16 September 2022

HELAS – Restaurante Griego

If you fancy swapping the Alboran for the Aegean, HELAS – Restaurante Griego is an excellent option. Run by a Greek couple who moved their operation from Seville, this quiet little back-alley restaurant very quickly fills up the street every evening with diners who wish to make the most of […]
5 September 2022

Noviembre Healthy Food

At Noviembre Healthy Food, the name says it all, right? Located on the bustling Calle Álamos, close to Plaza de la Merced, Noviembre is a charming restaurant with interior design inspired by the hippy havens of Bali, Ibiza and Tarifa. Its cafe-style menu is full of dishes made from fresh, […]
5 September 2022

Ñanduti by Dora Ortiz

Ñanduti by Dora Ortiz is a little, hidden treasure in the El Perchel area on the western side of the river in Malaga. This charming establishment, located close to the Puente del Carmen, is a mecca for lovers of pastry and anything sweet. “We only use top-quality ingredients and make […]
5 September 2022

Pizzamore

That’s amore! Voted the best pizza place in Malaga in 2019, Pizzamore is a safe bet for an evening meal or a takeaway night-in. Located just around the corner from Plaza de la Merced, Pizzamore can be easily reached from anywhere within the Historic Centre. The menu has a vast […]
3 September 2022

Fiel de Fechos

This place is a feast both for the stomach and the eyes. Fiel de Fechos, tucked away in a small side street between the Cathedral and the bustling Calle Granada, can only be described in one way: spectacular. Roses on the ceiling invite you in, then bright lights and zany […]
30 August 2022

Malaga Fashion Week – Pasarela Larios

Malaga Fashion Week takes over the city centre for a weekend every September. This now yearly event brings together fashion designers from all across the continent, with almost a hundred international models showcasing designs by major names, albeit with a special focus on local designers such as Rafael Urquízar, Sandra […]
30 August 2022

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 now has two locations, one close to Malagueta beach and another on Calle Victoria. With just a few inside tables, if you’re lucky […]
1 August 2022

Feria de Málaga

Anyone who has been in Andalucía will have heard about the Feria de Málaga – the largest summer fair in southern Europe. This week-long party, which happens in the middle of August, brings normal city life to a stand-still. If you need to run errands, forget it. A five-minute walk will […]
25 June 2022

How to get a NIE in Malaga

If you’re not Spanish and you’re planning on staying in Spain long term, the chances are that you will need a Número de Identidad de Extranjeros (known most commonly as a NIE). Why do I need a NIE? To get practically anything done in Spain, you need an identification number. […]
5 June 2022

Noche de San Juan

On the night of 23 June every year the Malaga coast is lit up, both literally and metaphorically, as thousands of people head to the beaches to enjoy the Noche de San Juan (Saint John’s Eve). This festival, which marks the beginning of the summer, is full of pagan rituals centred […]
2 June 2022

Plaza Mayor / McArthurGlen Designer Outlet

Plaza Mayor was already enormous, but now thanks to the addition of the McArthurGlen Designer Outlet, even the most serious shopaholic couldn’t ask for more. This out-of-town shopping and leisure complex is the biggest in Malaga city and is close to both the airport and Guadalmar. It’s a mostly outdoor […]
1 June 2022

The Place Soho

If you’re going for a complete change of look, head to The Place – a one-stop shop in the fashionable Soho district. Comprising the Art-Shampop hairdressers, the My Life Tattoo parlour and the Disaster Street Wear clothing shop, you will find some of Malaga’s most alternative-looking people in here for […]
1 June 2022

Mercado de Salamanca

It’s been a long time coming but the Mercado de Salamanca is back – and is looking great. This 1920s food market in the El Molinillo neighbourhood, just north of the Historic Centre, has undergone a complete renovation, maintaining its unique neo-Arab architecture. This is, unlike Atarazanas market, very much […]
1 June 2022

Museo de la Imaginación (Imagination Museum)

The Museo de la Imaginación is a place where everyone gets the chance to feel like a child again. Tucked away in the Soho neighbourhood is this unconventional museum that combines science and education with entertainment and in which you can plunge headfirst into the world of illusions. Don’t forget […]
31 May 2022

La Térmica

La Térmica describes itself as “a centre for contemporary cultural creation and production”. This means that it accommodates all forms of artistic expression, from the performing arts to fashion, cinema, plastic arts, music, design, architecture, urban planning, landscaping and thought. As it is managed by the Diputación provincial government, La […]
31 May 2022

Museo Automovilístico de Málaga (Car Museum)

It’s difficult to find anything like the Malaga Automobile and Fashion Museum. This extraordinary private collection, across 6,000 square metres of exhibition space, boasts almost a hundred beautifully restored and exclusive vehicles (some of which date back to the 19th century), upholstered in ostrich and mink fur, or precious woods, […]
31 May 2022

Teatro Romano de Málaga (Roman Theatre)

Located at the foot of the Alcazaba on the ornate Calle Alcazabilla, are the remains of Malaga’s Roman Theatre (teatro romano). Dating from the early years of the Roman Empire, like Ancient Greek theatres its design makes use of the hillside for the tiered seating. A large part of the […]
31 May 2022

La Malagueta bullring

La Malagueta bullring may be one of the most emblematic buildings in Malaga, but it’s not actually all that old. It was officially opened to the public on 11 June 1876 with a fight involving the legendary Rafael Molina “Lagartijo”. The building itself was designed in neo-Mudéjar style by Joaquín […]
31 May 2022

Parque de Málaga

There aren’t many designated green spaces in Malaga city centre, but around the Paseo del Parque are several all in one spot. The Parque de Málaga, sandwiched between the 25-metre-wide central boulevard of the Paseo del Parque (an extension of the Alameda Principal) and the Paseo de los Curas, is […]
31 May 2022

Cercanías Málaga train service

The Malaga Cercanías train service is a 70-kilometre network which connects Malaga city centre to Malaga-Costa del Sol Airport and various major towns in the province, such as Torremolinos, Benalmádena and Fuengirola. It has two lines (C-1 and C-2) and 24 stations in operation. C-1: Malaga – Airport – Fuengirola […]
28 May 2022

La Despensa de Iñaki

La Despensa de Iñaki is the younger cousin of the legendary Asador Iñaki. This gourmet deli now occupies the premises of the former restaurant which at the time was a sort of improvised street-side dining room. Now, having gained enormous popularity, Asador Iñaki has moved to the parallel Calle Ayala […]
27 May 2022

Velvet Club Málaga

What was once a legendary concert hall in Malaga has in recent times moved from Calle Comedias and converted itself into an alternative bar on the parallel Calle Convalecientes. With rock, indie and funk vibes, that concert hall past is still maintained with regular live music shows and DJ sessions […]
25 May 2022

Alcazaba de Málaga

La Alcazaba is one of Malaga’s most distinctive landmarks. This fortress palace, whose name in Arabic means citadel, overlooks the city from a hilltop. It was first constructed on the ruins of a Roman fortification during the reign of Abd-al-Rahman I around 756 to 780AD. It was then rebuilt by […]
23 May 2022

Colección del Museo Ruso (Russian Museum)

In 2015, the Colección del Museo Ruso, a branch of the Russian State Museum of Saint Petersburg, chose Malaga as a destination to increase its already significant global footprint – and it’s not hard to see why. Housed in the outskirts of the city in the Huelín district, until early […]
23 May 2022

CAC Málaga

For modern art aficionados, the Contemporary Art Centre (CAC Málaga) is an essential part of any itinerary. Located next to the river and the Centro Alameda Cercanías station, in the increasingly fashionable Soho district, the CAC has housed some of the most current artists in the world, including works by […]
21 May 2022

Museo Picasso Málaga

The Museo Picasso is, without doubt, one of the most popular attractions in Malaga. This museum, dedicated to the work and life of Pablo Picasso, Malaga’s most famous citizen, is located in the narrow streets of the former Jewish quarter (judería) in the Buenavista Palace (El Palacio de los Condes de […]
18 May 2022

Museo del Vidrio y Cristal de Málaga (Glass Museum)

The Museo del Vidrio y Cristal de Málaga is certainly one of Malaga’s biggest hidden treasures. The Glass Museum is tucked away in the backstreets of the San Felipe Neri district of the city, in a carefully restored 18th-century townhouse, actually lived in by the owners of the collection. It […]
11 May 2022

Noche en Blanco de Málaga

Over 200 different events, including free access to museums, art galleries, concerts and theatres are scheduled every year for the annual ‘Noche en Blanco’ (White Night). There is always a special ambience around the city as many cultural institutions, normally shut in the evenings, open up their doors to the […]
8 May 2022

The Shakespeare

English-style pub in the heart of Malaga, The Shakespeare is a hub for expat activity. Run by Peter Edgerton, musician and writer, there is a strong sense of community here. Right in the centre of Malaga, just off Plaza de la Constitución, there is always something going on with a […]
8 May 2022

Registering and getting a Social Security number in Malaga

Registering with Seguridad Social (social security) is another essential step for anyone who would like to stay long term in Malaga, get a job and have access to free healthcare. You require a social security number for any work contract in order to start working legitimately and to begin making […]
5 May 2022

Terra Mía

They describe themselves as ‘101% Napolitan’ so, for that reason alone, you know that the food at Terra Mía is going to be great! Proof of this is that Terra Mia was the winner of the 1st Tutti Pizza Competition organised by local newspaper SUR’s gastronomy supplement, Málaga en la […]
5 May 2022

Fundación Pablo Ruiz Picasso / Museo Casa Natal

You don’t have to walk far from the Picasso Museum to find Plaza de la Merced, a romantic square in which, at the end of the row of houses on the north side you can find number 15, where the man himself, Pablo Ruiz y Picasso, was born in 1881. […]
4 May 2022

Centre Pompidou Malaga

The jewel in the crown of Malaga’s cultural scene. This is the first “pop-up” of the Paris-based cultural centre, the Centre Pompidou, to be based outside France. Focused on contemporary art, the Centre Pompidou Malaga is located in the Muelle Uno complex, a space dedicated to high-quality leisure, where the […]
21 April 2022

Revello de Toro Museum

In what was once the home of sculptor Pedro de Mena is now the Museo Revello de Toro, a museum dedicated to the great Malaga-born portrait painter and figurative artist. It first opened its doors in 2010 and houses six exhibition spaces. In the first and second are the Félix […]
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, […]
8 April 2022

Accessing public healthcare in Andalucía

If you have both your NIE and social security number – and you are in work – then you are entitled to free healthcare in Spain. There are a number of health centres (or ‘centros de salud’) in the centre but it is important that you go to the one […]
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 brewpub 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 […]
24 February 2022

Castillo de Gibralfaro (Gibralfaro castle)

The magnificent Gibralfaro castle is one of the stand-out emblems of Malaga. Not only does it appear on both the city and province’s seal and flag, but it dominates the Malaga skyline too. The hill on which the Gibralfaro is located forms part of the Montes de Málaga mountain range. […]
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 […]