If you’re planning a Christmas getaway or drawing up a 2016 travel wish list, don’t overlook the cosmopolitan, cultural hotspot of Malaga on the Costa del Sol. Often thought as simply an airport linking Brits with Andalucia’s best loved beach destinations, Malaga is an amazing destination in its own right with some of the best shopping, nightlife and museums you can find anywhere.
The Independent recently wrote a great article about Malaga’s success story and its incredible transformation which shone a light onto this often overlooked city and the response has been great. Describing Malaga as “hot, hip and happening” and “one of this year’s top-rated city break destinations” it praises the city for the well-placed investment which has changed it into a cultural hub with 30 museums which was nominated as a worthy candidate for the 2016 European Capital of Culture.
We couldn’t agree more! Malaga really has the X-Factor, with very pretty streets and impressive buildings which buzzes with life day and night. The newly developed port area has done wonders for the city, as it’s encouraged people to move around from the fantastic Muelle 1 area with its great shopping and chic bars and restaurants right on the marina, up to the Old Town with the iconic cathedral, striking fort and Roman ruins. Wherever you go, you will be spoilt for choice with bars, coffee shops and restaurants. The best time for dining is after 9pm, but don’t leave it too late as it’s getting such a great reputation as a gastronomic destination that the best restaurants fill up fast.
Just make sure you leave enough time to visit the amazing museums and galleries, as this has really converted the city into a cultural hotspot. We would recommend a visit to the new George Pompidou centre in Muelle 1 in Malaga’s port, a striking multi-coloured box you can’t miss, the CAC contemporary art gallery, the Picasso Museum and the Thyssen Gallery. For younger visitors, the interactive Music Museum is a great choice and the Automobile Museum is incredible for petrol heads. There’s so much to do you most certainly won’t get bored, to help you choose check out Tripadvisor’s Top 10 attractions in Malaga
Staying in Malaga can be very pricy and if you like self-catering accommodation, it can be very limited. We recommend basing yourself in nearby Torremolinos or Benalmadena, great destinations in their own right, with much better choice and good value accommodation. They are both connected by train to Malaga, so you can enjoy the buzz of the capital when you want it, but also relax with the slightly slower pace of life and the charm of a seaside destination.
We’d recommend this 3 bedroom penthouse in Torremolinos as you can benefit from a spacious, light and modern apartment with great communal facilities such as a pool, just a few minutes’ walk from the beach. You can relax on their private roof terrace and then jump on the train for a blast of culture and gastronomy whenever you want it. Browse the website for more properties near Malaga, or let us know what you need and we’ll recommend the best holiday rental property for you.