I’m Joanna Styles, the creator of Guide to Malaga. I’ve lived on the Costa del Sol since 1990, a place that I think ranks as one of the best in the world to live. Over the years I’ve seen first-hand how Malaga has been transformed from the Costa del Sol’s ugly sister into a stunning city-break destination in its own right.
My local knowledge: With my husband (a proud Malagueño or Boquerón (anchovy!) as locals are known), my mother-in-law who arrived in Malaga in 1959 from the Canaries and my daughters (one born in Malaga and one in Marbella), I’ve pretty much explored every corner of the city. We’ve been to the attractions, admired the art, seen the sights, cycled the bike lanes, eaten the food…
My travel guide experience: I’m a freelance writer and author, and one of my writing jobs is updating travel guides. I’ve been updating the Andalucia and Costa del Sol chapters for Fodor’s Spain annually since 2012 and in 2014 and 2017, I updated more than half the Andalucia chapter for The Rough Guide to Spain and The Rough Guide to Andalucia. I know the detail that needs to go into a travel guide and where to find it. I also know how important it is that the information in a guide is correct and up-to-date.
Why a guide to Malaga: I created Guide to Malaga in September 2015 because I realised that there were no online guides dedicated solely to Malaga and offering up-to-date information. At best, Malaga featured as a small section within a Costa del Sol or Andalucia guide. I felt that Malaga’s climate, welcoming people, myriad attractions, value for money as well as its resurgence as one of southern Spain’s top cultural destinations meant the city deserved and needed its own stand-alone guide.
The result: Guide to Malaga, a unique reference site where I’ve combined my local knowledge and travel guide know-how plus recommendations from my social and business networks in Malaga.