Spain is one of those country I could travel to over and over again, and never get tired of it. From Madrid to Marbella, from Rioja to Jerez, from Formentera to Bilbao and the islands of Lanzarote and Gran Canaria, there is so much culture and beauty to discover in Spain! Every region and city possesses its own unique character, just like Málaga, the capital of the Costa del Sol. A city with so much to offer, it makes the perfect destination for a weekend getaway.
How to spend a weekend in Málaga
Málaga has a wealth of cultural sites, as well as famous stretches of sand, stunning vistas, spectacular shops, and inspiring architectural sites. If you’re looking for a weekend break to escape the winter blues, a weekend away to Málaga could be just what the doctor ordered. Here are top things to explore on your weekend in Málaga.
Once you’ve touched down at the airport, make the short 14km journey in your pre-booked Malaga airport transfers transportation and head straight to your hotel to get your weekend underway.
Explore the Old Town
There’s no time to unpack so once you’ve left your luggage, head straight to the Old Town of the city. Calle Marques de Larios is the gateway to the super-trendy, yet quintessentially Andalusian old town centre of Málaga.
The wide boulevard is typical of any 17th century wealthy city. Lined with boutique designer shops, contemporary cafes, and plenty of tapas restaurants. It leads up from the port area to old Málaga’s biggest square, Plaza de la Constitución. Pick a pretty spot to enjoy a coffee, and watch the world go by.
Wander around the port
After a spot of traditional tapas, head to the stunning port for a leisurely stroll along the promenade. Used since Phoenician times (1550 BCE to 300 BCE), the harbour-front has been given a stylish makeover in recent years, including the addition of the ‘Palm Garden of Surprises’. At the far end, you’ll find the Paseo del Muelle Uno, a lively thoroughfare packed with bars and restaurants. It also leads to the Malagueta beach. If you’ve been inspired by the Picasso Museum, the Pompidou centre is home to one of the city’s most exciting art gallery and museum.
Visit the Pablo Picasso Museum
Perhaps one of Málaga’s most famous residents, the Pablo Picasso Museum pays homage to great artist. Opened in 2003 by Picasso’s daughter-in-law and grandson, the museum is situated on Calle San Agustin. With a permanent collection featuring over 200 works from every stage of Picasso’s career, it’s easy to spend hours exploring the museum.
Whether you’re an art connoisseur or simply curios, the Picasso Museum is a must visit on your whistle-stop weekend tour.
From there, the Plaza de Toros de la Malagueta is a short 10 minute walk away. The stadium was built in 1874 and was recently restored to its former glory.
Get a taste of Spanish cuisine
Málaga has some of the best restaurants and tapas bars in the country. And because it is a less touristy destination that other cities of Andalucia, such as Granada and Seville , you will find more authentic dishes at cheaper prices. Look out for tejeringos, Málaga’s own version of the famous churros: they are perfect as a breakfast option or an afternoon snack. You will find many recommendations on where to eat in Málaga in this guide.
Escape to the beach
You are in the heart of Costa del Sol, so it would be a shame not to make the most of it with a quick trip to the seaside. Málaga is located right on the coast and is surrounded by stunning stretches of sea and sand. Playa de la Malagueta is one of the most popular beaches in the city, perfect for an afternoon spent relaxing by the sea, and why not, drinking wine and eating a seafood lunch at one of the many beach shacks (chiringuitos). If you have a car, drive down the coast towards Torremolinos to find San Julian, a long beach of about 3.500 metres long, and playa de Guadalmar.
Explore an old Moorish castle
Built in the 11th century, the Alcazaba de Malaga was the stronghold of the Moorish kings. Perched on the Mount of Gibralfaro, the fortified palace offers breath-taking views of the city. It’s located right by the Museo de Málaga and the Archaeology Museum, both of which offer an insight into the life of the historic port and the important part it played in Spain’s history.
With such a short window of time, you’ll only get a glimpse of what one of the oldest Mediterranean seaports has to offer. One thing’s for certain, you’ll feel compelled to come back and delve deeper into your exploration of Málaga.
Disclaimer: this is a collaborative post.