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 […]
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

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 […]
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 […]
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

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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
05/05/2018

Heladería Cremade

For those craving something sweet after a walk by the sea in Pedregalejo, Heladería Cremade will have you covered. Boasting more than 25 different ice cream flavours to choose from as well as sundaes, iced juices and other desserts, Cremade has been in business since 1970, with the shop now […]
05/05/2018

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 […]
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. […]
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 […]
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. […]
18/06/2017

Las Merchanas

You can’t get much more Málaga 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 […]
18/06/2017

Museo del Vidrio y Cristal

The Museo del Vidrio y Cristal de Málaga (The Malaga Museum of Glass and Crystal) is one of the city’s hidden treasures, tucked away in the backstreets of the San Felipe Neri district of the city. Located in a carefully-restored 18th-century town house,  each room chronicles the history of mankind through […]
05/06/2017

Picasso’s birthplace

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. Nowadays, the […]
16/12/2016

The 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 […]
08/12/2016

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 […]
08/12/2016

Registering with social security

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. There are a number of social security (‘seguridad social’) offices close to the centre, but if you live in or […]
25/09/2016

Alcazaba

La Alcazaba is one of Málaga’s most popular landmarks, and 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 756-780AD. It was then rebuilt by the Sultan of Granada, Badis Al-Ziri from 1057-1063AD which much […]
24/09/2016

Castillo de Gibralfaro

One of the stand-out emblems of not only the city (it is on both Malaga city and province’s seal and flag), but on the Málaga skyline is the magnificent Castillo de Gibralfaro. Dating from the 10th century, it overlooks the city and the port. This is the newer (and higher) […]
24/09/2016

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) whose permanent exhibition documents the history of the city from as far as the fifteenth century and […]
23/09/2016

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. The museum occupies the old Mesón de la Victoria, a 17th century former inn on the bank of the Guadalmedina river, which has been classified […]
21/09/2016

Museo Picasso Málaga

Set deep among the narrow streets of the former Jewish quarter (judería) is the Buenavista Palace (‘El Palacio de los Condes de Buenavista’), built in the first half of the 16th century on the ruins of a Nasrid palace, not far from Malaga cathedral. Declared a ‘Property of Cultural Interest’ […]