Capital of the Costa del Sol

Malaga is the capital city of the Costa del Sol and is the perfect place to visit for a day full of historic, cultural and shopping delights.

Every year, millions of passengers pass through Malaga airport and head east or west to their Costa del Sol accommodation and completely miss out on one of the most vibrant and beautiful cities in Spain.

The city’s most famous character is Pablo Picasso; born in Malaga in 1881, he went on to become one of the world’s greatest and most influential artists of the 20th century.

The opening of the Picasso Museum, Malaga seven years ago breathed new life into a city that always fell in the shadows of Seville, Cordoba and Granada. But now, like an oil painting undergoing restoration, new layers of the city are being discovered and unveiled every day thanks to an extensive renovation programme.

Malaga’s most famous living son is Hollywood actor Antonio Banderas who is a regular visitor to the city throughout the summer and actively partakes in the Easter celebrations, Semana Santa, every year.

Malaga’s mix of chic boutiques, restaurants and bars sit side-by-side with tradition. The oldest tapas bar on the central Alameda still serves sherry from huge barrels, and old fashioned shops are stocked with flamenco frocks, fancy fans and gentlemen’s Cordoban hats.

A multitude of museums, galleries and historical remains has firmly put Malaga back on the map, while the Roman amphitheatre has also been fully restored and is another in a growing list of Malaga visitor attractions.

The cathedral with its missing bell tower, the Alcazaba and the Gibralfaro are also important monuments from the Moorish era that are fully open and should be a must on any sightseeing trip. City tour buses allow you to buy a ticket and then hop on and off at various points around Malaga giving you time to discover the historic past of this magnificent city.

Days out in Malaga on the Costa del Sol come highly recommended, so take a stroll around the old quarter’s narrow streets and steep yourself in the cultural riches on offer. And then stop off for a chilled drink at a pavement café, enjoy a plate of tapas and watch the world go by.

Our Costa del Sol resorts provide accommodation near Malaga which is very easily reached from Fuengirola by train. A 45 minute journey will have you stepping at out of the train station right in the heart of this great Costa del Sol city.