A city in Spain, Malaga is just one of those places that you must visit before you can count yourself a true traveller. Frankly speaking, the city has it all: gorgeous beaches, old and historical buildings, a plethora of entertainment venues, and much, much more. However, if this is your first time visiting Malaga, you might ask yourself, “Well, I am here! So, what should I do now?”
Once you are in the city, the best place to begin exploring would be the main shopping street, which in this case is Calle Marqués de Larios. It is one of the most popular tourist hotspots as there are many cafes, entertainment venues, shops and restaurants.
With a quick visit to some of the aforementioned, you can prepare yourself to be plunged head-deep into the historical part, which is nicely situated within minutes of the main street. There, you will be able to gape at the marvellous Malaga Cathedral with its Baroque and Renaissance architecture. Actually, even if you are not that interested into architecture, the beautiful surroundings will leave you with the need to just sit – probably on one of the many benches—and marvel at the breathtaking surroundings. If you are an art buff, you can also go in the close-by museums and explore the many artefacts, sculptures, paintings, etc.
At lunchtime, you can give your taste buds a true treat by acquainting them to the delicious, local cuisine. The best part is that you will not even have to walk that far because the area around the cathedral is the place where you could get the best tapas and Sangria in the city. If you, however, wish to go to a more popular restaurant, you can head to La Rabaná, where you can meet the locals while stuffing yourself.
Once you have savoured your first encounter with the local food, make your way to the Picasso Museum. As the city of Pablo Picasso, Malaga has much to offer in the form of artwork, as you will see in the museum. The best part is that you will pay as little as €10 a person to enter and view the exhibitions there.
Now, it is time to immerse yourself into history by touring around the Alcazaba Fortress that is, undoubtedly, the most popular tourist destination in Malaga. After it, head to the 11th century Moorish fortress that will let you take some of the best pictures of the city
Malaga can easily be called the European Las Vegas, as the nightlife is extraordinary. You can choose to sit in one of the many restaurants, bars or clubs that are located between Larios and the port. On the other hand, if you want a traditional Spanish evening, you can visit Vista Andalucía—the most famous flamenco bar.
If you’re flying out in the evening, the best way to travel to the airport can be via T3, the new underground station. The trains run frequently from the Maria Zambrano Station in Malaga. If the trains are no longer running, a Malaga taxi might be your best option. Most are now metered and some have the charges printed in a book, so make sure you get a quote before you set off for your journey as the drivers do not always point to the right price! There are a number of regular flights in and out of Malaga and the travel site momondo have a really useful flight insight tool that lets you choose your flights based on the time of day you want to travel. There’s nothing worse than ending your trip drifting off at the airport because your holiday provider booked you on that 2am flight!
Photo credit, Cathedral of Malaga Encarnación: Wikimedia Commons