Malaga Neighborhoods, Locations and Districts

(Malaga, Costa del Sol, Spain)

Aerial shot of MalagaStanding on Spain's scenic southern coastline, Malaga is one of the main resorts in the Andalucia region. Malaga is divided into a number of notable districts and neighbourhoods, with much of life in Malaga being based around the Old Town area, where you will find a range of historical buildings, shops and a thriving street-café culture.

Nearby, the Los Montes district of Malaga is one of the most popular parts of the city, featuring a number of spectacular views and a high concentration of both restaurants and accommodation. Also worth mentioning are Malaga's many beaches, around which countless popular attractions and entertainment venues are based, with the beaches of neighbouring Torremolinos and Fuengirola being just a short drive away. Here are Malaga's main districts, neighborhoods and locations.

Malaga cathedral view

Old Town District

The main street in Old Town Malaga dates back to the end of the 19th century and is lined with cafés and coffee shops, fashion boutiques, speciality stores, art galleries and museums, such as the Museo Municipal de Malaga, which is known for its contemporary works. A thriving and important area of Malaga, the Old Town district is full of character and contains many notable historic buildings, such as La Catedral - a stunning 16th-century cathedral with classical Renaissance-style architecture, La Alcazaba - a Muslim fortress and National Historic Site, and the Ayuntamiento de Malaga - the attractive town hall.

On the southern edge of Old Town Malaga you will find it edged by Paseo del Parque - an important green space close to the waterfront, lined with mature trees, and the Alameda Principal - much of which is dominated by the Gibralfaro hill, which rises high on the eastern side. Both the Calle Molino Lario and the Calle Marqués de Larios lead into the Old Town area.

Los Montes District

Without doubt one of the most appealing areas of Malaga, the Los Montes district of the city is known for its spectacular views across the bay and beyond, featuring numerous prominent lookout points. With a number of cheap guest houses and other inexpensive accommodation options, the Los Montes district of Malaga also contains many traditional taverns and eateries, often serving Spanish dishes and local wines. Highlights in this part of Malaga include the Parque Natural de las Contadoras, which is home to a number of sightseeing opportunities.

Malaga beachfront photo


One of Malaga's main draw cards are without doubt the sandy beaches and beautiful coastline, which stretch for miles either side of the port, from Misericordia to the Penón del Cuervo beaches, many of which are bordered by the scenic seafront promenade of Paseo Maritimo Antonio Machado. Close to the city centre, La Malagueta Beach is a particularly popular beach and offers good facilities, including a number of nearby eateries, bars and shops. Also close, the beaches in the Pedregalego neighbourhood, such as the Playas de Las Acacias, are situated just 4 km / 2.5 miles to the east of central Malaga. Nearby, the beaches of the Palo district are known for their character and fishing.