’s cobblestone streets in its historic center are wonderful to explore. Discover tapas bars and restaurants, eclectic shops and cafés, and even a Moorish-style traditional hammam spa. There’s a modern, edgy side to Málaga in the Soho arts district, home to funky bars and innovative street murals. Visitors flock here to enjoy Málaga’s dark sand beaches and cool blue waters; rent a beach chair and dine at a seaside café for the optimal Costa del Sol experience.
You’ll find the Museo Picasso Málaga here as the city is the birthplace of the legendary Spanish artist. The space houses more than 200 of his artworks. You’ll also find museums of contemporary artists, automobiles, and ethnography here, as well as a museum of glass and crystal.
The best time to stay in a vacation rental in Málaga
Thanks to its Mediterranean climate, there’s no bad time to rent an apartment in Málaga. Because the coastline of Andalusia is protected by mountains, the area has its own microclimate. If you love the beach and the sun, the summer months of June through August are the most desirable, as the temperatures are balmy and enjoyable. There are also some popular events here too, including the week-long Málaga Fair in August, with live music, fireworks, and a funfair. Fall brings cooler yet moderate temperatures. In September, the Luna Mora Festival, celebrates Andalusian culture and food. Winter temperatures in Málaga are cool and brisk, so don’t forget to pack warm layers. In February, the entire city comes out to celebrate Carnival. Spring offers warmer temperatures, and April sees La Semana Santa (Holy Week), celebrated with a number of elaborate religious processions throughout the city.
Top things to do in Málaga
This Roman Catholic cathedral was constructed between 1528 and 1782 but never completed. The second tower on this imposing Renaissance and baroque-style cathedral was never built, leading to it often being referenced as the “one-armed lady.” You can go inside and explore the lavishly decorated building’s 131-foot ceiling and two organs with more than 4,000 pipes.
Centre Pompidou Málaga
Málaga is packed with cultural venues. An offshoot of the famous Pompidou Center in Paris, Centre Pompidou Málaga opened in 2015. Located in the port and housed under an enormous colorful glass cube, the museum features works and rotating exhibitions drawn from the Pompidou’s modern and contemporary art collections.
Castillo de Gibralfaro
This giant 14th-century castle sprawls across the hillside over Málaga, offering panoramic views over the city. You can take a bus or hike up the winding path to the castle, where you can walk around the ramparts. Inside, explore several courtyards and buildings, including a mini military room.
Frequently Asked Questions
How is the weather in Málaga?
Málaga enjoys a Mediterranean climate with warm, dry summers averaging 85°F (29°C) and mild, wet winters around 60°F (15°C). The city gets over 300 sunny days a year, making it a pleasant destination almost any time of year.
What are some of the best things to do in Málaga?
Visitors frequently suggest visiting the magnificent Málaga Cathedral, exploring the Alcazaba fortress, or appreciating the art at the Picasso Museum. The bustling Mercado Central de Atarazanas is a great place to taste local produce.
What is the best time of year to visit Málaga?
The most popular time to visit Málaga is summer, from June to August, when the weather is warmest at around 85°F (29°C). During this time, Málaga hosts the Fair of Málaga, a lively festival with traditional music, dancing, and parades.
What are the best places to stay in Málaga?
Many visitors choose to stay in Málaga's city center for its proximity to major attractions. The Soho neighborhood with its vibrant street art scene, and the beachfront area of La Malagueta are also popular choices.
What are the best places to visit in Málaga?
Popular places in Málaga include the Roman Theater, the Málaga Cathedral, and the Alcazaba fortress. For art lovers, the Picasso Museum and the Carmen Thyssen Museum are often recommended.
What are some hiking trails in Málaga?
For those who enjoy the outdoors, the Montes de Málaga Natural Park has several hiking trails through pine forests, while the dramatic El Caminito del Rey offers stunning views of the El Chorro gorge.
What are some family activities to do in Málaga?
Families can have fun exploring the interactive exhibits at the Málaga Science Park, walking through the lush La Concepcion Botanical Garden, or visiting the Bioparc Fuengirola, a zoo with a focus on conservation.
What are some of the best day trip ideas in Málaga?
Explore the hillside town of Ronda, with its historic bridges and bullring. The nearby cities of Granada, famous for the Alhambra, and Seville, known for its flamenco dancing and Seville Cathedral, are also often recommended for day trips.
What types of vacation rentals are available in Málaga?
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Do house rentals in Málaga have a gym?
Absolutely! We offer over 30 house rentals with a gym in Málaga. Enjoy a tailored experience with all the comforts you desire.