Barcelona and Madrid are the most visited cities in Spain followed by Seville and Valencia. A lot less popular but currently becoming more in demand is Malaga, which completely makes sense. If we compare Malaga with another coastal town like Barcelona, then Malaga would be (according to us) far more peaceful and has prettier beaches.
Malaga is not a small city and with almost 600.000 citizens, it is the fifth largest municipality in the country. The center of town is about a 15 minute drive from the airport (a taxi will cost around 25 euros). Despite Malaga being a big city, everything is within walking distance. This is because the city center is relatively small. Shops as well as many bars and restaurants are all in close range and walking from the city center to the beach does not take any longer than 15 minutes either. In the harbour, you will find a giant Ferris wheel.
Malaga has a nice and summery Mediterranean climate, but does not suffer from an extreme heat like Seville might sometimes do. Winters are very mild with temperatures around 20 degrees.
Malaga is famous for being the place where Picasso was born and it is very rewarding to visit the Picasso museum. Another popular museum worth visiting is the Carmen Thyssen museum. If you’re hungry for more culture, in the center of the city of Malaga, you will find a giant cathedral which you can also visit.
In the city center, you will find a lot of tapas bars but also a lot of good restaurants like La Reserva del Olivio in the middle of downtown Malaga and right across from it, on the rooftop (something you have to know in order to notice it), you will find El Restaurante del Cat.
At the seaside too, you will find many little places on the beach serving good food, but the best one is Chiringuito Tropicana with the most beautiful lounging beach chairs in Malaga.
A final advantage of Malaga: don’t get up too early, because until 10 o’clock in the morning, the place looks deserted. People call it the “Lazy City” for a reason!
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