Car hire Malaga

Are you planning a trip to Málaga in the Andalusian region of Spain? The city welcomes with its sunny coast, water sports, heritage buildings, and gorgeous neighbouring cities and towns. While many different transport options are available, the best way to explore Málaga and its surrounding area is by hiring a car.

Looking for an affordable car hire in Málaga to discover its coast and beyond but worried about losing money or confused by the insurance excess and terms like CDW? We understand! Nothing ruins a vacation like a bad experience picking up your hire car. We started Stress Free Car Rental to compare car hire deals in Malaga, finding the best prices and offering complete transparency about insurance excess and security deposits, while also making it easy to review which options allow you to book a car rental with debit card.

When it comes to finding a cheap price for car hire, leave the negotiating to us. We work with a range of trusted car hire companies in Malaga and throughout Spain. We compare the best deals for car hire at 1000s of locations around the world.

Plan to pick up your hire car in Malaga and then head over to Portugal or France? Our prices always include details of cross border fees if you're planning to head into a different country. Be sure to check the terms or ask one of our car rental advisors if you're not sure.

Car hire with a debit card in Malaga.

Would you like to hire a car with no credit card? We make it incredibly easy to find car hire options in Malaga that accept a debit card. Just use the filter section on our website to find your debit card car rental.

We accept the full range of credit and debit cards including Amex, Visa and Mastercard. Can't find the specific payment option you're looking for? Just get in touch with one of our car rental advisors and we'll help to find something that fits your requirements perfectly.

Convertible car or SUV?

Hiring a car in Malaga is also about creating unique experiences on your trip, which is why we provide a wide variety of makes and models. Whether you are searching for a small car to drive around the Old Town, a convertible rental car to feel the wind in your hair during your drive to Gibraltar, or an SUV for a family trip – rest assured we have it covered.

Hiring a people carrier or minibus and sharing the driving? We list all of the cheapest deals including a free additional driver. It's often much cheaper to add an extra driver at the same time as you book your car rental on our website.

Looking for something special like a Mercedes, Porsche, or Range Rover to cruise around Malaga? We also compare prices on a wide range of premium vehicles.

Need help or advice?

You can always contact our experienced car hire advisors at Stress Free Car Rental who are trained to find your perfect rental. So, if you are struggling to find a car, minibus, convertible, or a people carrier that meets needs, just ping us a message via our online chat or by email.

Car hire insurance and cancellation

We want to make sure that you fully understand all of the insurance options for your rental, while also making it easy to find the excess cover and security deposit combination that meets your needs. We also understand that the car hire and insurance jargon can be daunting and frustrating so we also explain the insurance terminology every step of the way.

All of our car rentals in Malaga come with a price match guarantee. Free cancellation on your car hire is available with a full refund anytime 48 hours or more before you arrive.

When it comes to customer service, Stress Free Car Rental in Málaga are here to answer all of your questions; before you book on the website right through to when you drop off the car at the end of your journey. At Stress Free Car Rental, we're here to make your car hire in Malaga a Stress Free experience.

Some of our favourite car rental places in Malaga

Car hire Malaga Airport

We compare car hire prices for all of the brands you can trust, it's never been easier to find a car rental deal that's perfect for you at an affordable price. That's why we not only compare the cheapest deals, but we only compare companies that we know to be tried and extensively tested. Trusted car hire brands we work with at Malaga Airport include Centauro, RecordGo, Alamo, Hertz, Wiber, Thrifty and Europcar.

Navigating the airport

Most of the car hire companies we work with have a collection desk inside the terminal building. Once you have collected your luggage from the baggage claim, follow the car rental company signs inside the airport and look out for the collection desk with the logo of the car rental company you've booked with.

Most of the car rental agencies are located at Terminal 2 Basement and at Terminal 3 Ground Floor. Some maybe outside the building itself, but these companies have agencies inside the airport:

  • Hertz - Phone: +34 902 402 405
  • Goldcar Rental - Phone: +34 902 119 726
  • Europcar - Phone: +34 902 503 010 / +34 902 105 055
  • Record Go - Phone: +34 902 123 002 / +34 964 343 626

If your car hire provider is off airport, a free transfer to the car hire collection point is provided. Make your way to the minibus parking area located outside the terminal building 100m on the right hand side. Once at the collection point look out for a minibus with your selected car rental company's logo. Full instructions regarding how to find the pick up location will be provided on your booking confirmation email.

Renting a Car in Malaga with One Way Fees included

Many of the car rental providers we work with in Malaga allow you to pick up your car in Malaga and return the vehicle at a different location. If you have selected a different drop off location for the rental, the prices displayed on our website include any additional charges for this. You'll also find a full breakdown of all additional fees on the payment page.

Hiring a Car in Malaga with Free Cancellation

All the car rentals we offer in Malaga include a free cancellation policy. Free Cancellation means that you can cancel your rental and receive a full refund at any point up until 48 hours before you collect the vehicle.

If you've purchased the Essential Cover product to insure your car hire excess, you're able to cancel this and receive a full refund up until the rental start time( as printed on your rental confirmation email).

We process all refunds in less than 24 hours. If you have to cancel the booking, the refund will be in your account within 7 days.

Car Hire in Malaga with Child Seats or booster seats

You can take along your own child seats and booster seats for your rental, so long as they meet all of the legal safety requirements for use in Malaga.

You'll also have the option to include them with your car rental when making a booking on our website. Child seats and booster seats are paid for in local currency when picking up the rental.

Car Hire in Malaga without an Insurance Excess Held on Your Credit Card

Your car will already be fully insured for accidents and theft as part of the rental fee you will see our website. This type of cover is also known as Collision Damage Waiver (CDW).

All of our rentals in Malaga come with CDW in the price displayed, there's also often an insurance excess, which is held on your credit card on collection. The excess is the amount you'd be required to pay if the car is written off, severely damaged or stolen. The the excess on rental cars can be very expensive. It's often between £1,000 to £2,000, depending on the car, the country and the deal. If you return the car damaged, or it's stolen or written off, you'll be required to pay up to the total amount of the excess.

When you pick up the car, the excess is held on your credit card as something called a 'pre-auth' transaction. This means that the amount isn't taken from your credit card as a regular payment, it's held as a pending payment until you drop off the car. You won't usually have to pay currency charges on credit cards for pre authorised transactions. As long as the car is dropped off in the same condition as when it was collected, the excess amount is fully refunded to your credit card with nothing further to pay.

If you're paying by debit card, the excess amount is taken from your account and refunded when the car is dropped off. If you plan to use debit card on collection, as the excess amount is often very high, it's recommended to buy Premium Cover on our website or to pay for top up cover at the collection desk.

To view rental options in Malaga with a £0 or reduced excess review our Premium Cover rental options.

Renting a Car in Malaga with No Deposit

At the collection desk, you will usually be asked to leave a security deposit on a debit card or credit card. The security deposit can vary significantly subject to the size of the car and the insurance excess . Car hire Security deposits in Malaga can be anywhere between £0 and £2,500.

We compare all of the car hire options with a low security deposit and in some instances no deposit at all except for fuel. If you book a rental in Malaga with Premium Cover included, you're often able to reduce the deposit to cover only fuel (usually less than £100), which is fully refunded to your card when the vehicle is dropped off with a full tank.

How to hire a car without a credit card

You can pay for your car hire on our website using any credit or debit card, including Visa, Mastercard or American Express. We also compare car hire deals at 1000s of locations that accept a debit card on collection. You can quickly and easily find these by using the filters on the search results page or taking a look at our Premium Cover options on the extras page.

About Malaga Airport (AGP)

Malaga airport is one of the busiest airports in all of Spain. It has one of the largest departure and arrival spaces in Europe and it has opened some historic shopping opportunities for the whole country. The first ever National Geographic store in Spain opened in this very airport, making it one of the most culturally celebrative airports in western Europe. If you're looking for an airport with experience in handling almost 20 million passengers a year, you have to consider Malaga Airport.

Malaga Airport has some of the best duty free concessions and shopping opportunities in Spain, making it the main airport for the Costa Del Sol. When it comes to food and drink, Malaga has all you could wish for. Local restaurants as well as takeaways, tapas restaurants and quaint cafes. Some of the other services within the airport include ATMs, a functioning art gallery and a post office.

If you're hoping to reach Malaga city centre from the airport once you've collected the keys to your rental vehicle, you can make sure to either ask at the desk reception or decide on the Satellite Navigation add-on as recommended on your rental plan.

When you hire a car from the airport, the possibilities are endless. You can hire a car that suits your needs so you won't have to worry about transportation. We have everything from small cars to large people carriers. It doesn't matter where you land in the great nation of Spain, car rental has never been so easy!

Car rental terms

Hire car excess

The rental car at Malaga is insured for damage and theft as part of the hire fee. For rentals outside of the US and Canada there is almost always an insurance excess to pay* - this is similar to the excess on domestic car insurance in the UK. The excess on hire cars can be high. It's usually in the region of £1,100 to £3,000. If you decide not to insure the excess you will be liable to pay for any damage to the car up to the excess amount. Take a look at our Premium Cover rental car options if you'd like to avoid having the excess amount blocked on your credit card when you pick up the car.

Additional driver costs

A rental contract at Malaga is between the car hire company and the one person who signs the agreement and will be the main driver. This requires that you need to ask for other drivers to be added, and this usually comes with a cost (which can be up to £11a day at Malaga or even more). However, there are occasional promotions that include extra drivers are free. Always be cautious of being asked if you'd like to include a driver without being told the price.

Excess Insurance

Purchasing essential cover means you'll be reimbursed for any of the excess you have to pay to the car rental company when you drop off the car.

This insurance also usually covers other possible costs, such as towing, cleaning or admin fees, or misfuelling fees.

Driving and Parking in Malaga

If you are not from Spain don't stress too much about driving on the other side of the road. You'll be surprised how quickly you adapt and get used to it. As one of our most popular destinations for car rental in Spain, every year 1000s of tourists hire a car in Malaga with us.

Always be cautious, use common sense, and keep aware of the local traffic rules. Adhere to them and ensure your safety on the roads.

The Spanish driving style can be quite aggressive. So, be aware that the Malagueños often do not make use of the direction indicator

Here are some driving tips to keep in mind before hitting the Malaga roads:

  • Always wear seatbelts
  • Always be alert
  • Keep passport and driving licence ready
  • As always - Don't drink and drive
  • Don't use phones while driving unless it's hands-off, not even for texting or browsing
  • Don't use headphones when driving
  • Don't let children under 12 take the front seat unless they are at least 120cm tall
  • Do not transport pets in a hire car
  • Drivers in Spain can be aggressive; use left fast lane only when you are overtaking another car

In case of an emergency, use the numbers:

  • 062 to connect with Guardia Civil
  • 112 to connect with Spanish National Police

Another major difference in Span is the road signs. Unlike those in some other countries, the road signs here are blue. The speed limits are also in km/hour instead of miles/hour. You will observe that the circular road signs are missing and left-turn arrows are limited in number.

Renting a car is the best way to explore Malaga and its neighbouring cities. Parking can sometimes be a problem though, especially in the old town area. Here are some tips to help you to find car parking in Malaga.

  • If you can't find free street parking, park in the Blue Zone or Zona Azul
  • Remember you can only park the car for 2 hours maximum in the Blue Zone; 1 hour in the blue zone costs €1 and 2 hours cost €1.60
  • Convenient 24-hour-open public parking are available throughout the city centre
  • Parking with 440 slots is available under Plaza de Marina; 1 hour at the plaza parking costs €2.05 and 24 hours cost €26.05
  • The largest parking lot in Malaga is Alcazaba Parking with 543 slots; 1 hour here costs €2 and 24 hours cost €23.10
  • Parking Granados with 100 spaces is available at Plaza de Uncibay; 1 hour at this parking costs €2.40 and 24 hours cost €24
  • A parking lot is available right under the most beautiful park of Muelle Uno too; 1 hour in this parking costs €2.11 and 24 hours cost €26.51

Frequently asked questions about car rental in Malaga Spain

Which car hire suppliers are available in Malaga Spain?

The following car rental brands are available in Malaga Spain: Hertz, Dollar, Thrifty, Goldcar, Europcar, Keddy by Europcar, Alamo, Enterprise, National, Centauro, OK Rent a Car.

What's the most economical fuel policy for car hire in Malaga Spain?

All of our rentals in Malaga Spain include a full to full fuel policy. You'll pick the car up with a full tank of fuel and be asked to leave a small deposit for fuel when you collect the car. The deposit is refunded when you return the car with a full tank.

For my car rental in Spain, how can I reduce the insurance excess?

Security deposit amounts vary for each car rental supplier in Malaga Spain. You can easily find the lowest security deposit options using our search filters

What is the average cost in Malaga?

An example average price for 5 days in Malaga for November is GBP241.07 for a lead driver aged 35

Are there any hidden charges in your prices for car rental in Spain?

We work diligently to make sure that the prices you see on our website for your car rental include all costs. Including anything you need to pay when you collect the car in Spain

Some of our favourite car rental places near Malaga

Short road trips from Malaga (< 1 Hour)

Málaga, one of the most beautiful littoral cities situated in the Andalusian region. Tucked on the sunny Mediterranean Costa del Sol, it offers a serene setting for holidays and weekend breaks. What truly makes Málaga a wonderful tourist destination is its closeness to other stunning cities that are just a short drive away.

Mijas Pueblo

Located just 30km away, Mijas Pueblo is a short day trip from Málaga. It is a gorgeous destination for anyone wishing to experience the rural Andalusian landscapes and its vibrant culture.

Its cobbled streets, fountain-crowned plazas, and beautiful churches make a pretty sight for the visitors. However, the best day to travel to Mijas Pueblo is on a clear day. When the sky is clear you can see the as far as Gibraltar and the Atlas mountains of Morocco.

Take the AP-7 to reach this scenic town in less than 30 minutes.

Marbella

Glitzy Marbella one of the Costa del Sol's most popular destinations, nestled less than an hour's drive away from Málaga. Dotted with glamourous Spanish resorts, pristine beaches, and an effervescent nightlife, Marbella combines the best of Cote d'Azur and Maldives.

Its Moorish-style Old Town teems with pastel houses lined along the cobbled streets. At the centre is the verdant Plaza de Los Naranjos with its eclectic cultural cuisine.

You can stop by Puerto Banús for luxurious retail therapy, celebrity spotting, and dancing away the night at one of the many nightclubs.

Just 6km from Marbella is a swanky marina that boasts some of the best restaurants and beach clubs in the area. A stroll here will unveil several whitewashed Mediterranean houses.

On your day trip from Málaga to Marbella, take the A-7 route to enjoy breath-taking sea views.

Antequera

Located just 51km away, Antequera is less than an hour's drive from the sunny city. Cradling in the heart of Andalusia, this small medieval village makes another memorable day tour from Málaga. The place is a melting pot for Spanish-baroque, Roman, and Moorish architectures. Its rustic charm is accentuated by the beautiful churches dotting the city, tiled-roof houses, and dolmens.

The foodie inside you will love Antequera for its authentic Andalusian food scene, while the culturally-curious will be smitten the village's historical heritage. However, there's another secret up its sleeve – the El Torcal nature reserve. The landscape is home to Spanish Ibex, large rock formations, and hiking trails (1.5-4.5km). Stay past the sunset to witness a glowing Antequera.

The shortest and scenic driving route to the town is via A-45.

Frigiliana

The whitewashed city is reminiscent of Santorini. Its steep streets are decked with colourful planters and serenity flows naturally throughout its beautiful coast. Located just 58km away, Frigiliana is another close day trip from Málaga.

Climb the steep lane to reach the historic Mudéjar quarter that teems with little shops, tiled walls, and charming restaurants serving delicious tapas.

Do not miss the hike to the Castle of Lizar. It is a vantage point affording a sweeping view up to Nerja and the ocean. Watch out for the donkeys on your way up!

The route to Frigiliana is same as Marbella. Take the scenic drive via A-7 and enjoy the Mediterranean views en route.

Nerja

Nerja is another beautiful option for a Málaga day tour. The city brims with coastal charm that comes from its picturesque beaches, scenic promenades, and waterfront resorts.

One of Nerja's most unique spot is its fabled caves which play host to more than 500 prehistoric paintings.

Take a drive on the A-7 coastal highway and you'll spot Nerja around 57km from Málaga.

Road Trips from Málaga (> 1 Hour)

Málaga is a bustling hotspot for day tours. The city acts as the perfect base to explore the Costa del Sol and surrounding area in your hire car. That's right! The sunny Mediterranean city is located just 100km east of the southernmost tip of Europe, the Strait of Gibraltar.

Travellers with an appetite for longer drives will find can follow the Mediterranean coast to many other popular destinations in Spain. Here are some example road trips from Málaga.

Granada

Cupped in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada mountains, Granada is the easiest accessible day trip from Málaga via A-7 and A-44. It only takes one and a half hours to reach this compound of ancient Moorish heritage. The pinnacle of these ancient architectures is the Alhambra. Stroll through the palace here to admire its lush gardens and colourful flowerbeds.

Situated north up the hill from the Plaza Nueva is the Arab Quarter, another UNESCO site. Granada is also home to Spain's second-largest, Granada Cathedral, the Royal Chapel, tight alleyways of Alcaiceria souvenir market, the ancient bath of The Bañuelo.

Costa Tropical

This little lesser-known city in the Granada province is a little over an hour's drive from Málaga. The pictorial landscape here is a mix of rocky shores, secluded coves, small fishing villages, and a mountainous backdrop.

Dotting the city are well-preserved ancient monuments. They include 5 castles, ancient burial grounds, 4 aqueducts, Moorish and Roman watchtowers, and a Phoenician factory.

The modern side of the city boasts inviting restaurants serving delicious Spanish cuisine and rum. Tempting the intrepid will be many sporty activities like hiking, scuba diving, windsurfing, and hang gliding

To reach this natural paradise, take the A-7 route.

Seville

The Andalusian capital may not be among the easiest day tours from Málaga, but is rewarding in the best way. From jaw-dropping Seville Cathedral to La Giralda, spectacular architecture flourishes throughout the city. Sprawling across its lush grounds is the 14th-century Mudejar-style palace with beautiful courtyards and carved ceilings. But owning the city is the colossal 20th-century monument that stretches across the Maria Luisa Park.

Thriving alongside the antiquated side of the city is a trendy neighbourhood of Triana. It is home to restaurants, pastel houses, bullfighting arenas, and flamenco.

The distance from Málaga to the baroque-gothic Seville is about 220km that takes roughly 2.5 hours to cover via A-92.

Cordoba

Nestled approximately 160km away on the A-45, beautiful Cordoba is among must-take day trips from Málaga. When exploring the city, it is hard to believe Cordoba was once the largest settlement in the world with three-times its current population.

The former capital of Caliphate teems with gorgeous cultural wonders including the ornate Mosque-Cathedral of Cordoba, Alcaraz royal compound, Historic Centre, and the charming Jewish Quarter. Stay past the sunset to watch the Roman bridge illuminate with the Great Mosque in the backdrop.

Visit this place in May to take part in Las Cruces de Mayo fest, watch huge floral crosses placed all over the city, and enjoy the regional food and music.

Ronda

Located about 102kms west of Málaga, Ronda is among the most popular day trips from the city. Stradling between a huge gash stamped by the Río Guadalevín, the old village impresses with its lush river valleys that sit atop a deep ravine. This burly town is very different from the rest with its dramatic history marked with bandits, outlaws, rebels, and guerrilla warriors.

It was the headstrong and brawny character of this town that bore the modern bullfighting in the 18th century in its glorious Real Maestranza bullring.

The day trip from Málaga to Ronda takes 1.5 hours via A-357 and A-367.

Strait of Gibraltar

Gibraltar is the tip of Spain that overlooks the sea and offers far-fetched African panoramas. Crowded with camera-toting tourists and camera-hogging Barbary apes, the Rock is a quirky destination worthy of the 135km day tour from Málaga.

While the surroundings boast Old Town, antiquated Convent, and a museum, the real attraction is the imposing landscape.

The muse of many authors and poets, this vantage hides within it several underground WWII siege tunnels that were dug by just sledgehammers. These deep tunnels are believed to run till Africa. Ringed by these manmade tunnels are the St. Michael Caves, a natural geological attraction.

Accessible by cable cars, The Rock can also be climbed by Mediterranean steps which were originally used by the British military to reach various bases.

Tarifa and Tangier

Perhaps, the most ambitious day tours from Málaga are those to Tarifa and Tangier. The former is a laid-back town 250km from the city. It is one of Europe's best kitesurfing and windsurfing destinations. The powdery beaches offer resorts with opportunities to watch whales, enjoy seafood, and admire Arab-looking walled town.

The latter is a 7-hour car-ferry drive to another continent.

Trusted car rental brands we work with in Malaga Spain

AEROPUERTO MALAGA

Address
AP COSTA DEL SOL
MALAGA (CDS)
29004

Opening hours

MALAGA RR STN

Address
C/ MENDIVIL PARKING 2
MALAGA
29002

Opening hours

AEROPUERTO MALAGA

Address
AP COSTA DEL SOL
MALAGA
29004

Opening hours

MALAGA RR STN

Address
C/MENDIVIL PARKING 2
MALAGA
29002

Opening hours

PUERTO DE MALAGA

Address
TERMINAL DE CRUCEROS
MALAGA
29016

Opening hours

MALAGA

Address
AP COSTA DEL SOL
MALAGA
29004

Opening hours

MALAGA RR STN

Address
C/MENDIVIL PARKING 2
MALAGA
29002

Opening hours

PUERTO DE MALAGA

Address
TERMINAL DE CRUCEROS
MALAGA
29016

Opening hours

Malaga Train Station

Address
Málaga - Train Station Explanada de la estación 6 bajo
Málaga
29002

Opening hours
Monday: 08:00:00 to 21:00:00
Tuesday: 08:00:00 to 21:00:00
Wednesday: 08:00:00 to 21:00:00
Thursday: 08:00:00 to 21:00:00
Friday: 08:00:00 to 21:00:00
Saturday: 08:00:00 to 21:00:00
Sunday: 08:00:00 to 21:00:00

MALAGA RAILWAY STATION

Address
EXPLANADA DE LA ESTACION S/N
NO TRUCK RETURN*NO ADMITE FURGONETA
MALAGA
29002

Opening hours

MALAGA RAILWAY STATION

Address
EXPLANADA DE LA ESTACION S/N
NO TRUCK RETURN*NO ADMITE FURGONETA
MALAGA
29002

Opening hours

MALAGA ESTACION AVE

Address
ENTERPRISE RENT A CAR
S/N EXPLANADA DE LA ESTACIÓN
MALAGA
29002

Opening hours

MALAGA AIRPORT OFF SITE

Address
ENTERPRISE-RENT-A-CAR
22 AV COMANDANTE GARCIA MO
MALAGA
29004

Location
Shuttle Bus

Opening hours

MALAGA ESTACION AVE

Address
CENTRO COMERCIAL VIALIA
MARIA ZAMBRANO LOCAL FO 11
MALAGA
29002

Opening hours

MALAGA CIUDAD

Address
C/MAREA BAJA, 11
POL. IND. HUERTA DEL CORREO
MALAGA
29006

Opening hours

MALAGA AIRPORT OFF SITE

Address
AVDA. COMANDANTE GARCIA MORATO
22
MALAGA
29004

Location
Shuttle Bus

Opening hours

MALAGA ESTACION AVE

Address
ENTERPRISE RENT A CAR
ESTACION AVE MALAGA
MALAGA
29002

Opening hours

Malaga Train Station

Address
María Zambrano Train Station
C/ Mendivil no. 10
MALAGA
29002

Opening hours
Monday: 07:00:00 to 23:00:00
Tuesday: 07:00:00 to 23:00:00
Wednesday: 07:00:00 to 23:00:00
Thursday: 07:00:00 to 23:00:00
Friday: 07:00:00 to 23:00:00
Saturday: 07:00:00 to 23:00:00
Sunday: 07:00:00 to 23:00:00

Málaga Airport

Address
C/ de Pascal, 42
Málaga
MALAGA
29004

Location
Shuttle Bus

Opening hours
Monday: 07:00:00 to 23:00:00
Tuesday: 07:00:00 to 23:00:00
Wednesday: 07:00:00 to 23:00:00
Thursday: 07:00:00 to 23:00:00
Friday: 07:00:00 to 23:00:00
Saturday: 07:00:00 to 23:00:00
Sunday: 07:00:00 to 23:00:00

Málaga Airport

Address
Crtra Guadalmar 7
MALAGA
29004

Location
Shuttle Bus

Opening hours

Things to do in Malaga

From grand architecture to serene rivers, sun-soaked beaches, and bustling marketplaces, there is something new to do every day in Málaga. Adventurers get a long list of options including paragliding, kitesurfing, or hiking precarious trails. Holidaymakers and wayfarers also get treated with beaches and bustling streets. With so many things to do in Málaga, no one can ever feel jaded in the city.

This abundance of exciting Málaga attractions is bound to send everyone packing for the trip. The best time to visit the littoral city is in November when the crowd is less but the weather is beautiful. It's never too cold in the city. However, if the crowd is not a problem, the best time would be spring and autumn, i.e. between March through May.

Here is a list of things to inspire your holidays.

Take a Stroll in the Old Town Málaga

Dotted with ancient architectures, museums, and local markets, the Old Town in Málaga is a paradise for the culturally-curious. Located in the heart of the port city, this street-ringed town narrates the history of the entire region.

The main sights here include La Alcazaba and its Roman Theatre, Málaga Cathedral, Picasso Museum, Gibralfaro, and more.

The famous painter, Pablo Ruiz Picasso was born in this very town of Spain. Some of his very first artworks are still on display in an elegant yellow-toned building on Plaza de la Merced.

However, the town also boasts some unfrequented sites. They include the English Cemetery, a burial ground of more than 1000 graves. It is reminiscent of the Highgate Cemetery in London and the Melaten Cemetery in Cologne.

Take a Guided Málaga Tapas Tour

Málaga enjoys an eclectic gastronomic scene, crowned by the tapas. The dish is cooked with locally-produced ingredients and is presented creatively. Seemingly a simple dish, the tapas in Málaga are available in a huge variety.

The Old Town boasts a delightful historic quarter with a vibrant tapas scene. Here the dish is served with a selection of wines.

You could also opt to go on a free, self-guided tour and nibble on the savoury tapas bites on the street side like a true native.

Get Tanned on the Málaga Beaches

Unwind, relax, picnic, or splash each other at the Málaga beaches. The littoral city boasts 15 beautiful shorelines teeming with dark sand. The beauty of its seaside coast is illustrated in the name "Costa del Sol" meaning the Coast of the Sun.

Among its many Mediterranean options, you will find the jetsetter-selection like glitzy Marbella as well as the explorer's choice like charming fishing village of Nerja. The crème de la crème names include Playa de la Malagueta, Burriana, Puerto Banús, and the Calahonda beach.

Most sandy stripes are lined with parasol rentals, resorts, bars, and inviting restaurants.

Go Water-Sporting

There are abounding water sports in Málaga that range from hydro-pedalling to kitesurfing and scuba diving. The seaside capital offers an abundance of water activities for all levels of adventurers. The intrepid can go extreme as the leisurely holidaymaker enjoys kayaking or paddle-surfing.

A jetsetter can realise a luxurious dream by riding a jet ski, hoverboarding, jetpacking, or wakeboarding. Families and groups can try the big sup at the promenade of La Farola.

The list of water activities in Málaga is quite long and perfect to make a hedonist heyday for the sea lover.

Indulge in Extreme Outdoor Activities

If you thought the water sports are it in Málaga, be prepared to hear about the adventurous extreme sport that the city has to offer. Boasting a diverse landscape that engulfs shorelines, caves, gorges, hills, and cliffs; Málaga enjoys a variety of outdoor activities.

Here you will be able to go gorge-walking, ziplining, canyoning, caving, bungee-jumping, hiking, cycling, light air crafting, and aquatic hiking.

Take Day Trips from Málaga

While the sun-drenched Andalusian seaside city itself is a gorgeous place, filled with a variety of tourist attractions, there are some visit-worthy places around it. Topping the list of these surrounding Málaga attractions is the Gibraltar. Sited about 3 hours away from the city, Gibraltar offers breath-taking views that go all the way to Africa.

Sited close to Málaga are Nerja and beach-filled Marbella too! Drive a little farther and you will reach the Greece-reminiscent, white-washed township of Frigiliana. It is famous for its cobbled streets lined with terracotta-tiled houses.

Admire the cliff-side city of Ronda, founded on the El Tajo Gorge and located 1.5 hours away. Dotted with a slew of historic sites are three more gems of a neighbouring cities, Cordoba, Seville, and Antequera.

Some other stunning locations to go on a day trip from Málaga include coastal cities too like Tarifa, Cadiz, and Costa Tropical.

Go Native at the Famous Market

Situated in the Old Town is the 19th-century building of Mercado de Atarazanas. Housed in this old edifice is the city's most important shopping centre. Feel like a native as you buy fresh produce like fruits from the market. The building also has tapas bars from where locals purchase the famous Andalusian dish.

What makes this market even more fascinating is that it is an old culture that began in the 14th century and has since continued.

Even if you are not going to purchase anything, strolling in the building and sauntering in the market is recommended.

Party Like a Local in Feria de Málaga

Feria de Málaga or Feria de Agosto is an annual festival that is held every August and lasts an entire week. The summer fair has its origins in the 15th century when the city celebrated the Catholic Monarchs' entrance into Málaga. Today the festival commemorates that day in 1487 with eye-popping fireworks, concerts on Malagueta beach, pilgrimage to the Santa Maria de la Victoria, and inauguration of artistic lighting of Real de la Feria de Málaga.

Perhaps, the most vibrant affair during the festival is when hives of people come out in the streets of the Old Town, sing, dance, and have fun.

If you are visiting Málaga during August, pack polka dot dresses and hats. Later, get ready to tipple the sweet Málaga wine.

Immerse Yourself in Flamenco

Flamenco is a traditional Spanish folk music that originated 500 years ago in Andalusia. Today, it is widely performed and celebrated in the theatres and museums of Málaga. When thinking of Flamenco, imagine slender women with gipsy dresses dancing gracefully on tunes of guitar. All while clapping her hands!

In Málaga, you can immerse yourself in the grace and visual beauty of this art form at the open-air festival of Bienal de Flamenco. However, do not miss the Picasso and Flamenco show held every evening at Tablao Los Amayas.

Visit the Málaga Museums

The littoral capital is home to 35 museums, including the famous Picasso and Glass Museums and not-so-famous Carmen Thyssen. Each venue offers unique collections on display, worthy of a visit.

Splash and Slide at the Water Park

It is hard to imagine a coastal city without water parks and Málaga is no exception. As the city developed into a bustling tourist attraction, three different water parks sprouted, adding more fun to its summer scene.

The first park is the local's favourite Aquavelis Torre del Mar, located in Velez, adjacent to the El Ingenio shopping centre. It comprises of eight slides, two large pools, a kids' paddling pool, Kamikaze, large gardens, and picnic areas.

The oldest among all three is the family-focused Aqualand Torremolinos. It includes nineteen slides for adults and separate fifteen slides for kids. A landscaped garden, Europe's highest 22m-high Kamikaze slide, and Boomerang are the local's favourite spots in the water park.

The third and smallest of all three is the kids'-focused Aquamijas Mijas. It has only five slides, of which three are Kamikaze, Labyrinth Slide, and Body Ski for older kids. The younger ones get Lizard Island and Kiddie Slide. Other highlights in the water park include a mini-golf, jacuzzies, and a rock-climbing wall.

Slide at the Skatepark

The Skatepark Málaga, Rubén Alcántara is a winter resort for sports that go beyond roller skating. Here you can rent scooters, rollers, and BMX to take your skating game a notch higher.

Sprawled across more than 10,000 sqm, the park is replete with amenities like a cafeteria, a changing room, a shopping area, and stands to watch others skate.

Sightseeing in Malaga

Shrouded in centuries of history and teeming with youthful vigour, Málaga is more than just a port city or capital of the Andalusian Costa del Sol. There is no shortage of things to do in Málaga.

Dotted with several European heritage buildings, the city is like a time capsule that transports in a bygone era. Add to this the coastal beauty of the region with powdery beaches and mountainous hikes.

In a true sense, Málaga is like a world within the world, teeming with a variety of sights. Whether you are a jetsetter in search of luxurious experiences, a holidaymaker looking for wholesome enjoyment, or an explorer; Málaga has the perfect set of activities for you.

The littoral city has the quintessential European charm that exudes from its tiled-roof houses, eclectic food scene, magnificent cathedrals, and more. Here is a list of top 10 Málaga attractions to give you trip ideas.

La Alcazaba

La Alcazaba in Málaga is an 11th-century gem that lords over the coastal city. It boasts sets of strong walls and within those walls are stately dwellings, the Moorish palace, and sprawling courtyard gardens.

Built by the Arabs during the Islamic era and reign of the Hammudid dynasty, the grand fortress witnessed expansion for over five hundred years. Its magnificence continues to reverberate throughout the well-preserved mammoth citadel even today.

One of the most important highlights of its architecture is the caliphal or horseshoe arch.

Perched on the hilltop, the palatial fort offers the best, 360-degree views of the city. The reverse is also true. The fortress can be seen from most nooks and crannies of Málaga.

Roman Theatre

Nestled at the foot of Alcazaba de Málaga is another famous sight, the Roman Theatre. Officially known as the El Teatro Romano, the architecture is the oldest construction in the Málaga City.

It is the main preserved remnant of the Romans in the region that dates back to the 1st century AD.

Its typical design is reminiscent of the Italian amphitheatres – a circular platform surrounded by tiered seats. The beautiful Málaga tourist attraction stayed in use till the 3rd century, after which the Arab conquerors converted into a source for building material.

A walking tour through the theatre takes you to a different time of Roman Hispania, leaving you wondering how Málaga must have looked in that era.

Catedral de la Encarnación de Málaga

See how the tallest cathedral of Andalusia looks like in Málaga. The exemplary Spanish religious temple elevates on the remains of other cultural buildings such as the early Almohad mosque.

Marvel at its gorgeous façade that is watched by the 84-meter high north tower. Residing inside its grand exterior is a fusion of Baroque- and Renaissance-style décor. Accenting the interior further are numerous frescoes. No wonder the cathedral is one of the famous venues for Málaga sightseeing.

The credit for creating the stunning Málaga Cathedral goes to Diego de Siloe, who designed this 16th-century edifice. However, the classic sculptures were the work of Pedro de Mena. The lack of funds may have hindered in the making of other towers, but the cathedral still counts as one of the most impressive in the region.

Inside the cathedral, you will find a dedicated Museo Catedralicio or Cathedral Museum. It holds a collection of ceramics, carvings, paintings, liturgical items, and religious objects.

Museo del Vidrio

Housed in a lovely house from the 1700s, Museo del Vidrio boasts old-world architecture. Its quaint charm is accentuated by exposed beams peeking off the ceilings, period furniture, and elegant wooden decoration.

However, what makes the Vidrio Museum fascinating is its large collection of glassware. Antique and hard to find in the modern world, the glassware in the house belong to several ancient civilisations. Some are from the Phoenicians era, others from Roman, Ancient Greek, and even Egyptian era.

One of the highlights in the museum is its 2000-year old green Roman glass bowl, which is well-preserved and intact. Put on the display here are also Venetian items, 17th-century glassware from the Dutch Golden Age, and English lead glassware from the 1500s.

The eye-popping exhibition makes you lose yourself in different world periods, which is why the Vidrio is one of the most visited Málaga museums.

Picasso Museum Málaga

One of the top things to do in Málaga is visiting the Picasso's Museum. The world-renowned artist was born in this very port city. Thus, no trip to his homeland can ever be complete without sightseeing this honorary museum.

It is located in the heart of the Old Town, close to the Plaza de Merced, the birthplace of Pablo Ruiz Picasso. A huge collection of his 230 pieces of artwork from the late 19th-century till his death in 1973 can be witnessed and admired here.

Amid the permanent Picasso collection are also some temporary contemporary exhibitions. In fact, the museum itself is located in the Buenavista Palace, an exemplary Andalusian architecture.

The aesthetes and curious explorers can later head to Casa Natal in Plaza de la Merced. It is walking distance from the museum. The first floor of the casa was rented by Picasso's parents in the 1880s. A small collection of artwork and artefacts from his youth is displayed here.

Cervantes Theatre

Teatro Cervantes is a 19th-century venue and a nerve centre for the cultural life in Málaga. It is known for putting up artistic shows which include Spanish performing arts like Flamenco music and dance.

The performances in the theatre do not alone drive tourists, but also the gorgeous murals on the ceilings by Bernardo Ferrándiz and on the curtains by Antonio Muñoz Degrain. It is because of these artistic elements that the theatre was accoladed as a Historical and Artistic Monument.

However, what is now a monument was a churned ash in the mid-nineteenth century and an abandoned building in the mid-twentieth century. After several years, after being overtaken by the Málaga Town Hall in 1984, the theatre became what it is today – a temple for visual arts.

Today, its cosy atmosphere, 1171-people seating, bohemian-chic style, and Baroque architecture stand out. Is it any surprise why the theatre is one of the famous Málaga sights!

La Concepión Botanic Garden

Become one with nature at the lush La Concepión Botanic Garden. It was an ambitious project realised by an aristocratic couple, Amalia Heredia Livermore and Jorge Loring Oyarzabal in 1850. Though the garden is a little outside the city centre, it can be reached easily via bus in less than two hours.

Sprawling across 25,000 square meters, this verdant area boasts 2000+ variety of flora from across the world. Here you will find plant species from Europe, America, Africa, Asia, and even Oceania. Nestled in the middle of the botanical garden in Málaga is a placid lake too!

Where there are plants and lake, there are birds too and chirping in this wild garden are different varieties of them. With time, the garden combined formal gardens with tropical ones, creating the serenity of a deep jungle.

The highlights in this dense garden include black bamboo forest, hydraulic-tiled floors, palm trees, mirador, wisteria arbour, and around the world in 80 trees!

El Caminito del Rey

El Caminito del Rey or the King's Pathway is a unique Málaga tourist spot. It is a walkway tracing the steep walls of a narrow gorge in El Choro. This quirky pathway was constructed in the 20th century to give workers access to two hydroelectric plants.

The Spanish King Alfonso XIII himself inaugurated the walkway and took a stroll across it in 1921. The incident is why it is popularly known as "The King's Little Pathway".

Taking the benefit of its height and location, El Caminito del Rey affords sweeping views. It overlooks the Guadalhorce River, letting the visitor enjoy unhindered scenes of the landscape.

However, beware, the hike is not for the faint of heart. It is extremely high, includes lots of stairs, and elevation. No wonder it is dubbed as the "most dangerous walkway in the world".

Playa de la Malagueta

When talking about Málaga sightseeing, it is not possible to complete the list without mentioning its sandy beaches. Being a port city, Málaga is surrounded with sandy stripes. The most striking of them is the Playa de la Malagueta. Both locals and tourists come here to make sandcastles, drink the turquoise view before them, and watch the sunset behind the horizon.

Its dark sand stretches in an area of 1,200 meters in length and a whopping 45 meters in width. Backing this sprawling beach are many seafood shacks. Thus, leaving enough room for all to spend a nice picnic on the waterfront.

During summer, hammocks and parasols are easily available on rent, and the beach hosts an abundance of water sports. Equipment rentals such as that of pedalos is also available on the beach.

Playa de la Malagueta is also adapted for people with disabilities.

El Pedregalejo

El Pedregalejo is the trendiest neighbourhood of the city and has one of the best beaches in Málaga, Playa Pedregalejo. Located approximately 30 minutes walk from the town centre, the neighbourhood brims with speciality restaurants and bars. With a hip and bustling environment, the place is particularly known for its vibrant nightlife.

The beach itself stretches for 1,200 meters and offers an ideal place to relax and get tanned.

Caves of Nerja

Found in the namesake district of Málaga, caves of Nerja are a natural phenomenon that was discovered in 1959 by a group of young locals who were searching for bats at night. Since then the caves have been celebrated as a national heritage.

Inside the caves, you will find the oldest known artwork known by man. Adding beauty to the entire landscape are large rock formations that have taken weird shapes over centuries.

The caves are divided into three galleries – the public, the high, and the new gallery. Among these, tourists are allowed to access the public gallery only. The highlights of these caves are the spectacular speleothems present in an enormous amount. You will see them stick out from the ceilings, the floor, and even the walls of the caves.

The variety of speleothems here include stalactites, spirals, columns, and gours. Decorating the caves further are the 589 rock paintings. Unfortunately, they cannot be observed due to conservation issues.

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Where to Eat in Malaga

El Pimpi

El Pimpi is one of the top restaurants in Málaga that appeal not just to the palate but also the eyes. Beyond an eatery, it is a cultural landmark in the city that you ought to try. The restaurant is located inside a quaint 18th-century house and comprises of themed rooms. Its menu boasts dishes that revolve around traditional Spanish cuisine. On a sunny afternoon or romantic evening, the best place to enjoy those dishes in El Pimpi will be its large outdoor terrace. The unhindered views of historical attractions are pictorial!

What makes El Pimpi a special Málaga restaurant are the many cultural events that are held here. These events include weekly flamenco nights. These nights were once enjoyed by some prominent personalities including Picasso's family and Antonio Banderas.

El Mesón de Cervantes

Famous for its tapas, the El Mesón de Cervantes is a must-visit restaurant in Málaga. Once a humble bar business, Cervantes has now expanded to become a four bar-restaurant. El Mesón is the main of the all four, headquarter if you must. Its comprehensive Surf n Turf menu deals with all dishes fancy. Be it the lamb stew with couscous or the grilled octopus, its presentation itself will make your mouth water.

If the famous and busy Cervantes is not your taste, try the newest bar, La Taberna de Cervantes. It sits right opposite to this one and is mostly less busy.

Vino Mío Cervantes

Located adjacent to the Cervantes Theatre, the Vino Mío Cervantes is one of the modern places to eat in Málaga. It was established only recently in 2003 by a Dutch traveller who fell in love with Costa del Sol and decided to stay forever. The owners love for Málaga reflects in the cultural cuisine and traditional tapas served in the restaurant.

Similar to El Pimpi, Vino Mío also organizes live flamenco shows every night. The interior here is decorated with artwork of various artists like Alejander Hermann and Antonio Rico. So, do not forget to take your camera!

Gorki Selección

Savour traditional tapas with Spanish wine in a casual setting at Gorki Selección. Its contemporary interior is designed with high-rise bar chairs lined against contrasting wooden tables. Filling the wall on the front are stacked wooden crates displaying an extensive collection of wine bottles and tinned condiments.

Extending the informal setting into the open air are the pavement tables of this Málaga restaurant. Beyond the tapas, Gorki also serves wholesome meals like duck breasts alongside sautéed veggies and pork knuckles with potato cream.

Casa Aranda

Ditch a heavy meal to sample some melting chocolate with delicious homemade churros dunked in it at Casa Aranda. In business since 1932, the famous café is also one of the longest standing in Málaga.

The café is also popular for serving all nine varieties of Málaga coffee. Whether you are craving chocolate, dessert, or a delicious breakfast, Casa Aranda is the perfect café to walk into.

José Carlos García

The star chef of the eponymous restaurant, José Carlos García is the only one in Málaga to be rewarded with a Michelin Star. The fancy eatery is designed with glass fronts opens to a waterfront terrace on the Muelle Uno marina. The turquoise reflection of the water often dyes the interior blue.

Scattered inside the restaurant are white-linen-covered tables opposite an open kitchen. Fringing one side of this blingy interior is a lush living-garden wall. The setting is too pristine, it adds to the experience of enjoying delicious Mediterranean fusion. A separate tasting menu is available here for the gourmets.

La Cosmopolita

The vibe in La Cosmopolita is cosy, rustic, and vintage – a complementing ambience for a restaurant located in the heart of the Old Town. If you've been looking to sample fresh seasonal cuisine, then La Cosmopolita is where to eat in Málaga.

The dishes are prepared by chef Dani Canero, an apprentice who trained with Spanish legends Adrià and Berasategui. He creates the everyday menu depending on what is available in the market. Thus, a rotating menu and surprises are a custom here. Expect delicious seafood and do not leave without tasting the famous lime tart dessert.

The restaurant also has a relatively less fancy bar, perfect to enjoy a less elaborate and inexpensive meal.

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