Date of stay: June 2012
Where you stayed: Ibis Malaga
Tour or pre planned: Pre planned
Malaga is located on the coast of the Mediterranean Sea in the south of Spain and is the largest city on the Costa del Sol. We spent two (2) days there in June 2012 and so wish we had planned to stay longer, the city has so much to offer and is a major tourist spot in the summer months.
We hired a car through Hertz from the Malaga airport but while in Malaga we did not drive very often, our hotel was based in the city centre which offered free covered parking and everything we did was within easy walking distance. The city offers so much from relaxing on the beach taking in the warm summer days to wondering the old city and enjoying the Spanish cuisine.
Things to do and see: Below we’ve listed a few of our recommendations:
Alcazaba is a castle built on the hill in the middle of the city and our hotel had great views of this. It’s free to enter on Sundays otherwise it costs roughly €2 euro, you’ll have some amazing views of the city from the castle and the gardens are well kept. There’s a Roman theatre beneath the castle that you can visit but this can also be seen from an open area (Plaza) which overlooks the theatre. You can take photos and lights light up the area at night. There’s a number restaurants around the Plaza with views of the theatre, it’s fairly easy to stumble across if you’re walking around the city towards the castle.
Malaga Cathedral is quite stunning and located in the heart of the city.
Malaga has a number of beaches around and the closest to the city centre that we found was behind the castle, I think this was called La Malagueta. Nice place to relax, take a swim or wonder along the market stalls.
Malaga has no shortage of great Spanish cuisine, and you can’t beat a large serving of Paella and Sangria. One place we’d recommend is the La Taberna del Obispo (see image below), it’s located in a lovely square next to the Cathedral. You can sit here watching the world go by with a beer or wine in hand and at night you have no better place to see the Cathedral with all the lights on. The food was ok but you have so many other amazing restaurants to choose from, our advice would be to enjoy a nice drink at La Taberna del Obispo and take in the atmosphere then wander the streets checking out a few restaurants until you find one you like.
Malaga airport is the third largest in Spain and many visitors use the airport as the hub to visit other parts of Spain like Granada and Seville for instance. Most of the low cost airlines in Europe operate from here, likes of Easyjet & Ryan Air. Getting from the airport to the city centre either by taxi or bus seemed easy enough and I noticed there was a bus service which cost €2 and ran every 30 minutes to and from the city centre.
We stayed at the Ibis hotel and if you’re headed to Malaga you have two to choose from, one in the city centre and the other located by the airport. We stayed at the Ibis in the city centre, it was perfectly located to all the main attractions, had great views of the Alcazaba and staff were extremely helpful and offered good advice on things to see and do. Click on the following link to see our review, Ibis Malaga Review.
Points to highlight:
If you’re looking for a nice weekend break relaxing on the beach while taking in the sites then we’d highly recommend heading to Malaga. Easyjet and Ryanair offer regular flights from London Gatwick or London Stanstead and hiring a car from Malaga airport is relatively cheap, Ryanair and Hertz have a partnership so you’ll receive discounted car hire. We hired a brand new mini for 5 days which cost around €120 euro, (see image below).
Malaga is a top choice for Brits heading on holiday, being so close and with the warmer climates why wouldn't you.
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Would you recommend this destination: Yes, most definitely
Overall destination rating: 5 out of 5 for a relaxing weekend break or longer
By: Nick & Jackie