Malaga city is easily accessible with lots of low cost flights and with the airport only a 15mins taxi ride it makes a fantastic cultural city break, although its often overlooked as tourists head off to resorts on the Costa Del Sol.
The best location to stay is the historic quarter.
It’s near the marina, and here you can easily reach on foot some of the most popular sights including the castle (Castillo de Gibralfaro), cathedral and the Picasso museum. Visiting the castle will give you a panoramic view of the city and marina and will help you get your bearings.
The marble paved Calle Larios is a main shopping street within the historic quarter and also hosts fiestas at the plaza de la Constitución. If its sunny and it invariably is (20C end of January), head down to the marina for a long afternoon of tapas and Cava or vinto tinto ‘Ribera de douro’ I highly recommend! You can always walk it off down the beach later…
Come the evening, don’t rush to head out early, the Spanish like to start late and end even later.
Start the evening at a roof top terrace, Molina Lario has a poolside rooftop terrace open to non-residents perfect for a gin and tonic.
Don’t bother planning where to eat, there is a multitude of restaurants and tapas bars, so throw away your guide book, and just wander around, take in a bit of tapas here and there, theres loads of traditional and modern places to choose from. It’s a perfect concoction of fresh produce, hanging hams, plentiful seafood, cheap and exceptional wine, to wet the appetite.
Malaga is a proper working city and feels very much less touristy than the adjoining Costa Del Sol, its warm pedestrian streets lined with orange trees feel a world away from a drizzly February Manchester.
A perfect weekend break and only 3 hours away.