Malaga is a wonderful city located in the Costa Del Sol…a little slice of heaven in Southern Europe and the PERFECT place to be in the cool winter months. We came to Malaga for an entire month in October and it was such an awesome decision. Tapas, wine and sunshine…it doesn’t get much better than that!

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When To Go To Malaga:

Of course summer months are high seasons for tourism in Malaga, but the fall and springtime are great times to visit as there are less crowds and the weather is on point at around 70F (21C) and sunny. We came in October and the weather was so so perfect!

Where To Stay In Malaga:

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Where To Stay In Malaga Spain: Airbnb

We are always faithful users of Airbnb, because I LOVE to cook and we always have Miesha with us (our fluffy dog). Our Airbnb in the city was absolutely perfect. Perfect location, accommodating host, clean, cutely decorated and the perfect price.

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Patio 19 Hostel

Patio 19 Hostel is the perfect hostel to stay in in Malaga, Spain.
Patio 19 Hostel: Malaga, Spain

For an affordable, clean and safe hostel located right in the center of town, check out Patio 19 Hostel. They even include free breakfast in your booking.

How To Get Around Malaga:

Walking: The city is a small, walking city. The distance from the beach to the center of town is no more than 1km.

Local Bus: The local bus system is easy to use, safe, clean and affordable.

Taxi: Taxi’s are readily available all over town and are safe, clean and affordable. A ride from the airport to the center of town are approx 20Euros and 10Euros from the train/bus station.

Renfe Train: For quick, easy transport all around the country, Renfe Train’s are the way to go, although they’re most costly than an Alsa Bus (and they don’t offer Wifi or power outlets). Renfe allows pets on board as well, for a minimal additional feel. Renfe Train Website

Alsa Coach Bus: The MOST cost affective way to travel around Spain, if you have the extra time to spare. Alsa bus is fantastic-the seats are super comfortable, the rates are affordable, and the bus has free wifi. Do note that they do not allow pets on board, so you’ll have to take the train.  Book through BusBud, a reputable website. BusBud Alsa Website

Where To Eat In Malaga:

Italian Pasta at Spago’s

Italian Pasta at Spago's in Malaga, Spain
Italian Pasta at Spago’s in Malaga, Spain
Half Pesto, Half Arrabiata Sauce: Heaven In A Bowl For 5 Euros At Spago's In Malaga, Spain
Half Pesto, Half Arrabiata Sauce: Heaven In A Bowl For 5 Euros At Spago’s In Malaga, Spain

Spago’s is a little slice of Italian heaven…never before have I been to a more budget friendly, delicious restaurant with excellent service! For 5 Euros, you can enjoy a delicious bowl of fresh, homemade Italian pasta with bread and a drink. Sergio, the manager, is one of the kindest man we’ve met in all our travels!

Tapas at El Tapeo de Cervantes

Homemade Tiramisu At El Tapeo de Cervantes In Malaga, Spain
Homemade Tiramisu At El Tapeo de Cervantes In Malaga, Spain
A trip to Malaga, Spain is not complete without going out to dinner for tapas and a bottle of wine.
Tapas at El Tapeo de Cervantes In Malaga, Spain

If you’re looking for delicious, authentic, tapas with a gorgeous setting, then look no further than El Tapeo de Cervantes. Be sure to get a seat outside and make a reservation. Also, ask for the tiramisu for dessert, it’s not on the menu but homemade by the owners mother…it’s mouthwateringly delicious!

Churros at Tejeringos Coffee

Churros are a MUST eat when visiting Malaga, Spain.
Churros at Tejeringos Coffee In Malaga, Spain

Spain is known for its tapas and churros, so be sure to stop at Tejeringo’s Coffee for coffee and dessert  or a mid-afternoon treat! They offer four different dipping sauces to choose from. You can get them all for a variety of awesome flavors!

Brunch at BrunchIt

Delicious Pancakes At BrunchIt In Malaga, Spain
Delicious Pancakes At BrunchIt In Malaga, Spain

Brunchit Malaga was our GO-TO place in the city for brunch-they have awesome breakfast (pancakes, avocado toast), and lunch (pizza, salads). The service is top notch and the restaurant is super cool and inviting.

Kebabs & Pizza 

Kebabs are a MUST eat when visiting Spain, especially after a long night out at the bar!
Kebab In Malaga, Spain

The best late night eats, or even a quick lunch, are kebabs and pizza. You can literally find them all over the city and, for 3Euros each, you can’t beat it.

Drinks at Central Beers 

The BEST draught beer in Malaga, Spain can be found at Central Beers.
Draught Beer At Central Beers In Malaga, Spain

For EXCELLENT craft beer, both bottled and draught, with a great atmosphere and service, head to Central Beers. This was our go to spot for the whole month.

Dogs In Malaga:

Miesha, Our Dog, Was Able To Go Just About Everywhere With Us In Malaga, Spain
Miesha, Our Dog, Was Able To Go Just About Everywhere With Us In Malaga, Spain

Dog Sitter

It was a bit rough trying to find a dog sitter on fb in Malaga. Luckily, our Airbnb host came through with an incredible website called ‘DogBuddy,’ which connects you to local dog walkers in the area. We were SUPER fortunate to stumble upon Virginia via Dog Buddy, a kind, gentle local, born in the city. She has an adorable, cute little chihuahua named Kissie, who doesn’t fit the stereotype of the Chihuahua (she’s super shy and kind).  For 10 Euros a day for in home dog sitting, you can’t beat the price and the service.

Transport of Dogs in Spain 

Sadly, Spain isn’t the most dog friendly country. Some restaurants don’t allow dogs, but if you sit outside, then you’ll be good to go. Luckily, the weather is quite warm, which makes sitting outside much easier to do. Dogs also aren’t allowed on the local buses or on Alsa Bus either, which was super unfortunate, so you’ll have to take the train, which is a bit more costly.

What To Do In Malaga: 

Alcazaba

View From The Top Of The Alcazaba In Malaga, Spain
View From The Top Of The Alcazaba In Malaga, Spain
Stunning Views From The Alcazaba In Malaga, Spain
Stunning Views From The Alcazaba In Malaga, Spain

The Alcazaba is situated next to a Roman amphitheater. This 11th century fortress is a MUST SEE during your visit. With incredible views of the city and, courtyards, fountains and endless hidden areas to explore, you’ll truly fall in love with the city at this location. Cost per entry is €2.20, or if you want to include Castillo de Gibralfaro, €3.40.

Castillo de Gibralfaro

Beautiful Views Of The City Of Malaga, Spain From The Castillo de Gibralfaro
Beautiful Views Of The City Of Malaga, Spain From The Castillo de Gibralfaro

Castillo de Gibralfaro is a 14th-century built castle that sits atop the hill and offers the best views of the city. Wear proper walking shoes, because the hike up the 130m high foothill is a tough one. If you have any trouble walking or hiking, it’s best to take a taxi up the hill. Cost per entry is €2.20 and it’s FREE on Sunday after 2pm

Beach & The Malagueta Sign

The Beach And Malagueta Sign Are A MUST See When Visiting Malaga, Spain
The Beach And Malagueta Sign Are A MUST See When Visiting Malaga, Spain
The Pathway Besides The Beach is Perfect For Walking, Running Or Bike Riding In Malaga, Spain
The Pathway Besides The Beach is Perfect For Walking, Running Or Bike Riding In Malaga, Spain

Malagueta Beach cannot be missed during your visit. Although the sand is not white and pristine, you can still soak in the sunshine with beautiful views of mountains behind you and the Mediterranean Sea in front. Be sure to stop by the giant Malagueta located on the beach for some great photo ops!

Malaga Cathedral 

Spain: The Beautiful Malaga Cathedral's Doors Are Unforgettable
Spain: The Beautiful Malaga Cathedral’s Doors Are Unforgettable

Malaga Cathedral is a Roman Catholic Church, located in the city center. Be sure to stick around when the clock tower strikes the hour for a beautiful serenade of church bells. Cost per entry is 5 Euros.

Picasso Statue 

The Picasso Statue Is A Must See While Visiting Malaga, Spain
The Picasso Statue Is A Must See While Visiting Malaga, Spain

Located in the center of the Plaza de Merced is a life-like bronze Pablo Picasso Statue. Picasso was born in Malaga and this statue depicts him sitting on a stone bench with a  sketchbook in his hand.  It was created at the age that Picasso left Malaga.

Nightlife at Bubbles 

The nightlife scene in Malaga is extremely alive! Most nightclubs are open until 5-7 in the morning, so you’ll have plenty of time to dance the night away. Bubbles was the most fun club we went to, as well as Sala Gol and 7 O’Clock. Be sure to get solicited by one of their employees on the street to avoid paying cover, and you’ll usually get a free drink or shot too!

Day Trips From Malaga:

Luckily, there are many nearby towns and sights in Spain with so much to see and do, which makes taking a day trip super easy!

Cordoba-Mesquita de Cordoba 

Cordoba Is A Great Day Trip From Malaga, Spain
Cordoba Is A Great Day Trip From Malaga, Spain

One of the key monuments of Spanish-Arabic architecture, the Mosque of Cordoba is only a 1 hour 20 minute train ride or 3 hour bus ride (Alsa Bus) from Malaga and is absolutely worth the commute. Be sure to arrive early and leave later, so you’ll have time to explore the city after spending a few hours at the Mosque. There is no need to purchase tickets beforehand, just go first thing in the morning. Cost per entry is €8 per person

Granada-The Alhambra

The Alhambra In Granada, Spain Is A Great Day Trip From Malaga
The Alhambra In Granada, Spain Is A Great Day Trip From Malaga

The massive, gorgeous Arabic fortress, The Alhambra, is one of the most popular sites in Spain and is accessible via bus from Malaga in just 1 hour 45 minutes (Alsa Bus). Cost per entry is €14.85 per person, which includes Nazrid Palace, Alcazaba, Gardens and Generalife. NOTE: YOU MUST PURCHASE TICKETS PRIOR TO GOING!

Caminito del Rey

The Caminito Del Rey Is a MUST Do When Coming To Southern Spain
Photo Credit: https://www.spain-holiday.com/Alora/articles/visiting-the-caminito-del-rey-malaga

60km from Malaga City is the exciting Caminito del Rey and one of the biggest regrets we have from our trip was not going on this trek. You’ll need to pre-plan your visit here ahead of time.

Ronda

A MUST See City Near Malaga Is Ronda, Spain
Photo Credit: https://www.lonelyplanet.com/spain/andalucia/ronda

Ronda is a mountain-top city and another great day trip form Malaga, as it’s located less than 2 hours by car. Sadly, we didn’t have enough time for a day trip to Ronda, but it’s on our list for our next trip!

Gym In Malaga:

If you’re looking for a great, clean gym, then Synergym Malaga Reding is the best option. Located just opposite the beach, you can get in a great workout with beautiful scenery. Do note that it is VERY busy at peak hours (evening) in the weight room, so plan accordingly and bring a towel with you (it’s required). Price is $60USD/month

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  1. I’m so happy it was resourceful for you. Malaga is surely a great destination to visit! Thank you so much for checking it out. Happy travels! 🙂

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