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Why visit Malaga?

If you’d asked that question 25 years ago it would have been difficult to come up with a convincing answer. But ask why visit Malaga now and it’s hard to know where to start.


Malaga has always been the capital of the Costa del Sol, one of the world’s favourite holiday destinations, but up until recently hardly anyone gave the city a second glance on their way past to other resorts.

One of the big attractions in Malaga – the Pergola at the port

But a major facelift, huge injection of cash and several world-class museums later, Malaga has become one of Europe’s must-see destinations. Over a million tourists visited the city last year when Malaga became Spain’s second cultural city-break destination (behind Barcelona). The city also ranks the fifth busiest cruise liner destination in Spain. And all of a sudden, everyone is talking about Malaga.

Guardian newspaper ranked Malaga as the top holiday destination for 2015

Rough Guides placed Malaga in second place for must-visit destinations in 2015

Daily Telegraph newspaper included Malaga in the Top Ten European City Breaks 2015

Frommers travel guides ranked Malaga as one of their must-see spots in 2015

Patio in the Alcazaba, one of the most visited monuments in Malaga

One glance at Malaga’s long list of attractions and it’s easy to see why the city’s up there at the top.

  • It’s easy to get to – flights from over 125 destinations come into Malaga and then it’s a quick bus or train ride into town.
  • It’s small enough to see in a long weekend – Malaga is a compact city with most attractions and things to do within easy reach of each other and on the flat.
  • It packs the art and the history in – Picasso, Bacon and Kandinsky in Malaga art musuems rub shoulders with Roman, Moorish and Baroque architecture in the city monuments.
The Pompidou, one of the new art museums in Malaga

√ It keeps the queues down – no waiting hours here to see your favourite picture or get in your favourite monument.

√ It buzzes with cultural events – there are lots of things to do in Malaga all year round.

√ It has great beaches – Malaga’s blue-flag sands are the perfect spot for relaxing after sightseeing.

One of the beaches in Malaga
One of the beaches in Malaga

√ It serves delicious food – Malaga offers a feast for foodies from tapas to Michelin-starred restaurants.

√ And perhaps best of all, it has tourist-friendly prices – forget the inflated prices you pay in Barcelona and Paris, and even Marbella just down the road, Malaga’s a wallet-friendly destination.

To make the most of a city with so much going for it you obviously need a guide. Not just any guide, but one that gives you the low-down on everything Malaga has to offer and when we say everything we mean everything.

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