Malaga – Spain Travel Guide | Where To Stay, What To Do and Where To Eat

Gibralfaro Catsle View

Recently, I spent a long winter weekend in Malaga, Spain solo for 3.5 days. Malaga, is the beautiful coastal city in the province of Adalusia known for being the birth place of Picasso. I LOVED escaping the British winter and spending some time in a warmer climate….British weather is not for me (unless it’s summer).


Now I know you’re probably wondering GIRL! hook me up! Tell me where to stay, what to do, where to eat! Don’t worry I gotchu! I have this Malaga Travel Guide for you!

Contents of This Post

1 . Details On Where To Stay

2. How To Get Downtown From The Airport

3. Things To Do

4. Where To Eat

Where To Stay

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Where to stay in Malaga depends on how much you would like to spend, how close you would like to be to all the attractions in Malaga and what kind of accommodation you would like to stay in.

I stayed in a hotel called Exe Museos Malaga, a 3 star hotel which is located in the old town close to Place de constituition which meant I was near enough to EVERYTHING basically the city centre and the beach. I would recommend staying in either accomodation close to the old town or the beach if you are here for a short time because you will want less time to be used on travelling to where the attractions are. The majority of the tourist attractions are not too far from each other by walking in my eyes but it depends on how fast you walk!

Different types of accommodation with 8/10 or higher on Booking.com in Malaga that I would recommend from the reviews :

Exe Mala MuseosIn Town

Dulces Dreams Boutique Hostel

The Urban Jungle Hostel

Malaga Stop Hostel AB

Alcazaba Premium Hostel

Villa Malaga -Bed & Breakfast

Pensión Santa Paula – Close to Beach

La Casa Mata Centra – Guest House

Málaga Lodge Guesthouse

La Marina Suite Málaga – Beach

Hotel Sur Málaga

Apartamentos Clavero

Letmalaga Exotic – City Centre

How To Get Downtown From the Airport

How to get from the airport to downtown

  • Follow the signs showing public transport once you leave baggage claim.
  • Buy a single ticket from the machine to Centre Almeda? There are only two platforms so you should not be too confused.
  • At the machine you can change the languages to make it easy to purchase.
  • Get on the train and get off at
  • Now you are pretty much down town, if you are looking for your hotel- make sure they have given you directions or simply use google maps like I did. Most of the hotels and hostels are on the other side of the bridge.
  • It cost me 1.80 EUR for this journey

Things To Do

What to do in Malaga really depends on the type of person you are. Whether you are an art lover or a nature lover, maybe perhaps you are both. Below are things I would recommend doing in Malaga based on experience and reviews.

Visit the Gibralfaro Castle and Alcabaza

Alcazaba Castle

  • They are two separate attractions but you can buy a combo ticket which makes it cheaper. QUCIK TIP: Alcabaza has free entry on Sundays!
  • To get to the Gibrafaro Castle take bus 5 from the Malaga centre to Gibrafaro – it cost me 1.30 EUR
  • It is best to take the bus to Gibralfaro Castle and walk down to Alcabaza. It is a lovely walk and it allow you to see the city from high up/
  • You will be able to see the city of malaga at the Castle, it has beautiful views.

Recommended Time Allocation: Half a Day

Visit Museums and Art Galleries

  • Malaga Museum is a place to visit to find out all about the history of Malaga. QUICK TIP: Free Entry to EU Citizens
  • Picasso Museum is a museum that houses 285 works donated by members of Picasso’s family. QUICK TIP: Free admission, every Sunday the last two opening hours.
  • Picasso Birthplace Museum /Casa De Natal – This is where Picasso’s family lived in his early years . It is interesting to get to know about Picasso’s early years and other members of his family.
  • Interactive Music Museum

Visit the Port

  • Take a catamaran boat ride
  • Ride on the ferris wheel
  • Have a seafood based meal

Lounge around on the beaches

Malagueta Beach

There are many beaches in the Malaga area. The most accessible and popular is the Play de la Malaguetta. Definitely visit if you are pressed for time or don’t really want to go far.

Beaches of Interest

Playa De La Malagueta

Playa de la Caleta

Playa Pedregalejo

Other Info

There is a Malaga tour bus which I decided not to use. I pretty much walked everywhere or took public transport because you absolutely can and it will save money. The only time I took the bus was to visit Gibraltafor Castle. If you are fit and have at least two days then walking will be fine. If you are limited to one day. The tour bus may help you do everything quickly!

Where To Eat

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Choosing where to eat is very important for all those foodies out there! No need to be hangry on holiday.

Below I have listed different places to eat and drink based on my experience and highly rated reviews :

Where to find Churros:

Casa Aranda – This is where I bought Churros!

Casa arandas

Los Valle

Café Madrid

Bar El Caracol

Cafeteria Oña

Cafes

Byoko

Dulces Dream

Cafe Tramezzino

La Recova

Tapas

El Pimpi

Uvedoble

Vineria Cervantes

Tapeo de Cervantes

La Luz de Candela

Are you ready for your trip to Malaga!? As you can see there is plenty to do in Malaga for a short trip!

Let me know if you found this helfpul or is there is more information you would like to know!

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