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Málaga Area Guide

“Both the provincial and cultural capital of the Costa Del Sol”

Málaga is the provincial capital of Andalucía. Rich in culture and places of interest you can see why this bustling city beckons travellers from across the world.

Unlike many, Málaga International Airport is a mere 10 minutes away from the city itself. A simple train journey is all it takes to arrive there, although there are also bus, taxi and car hire services available should you prefer. 

Málaga offers all types of transportation, bus, train and Metro services.

The train services are modern, fantastic and efficient, leaving it easy for you to enjoy your travels with little or no hassle, regularly updated time tables and local bus stops and stations near to any location you may find yourselves in. Málaga has a two-line metro system that runs from the city centre to the west and south-west of the city, starting from Maria Zambrano RENFE train station. You can get connecting trains to the likes of Madrid and Barcelona from Maria Zambrano plus many more destinations. There is also an urban bus station near the port entrance on Avenida Heredia.

With an abundance of charming streets to walk through there is always something to see when it comes to the history and culture of Málaga City.

One of the most attractive places to visit is the Alcazaba, one of two Moorish fortresses that overlook the city, the other being the Castillo de Gibralfaro, which is situated just above. 

As some may know Málaga is the birth place of the legendary Picasso so for all of you art lovers out there, the Picasso museum is a must. Just a short walk from here you will find the Cathedral of Málaga, Catedral de la Encarnación de Málaga and should you feel a little peckish there is a little square just in front of the cathedral where you can sit and enjoy the beauty of the cathedral and satisfy your hunger at the same time!

There are many other places to visit to satisfy your art needs, however another place worth seeing is the Pompidu Centre which is located on Málaga port. Here you can also enjoy a collection of art from various other artists and it is certainly worth having a look at their website to see what exhibitions are on before visiting.

Situated in the heart of cultural Málaga you will find the Roman Theatre which is one of many but is the oldest monument in Málaga City and quite a grand sight. The Centro de Interpretación (visitor centre) is adjacent to the amphitheatre and contains some historical information about the site, and a few archaeological discoveries which have been discovered from the site. There are also audio-visual exhibitions of the site's excavation and restoration.

And what would Spain be without a famous Bullfighting Ring (Plaza de Toros), which is located in La Malagueta neighbourhood.

There are many events that take place all year round in Malaga, the tourist information will always have the times and dates.

Carnaval de Málaga - A popular fiesta that takes place in February with celebrations in both the Historic Centre and the rest of the surrounding neighbourhoods. You can enjoy an array of theatrical entertainment which is multicultural, colourful and spontaneous in character.

Festival Terral – Is a music festival usually held in July and is organized by the Cervantes Theatre, where most of the programmed concerts take place. It is not dedicated to any specific genre but includes music from around the world by various national and international artists.

Feria de Málaga – Held in August, this annual festival is one of the biggest festivals in Malaga. Here people take to the streets which are filled with music, food and drink. Usually spread across 10 days there is plenty of entertainment to keep all ages amused.

Day time activities are centred in the heart of the city centre and last up until 7pm. You will notice women of all ages dressed up in traditional Spanish style dresses, whilst the city’s horse and cart taxis are decorated with colours and their drivers wear traditional costumes.

By night the focus of the Feria moves to the Real de la Feria on the outskirts of the city. Celebrations don’t usually start here until 9pm but continues until dawn. There are over 200 marquees (casetas) specifically erected for the Feria. These casetas are open to visitors and you can buy food and tapas there whilst enjoying the party. There are shuttle buses and taxis running to and from the city centre to the fairground throughout the night so although this feria lies just on the outskirts of the city, it is easily accessible.

Malaga City has countless attractions so boredom is certainly not an option. We mentioned a few previously however if you’re after a more “relax by the beach” day then you can head to the golden beaches of Malagueta and La Caleta which are situated along the Promenade of Pablo Ruiz Picasso and are lined with bars and restaurants where you can enjoy the scenery and sun-bathing at its best.

If you’re looking to treat yourself or just in need of a bit of retail therapy then head to  Calle Parques de Larios, this is a  wide pedestrianized street lined  with designer shops, boutiques,  cafes and ice-cream bars. If you  take off into any of the smaller  streets just off Calle Larios you will find many more branded and unique boutiques.  There are also large commercial centres around the city so in the unlikely event of a rainy day you can still satisfy your shopping addictions.

Malaga city offers a variety of beautiful and exotic parks. El Parque which runs alongside the "Paseo del Parque" is one of the most noticeable and can been seen as you come in from the port side. Jardin De La Catedral is also popular and there is a little traditional café just alongside it called El Jardin.

Set just outside Málaga city itself is the Historical and Botanical Garden “La Conception” this magnificent botanical garden offers regular guided tours of the gardens which pass through exotic trees and plants, Roman sculptures and a waterfall.

For those golf lovers out there, you have a fantastic range of places to play which include El Candado, Malaga Golf Parador, Guadalhorce Club de Golf to name but a few.

With fitness and sport being a way of life along the coast, Málaga offers several gyms as well as health and fitness clubs so it is easily incorporated into your lifestyle.  There are many other sports to participate in such as Basketball, Swimming, Cycling and Athletics.

As with any other city or town, Malaga City offers a range of schools including, state schools, international schools and private schools to cater for many languages including British, Norwegian, German, French & Swedish.

There are quite a few hospitals and clinics allocated around  Malaga City too, some of them being private and public.

You have 2 main police stations in Malaga City. The main  police station is Dirección General de La Policía and the  other known as Comisaria de Policia.

Other important places situated in Malaga City that you´ll  need to know is the Townhall,  “Ayuntamiento de Málaga” which is on Avenida Cervantes 4 and the District Municipal Council called “Puerto de la Torre” which is on Calle Víctor Hugo.

There is never a dull evening in Malaga City. In any street you walk down you will find door to door restaurants and bars giving you an extensive choice to suit everyone´s taste.

It is also interesting to know that a many of the hotels have roof terraces with bars so you can enjoy a quite drink away from all the hustle and bustle.

Spanish nightlife is normally a late starter. If you head out any time before 11.30pm then don´t expect many places to be thriving. The nightlife is lively and fun and it´s not unusual to be heading home at 6am or 7am. Even better as you can stop off for breakfast on your way home in any traditional Spanish Churreria for your churros dunked in thick hot velvety chocolate.

The main places to enjoy thrilling and high energy nightlife are Plaza de la Constitucion,  Calle Larios and Calle Granda. Most of the clubs are set around Plaza de la Merced and Plaza de Uncibay.

For the music lovers there is also live music and concerts in the Sala Vivero. In the docks of Malaga cruise Port they often organise concerts or music festivals too so there is always something for anyone in Malaga City.

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