8 December 2016

Calle Larios

Malaga’s iconic main street. Now pedestrianised, this is the busiest part of the city and home to some of the best shops. All of the major international chains which want a store in Malaga are all vying for a spot on Calle Larios. There is something for all budgets with […]
5 May 2018

Pedregalejo

On a sunny weekend afternoon, there is no better place to see how malagueños enjoy themselves than the charming fishing village of Pedregalejo. The seafront is jam packed with restaurants and bars, and attracts all types of people, from families with children enjoying a meal out to groups of young […]
14 July 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 […]
25 September 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) […]
4 July 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 […]
6 July 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 […]
24 September 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 […]
29 September 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 […]
11 October 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 […]
8 January 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 […]
9 January 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). […]
1 May 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 […]
10 May 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 […]
17 June 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 […]
22 June 2021

Museo Carmen Thyssen Málaga

In another building of great historic importance is the magnificently restored Carmen Thyssen museum, just off Plaza de la Constitución. It 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 […]
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 […]
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

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 […]
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 […]
9 August 2021

Iglesia de Sagrado Corazón (Church of the Sacred Heart)

La Iglesia de Sagrado Corazón (Church of the Sacred Heart) is *not* the Cathedral! To the untrained eye this ornate neo-Gothic church, right in the city centre, close to the Thyssen museum and Plaza de la Constitución, ticks all the boxes to be the cathedral. But, alas, it isn’t. It’s much […]
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 […]
11 August 2021

Bioshop El Cambio

What was once just a small shop on Calle Compañía, El Cambio has grown to become a large supermarket on Calle Carretería with a large selection of vegan and ecological products. The self-proclaimed “vegan and organic supermarket with most variety in Malaga” was conceived with the “understanding that we are […]
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 […]
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

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

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

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 drink […]
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 […]
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 […]
15 September 2021

Sweety Nails

In need of a quick fix-up for your nails? Pop into Sweety Nails, right in the city centre, in the Entorno Thyssen. If time’s of the essence, this tiny side-street salon can, more often than not, do walk-ins. This Chinese-run shop is filled with beauty products, nail polish and Oriental decorations. […]
23 September 2021

Museo de Artes y Costumbres Populares

Whoever wants to gain a better understanding of the customs and traditions of the region has to visit the Museo de Artes y Costumbres Populares (Museum of Arts and Popular Customs). The museum occupies the old Mesón de la Victoria, a 17th-century former inn on the bank of the Guadalmedina […]
24 September 2021

Municipal Heritage Museum (MUPAM)

In the Paseo del Parque, and at the foot of the city’s iconic Alcazaba, a palatial fortification built by the Hammudid dynasty in the early 11th century, is the Municipal Heritage Museum (MUPAM). Its permanent exhibition documents the history of the city from as far back as the 15th century. […]
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

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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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

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 […]
16 December 2021

Museo de Málaga / Museum of Malaga

As if we didn’t have enough in the ‘Museum City’, we’ve been gifted one more. The Museum of Malaga reopened on 12 December 2016, nearly two decades after it closed. Located in the city’s old customs house (la Aduana), a stone’s throw from the teatro romano, this museum brings together […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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. […]
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 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

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

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 […]
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, […]