Malaga, on Spain’s Costa del Sol, typifies everything there is to like about Andalusia and its people, it is loud, extroverted and very friendly. The birthplace of Picasso and home to fabulous Moorish architecture Malaga has left its rather dreary industrial past behind and moved rapidly into the future investing in culture, new museums and a new port. Discover the heart of Malaga wandering through the historic centre and it will gently steal into yours.
Friendly Rentals have a large range of apartments in Malaga suitable for all kinds of visitors from studios and one bedroom apartments for solo travellers exploring Malaga, romantic apartments with terrace for couples escaping for the weekend, larger apartments close to the beach for families or groups of friends, we even have villas in our portfolio with swimming pools. The majority of our apartments are centrally located and come with all the modern conveniences you have come to expect including free wifi. A Friendly Rentals apartment is the perfect alternative to an impersonal hotel.
What to Eat in Malaga
If you are looking for the authentic Malaga dining experience then you simply must go to one of the cities many tapas bars. Stand at the bar and watch how the locals go about ordering taps and dive straight in order Spanish ham, boquerones, gazpacho, sardines or calamari. The waiters piled high with plates of food shout out what they have and you simply grab a plate from them. If this sort of informal dining is not to your liking Malaga has a lot of restaurants where you can sit down an order a three course lunch or dinner whilst admiring the views of the Mediterranean.
Some of the best tapas bars and restaurants in Malaga are El Tintero which is right on the beach and offers a completely different dining experience, El Trillo which serves typical Andalusian cuisine as well as regional specialties from all over Spain and finally Manducare Restaurant which serves traditional cuisine with a contemporary twist in a privileged location.
What to see in Malaga
Malaga has an agitated past, founded by Phoenicians fought over by Romans, Moors and Christians. Each has left their imprint on the capital of the Costa del Sol. Here are few of the must see sights in Malaga
Alcazaba and Gibralfaro Castle- Built on a hill overlooking Malaga is this Moorish fort built of and on Roman ruins and lived in by Spanish Kings. Today it is one of Malaga’s most visited tourist attractions. Roman Theatre- Built during 1AD it can be found at the foot of the Alcazaba. The theatre wasn’t discovered until 1951. During summer guided tours take place in the evening.
Malaga Cathedral- Famously unfinished the Catedral de la Encarnacion is another of Malaga’s tourist attractions. It is built during the 16th and 18th centuries on the remains of an old Mosque.
Picasso Museum- Paying homage to Malaga’s favourite son this museum houses over 200 of Picasso’s works including sculptures, engravings and paintings.
There are lots more sights just waiting to be discovered in Malaga.
Shopping in Malaga
Like most Spanish cities you will be find all the popular high street chains such as Zara and Mango especially long Malaga’s principal shopping strip Calle Marques de Larios. In the surrounding streets you will find all sorts of boutiques selling speciality household items, shoes, accessories and the like. If you are looking for everything under the one roof you have several options the first being the recently opened Muelle Uno shopping centre which overlooks the port. The restaurants and bars are the perfect place to have a rest from shopping do a bit of people watching and enjoy the cool sea breeze. The second option is the Vialia shopping centre which is open everyday and includes Spain’s biggest department store El Corte Ingles.
For fresh fruit, vegetables and seafood the Atarazanas Central Market is the place to do your shopping. Built on the old Muslim shipyards it has been the site of a market since the 14th century. Apart from the excellent food on display the market building is architecturally beautiful. Most shops in Malaga are open from 9.30am-9pm some of the smaller shops close for several hours during the afternoon usually from 2pm-5pm.
Malaga with Children
Don’t be worried about there being nothing for the children to do in Malaga it is in fact an absolutely fantastic destination for the children. The beach is the perfect place to start any family holiday but if they get bored of swimming and building sandcastles you can take them to one of these kid friendly places in Malaga.
Tivoli World- A small theme park located only 25 minutes drive from the centre of Malaga. Apart from the attractions there are several shows held daily including the very popular Wild West Show.
Aqualand- In Torremolinos you can find the Costa del Sol’s biggest water park. There are more than 12 slides, a family fun pool and lots more. The children will definitely have a great time.
Marine Life Museum- Let the children discover the rich marine life in and around Malaga. They can visit the marine hospital and watch injured animals being nursed back to health and learn about how to care for the ocean and the animals that live there. A fun and educational day out for the kids in Malaga.
Of course there are plenty more activities for children in Malaga, for more information visit the Malaga Tourist Office.
Nightlife in Malaga
Going out in Malaga is very easy, all you have to open the door and start wandering the inner-city streets. The bars and restaurants will be full of people catching up with friends over some tapas and drinks at their local bar. The people of Malaga are a friendly lot so before the night is finished you will find you have made some new friends. The area around the Plaza de la Merced and Port area are the best places to go out, the streets lined with tascas, bars and discos and honestly the best thing to do is join the crowds and see where the night takes you. Some of the better clubs in Malaga are Sal Moliere, Discoteca Anden and Toulouse.
Another option for a pleasant night out in Malaga is to go to the Teatro Cervantes which has plays in Spanish plus classical music concerts and Flamenco shows featuring some of Andalusia’s most famous flamenco singers, dancers and guitarists. The season runs from September until June.
Why Rent with Friendly Rentals?
Friendly Rentals has over ten years experience in the short and medium holiday rental apartment industry. We have onsite representatives who are happy and willing to share their expert local knowledge with you. All of our apartments are inspected regularly to ensure they meet ours and your exacting standards. Let a Friendly Rentals apartment be your home away from home on your next vacation.