Malaga is the capital of the Costa del Sol and is often referred to as the ‘new’ Barcelona. Overflowing with culture and many historical gems just waiting to be explored, it is making its way onto every frequent traveller’s bucket list. Here are just a few reasons why it deserves a place on yours.
Malaga tends to enjoy a comfortable climate all year-round. Its warmest months are July and August, where temperatures usually settle at around 30 degrees Celsius. Wintertime temperatures rarely fall below 17 degrees Celsius, with December and January being the chilliest times of the year. If you’re looking to enjoy the beach life that Malaga is so well known for, avoid booking your stay during November as this is the month that usually sees the most rainfall. Great news – it practically never rains during summer!
The magnificent buildings
Two of the city’s most sought after sights are Gibralfaro Castle and La Alcazaba. The former promises the most incredible panoramic views of the city and is well known for its ancient lighthouse which stands inside the structure itself and is how the castle got its name. The latter is a fortress which was erected by the Arabians in the 11th century. The two come together to form a fortified site that is arguably the most sought-after in all of Malaga.
If you have a bit of extra money to spend, you will want to hold onto it until you make your way to Calle Larios – a stretch of some of the most luxurious stores in the area, all sheltered by sizeable canopies. This is also where the vast majority of Malaga’s big events take place each year, including the infamous Malaga film festival.
The stunning sights
There is so much to do in Malaga. One of its must-sees is The Roman Theatre, as well as the Malaga Cathedral. It boasts a rather impressive historical centre and the cathedral is undoubtedly the most important sight within it. Built during a period of architectural transition, it boasts a very unique appearance that demonstrates the beauty of both Gothic and Renaissance architectural styles.
How can you possibly visit Malaga without spending some time on the beach? If you are looking for the ultimate experience, you can’t go wrong with La Malagueta beach which features beach bars, shady palm trees, and an open- air cinema during the summer months. You can find it just 10 minutes outside of the city centre. Luckily, there are plenty of services for car rental in Malaga if you are looking for the most convenient solution to getting around when exploring the area. Unfortunately, local public transport isn’t always on par with what many frequent travellers are used to.
So, whether you are anticipating plenty of fun in the sun or you are in the mood to really immerse yourself in a new culture, Malaga is certain to be a winning holiday destination. After you have visited once, there is no doubt that you will be heading back for more much sooner than expected!