Malaga Tourist Information and Tourism
(Malaga, Costa del Sol, Spain)
Standing on Spain's southern coastline, Malaga is the main resort along the world-famous Costa del Sol, in the Andalucia area of Spain. Malaga is home to a major international airport and some of the area's most stunning beaches, which are always popular with tourists visiting the Malaga area.
Many of the resort's best beaches are centred around the Bay of Malaga (Bahia de Malaga), which offers a range of activities and water sports, with a good selection of shops and restaurants nearby. Malaga's continuous tourism boom has allowed the city to redevelop and improves its facilities, including a range of new and impressive accommodation. Much of Malaga's central zone has recently been renovated and restored, containing numerous churches and historic buildings, together with museums and the birthplace of world-famous artist, Pablo Picasso.
Malaga's spectacular coastline and sunny weather combine to make the area a major tourist hotspot, with tourism in the area actively promoted. The main tourism bureaus in Malaga include the Municipal Tourist Information Office on Avenida de Cervantes and the Regional Tourist Information Office on Pasaje de Chinitas. Further tourism kiosks can be found at the Torremolinos bus station, and on both the Plaza de la Merced and Plaza de la Marina. Malaga is divided into a number of notable districts, which include Old Town Malaga - a particularly historic part of the city containing a number of impressive landmarks and plenty of al fresco dining, and Los Montes - known for its magnificent views across the bay and inexpensive guest houses.
Hotels are plentiful in Malaga and vary from high-rise coastal accommodation to self-catering apartments on the western side of the city. Malaga's most desirable hotels often overlook the scenic bay, with further hotels centred around the El Rincón de la Victoria area, the Playa de Maro region nearby Torrox, around Benalnatura, and throughout the neighbouring resorts along the Costa del Sol. Rural houses and family run bed and breakfasts are becoming increasingly popular in Malaga, offering good value for money, while for those travelling on a budget, a number of hostels, guest houses and cheap hotels are particularly clustered around the Plaza de la Constitucion and the Calle Marques de Larios. More information about Malaga Hotels
The resort of Malaga is famous for its picturesque bay and sandy beaches, which have become major tourist hotspots. Some of the most popular beaches here include the Playas de La Malagueta, the Playas de La Misericordia, the Playas de Las Acacias and the Playas del Chanquete, all of which offer excellent facilities and calm, warm waters suitable for bathing. Car hire at Malaga Airport is popular with many arriving holiday makers, suiting those who are looking to explore the region's plentiful beaches. Having your own set of wheels is ideal if you are looking to travel around the Costa del Sol at your own pace, rather than being restricted by the timetables of local public transport
Malaga's main tourist attractions include the Bahia de Malaga - the scenic Bay of Malaga, offering daily boat tours, an array of water sports and many waterfront restaurants; Plaza de La Merced - a notable public square standing in Malaga's Old Town neighbourhood, with plenty of cafés and bars; Plaza de la Constitución - a 16th-century square where many of Malaga's festivals and events are held, particularly during the spring and summer months; Plaza de Toros La Malagueta - Malaga Bullring, an eye-catching piece of architecture in its own right, built in the 1870s; and the Jardin Botánico Histórico La Concepción - beautiful botanical gardens with a host of exotic plants, located on the outskirts of Malaga. Malaga is also home to a surprising number of parks, where tropical planting and palm trees abound, including Parque de El Retiro, Parque de la Naturaleza Selwo and Paseo del Parque.
Further tourist attractions and major landmarks in Malaga include the Castillo de Gibralfaro - a 14th-century fortress built in Moorish times, offering stunning views across Malaga; La Alcazaba - a historic 9th-century Muslim fortress, with Roman excavations and a museum; and La Catedral - a magnificent 16th-century cathedral located in the heart of Malaga, with a Renaissance-style façade. More information about Malaga Tourist Attractions
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Some of Malaga's main museums and art galleries include the Centro de Ciencia Principia - an interactive science centre complete with planetarium, full of educational information for all ages; Museo Acuario Aula del Mar - Malaga's an impressive aquatic museum, specialising in information and exhibits about marine ecology; Museo Municipal de Malaga - a top art gallery displaying many notable paintings and changing exhibitions; and Malaga's Museo Casa Natal de Picasso - the birthplace of famous Spanish modernist artist Pablo Picasso, with many of his original art works. More information about Malaga Museums
and Malaga Art Galleries
Tourist attractions located nearby Malaga include the famous coastal resorts of Marbella
- both of which are known for their superb sandy beaches and lively nightlife; the city of Granada
- lying on the northeastern side of Malaga, with an enormous university campus and famous Albayzin Walls; Seville
- the fourth-biggest city in Spain, to the northwest of Malaga, featuring a spectacular 15th-century cathedral and famous semicircular plaza; the town of Benahavis - known for its 16th-century castle, located on the Costa del Sol, to the south of the Serrania de Ronda mountains; Mijas Pueblo - a charming village close to Malaga, containing traditional whitewashed houses; Ojén - a mountain village with an Arabic past, just a short trip from Malaga, featuring ancient castle ruins; Ronda - a popular town standing on either side of the El Tajo gorge, offering many tourist attractions and interesting places to visit; and Sea Life - located in Benalmádena, nearby Malaga, housing more than 5,000 sea creatures and an underwater tunnel. More information about Malaga Attractions Nearby
More Malaga Information / Fast Facts and Orientation
Malaga, Costa del Sol, Spain
- Country: Spain
- Location: Costa del Sol / Malaga Province, Andalucia
- Status: city
- Area: approximately 149 square miles / 386 square kilometers
- Population: approximately 559,000
- Language: Spanish
- Currency: Euro (EUR)
- Time zone: 1 hour ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT)
- Country dialing code: +34
- Telephone area code: 95
- Religion: various religions
- Average daily Malaga January temperature: 16°C / 61°F
- Average daily Malaga July temperature: 28°C / 82°F