17/06/2021

Mercado Atarazanas central food market

Whether you’re a tourist or you’re looking for an alternative to a supermarket for your weekly groceries, the perfect place to discover Andalusian gastronomy is at the Atarazanas central market. Open every morning (except Sunday), this food market boasts over a hundred stalls, primarily owned by local families passed on […]
05/06/2021

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 […]
30/05/2021

Atarazanas market, a former Arab shipyard

Nowadays, Atarazanas is a marketplace and a major hub of activity in Malaga city centre. However, that wasn’t always the case. In fact, when it was first built in the 14th century, the city was very different. Large parts as we know it today (Paseo del Parque, Muelle Uno…) were […]
14/05/2021

Málaga Plaza shopping centre

Málaga Plaza is a small shopping centre located in the El Perchel district of Malaga, just across the river from the historic centre, close to El Corte Inglés. Here, there main store is the excellent Fnac – a brilliant place to shop for electrical appliances, books, DVDs, music etc. It […]
13/05/2021

Pollos San Juan

The aroma of roast chicken fills the street surrounding the Atarazanas market, emanating from the unmistakable Pollos San Juan. Freshly cooked rotisserie chicken makes for a beautifully simple, traditional late lunch or dinner. It comes as no surprise therefore that their set chicken menus (quarter, half or a whole chicken […]
10/05/2021

Gloria Hoyos

On the up-and-coming Calle Carretería this tapas bar and restaurant can be enjoyed at any time of day, whether for brunch, a ‘menú del día’ or even an evening drink. It may be small, but the owners of Gloria Hoyos have found creative solutions to get maximum seating space, whether […]
01/05/2021
LARIOS CENTRO SHOPPING CENTRE VIEW OUTSIDE

Larios Centro shopping centre

First opened in 1996 and newly renovated in 2019, Larios Centro is the largest shopping centre in Malaga city centre. Barring the vast Plaza Mayor complex near the airport, Larios Centro provides the most comprehensive shopping experience under one roof in Malaga. Split between two floors, there is a wide […]
30/03/2021

La Peregrina Centro

Located in the centre of Malaga, just off Plaza de la Merced, La Peregrina is a great spot for a quick lunch or a light snack. With a conch on its logo, it’s clear that this simple eatery, with a few small tables with bar stools, specialises in fish and […]
30/03/2021

El Último Mono Juice & Coffee

Now at an all-new location, tucked down a narrow alley just off Calle Nueva, El Último Mono juice bar is the perfect place to get a healthy dose of sugar. Whether you are just getting your day started or nursing a hangover, take your pick from the vast menu of […]
01/02/2021

Recyclo Bike Café

This quirky bike shop, which doubles up as a restaurant and bar, is a big favourite in Malaga. Located on the bustling Plaza Enrique García-Herrera, it is a convenient meeting place as it is both in the city centre and close to all the bus stops and train stations. Its outdoor terrace […]
09/01/2021

Malaga Cathedral, the ‘one-armed lady’

Malaga Cathedral, officially called the Santa Iglesia Catedral Basílica de la Encarnación, is synonymous with the city, not only because it is visible from practically anywhere, but because of its main distinguishing feature – its single tower. For this reason, the cathedral is colloquially known as La Manquita (one-armed lady). […]
08/01/2021

La Concepción botanical gardens

Malaga’s Botanical Gardens, just a 15-minute drive from the historic centre, is the perfect escape from the hustle and bustle of city life. When visiting this green oasis, spread across a magnificent three-hectare plot, you can scarcely believe you’re in a major city. You are immediately immersed into an almost […]
11/10/2020

El Tapeo del Soho

From the outside, El Tapeo del Soho looks like any other generic Spanish tapa restaurant. Inside the kitchen, however, it’s a different story. The menu is a real mix of Spanish and other international dishes, but what really stands out is the Lebanese section. You have to try the fried […]
11/10/2020

Málaga Bici bicycle rental service

Cycling in Malaga is a growing trend and as with most major European cities, Malaga now has an expanding network of cycle lanes, as well as its own public hop-on-hop-off bicycle rental scheme – Málaga Bici. Given the process required to sign up, this is probably not the best option […]
11/10/2020

Asador Iñaki

If you like your meat, and you like it cooked to perfection, this place is well worth the venture out of the centre for. The new Asador Iñaki is always packed to the rafters – and for good reason. The friendly and helpful waiters will help pick out the right […]
11/10/2020

Getting around Malaga by bicycle

While cycling is still a relatively new way of getting around in Malaga city, more and more bicycles are visible on the city’s streets every day. The city hall has made enormous progress in this regard and the city now boasts 44 kilometres of cycle lanes, as well as a […]
29/09/2020
la terraza de san juan view of terrace

La Terraza de San Juan rooftop bar

La Terraza de San Juan is a rooftop bar with a lot to offer – above all excellent views of the mountains. This hotel bar, which opened in 2017, is on the fifth floor of the swanky Hotel Malaga Premium and is (quite literally) within touching distance of San Juan […]
24/09/2020

K-Tuin, Apple store

It was exciting news for all Apple addicts when Málaga was chosen as the location for K-Tuin’s first store in Andalucía. It was also quite a surprise when it closed up on Calle Nueva. However, there’s good news. If you want to get your hands on the latest iPhones or […]
03/08/2020

Getting the bus in Malaga

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 […]
06/07/2020
Mercado El Carmen Malaga

Mercado El Carmen fresh food market

The El Carmen fresh food market, located across the river from the city centre, close to María Zambrano train station, is known for its excellent quality fresh fish and seafood. However, there is also a wide selection of other foods available, whether fruits and vegetables, meat, artisan bread, spices and […]
04/07/2020

How to survive the Terral

The Terral is coming… Are you prepared?! Temperatures around 40 degrees might sound like heaven, but this dry wind makes for an especially unpleasant time so it doesn’t hurt to be prepared. Keep your house cool There won’t be much respite outside, so make sure your home is Terral-proof by […]
04/07/2020

The (in)famous Terral wind

If you’ve been in Malaga during the summer, the chances are that you’ve experienced the dreaded Terral. Temperatures shoot up and the dry heat makes it feel like you’re in an oven. But what is it exactly? Many think, given Malaga’s proximity to Africa, that this is a phenomenon that […]
04/07/2020

What’s so ‘noble’ about the Hospital Noble?

If you’ve lived in Malaga for some time, you’ll have passed this building hundreds of times. Located beside the Fuente de las Tres Gracias roundabout, from which you can get spectacular views of the Alcazaba, is the Hospital Noble. You’ve probably never been inside because these days the building houses […]
04/07/2020

What’s the story behind the obelisk in Plaza de la Merced?

Anyone who has visited Plaza de la Merced will have doubtless spotted the enormous obelisk placed right in its centre. But very few will actually know what it’s for. You may be surprised to find out that this is actually a mass grave. It contains General José María de Torrijos […]
04/07/2020

Why is there a ‘German bridge’ in Malaga?

Anyone crossing the Guadalmedina river, heading from the city centre out west, is likely to have crossed the Puente de los Alemanes (Bridge of the Germans). But have you ever wondered how it got its name? The story begins on 16 December 1900, when a frigate belonging to the Imperial […]
04/07/2020

The English Cemetery

When Catholic Monarchs Ferdinand and Isabella swept into Malaga in 1487, they converted the city into a bastion of Roman Catholicism. However, about three and a half centuries later, the city looked rather different. It had become a major port and centre of industry and non-Catholics were playing a vital […]
08/06/2020

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. With events including live music and sport, pub quizzes and language exchanges, there is always something going on with a […]
08/12/2019

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 that corresponds […]
01/11/2019

Why does Malaga Airport have the code AGP?

If you’re a frequent flyer, you’ll be familiar with the concept of airport codes. Normally they are based on the letters of the city’s name. For example, AMS is Amsterdam, Madrid is MAD, Barcelona is BCN, Brussels is BRU… So why then is Malaga AGP? It really doesn’t follow any […]
16/10/2019

Malapizza Pizzeria

For our money, this is by far the best takeaway pizza restaurant in Malaga. (There are seats to eat in, but you wouldn’t want to take a date there, put it that way…) A vast selection of authentic Italian pizzas, snacks, desserts and beers occupy the menu, whether you fancy […]
14/10/2019

Out-of-hours healthcare

Not all medical issues can wait. In fact, a lot of them happen at the most inconvenient times. Luckily, there are a number of medical centres (‘centros de salud’) which are open in the evenings and at weekends. Of course, arriving without an appointment, you are likely to have to […]
25/09/2019

Plaza de la Merced

  This beautiful square is a must-see for so many different reasons. Firstly, Plaza de la Merced is the birthplace of none other than Pablo Picasso. Málaga’s most famous son was born in the house on the most north-westerly corner, which has now been converted into Casa Natal (birth house) […]
22/09/2019

Museo Carmen Thyssen Málaga

In another building of great historic importance is the magnificently restored Carmen Thyssen museum which contains a large collection of paintings which revolve around one theme – Andalucía in the eighteenth century. There are also a number of other interesting temporary exhibitions housed in the converted sixteenth-century town house, named […]
29/09/2018

NicPic

When going to NicPic, you might get a little sense of déjà-vu… Cosy interior? With mix’n’match furniture? A stylishly designed logo and menu? Isn’t this a lot like … Dulces Dreams? You’re completely right! Beneath Picnic Dreams, Dulces Dreams’ sister hostel, you find this vegetarian (with plenty of vegan options) and […]
28/09/2018

Noodles & go

Asian food, and lots of it. Prices are a bit high here but portions are enormous and will leave you plenty to take home for lunch the next day. The menu is simple, with the main dishes based around either noodles or rice, plus the meat and/or veg of your […]
01/09/2018

Pasarela Larios

The Pasarela Larios catwalk, which forms part of Malaga Fashion Week, takes over the entirety of the iconic Calle Larios and, measuring over 300 metres in length, has set the record for being the longest haute couture runway in all of Europe. This now yearly event brings together fashion designers […]
23/08/2018

Casa Mira

Casa Mira is big, and for a good reason! On a hot day, and often into the early hours of the morning, this place is packed full of people looking for a sweet cool-me-down. One reason is the vast range of tasty flavours, but the other is that Casa Mira […]
08/08/2018

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 during August, brings normal city life to a stand-still. If you need to run errands, forget it. A five-minute walk will become 45 minutes, […]
14/07/2018

El Corte Inglés

You can’t miss the massive El Corte Inglés when entering Malaga from the west up the grand Avenida de Andalucía. Nor if you’re on pretty much any rooftop in the city. Especially around Christmas time when adorned with its famous illuminations. Though not local to Malaga (it was founded in […]
05/06/2018

Fiesta de San Juan

Every 23 June, the Malaga coast, as well as pretty much anywhere else in Spain, is illuminated by blazing bonfires as thousands of people head to the beaches to enjoy the Fiesta de San Juan. At midnight, huge firework displays mark the arrival of the Feast of Saint John the […]
11/05/2018

Noche en Blanco

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 […]
05/05/2018

Café Berlin

This little German-run café provides a surprising tranquil escape from the hustle and bustle of the city centre. Located right in front of the Revello de Toro museum, and just a stone’s throw from the Museum of Malaga and the cathedral, this bar is the perfect stop-off point for a […]
04/05/2018

Getting to and from Malaga-Costa del Sol 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 between Malaga city centre and the Costa del Sol’s international airport. Train The Renfe Cercanías is the cheapest and quickest way to get between the airport and the […]
22/04/2018

Bodega El Patio

Despite being located on the touristy Calle Granada, El Patio is a good option for simple Spanish food, especially paella. Paella, normally served only to large groups or at special times, is available all day, any day here and are of excellent quality – quite possibly the only city centre […]
22/04/2018

Los Gatos

Located in the popular Plaza Uncibay, you might not spot it at first through the crowds of people either trying to squeeze in or filling the stools outside. One of the most popular restaurants in the city and for good reason: simple Spanish food done well, whether meat or fish. […]
22/04/2018

24-hour pharmacies

When the worse comes to worst and you need medication outside of normal working hours, there are a handful of options available to you in the city. There are three 24-hour pharmacies close to Malaga city centre: the most central is Farmacia Caffarena, located on the Alameda Principal at the […]
21/04/2018

El Farolito

For steak lovers, there is no better spot than Argentinean steakhouse El Farolito. With a cosy interior and a nice heated patio onto Calle Beatas, guests are made to feel welcome by a passionate team eager to find the best cut for you. Portions are generous and most come accompanied […]
10/03/2018

Semana Santa

‘Semana Santa’ (Holy Week or Easter Week) is not just a religious festival, but a deep-rooted tradition stretching out to the community as a whole, and in recent decades, a tourist attraction. During this week, the city is paralysed by religious fervour. So if you’re counting on getting around without problems, […]
18/02/2018

Andalucía Day

February 28th is ‘Día de Andalucía’, a public holiday across the region and is marked by a number of events and distinctions for local personalities and organisations. The day marks the anniversary of the 1980 referendum in which the people voted for Andalucía to become an autonomous community of Spain. […]
07/01/2018

Raff

The hustle and bustle of this vibrant industrial-style restaurant is perhaps unsurprising considering the free tapas offered with every drink! Simple, almost pub food, of good quality and at reasonable prices: an international menu, with burgers, traditional ‘raciones’ (large sharing plates) and even fried rice or noodles. A great place […]