Malaga

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Malaga a charming town

The throbbing Andalusian port city of Malaga has 3,000 years of history to its name, and now plays a role as one of the key jumping off points on the Costa del Sol. See beyond the sun and sand, though, and you’ll discover a charming town with culture at every turn – and a festival for every occasion!

Shopping

As elsewhere in Spain, Málaga is a great place to buy shoes and leather goods, and Calle Marqués de Larios, near the port, is the main shopping strip, a pedestrianised street that has some good shoe shops, as well as all the major Spanish brand names, such as Mango and Zara. The surrounding lanes are also worth a browse for a mix of one-off shops and big labels. If you like a one-stop shop, there’s the huge El Corte Inglés department store (Avenida de Andalucía 4), which sells practically everything, including shoes, perfume, fashion, homeware, furniture and food.

Food & Drink

Málaga has some excellent tapas bars and is a superlative place to eat seafood. You can go for gourmet tapas somewhere like Gorki (Calle Strachan 6), with pavement tables and stylish eats, or feast on plates laden with fish and shellfish at seaside Restaurante El Tintero (Playa del Dedo), overlooking the beach. For Michelin-star chic, try the Café de Paris (Calle Vélez Málaga 8), with creative Spanish cuisine and a Parisian-style interior. Restaurante El Refectorium del Campanario (Paseo de la Sierra 36) is close to the Bull Ring, serves up delicious tapas and seafood dishes, and is buzzing with locals.

Events

Procesión de Los Reyes

Hotels

As a gateway to southern Spain, Málaga is packed with a huge range of accommodation, from small, basic hostels to grand palaces. At the upper end of the scale, there’s the gorgeous five-star Vincci Selección Posada del Patio (Pasillo de Santa Isabel 7), which offers 109 rooms and deserves special mention for its lovely rooftop swimming pool. Four-star Vincci Málaga (Calle Pacífico 44) is a designer seafront option. However, there are lots of good lower budget selections too, such as the stylish Apartamentos Doña Elvira (Jinetes) and Apartamentos Marín 3 (Marín García), both of which are sleekly designed and centrally located.

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