Malaga, Spain Vacations

Our Opinion of Malaga

Set along the shores of the Mediterranean in the autonomous community of Andulusia, this port city is more than a gateway to the Costa Del Sol. This vibrant city, which was the birthplace of Pablo Picasso, exudes life and the enjoyment of it.

The city has a thriving nightlife with bars, cafes, tacsa and restaurants catering to the night owls. Most of the nightlife centres within the city centre, with narrow old streets and wide green lined boulevards, outstanding gardens and monument. The historical centre of Malaga is being restored with much of it being changed to pedestrian friendly areas.

There is more to Malaga than bars and restaurants though.  There are some impressive sites to take in. A good starting point would be the Picasso Museum where there is a collection of his work.  The collection is housed in a 16th century Andalucian palace. In keeping with the palace theme, Alcazaba is within walking distance from Malaga. The palace was erected in the 9th/10th century and has a beautiful grounds punctuated by orange trees and bougainvillea. There is a stunning view from here that overlooks the city and bay. 

Things to know about Malaga, Spain Vacations

Dining & Nightlife
Restaurants along the coast are known chiringuitos (beach restaurants) where you can be served fish, seafood, paella, sangria, etc. And if you are looking to experience some of the local cuisine, try some espetos, sardines on a stick grilled over a fire and pescaíto frito which are all types of deep-fried fish from anchovies to squid. A specialty around Malaga is fish marinated in a garlic and vinegar preparation, usually dogfish "cazon" or sometimes other fish like tuna, "atun". A seafood dish of small clams cooked in white wine, coquinas, is something to definitely sample!

Most of Malaga's nightlife takes place around the Plaza del Merced and Plaza Uncibay, where you can fine a collection of the fashionable bars. During the summer time, if you go to Malagueta and Pedragalejo you will find a lively nightlife on the beaches. They are usually frequented by a younger crowd.

The main shopping street in Malaga is Calle Marqués de Larios where you can find all the stores that carry the national and international brands. The Mercado Atarazanas was once a Moorish ship repair yard. Enter into the market through a huge horseshoe shaped arch. Mercado Atarazanas is basically a food market but has a few local crafts on sale. The market is lined with cafes to sit and take in all the activities of the noisy market.

Flying time from:
Toronto: Approximately 13 hours.
Montreal: Approximately 12 hours.
Calgary: Approximately 16 hours.
Vancouver: Approximately 17 hours.

Languages: Spanish although English is widely spoken by people in the hotel and tourist industry.
Currency: Euros.
Climate: Typical Mediterranean with hot, dry summers and mild winters.
Electricity: 220V 50 Hz.

A passport is mandatory for Canadian Citizens, although no visa is required. For other countries, please check the Spain Tourist Board to get a complete list and other details.

Spain Tourist Board website -

Spanish Tourist Office
2 Bloor Street West, Suite 3402
Toronto, Ontario
M4W 3E2
Tel: (416) 961-3131 / (416) 961-4079
Fax: (416) 961-1992

Andalucia Tourist Board website - makes every effort to ensure that information on this page is current, however, all information on this page is subject to change without notice.