Malaga on Spain’s southern coast is a shining beacon of culture. More than just a busy port and airport hub, the city has grown to rival many with its festivals, galleries, museums and historical architecture.
No one I know ever has anything bad to say about Malaga and with a an excellent choice of accommodation you could go all out luxury with a stay at the 5 star AC Hotel Malaga Palacio which sits in a great position overlooking the harbour. It is only 10 minutes from the airport by taxi and you can get around much of Malaga on foot from here. If you are on a tighter budget there is plenty to choose from but I like to treat myself on my travels.
A visit to Museo Picasso Malaga and Carmen Thyssen Museum will quiet the mind after exploring the town centre with its great selection of designer and traditional shops. Alcazaba and Gibralfaro are two enormous citadels, remnants of Moorish rule and the Renaissance cathedral in the city attracts many visitors.
Aside from the cultural side of the city, Malaga offers all the benefits of the Costa del Sol as it is surrounded by top notch golf courses, a waterpark for the family, soft sandy beaches for the sun lovers and colourful marinas all within easy reach if you are hiring a car or using the local bus services.
From pavement cafes to swanky restaurants, nightclubs to tapas bars and cosy restaurants to glitzy bars, Malaga has it all. You can easily spend a long weekend here and not scratch the surface.
Take a food and wine tour or a paella cooking course, eat fresh sardines by the beach and simply sit in the sun people watching. The lifestyle here is laid back so taking it easy is par for the course and allows you to stretch your day out further. One visit here is never enough!
On one of my last visits in April last year we sat and enjoyed the views on a sunny balcony then drove an hour to Granada and there was snow! What other country can give you all this?