1 stop (11h25m)
TAP Air Portugal
|Malaga city centre|
|Málaga-Costa del Sol Airport (AGP): 6 mi from city centre|
Malaga is well-connected to the UK, thanks to its popularity as a sand and sun holiday destination. British Airways operates two daily flights from London (Gatwick Airport) to Malaga Airport (AGP) or fly low cost with EasyJet, Ryanair and Monarch Airlines.
Summers are prime tourist season, not only among foreigners but Spaniards as well! In Andalucia, you can expect warm weather April-October, but things really heat up in July and August.
From London, flights to Malaga take 2h 50min in length.
The birthplace of famed Pablo Picasso, this getaway to the Costa del Sol is home to more than 500,000 residents. Whether you wish to hang out on the beaches or take to the city, Malaga has cultural and epicurean delights for everyone enjoying their holidays in Malaga.
Alcazaba: This fortress overlooking the city was built by Malaga's Muslim rulers in 1057. Loose yourself among the Roman artefacts, the jasmine and the roses... To avoid the crowds, arrive first thing in the morning.
Picasso Museum: There are more than 200 of Picasso's works are on display here, including engravings, sculptures and ceramics.
Castillo de Gibralfaro: Older than the Alcazaba, this 8th century castle is worth the trek uphill. While not much remains of the interior, you can still walk along the walls and enjoy the impressive views.
Beaches: There are plenty of beaches in and near Malaga, some of the better ones are further out of town so you'll need a Malaga car hire to reach them. Playa de la Malagueta is in the city centre while Playa del Palo and Playa de Pedregalejo are further away. You'll find the best restaurants in the city along the beach front.
Find more information on malagaturismo.com.
Many of Malaga's hotels are located in the city centre. You can find everything here from 4-star classics to beach-side villas, youth hostels and even holiday apartments to rent out by the week. Whether you're here on a quick weekend jaunt or a longer holiday, book your planet tickets to Malaga and reserve your hotels in Malaga well in advance.
Spain's Caminito del Rey reopens today after being closed for ten years. The thrilling trail near Malaga has been dubbed the "world's scariest walk."
Love museums? You won't be disappointed by these new ones opening this year: from a new Louvre in Adu Dhabi to a science experiment in Rio and the world's biggest archaeological institution in Cairo.
Spain's Costa del Sol is fighting the heat as firefighters continue to try and put out forest fires that are devastating the area. Tourism will likely be affected for this season.
According to Rough Guides, Malaga is one of the top destinations for this year, coming second only to Johannesburg in South Africa. Tourism in Malaga was up 8% in 2014, a trend the city hopes will continue.
A tourism official has called for Malaga bars to “go on strike” after a report suggested there were too many in the city centre, contributing to the boom in tourist numbers, causing locals to move out of the area.
The number of Russians visiting Malaga and the Costa del Sol has risen 17% in 2014 between January and August. It seems the government’s efforts to keep Russians at home for summer holidays was unsuccessful.