Porta Banus beach (photograph supplied by SR) 
                                                                                             Porta Banus beach (photograph supplied by SR) 

Why visit Malaga?

It's the perfect break! Beautiful beaches combine with the perfect Mediterannean weather and stunning urban architecture ... and its all under 3 hours away. What's more, the nearby resorts of Porta Banus, Benalmedena and Fuengirola as well as the hilltop village of Mijas mean you can enjoy the sights of Malaga as well as the relaxing surroundings of the Costa Del Sol. And with Towie-famed Marbella close by, you really can have choice here. 
                                                                                                                          View from Mijas 
                                                                                                                          View from Mijas 
                                                         The imposing mountains overlooking Fuengirola (photograph supplied by SR)
                                                         The imposing mountains overlooking Fuengirola (photograph supplied by SR)

When should I visit?

Malaga remains mild all year round and this ensures the Wild West landcape associated with the Costa Del Sol remains in place. The best time to visit is in Spring, March through to May, when tenperatures remain around 20 degrees C, the resorts and city hotels may have cheaper room rates. Saying that, you may find over the festive period there are good offers to be had here. And, December is the perfect time to visit as Malaga hosts one of Europe's finest Christmas Markets.
                                                                                            The 'Wild West' Costa Del Sol (photograph supplied by SR) 
                                                                                            The 'Wild West' Costa Del Sol (photograph supplied by SR) 

Must-sees?

Thanks to its location, Malaga is a gateway to three other stunning Spanish cities: Seville, Granada and Cordoba. Also, it is within reach of Gibraltar ... make sure you ride the cable car and visit the Rock's monkey residents. In the city itself, check out La Manquita, Malaga's breathtaking cathedral, marvel at the view from Gibralfaro Castle which is perched high above the city. It is also part of a complex of antiquities which include the Alcazaba, a fortification, and Roman Theatre. Back in the contemporary, Pier 1 Port of Malaga, is an area to watch in 2020 as it fast becoming as famous as Malaga's traditional attractions. Late into the night the bars, cafes and restaurants are throbbing with people ... don't forget to have a cocktail!

Local traditions?

Try Espeto de Sardinas, grilled sardines, or pescaito frito, fried fish, in the fishing district of El Palo.

How do I get there?

British Airways flies from London Gatwick South up to four times a day and London Heathrow Terninal 5 up to twice a day with two flights in the summer months on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. British Airways CityFlyer flies from London City three times a week to Malaga on Thursdays, Fridays and Sundays. This changes in the summer months when CityFlyer flies once on Satudays, Sundays and Mondays and twice on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. From 9th May 2020 British Airways CityFlyer flies from London Stansted, flying once a week on Saturdays until the end of October. Ryanair fly from Aberdeen,  Belfast International,  Birmingham, Bournemouth, Cardiff, East Midlands, Edinburgh, Exeter, Glasgow, Glasgow [Prestwick], Leeds Bradford, Liverpool, London Luton, London Stansted, London Southend and Manchester. EasyJet flies to Malaga from London Southend, London Stansted, London Gatwick and London Luton.  Jet2 flies to Malaga from Belfast International, Birmingham, East Midlands, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds Bradford, London Stansted, Manchester and Newcastle. 

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