4 reasons to fall in love with Malaga

I have been visiting Southern Spain since the late 90s, when Marbella was still ritzy and I was splashing my pesetas on paint-splattered bellbottom jeans. Much like my style (thankfully), the area has changed a lot since then, and Malaga has been at the heart of a cultural renaissance. Here are four reasons why the city has won me over in the last few years.

Tapas, tapas, tapas

Oh-oh, when I first started visiting the Costa del Sol I was all about the junk (give me a break, I was 12). This area is a haven for English fuelled fast food, but it’s worth cutting through the tourist spots to find some authentic Spanish eats.

The city is home to a few hidden interior gems, including Cafetería-Bar El Jardín, which made me feel like I was dreaming Wes Anderson stylie when I first found it. Honourable mention goes to La Taberna del Pintxo, a tapas restaurant where the waiters wander around with trays and you select any bites that take your fancy – it’s the perfect way to try a few new dishes, although I do recommend the mini burgers… what can I say, old habits die hard.

Cafetería-Bar El Jardín

Drop worthy shops

Calle Marqués de Larios has become a little shopping haven. This street has thrived since I was a teenager beelining for the Zara sale. It’s now flanked by boutiques and well-known brands, including Cos, Kiko, Intimissimi and & Other Stories (whose interior makes me feel like I’m in LA). Venture into the side streets for some independent boutiques, including Lilo & Rumba, which is a must visit if you have a dog, or if you just want to play with their resident bulldogs.

& Other Stories

Culture vulture

You can heart all sorts of modern art at the Pompidou Centre. It features some fab work by female artists, so it gets extra props from me. It is also free on Sundays after 4pm, as are many of Malaga’s other museums… Also worth a visit are the St. Petersburg Museum of Russian Art and the CAC (Contemporary Art Center).

Pompidou Centre
Pompidou Centre

Up on the roof

I’m usually all about the tinto de veranos on the beach when I visit Southern Spain, but one of the best ways to see the city is from above. Malaga’s beautiful buildings are peppered with rooftop bars – La Alcazaba Terrace is a favourite, but I think the best view can be found 15 floors above the AC Hotel Málaga Palacio, although I have heard they’re getting kinda exclusive, so you might have to hone your charm game before approaching the door…

Malaga centre

 

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10 Comment

  1. Gill Edwards. says: Reply

    Beautifully written & you’ve seen a lot of changes in the 18yrs you’ve been traveling here. Loads more stunning places for your auntie to show you. Xxx

    1. Thank you! Oh yes there’s still lots on my list and lots on yours too, it’s always good to have a local guide in the know… 😉 xx

  2. Lizzie Fishman says: Reply

    ….and I am so going to Malaga next holiday. Love your blog. x

    1. Haha, well be sure to check out these places when you do, and let me know what you think! Thank you, so kind 😘

  3. I’ve only ever been to Marbella, but Malaga looks beautiful with so much to see and explore x

    1. I’ve been to Marbella a few times too, I rather like Puerto Banus but it is so expensive!! Malaga is definitely much better than it used to be, I’d recommend it if you ever go back to that area! xx

  4. I have never visited Malaga but was actually looking for next year. Thank you for a great post. Kaz x

    1. Ah thank you for saying so Kaz! Have a fab time if you do go, it’s a great beach/city break if you travel around a little! xx

  5. I love Southern Spain, but I’ve actually spent very little time in Malaga. You’ve persuaded me I need to change that

    1. Ah I’m glad it has inspired you! It’s definitely worth a visit now, get there before everyone discovers it and it becomes overrun with tourists! 🙂

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