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Malaga Car Hire & Travel Guide

With a rich history dating back some 2,800 years, numerous art galleries, a revived port area and culinary delights at every turn, Malaga is incredibly popular with British travellers.

Add in the region’s spectacular landscapes, the renowned beaches of the Costa del Soland a wealth of cultural heritage, and it’s easy to see why.

Located in southern Spain, on the northern side of the Mediterranean Sea, Malaga has enjoyed periods of Phoenician, Roman, Visigoth, Byzantine, Arab and Spanish rule.

As a result, it is home to an eclectic mix of architecture, historical ruins and landmarks, while more than €100 million was invested in the early 21st century to transform the city into a cultural Andalusian destination with the opening of 28 museums.

If you’re unsure what to see in Malaga, when to visit, or where to dine out, read on to discover more about the city that gave us Pablo Picasso (and lots more besides).

Malaga port

Malaga Airport

Malaga is served by the Malaga-Costa del Sol Airport (AGP) and you can expect to pay between €20 and €25 for a taxi to Malaga city centre.

Alternatively, there are regular trains that run roughly every 20 minutes to Maria Zambrano Station and Malaga- Centro station from between 6.50am and just shy of midnight.

Return trains from the city to the airport run at similar intervals between 5.30am and 11.30pm.

Bus transfers are also available via Bus Line A from 7 am to midnight, which costs around €3. Return buses leave from the main bus and train stations, as well as from the eastern end of the Paseo del Parque, every 30 mins between 6.30am and 11.30pm.

Malaga car hire

Car hire at Malaga Airport is another option, as you’ll find an array of local and international car hire firms there, as well as others in Malaga city centre.

Do your research on the various Malaga car hire firms prior to travelling to ensure you get the best prices and remember that purchasing car hire excess insurance in advance may help you to keep costs down.

There are several well-signposted car parks in the city centre while using Malaga car hire firms can help you to explore the many glorious beaches and scenery that the Costa del Sol has to offer.

Malaga harbour

Weather in Malaga

You can expect warm weather and little rain if you’re planning a trip to Malaga, making it ideal for a beach getaway or for a cultural excursion.

The average temperature for Malaga is around 13°C between November and January, while temperatures peak at around 25°C in July and August.

You’ll experience around 11 hours of sunshine a day in July, while June, July and August experience an average of just 2mm of rain between them.

November is the wettest month, with around 100mm of rain, although that only falls on six days on average.

Peak sea temperatures are in August and can reach 24°C.

Things to do in Malaga

With its rich history, you won’t be surprised to hear that most Malaga attractions relate to the city’s past and there an abundance of museums to keep you entertained.

The Phoenician walls of the city, as well as a Roman theatre, are among the oldest sights in the city, while the Alcazaba fortification from the 11th century is Spain’s best preserved citadel from the Moorish period.

Built on a hill in the centre of the city, the Alcazaba dominates the skyline, while the Castle of Gibralfaro overlooks the port and the Mediterranean Sea from atop a foothill of the Montes de Malaga.

The Cathedral of Malaga and the Carmen Thyssen Museum are also popular with tourists, while Malaga harbour is one of the busiest cruise ports on the Iberian Peninsula.

Malaga Cathedral

As the birthplace of Picasso, the Museo Picasso Malaga is home to nearly 300 of the artist’s works, while others can be found at the Fundacion Picasso.

The Museo Malaga tells the history of the city, while you’ll find various other museums dedicated to the arts, history, cars, music, science and sport.

If you’re still looking for things to do in Malaga, explore the golden sandy beaches that dominate the coastline along the Costa del Sol – perfect for time with the family, romantic walks or just relaxing in the sun. 

Food and drink 

Malaga is host to more than 400 tapas bars and restaurants, meaning there are plenty of accessible and low-cost food options.

The pedestrianized section of Old Town features an abundance of nightlife that you won’t find in many other parts of Spain, while local bars serve an array of delicious drinks, including Tinto de Verano, a concoction similar to Sangria.

You’ll find some of the best restaurants near the beach closest to the city centre– Playa de la Malagueta.

Travelling around Malaga

The city is the southern-most point of the Madrid to Malaga high speed train line, making it easy to visit destinations including Cordoba, Seville and Madrid should you wish.

A bus network serves most of the city, while the main bus station – around 1km from Malaga city centre– provides routes to most other major Spanish cities.

Note that bus routes to the east and west of the Costa del Sol also stop at the central Muelle Heredia bus stop. The hop-on hop-off tourist buses are also very flexible and popular ways to see all the city’s sites.

You may also wish to hire a bicycle if you’re feeling a bit more adventurous, as it is a fantastic way of exploring the mountainous villages that surround the city. The Montes de Malaga national park is a particular favourite with hikers and bikers alike.

Cycling in Malaga

To ensure added peace of mind when holidaying in Malaga, ensure you are protected by a comprehensive travel insurance policy. Our handy online tool allows quote comparison from our trusted providers with the options to search on single or multi-trip policies to Spain.

Date Created: 01/03/2019

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