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The capital of the Costa del Sol is reinventing itself


Beyond its 16 sunny beaches, this Andalusian city on the shores of the Mediterranean has a fascinating cultural side. And the birthplace of Pablo Picasso has reinvented itself in recent year, inaugurating museums for all tastes.

If you take the combination of sea and culture and add a lively atmosphere, plenty of tapas served in its bars, fashionable neighbourhoods like Soho, areas such as the port that have been transformed to offer a more modern image, and monuments with centuries of history, the result is an exciting city everyone would want to discover. Because if everyone says that Malaga is prettier than ever then it must be true.

A journey in time

Malaga is a city full of historical spots such as the Alcazaba, one of the largest Moorish fortresses in Andalusia, or Gibralfaro Castle, which offers the best views over the city. At the foot of the castle there is a Roman theatre and an old town to stroll around. Its streets offer attractions such as the Atarazanas Market to have a vermouth, and monuments like the Cathedral, known as ‘La Manquita’ (one-armed), due to its unfinished right tower. You can’t miss visiting its roof; a unique experience. Here in the city of Picasso, you can visit the excellent Picasso Museum in the centre, and the home where he was born.But Malaga doesn’t only live on its past. In recent years it has inaugurated the Carmen Thyssen Museum, the only Pompidou Centre outside France -its coloured cubes have become an icon- or the Saint Petersburg Russian Museum Collection.And if you prefer a more underground culture, look out for the Centre for Contemporary Art, the street art on the city’s buildings, and the alternative establishments in the Soho neighbourhood.

Essence of Malaga

Several things make Malaga a unique place. To start, beyond its monuments, a sunny day spent on the legendary La Malagueta urban beach is a must. Anyone who wants to delve into traditional flavours should visit the seaside neighbourhood of Pedregalejo and try the typical grilled sardines on skewers.Back to La Malagueta, nearby you can find Muelle 1, a port promenade full of shops and restaurants that is perfect for a sunset stroll to La Farola, a lighthouse that is a symbol of the city.Another emblem of Malaga? Without a doubt its pedestrian street Marqués de Larios, a busy thoroughfare decorated with flowers and which you must visit at least once on a trip to Malaga. At night, this area and its nearby streets become the perfect spot for tapas at establishments that have become an institution, such as Bodega El Pimpi; and for trying the ajoblanco chilled garlic soup.Malaga is also known for its Film Festival, its Holy Week, its innovative restaurants... But above all, Malaga is joy. And it's catching.

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How to get to aeroplane

How to get to train

  • Estación María Zambrano railway station has direct high-speed trains (AVE) to Madrid, which take less than three hours. Other AVE lines run to Cordoba, Zaragoza and Barcelona. 

  • In the city centre, just 2 kilometres from the port and 9 from the airport.

  • It’s easy to get around on public transport from the station: several bus routes (1, 3, 4, 10, 16, 20, 27, A, Circular 1 and Circular 2) and the N1 night bus stop there.

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How to get to boat

  • The port is very close to the city centre.

  • One of the main cruise ports on the Peninsula. The cruise terminal is about 3 kilometres from the port entrance, and when cruise ships are in harbour there are regular bus services.

  • It’s easy to get around on public transport from the port, with several bus routes (8, 10, 20, 25 and M-160) and local train lines C-1 and C-2.

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How to get to bus

How to get there by road

  • From the north on the A-45 road.

  • The A-7 Mediterranean motorway runs along the province’s coastline.

Practical information

  • Most points of interests are in the city centre, so it’s easy to explore on foot.

  • The Málaga Pass card can be for 24, 48 or 72 hour, or a week. It gives free entrance to many museums and monuments, and offers discounts at other establishments.

How to get around in metro/tram

  • There are two Metro lines linking the centre to the university area and the western part of the city. 

  • They run from 06:30 to 23:00. On Saturday and Sunday, services start at 07:00

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How to get around in bus

  • The regular service covers every neighbourhood in the city and usually runs from 6.20 am to midnight.

  • The four city bus routes usually run from around 00:00 to 06:00. More information

  • The tourist bus lets you visit all of Malaga’s monuments. You can get on and off as many times as you want. More information

How to get around in other means of transport

  • Taxis: easily identifiable white vehicles with a blue stripe. A green light on the roof shows they are available.

  • Horse-drawn carriage: routes of around 45 minutes taking in the main sights.

  • There are more unusual and environmentally friendly ways to get around Malaga, such as electric vehicles, bicycles, or the Puerto de Málaga sightseeing train.

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