A fusion of old-world charm with a cosmopolitan vibe, Malaga has flourished to become a cultural city in its own right, and is no longer just the Gateway to the Costa del Sol. Pedestrian-friendly and full of activity, this vibrant city boasts a sleek new port and a culinary scene to rival Madrid and Barcelona. With a magnificent Roman Colosseum overlooked by the imposing Moorish Alcazaba Palace and the Gilfarbaro Castle, the Andalucian city of Malaga is an energetic destination you need to experience for yourself. Sheltered from cold northern winds by the majestic mountains, Malaga is blessed by some of the finest weather in Europe with over 300 days of sunshine. A fabulous city to visit no matter what time of year.
Currency: Euro - €
Journey Time: 2hr 50m
Time Difference: UTC+1 (EET)
Summer (DST): UTC+2 (EEST)
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Malaga’s port is not only the oldest working port in Spain but is now a buzzing harbour and waterfront location for dining alfresco. After undergoing a complete makeover to its industrial buildings and waterfront promenade Muelle Uno ('Quay One' in English) is said to be the Spanish equivalent of Baltimore’s Inner Harbour and Liverpool’s Albert Docks. The stunning pier is a cultural hot spot complete with some of the city’s finest exhibitions and museum, with the port conveniently located within walking distance to all of the city centre’s cultural and historical highlights.
Over the past ten years, Malaga has been undergoing a profound cultural explosion, thanks to one hundred million euros being invested in the arts. As it’s the birthplace of Spanish painter Pablo Picasso, it will come as no surprise that the city proudly contributes to its own renowned art scene in Spain. A museum dedicated to Picasso’s work is located in the Buenavista Palace and contains hundreds of the artists’ works that take art-enthusiasts on an intriguing journey through his life. Visit the striking cube-shaped Pompidou Centre Malaga, the only modern art museum of its kind outside of France or immerse yourself in the fascinating history of Andalucia with a trip to the Carmen Thyssen Museum.
The Malaga province is well-known for boasting a stunning sun-kissed coastline coupled with a remarkable climate. Just a ten-minute stroll along the charming seaside promenade, to the east end of the port, is the attractive Malagueta beach. Its fine sand sets the perfect scene for a dose of Andalusian sun and a refreshing rest before an alfresco lunch, in one of the many beach-side restaurants overlooking the Mediterranean Sea.
Locals order their coffee in many different ways. It is typical to ask for a ‘Cloud’, ‘Shadow’, ‘Half’, ‘Short’, or a ’Semi-short’. This interesting measuring system is unique to Malaga province and has become part of the city's cultural heritage.
The Romans lived in the city for almost 300 years leaving behind a fascinating archaeological footprint, such as the Roman amphitheatre in the city centre.
Malaga’s own Hollywood star Antonio Banderas still has a home here right in the city centre of Malaga.
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