Located in the southern region of Spain, Malaga is most famously known as the home of Pablo Picasso. However, if you asked me a year ago to pinpoint it on a map, I wouldn’t know where to look. Malaga is a place I visited by accident and as luck would have it, I fell in love with it. Now, you must be thinking, how do you visit a place by accident? It wasn’t totally an accident, I normally look for new destinations to visit via google flights and this destination caught my eye. I booked the flight and the rest was history.
How to get there
It is easy to get to Malaga as the Costa del Sol Airport (AGP) can be accessed by a variety of airports around the world.
How to get to the city
On my second trip to Malaga, I flew with White Airways from Portugal. Since the flight landed at 1 am, I decided to take a taxi. This should cost €30.00 from the airport to central Malaga.
The A Express bus travels from the Airport to central Malaga. My Airbnb host suggested the use of the bus since it was the quickest way to her apartment. The cost of the bus ticket was €3.00
There is an eleven-minute train from the airport to central Malaga at a cost of €1.80.
Where to Stay
I’ve visited Malaga three times within the past year. The city has grown on me. I still haven’t seen everything in my opinion but I see another trip in my future. The first time I rented a studio apartment in central. It was charming and close to everything.
The other two times I stayed at the Hotel Ibis Malaga Budget Centro. Both times I was only there for a night while I waited for connections to other parts of Spain. A plus for this hotel is the all you can eat breakfast buffet at €4.95.
Where to eat
El Patio Bodega
I’ve had paella twice in my life, once in Madrid and the other in Malaga. This stuff makes you want to come back daily. One thing I like about Spain is that every restaurant and bar has its only twist to tapas. Food is a great way to indulge in culture when visiting a country. It is important to plan your meals around the siestas. A siesta is a tradition that is often found in southern Europe and the Medittarian. This is the time of day when locals take a nap and restaurants are closed and then reopen for dinner.
Things to do
Plaza de Toros
Watch a bullfight and learn how to score the Matadors. This is done during the months of April to September. Tickets can be purchased at the Unicaja Banks throughout the city or the local box office.
Museo Picasso Malaga
What better way to learn about the man than to visit a museum dedicated to his honor. It’s an 11 room museum with 80 years of Picasso’s work. This is a dream for any art lover.
La Malagueta beach
No trip to Malaga is completed without sunbathing on its iconic beach. With an array of beach bars, you can spend the whole day at the beach relaxing.
Castillo de Gibralfaro
Perhaps the tallest point of the city, the hike to the top is rewarded with breathtaking views. I walked to the top but there is an option to catch the hop on and off bus service. There is also a combination ticket to see both the Castillo de Gibralfaro and the Alcazaba on the same day.
A great aspect of Malaga’s locations is its connectivity to other regions in Andalucia. It was from Malaga I joined a tour that ended up in Tangier. There are also tours to Seville, Granada, and Rhonda.
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