Malaga – Andalusia, Spain

Looking down from the Castillo de Gibalfaro onto Malaga’s port, bull ring and the start of Malagueta beach.

The Bugcrew spent a few involuntary days in Malaga and found that, as expected it’s a bit short of major attractions, mainly consisting of churches and even those few are hardly world-class, but has very lively and cheerful locals, pretty good beaches nearby, some sensational eating places – the best tapas bars in Spain as far as we were concerned – and plenty of good value nightlife.

Malaga's Malagueta beach, Andalusia, Spain

Grey sand Malagueta beach, just a couple of minutes walk from the Plaza de Toros (see map) but with little parking so get there early or travel by something other than a hire car. More Malagueta beach. 40 minutes along the coast is Nerja, with smaller but cuter beaches.

All in all, Malaga is not a place to make a huge effort to visit but if a tourist needed to spend a couple of days here en route to the more serious attractions of Andalusia such as Seville or Ronda they would not be wasting their time.
And a little advice on accommodation . . . Malaga has the squeakiest road surfaces ever to pain our ears. The shiny, stone-mixed asphalt just about everywhere squeals with tyre contact, even just mild braking or cornering, so make sure that you get a room high up or at the back of a hotel/hostel unless you wish to spend your sleep-time awake.

The Alcazaba, Malaga, Andalusia, Spain

The Alcazaba, not at all a ‘sumptuous palace’ as one popular but misguided guide book has it though it has a modest charm, the walk up there is pleasant and the views are panoramic.

The interior of the Alcazaba in Malaga, Spain

And that’s about as good as it gets. No comparison to Granada’s Alcazaba!

Castillo de Gibralfaro, Malaga, Andalusia, Spain

Castillo de Gibralfaro, high above Malaga.

It’s no longer possible to walk up to the Castillo from the Alcazaba so a steep and roundabout route is required instead, though a taxi will get you up there in double-quick time. However, once you’re there, expansive views, a pleasant stroll around the ramparts and. . . that’s it.

Castillo de Gibralfaro ramparts, Malaga, Andalusia, Spain

Walking the ramparts of the Castillo.

Fine Malaga architecture, Andalusia, Spain

The best architecture in town, the smart Ayuntamiento (Town Hall) on the right, a bank on the left and the Alcazaba in the middle.

 Paseo del Parque, Malaga, Andalusia, Spain

The Paseo del Parque. Tranquil and cool; pity about the stink of traffic emanating from both sides of the paseo.

Some well-rubbed public figure on the Paseo del Parque.