Looking for a destination with culture, beach, countless shopping options and sun? Then definitely visit Malaga! This city on the Spanish Costa del Sol is ideal for a city trip thanks to the pleasant climate, the interesting history, the delicious tapas and the abundance of shops!
Málaga Airport is the most important airport for the Costa del Sol in Spain. The airport is located 8 km southwest of Málaga and 5 km north of Torremolinos. The airport is the largest of the four international airports of Andalusia.
TUI Airlines flies from several European destinations to the Costa del Sol. The company is Dutch so has its headquarters in Amsterdam.
Malaga is a prime destination for low-budget airlines. Ryanair offers flights from several European cities to the Costa del Sol at low rates.
From New York, Malaga can be reached in 8 hours and 50 minutes. London has a flight time of 2 hour and 45 minutes. There are several airlines offering direct flights to these destinations.
Around the eleventh century this fortress, with the Arabic name Alcazaba, was built in a strategic location in Málaga. Because it is on Gibralfaro hill, it stands out above the rest of the village and you have a clear view of the harbor. The Alcazaba fortress was mainly built to guard the palace. Castillo de Gibralfao, which can be reached through the "Puerta de los Cuartos de Grananda" gate, is located within the defensive walls of Alcazaba. Both Alcazaba and Gibralfao Castle can be visited daily.
As the birthplace of Pablo Picasso, a museum about this master of painting in Málaga could not have been missed. The Museo Picasso Málaga on Calle San Agustin was opened in 2003 by King Juan Carlos I and his wife Queen Sofia. It is located in the Buenavista Palace which was built in the sixteenth century. Among the works are masterpieces such as "Madre y niño and Mosquetero con espada". Many of his artworks have been donated by the family.
The beautiful and graceful cathedral of Málaga was built in the sixteenth, seventeenth and partly in the eighteenth century. The duration of the construction was mainly due to lack of money. Construction was regularly stopped because there were no financial resources. Because of this, even a part has never been finished, for which it eventually received the nickname of "La Manquita Catedral de Málaga". Clear Baroque and Renaissance features can be seen in the structure.
Eat as much as possible locally produced food. This is good for the environment and the local economy. Moreover, you discover the local specialties.
Make use of local facilities. Avoid an all-inclusive vacation or international hotel chains, rather sleep in smaller family hotels.