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About Málaga

Don't be put off by the 'airport hub' first impression and the fact that Málaga is, for many, the gateway to the Costa del Sol. At Malaga's heart is a beautiful historic centre and all the wonderful history you might expect from an old Mediterranean port city and culturally rich regional capital. There has been investment in recent years and this has seen the opening of several new museums and extensive restoration of 'the pretty bits'. Which is also where you’ll find many of the best places to stay in Málaga.

What not to Miss

  • The impressive Gothic cathedral is at the heart of the narrow pedestrianised streets of the historic centre. This is also a hub of cafes and bars - both traditional and modern. In recent years Málaga’s foodie scene has been compared not-unfavourably to Barcelona’s. The 11th century castle has a prime position overlooking everything, but wherever you’re sitting Málaga has a beautiful skyline.
  • Even the formerly industrial looking port has been rebuilt with more cruise ship appeal. There is an offshoot of the Pompidou Centre - this is the low building topped by the multicoloured cube. Inside there are works by Francis Bacon, Antoni Tàpies and Frida Kahlo. Málaga’s art collection doesn’t stop there - in fact that’s hardly the start! The main event is probably the Museo Picasso, home to an enviable 204 works by the great artist - no surprise really, seeing as this is where he was born.
  • Don’t miss visiting the basement where Roman, Islamic, Phoenician and Renaissance remains discovered while the museum was being built are displayed.
  • Málaga also has an offshoot of the Russian State Museum in St. Petersburg, the Museo Ruso de Málaga, home to an impressive collection of Russian art, both old and new.
  • When it comes to castles Málaga is also well endowed. There’s the Alcazaba, an extensively restored 11th century Moorish palace fortress and the Islamic Castillo de Gibralfaro. Just below the Alcazaba are the remains of a Roman Theatre, complete with the stage and stone step seating.
  • The market is also unmissable. Both for the building it inhabits and the fresh produce.
  • If you’re here for the sunshine the nearest beach is L Malagueta, but there are are prettier beaches along the coast to the east. The route along the coast is lined with restaurants and if you enjoy seafood you’ll be in second heaven.
  • Just outside Malaga is foodie heaven: the charming, Moorish village of Benahavis, known for its food, markets and seven golf courses.

With plenty to see and do this is a very popular spot. To be sure of a room in one of the best places to stay in Malaga be sure to plan ahead and book early.

For a City Break

  • Room Mate Larios is a lovely townhouse with a sunny outlook and a fantastic rooftop terrace and bar. It's a short stroll from all the highlights and consistently excellent.

For a Beach Break

  • The Posada del Patio is a good five star hotel close to all Málaga's highlights. It also has rooms with private balconies and a fabulous rooftop terrace and an excellent restaurant. So you have great views and great beach access.

For Families

  • The Petit Palace Plaza in central Málaga is a lovely old townhouse on a charming cobbled street, but inside its rooms are modern and brightly decorated. And its got views of the cathedral.

For an Apartment or Villa

  • If you’d prefer to stay in an apartment or private villa we recommend you visit our online partner Booking.com.

Travel Information

  • Málaga Airport is a hub airport with plenty of connections, including numerous UK airports. There’s a bus between the airport and the city which leaves every 30minutes.
  • If you want to hire a car - which we highly recommend if you’re staying in Málaga and you want to see more of the Costa del Sol - we recommend you visit our online partner Rentalcars.
  • Málaga is mild and sunny, even during December and January it’s often quite comfortable to sit outside in one of the pavement cafes. Easter in Málaga is a wonderful time to visit if you want to see the city at its best and busiest, but any time during spring or autumn is probably going to be pleasant and sunny.

Still not sure?

Best Hotels in Málaga

  • Petit Palace Plaza 66 rooms from £70

    Málaga

    A contemporary hotel in central Malaga. A townhouse building on a cobbled street with modern rooms and family rooms with white washed walls, splashes of orange, and views of the cathedral. A chic hotel that attracts couples and families.

    Families
    Sights nearby  -  Central location next to Larios Street and the Cathedral. Picasso and Thyssen-Bornemisza museums close by.
    Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
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  • Room Mate Larios 45 rooms from £78

    Málaga

    Perfectly positioned townhouse hotel with cool contemporary interiors and no frills attached. Sunlit bedrooms and suites have attractive furnishings and balconettes. Fantastic roof top terrace and trendy bar. Great value and consistently excellent.

    Views  -  Stunning city views from the rooftop terrace
    Downtown  -  Very centrally positioned.
    Sights nearby  -  Bang in the centre of town. A short walk from the Cathedral and the Picasso Museum
    Sailing  -  Can be booked nearby.
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  • Room Mate Valeria 61 rooms from £73

    Málaga

    Just a short walk from the beach, Room Mate Valeria is a stylish modern hotel in Malaga. The seaside setting is mirrored by its aquatic aesthetic with comfortable rooms decorated in bold greens and blues. Enjoy a cocktail on the terrace.

    Local markets  -  Five minutes walk from Atarazanas Market.
    Sights nearby  -  Five minutes walk from Malaga Cathedral.
    Seaside  -  Ideal for a seaside holiday.
    Romantic  -  Good for couples.
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  • Posada del Patio 106 rooms from £91

    Málaga

    A good Five Star hotel close to all the attractions. Contemporary chic rooms and suites in browns, yellows and whites with private balconies. Fantastic roof top terrace with pool, excellent restaurant and good value too. A stylish spot in the centre of Malaga.

    Views  -  Superb views over the city from the rooftop terrace
    5* Luxury  -  Very high service standards.
    Beach Life
    City Style
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  • Molina Lario 103 rooms from £140

    Málaga

    Molina Lario is a delightful hotel in the heart of Malaga. Featuring plush rooms, an atmospheric bar and stunning views out over the rooftops of the city, it's a great option for a weekend of exploring Malaga.

    Local markets  -  Five minutes walk from the Atarazanas Market.
    Sights nearby  -  A stone's throw from Malaga Cathedral.
    Lively area  -  In the thick of the action.
    Lively  -  Hip and happening.
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  • Gran Hotel Miramar 190 rooms from £217

    Málaga

    Seeped in history, this grand luxury hotel is set on pretty Malagueta beach. Combining Moorish and Andalusian finishes, with grand archways and leafy courts. Rooms are bright and modern with generous beds. Offering a wide choice of restaurants, a superb spa and a huge pool to unwind besides.

    Beach Life  -  Right by the beach in the smart Caleta area, with a seaside promenade and plenty of beach bars in easy reach
    City Style  -  Grand style meets contemporary luxe at this hotel, with full-on urban seaside grandeur
    Sights nearby  -  The Alcazaba fortress, the Roman theatre just beyond the Alcazaba and the baroque-renaissance Malaga Cathedral are all a must
    Local markets  -  Sample local produce and tapas at the covered Ataranzas Market
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