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Why fly to Malaga?
It is the cultural and historic centerpiece of the Costa del Sol.
Beautiful little Malaga has often been overlooked due to its popular beach neighbours but that has changed in recent years. It has undergone a makeover that has turned it from a sleepy little place most people just went through to a place that people now go to.
Malaga sits in the autonomous Spanish community of Andalusia and is the capital of the province of Malaga. The city sits on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea and is east of the Strait of Gibralter.
Most of the sites you will want to check out sit in the historic district that is in the center of the 12 kilometer east-west stretch that makes up the city. The Roman Theatre is in this center as is the Alcazaba, which is a fortress built under Arab rule.
Malaga is home to close to a dozen important museums including the Museo Picasso Malaga as well as the Museum of Wine and the Fine Arts and Archeology Museum. The Museum of Glass and Crystal is a particularly great one to visit as the pieces are not set behind glass cases but rather have been placed in period rooms in what would have been their natural setting in a home.
For a taste of old Malaga make the trip to Gibralfaro Castle where you can enjoy the opulent Spanish interiors of old royalty and than take the stairs to the top to appreciate the beauty that you are surrounded in.
Regardless of the time of year, Malaga weather is quite comfortable. The summers bring on the heat with numbers climbing to the top of the 20s. The winters are a little cooler but still quite balmy with temperatures in the teens.
When to fly to Malaga
Malaga is the place to go in the summer and as a result the flight tickets are on the higher end. The July and August months are particularly on the high end. The latter half of December is also a happy time to visit the city so if you want to spend your holidays there you must plan far in advance in order to avoid the the flight cost.
The late fall and winter are low travel seasons for the city and that means you can scoop up some great flight ticket fares. Check out late October and all of November for discounts. Additionally, February can also be a great time to visit becaue the weather is great and yet the tourist numbers are low (great Valentine getaway if you can pull it off).
Getting into Malaga
Your gateway into Malaga will have you landing at Malaga Airport which is located approximately 10 minutes outside of the city. From the airport you can take the train into the city or hop on a public bus. Taxis are also available outside of the airport.
Getting around Malaga
Malaga has several options for getting around town. You can take the public buses which can get you around the city center. The rail service is also an optio as it can get you out of the city if you choose to go on a day trip. Taxis are for hire as well.
- Visit the CAC Contemporary Art Center for a taste of new Malaga. The space has an international display of artists but the galleries permanent collection focuses on some of the top names in Spanish arts. You can also grab lunch at the little cafe located on site.
- The city is home to a grand Renaissance cathedral which has beautiful archways leading into a stunning interior in which the ceiling seems miles away. Only one of its facade towers is complete and with that, it has been give the moniker one-armed lady.
- If you are in Malaga during April, you may have a chance to with ness Holy Week. The city is taken over by large processions and massive floats for a full week until Easter with the predominately Roman Catholic population participating in a big way.
- You can visit Picasso's former home in Malagaa. See how[It is home to the Picasso Museum where you can find some of the artist's most interesting pieces.
- One of the best places to have lunch is by the beach where you can enjoy some freshly-caught sardines fried up next to the seaside.
- If you are in the city in August you will be treated to the sights and sounds of the Malaga Fair. Grab your dancing shoes and join in as the locals take to fits of dancing in the streets.
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