Malaga is one of the top sun holiday and city break destinations in Andalucia, Spain. It has an enviable location on the Costa del Sol at the edge of the Mediterranean Sea and boasts beautiful sunny weather and miles of sandy beaches.
Are you heading to Malaga soon? Before you book your hotel, read our brief guide and find out where in the city is the best place for you to base yourself.
Malaga is a colourful and charming coastal city which is full of culture, history and heritage. It's also a fantastic sun holiday resort with lots of hotels and accommodations lining its golden beaches. This lively Mediterranean gem is a popular destination all year round and is brimming with hotels. Here are some of the most popular hotel locations in the city;
Malaga's Old Town
Malaga's Old Town is beautiful with lots of charming cobbled streets. It has a 19th century feel to it with its squares, baroque features and architectures. It contains some famous attractions such as the Ayuntamiento de Malaga (Malaga Town Hall), the Museo Municipal de Malaga and La Alcazaba (a moorish fortification dating from the 8th century). You will also see the Castillo de Gibralfaro, Plaza de Toros, Malaga Cathedral, Museo Picasso and the Roman Amphitheatre.
The Paseo del Parque is a relaxing green park located at the southern edge of the Old Town and a popular place where visitors can escape the city and relax for a while.
The Old Town is full of quaint shops, cafes, restaurants and bars. You could spend hours wandering the streets and browsing stalls in the Old Town. It's also got lots of speciality stores, high streets clothes shops and stylish boutiques. The city's most fashionable shopping street is located in the Old Town and called Marqués de Larios
There are lots of Malaga hotels to choose from in the Old Town and the good thing about staying here is that you're not too far away from the seafront promenade.
Los Montes District
For a quieter more relaxing holiday chose a hotel in the Los Montes district. It boasts fantastic views of Malaga's Old Town across the bay. Los Montes is a very traditional part of the city with many traditional style taverns and restaurants serving traditional dishes and local wines.
La Malagueta is the nearest beach to the city centre and is popular with locals and tourists alike. You may find it hard to believe, but this is an artificial beach with its sand imported directly from the Sahara!
The beachside promenade is lined with cafes, bars and restaurants and dotted with hotels. A great place to stay if you want easy access to the beach.
Malaga is a great place to base yourself on the Coasta Del Sol. From here, you can drive to the nearby resorts of Torremolinos and Fuengirola. Torremolinos is just 12km south of Malaga, Marbella 60km while Fuengirola is about 25km.
Hotel accommodation in Malaga is plentiful with hotels to suits all budgets weather you're looking for cheap hotels in Malaga or luxury Malaga hotels. If you're on a budget then choose 1 or 2 star hotels which offer self catering guestrooms. The busiest time of the year in Malaga is Easter (Semana Santa religious celebrations) and the summer season from June-September. If you avoid these times then you should be able to find cheaper hotel prices. Another way to get a good deal on hotels in Malaga is to book early. Sometimes if you book a hotel up to 3 months in advance you can make genuine savings.
Mairead writes for top travel and accommodation website PlacesToStay.com
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