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Experience the traditional festivals, tapas bars and museums of this modern, sprawling city, where Picasso was born and the beauty of the Costa del Sol awaits.

Málaga has all the folklore, energy and romance of a flamenco dance on a balmy night. Phoenician, Roman, Moorish and Christian empires all left their mark on this bustling metropolis, which is Spain’s sixth-largest city.

A walk along the winding streets of Málaga’s Old Town will take you past the palm tree-lined Paseo del Parque, the ancient ruins of the Málaga Amphitheatre and the monumental Málaga Cathedral. Visit the Moorish Alcazaba fortress from where you can follow a passageway up to the city’s landmark Gibralfaro Castle, with its views over the Alboran Sea towards Morocco.

This port city is sunny most of the year and summers can get hot in southern Spain, so don’t plan outdoor activities around noon. Have a siesta instead, followed by a lunch of adobo (fish marinated in wine), gazpacho (cold tomato soup) or pescaíto frito (fried fish).

As is the custom in Spain, dinner doesn’t start until late at night in Málaga so you’ll have plenty of sightseeing time to visit the city’s many cultural attractions. Among these is Picasso’s Birthplace (Casa Natal Picasso), in the Plaza de la Merced, and the nearby Picasso Museum Málaga.

More than 30 other local museums are dedicated to the arts and history and public shows are common too. In the late afternoon, "living" statues entertain the crowds in the main shopping street and squares. Festivals include the parades of the Semana Santa at Easter and the Feria de Málaga in August.

The province of Málaga is located on the Costa del Sol in Andalusia and the city gives access to more than 100 miles (160 kilometers) of Mediterranean coastline with long, wide sandy beaches. You’re sure to find the ideal place to sunbathe, enjoy watersports or socialize in beach bars. Málaga International Airport has flights to all major European cities and high-speed trains connect Málaga with Madrid and Barcelona.

Málaga’s compact historic center is easy to explore on foot and metro buses stop at many major attractions.

Where to stay in Málaga

Top Hotels in Málaga

Hotel ILUNION Malaga
Hotel ILUNION Malaga
4 out of 5
Paseo Marítimo Antonio Machado, 10, Málaga, Malaga
The price is $62 per night from Dec 3 to Dec 4

Located in Centro, this eco-friendly hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Port of Malaga, Málaga Cathedral, and Picasso Museum Malaga. Alcazaba and Malagueta Beach ...

4.3/5Excellent! (945 reviews)

"Hotel bien localizado cerca del centro y de la estación. El personal y la atención es excelente, desde recepción hasta restaurante y pasando por las camareras de pisos."…"

Reviewed on Oct 15, 2020

Hotel ILUNION Malaga
Holiday Inn Express Malaga Airport
Holiday Inn Express Malaga Airport
3 out of 5
Avenida de Velazquez 294 Salida, Autovia MA-21 en direccíón Aeropuerto, Málaga, Malaga
The price is $61 per night from Dec 3 to Dec 4

Located in Churriana, this hotel is 0.5 mi (0.8 km) from Malaga Airport Museum and within 3 mi (5 km) of Jose Maria Martin Carpena Arena and Los Alamos. Los ...

3.9/5Good! (1,220 reviews)

"Very handy hotel near Malaga airport. It's very clean and modern and the staff are very nice and helpful. It'd be nice to have a kettle in the room. The breakfast unfortunately i s packed now (due to covid) with 2 little sandwiches, a donut and a piece of fruit. But one can still sit in the breakfast ..."…"

Reviewed on Oct 6, 2020

Holiday Inn Express Malaga Airport
Gran hotel Miramar GL
Gran hotel Miramar GL
5 out of 5
Paseo Reding, 22, Málaga, Málaga
Free CancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $196 per night from Dec 1 to Dec 2

Nestled on the beach, this Centro hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Malagueta Beach and Plaza de Toros de la Malagueta. Picasso Museum Malaga and Alcazaba are ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (719 reviews)

"Amazing, great staff and service"…"

Reviewed on Aug 27, 2020

Gran hotel Miramar GL
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Vacation Rentals in Málaga

Picasso Suites Málaga Apartamentos
Picasso Suites Málaga Apartamentos
4 out of 5
San Agustín, 11, Málaga, Málaga
The price is $53 per night from Dec 10 to Dec 11

Located in Centro, this apartment building is steps from Picasso Museum Malaga, Malaga Roman Theatre, and Málaga Cathedral. Plaza de la Merced and Calle Larios ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (511 reviews)
Fantastic location

"Fantastic location, central but not too busy or noisy. Only slight downside was the tiny shower room plus the kettle."…"

Reviewed on Mar 9, 2020

Picasso Suites Málaga Apartamentos
Apartamentos Mediterránea Centro
Apartamentos Mediterránea Centro
3.5 out of 5
Calle Granada 16, Málaga, Málaga

Located in Centro, this apartment building is steps from Plaza de la Constitucion and Calle Larios. Picasso Museum Malaga and Málaga Cathedral are also within ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (13 reviews)

"The apt has lovely floor to ceiling shutters that overlook a busy street right in the heart of city cento, a stone’s throw from the cathedral. It is large and clean and offers all the amenities needed for a long or short stay. There is also a nice rooftop terrace. Although there is no view from up ..."…"

Reviewed on Mar 21, 2020

Apartamentos Mediterránea Centro
Málaga city Apartment
Málaga city Apartment
3.5 out of 5
Calle Huerto de los Claveles 7, 6D, Málaga

Located in Centro, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Museum Jorge Rando, Picasso Museum Malaga, and Calle Larios. Plaza de la Merced and ...

Málaga city Apartment
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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Reviews of Málaga


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Mar 17, 2020

If you take a day trip to Morocco just note that the two hour drive to the ferry may not be the situation off season when they make more stops. Our day started out with a 5:30 AM pick up and we didn't get back until 11:00 PM. Plan accordingly.

5/5 - Excellent


Mar 2, 2020

I loved malaga so much! Such a beautiful walkable city with endless options for food and shopping. The beach is stunning with a mountainside backdrop. Easy drives or trains to nearby cities.

5/5 - Excellent

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Feb 28, 2020

Fun city,safe, lots of fine people, great tapas

5/5 - Excellent

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Feb 20, 2020

Beautiful city with walks along the ocean, a park in the city centre, great shopping and excellent restaurants. There are also lots of museum and gallery options

5/5 - Excellent

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Jan 28, 2020

I definitely go back, just not in the winter months. The Tapas tour was fantastic.

5/5 - Excellent


Jan 8, 2020

Malaga city center is clean, fun and enjoyable.

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