8 April 2022

Semana Santa: Easter in Malaga

Semana Santa (Holy Week or simply Easter Week in English) is not just a religious festival, it’s a deep-rooted tradition dating back centuries. This week-long event brings together whole communities and has in recent decades become a major tourist attraction, especially in the major cities in the south of Spain, […]
31 March 2022

El Carmen Bar

El Carmen, located on the iconic Plaza de la Merced, is an LGBT+ friendly bar that is open throughout the day. Enjoy a tapa and a beer on the outdoor terrace in the sunshine, or equally a lively and colourful show over food in the evening. One of the most […]
31 March 2022

Cines Albéniz

Cines Albéniz is the only multi-screen cinema in Malaga’s historic centre. Located on Calle Alcazabilla, between the Teatro Romano (Roman theatre) and Plaza de la Merced, this Historicist-style building is quite spectacular, both inside and out, especially the main screen which is often reserved for film premieres or events at […]
31 March 2022

La Madriguera Bar

La Madriguera Bar is a beer lover’s heaven. This colourful brewpubr on the busy Calle Carretería has a broad selection of artisanal beers from breweries from across Europe and around the world. Having trouble deciding? The barmen are thoroughly knowledgable – it’s their passion, after all. Ask them for their […]
31 March 2022

La Polivalente

La Polivalente is a popular venue in the arty-yet-edgy Lagunillas area of the city. The bar is a diamond in this somewhat rough neighbourhood located just behind Plaza de la Merced. It’s a real melting pot for artistic types, with the venue offering a full schedule of shows and live […]
31 March 2022

La Tranca

No trip to Malaga would be complete without a stop-off at La Tranca. That’s if you can get in… As you approach it on Calle Carretería, it will quickly become apparent which bar it is – the one that’s packed full, with a waiting queue outside.  Wait your turn and […]
31 March 2022

Getting to Malaga Airport from the city centre

The trip home after a nice holiday is always horrible. However, the trip from Malaga city centre to Malaga-Costa del Sol Airport is a short one with three easy options. Train The Renfe Cercanías suburban train is the quickest way to get between the airport and the city (12 minutes). […]
30 March 2022

Getting the bus in Malaga city

Getting around Malaga by bus is a relatively easy process. Empresa Malagueña de Transportes (EMT) boasts an extensive bus network, with most areas on the city reachable by a single bus from the Alameda, the main boulevard at the bottom of Calle Larios. Paying for the bus If you are […]
25 March 2022

Getting to Malaga city centre from the airport

The airport transfer is always the worst part of any trip, isn’t it? Luckily there is no shortage of options to get you from the Costa del Sol’s international airport to Malaga city centre. Train The Renfe Cercanías is the cheapest and quickest way to get between the airport and […]
18 February 2022

February 28th: Día de Andalucía, a celebration of the region

Every year, February 28th marks Día de Andalucía (Andalucía Day), a public holiday across the region. It is marked by a number of official events and distinctions, including the naming of Hijos Predilectos (Favourite Children) and awarding Medallas de Andalucía (Medals of Andalucía), for local-born personalities and community organisations. The […]
12 February 2022

Carnaval de Málaga: Malaga’s carnival, the first big party of the year

After the Christmas and Kings’ festivities are out of the way, we have to wait until around mid-February for the next big party of the year in Malaga. That said, it’s a big one. Like in many towns and cities across Spain, the Carnaval de Málaga is a big deal […]
11 January 2022

The origins of Malaga’s peculiar system for ordering coffee

When learning Spanish, when it comes to ordering coffee, you might be familiar with “café con leche” or “café solo”. However, once in Malaga, some new phrases like “corto” (short), “sombra” (shadow) or “mitad” (half) get thrown into the mix. At first, these confuse foreigners and non-Malagueños alike. That’s because this […]
10 January 2022

La Farola de Málaga lighthouse

The sea, and especially the port, have always played an important role in the city of Malaga and one of its major symbols is La Farola lighthouse, located in Muelle Uno. La Farola was designed by the naval brigadier, Naval Engineer and Port Director, Joaquín M.ª Pery y Guzmán and […]
4 January 2022

Día de Reyes: The Three Wise Men arrive bearing gifts

The Christmas festivities in Spain don’t officially come to a close until January 6th when Los Reyes Magos (the Three Kings or Wise Men) come from the East bearing gifts. It’s a national holiday in Spain (yes, another!) and is definitely the most popular among children. Across the country, towns […]
30 November 2021

Playa de Guadalmar

Guadalmar Beach is located on the far western side of Malaga city, between the Guadalmar estate and golf course and the Guadalhorce river estuary. For this reason this is a protected area of high environmental value, inhabited by a number of species of birds migrating between Europe and Africa. Guadalmar […]
30 November 2021

La Fábrica – Craft Brewery by Cruzcampo

If you’re a fan of beer, and especially craft beer, La Fábrica is a must for any trip to Malaga. With capacity for up to 450 people, this craft microbrewery, in the heart of the fashionable Soho district (just off the main Alameda), is vast (1,200 m2 divided into different […]
30 November 2021

Dewe Málaga

In the quiet Calle San Juan, there’s a shop that’s hard to miss, thanks to its bright lighting and striking pieces in the window display. If you’re looking for new trainers or the latest in street wear, Dewe Málaga is definitely worth checking out – if only for the distinctive […]
22 November 2021

Café con Libros

This lovely little bar is exactly what it says on the tin: café con libros. (Or ‘cafe with books’… but we didn’t need to tell you that, right? 😉 ) Complete with a living room vibe and a library, this is a cozy little spot for when the temperature starts […]
9 November 2021

Mosaico Vintage

Looking for a new look? Or at least one that you won’t find in Zara or H&M? Then head to Mosaico Vintage. You’re sure to find a bargain here at this vintage second-hand shop, tucked away on a little side street between Calle Nueva and Calle Larios. It’s a small […]
5 November 2021

Sabor a Nápoles

Fancy a light bite? An after-work Aperol spritz? Or a full sit-down dinner? Whatever you fancy, Sabor a Nápoles is a worthwhile stop. This unassuming tiny eatery, close to Malagueta beach, has just a few inside tables. If you’re lucky enough to get one, soak up the Napolitan vibes and […]
13 October 2021

Playa de la Misericordia / Playa de Huelin

If you head west from Malaga’s historic centre, you will arrive in Huelin, one of the old industrial areas of the city, not often frequented by tourists. Huelin beach (Playa de Huelin) begins shortly after the end of the industrial part of the port, then continues west until it becomes […]
12 October 2021

Playa Peñón del Cuervo

On the eastern edge of Malaga, just before the boundary with La Cala del Moral, is one of the city’s hidden gems: Playa del Peñón del Cuervo. It’s a small, picturesque beach which stands out thanks to a large rock formation which divides it in two. Despite being relatively secluded […]
12 October 2021

October 12th: Día de la Hispanidad, Spain’s controversial National Day

October 12th marks the Fiesta Nacional of Spain, a national holiday that commemorates the exact date when Christopher Columbus first set foot in the Americas in 1492. Previously known as Día de la Hispanidad (or Hispanic Day), this is one of Spain’s two biggest national holidays (along with Constitution Day […]
12 October 2021

llaollao

This quirkily named brand has quickly taken over Spain with its healthy and tasty yoghurt ice creams. Made with skimmed milk, and combined with quality toppings including fresh seasonal fruits, cereals and delicious sauces, llaollao claims to offer up to 11,300 possible combinations. Thanks to the fact that it is […]
27 August 2021

Parador de Málaga Gibralfaro

Surrounded by pine trees atop the Gibralfaro mountain (beside the fortress of the same name), is the Parador de Málaga. Paradores de Turismo de España is a chain of state-run Spanish luxury hotels, founded by Alfonso XIII as a means to promote tourism in Spain, with the first hotel opening […]
16 August 2021

What causes the ‘taró’ fog that closes Malaga’s beaches every summer?

If you’ve been in Malaga in the summer, you’re quite likely to have experienced ‘el taró‘. Taró is a type of dense fog or mist that is especially common between Malaga and Ceuta during August, producing a notable drop in temperature – up between 4 and 5 °C. However, unlike […]
15 August 2021

Muelle Uno – Malaga port

Where to start with Muelle Uno? This part of Malaga port has undergone a thorough regeneration in the past decade, opening up to the public and becoming an all-round leisure space. Take a stroll through the marina and you will come across various shops (and occasionally markets), bars, restaurants, ice […]
15 August 2021

La Caleta

Head east from La Malagueta and you will reach La Caleta beach. As it is slightly further from the centre, this beach is a lot cleaner, a lot less crowded and is frequented more by locals. What’s more, there are a lot more beach bars here serving food and drinking […]
15 August 2021

La Malagueta

As La Malagueta beach is the closest to the city centre and most easily accessible, you’ll primarily find tourists or other guiris here topping up their tans or playing beach sports such as volleyball. Located just at the end of the Muelle Uno promenade and close to the bullring, this […]
15 August 2021

Baños del Carmen

Baños del Carmen is the name given to the beach and the area located just to the west of the old fishing village Pedregalejo. Though the beach itself is quite small and can get very busy in the summer, there’s a good reason for that. From there you can see […]
15 August 2021

El Balneario

El Balneario has to be Malaga’s most iconic bar and restaurant. Poking out from the seafront, at Baños del Carmen, just as Pedregalejo begins, punters get unparalleled views of the Bay of Malaga (and the occasional dolphin!). Enjoy the holiday, seaside vibes with a beer, copa or cocktail, day or […]
15 August 2021

La Flor Negra

La Flor Negra may describe itself as a delicatessen, but it offers a hybrid of French patisserie and Italian cuisine. Throughout the day, this open kitchen (which is a delight to watch) has something to satisfy every craving. The breakfast menu includes a coffee, a loaded toast and an orange […]
15 August 2021

DESAL CAFÉ – Brunch & Juices

DESAL CAFÉ does breakfast, brunch and natural juices – and very well. This café might be small but you can’t miss it thanks to the dazzling neon sign on the front which immediately attracts your attention. Once inside, the plant-filled interior and friendly staff will make sure you don’t want […]
14 August 2021

Renting an apartment in Malaga

Just arrived? You’ll need to find somewhere to live! With Malaga forging a strong reputation abroad, and the Covid pandemic, it’s trickier than ever to find an apartment or house that meets your needs – especially in the city centre. Prices have gone up a lot, especially with an increasing […]
14 August 2021

Cónico

Cónico is always a safe bet for a good ice cream, whether at their branch just off Plaza de la Constitución or in the port at Muelle Uno. This place renowned for its quirky, more imaginative flavours, such as Candy Floss, Bounty and even Whatsapp and Facebook! They also cater […]
14 August 2021

Mia Coffee House

Mia Coffee House may be small but it has plenty to offer. The pastries and cakes made by Mia herself (with gluten-free options) make a superb complement to their outstanding coffee (some say it is the best in Malaga). Located centrally in the Entorno Thyssen, take away your cup of […]
13 August 2021

Dulces Dreams

Walking through the Entorno Thyssen, past the Church of the Sainted Martyrs, you can’t fail to notice Dulces Dreams. This “boutique hostel and café gallery” entices you in with a mix of colourful chairs and couches. Once inside, its menu will keep you there – with items ideal for breakfast, […]
11 August 2021

Mapas y Compañía

Just passing through the doors of Mapas y Compañía is like embarking on a journey. And that’s exactly the idea. This bookshop is filled wall to wall with maps and globes in all styles and colours and is bound to stir up a feeling of wanderlust. According to Mapas y […]
11 August 2021

Te-Piko

Te-Piko is a great little bar to hang out at during any part of the day. With an outdoor terrace on the charming Plaza Enrique García-Herrera, this is a great spot to people watch, drink and have a nibble. Come by at breakfast time and tuck into a fresh baguette […]
11 August 2021

El Diamante

This unassuming back-street bar does a basic breakfast – and does it well. They’ve been doing it for a long time, too. Since 1949, in fact. In truth not much has changed since then. All the interior furniture and even the majority of the glasses, plates and other items are […]
11 August 2021

Taberna Cofrade Las Merchanas

You can’t get much more Malaga than this! With wall-to-wall Semana Santa photos, statues, posters and sculptures, there is certainly no escaping the fact that you’re in Spain. Always packed full with locals, you will struggle to find a seat unless you go at ‘guiri’ time (before 8pm). A great place […]
11 August 2021

Veganized Non Toxic Fashion

Veganized is a fashion store like no other in Malaga. It was started by a couple, Melanie and Ulrich, who have one objective: to play an active part in the creation of a more sustainable world. “We have seen that a lot of people are looking for alternatives to mass […]
10 August 2021

Gyms in the centre of Malaga

If you’ve chosen Malaga for your new home, you’re probably going to need somewhere to burn off those newly developed excesses you’ve acquired (especially if you want that beach bod!) There are plenty of gyms to choose from in the city but, as you might expect because of their dimensions, […]
10 August 2021

Malaga’s sport city: Ciudad Deportiva de Carranque

“City” is no an exaggeration when it comes to the Ciudad Deportiva de Carranque. This sports complex is enormous! In fact, this elite level facility is used by local amateur and pro athletes but it’s also open to the general public. It’s ideal for those who want to get a […]
9 August 2021

Entorno Thyssen

The arrival of the Museo Carmen Thyssen Málaga has also coincided with the regeneration of its surrounding area, known as the ‘entorno Thyssen’. In the museum’s own words: “The Museo Carmen Thyssen has been crucial for the revitalization and recovery of this part of the city, an environment that has […]
8 August 2021

COCCO Beauty

‘Centres of Cosmetic Care & Organic Beauty’. That’s what the letters in COCCO Beauty stand for. Though they specialise in a wide range of manicures (gel nails, acrylic nails, decorations…), this now long-established chain of salons also does pedicures, eyelashes and various spa treatments. Either show up on the day […]
8 August 2021

Santa Coffee

Santa Coffee (formerly Santa Canela) struck upon a winning formula when they opened their first café in the Soho district. With Malaga life lived almost entirely outside, they converted the small indoor space into a special coffee lab and roastery where they make sure to meet the highest standards of […]
8 August 2021

El Pimpi

No trip to Malaga is complete without a visit to El Pimpi. The restaurant-bodega features in all of the guide books and ‘top 10s’ you can imagine, mostly because it’s a Malaga institution with an unparalleled location (and superb outside terrace with views of the Alcazaba), but also because standards […]
8 August 2021

Hammam Al Ándalus Málaga

It’s hard to describe the Hammam Al Ándalus experience… but you’ll certainly come out of there feeling much more relaxed than when you went in! This unexpected oasis of calm, right in the city centre, is particularly welcoming after a long day taking in the sights of the city. The […]
6 August 2021

Casa Aranda

Casa Aranda is one of Malaga’s ‘churrerías’ par excellence. (Frespañol anyone?!) Established almost 90 years ago, this historic café has two branches in the historic centre, both relatively close to each other. Its exceptional quality and location, teamed with local prices, means that all these years later it is still very […]