Destination guide

Málaga – what's left wanting?

In a Flamenco-esque twirl of Spanish energy and Mudejar towers, Málaga stakes its claim to the cultural capital of the whole of southern Spain. As if to say, "move over Cadiz, move over Seville", this confident and classical city proudly touts its grand Alcazaba and the opulent Baroque domes of the great Malaga Cathedral – have the camera ready. Meanwhile, Picasso's masterworks and oodles of avant-garde art linger in the museums, and tapas bars hum until the early hours. Want beaches? Málaga holiday rentals are also a base for exploring the world-famous Costa del Sol.

Things to do

30 Málaga museums and counting

As many as 30 museums make their home in Málaga, imbuing it with a cultural undercurrent that other Spanish cities simply can't match. Start – of course – at the Picasso Museum. It's just off the Plaza de La Merced, where the master was born, offering visions of his surrealist sketches and Dadaesque works. There's also the Malaga Wine Museum for those who prefer to sip their way through local heritage. And there's the acclaimed Museo Carmen Thyssen, a place to explore the ins and outs of Andalusian creativity.

Activities

Nothing mundane in urban Málaga

Málaga's downtown is like the canvass of a Picasso painting – bustling, colourful and scrawled with intriguing aspects. Bag yourself Málaga holiday rentals in the gilded Old Town if you really want to be in the midst of it all. That's a land of filigreed balconies and ornamental churches, where every corner you turn will reveal another Moorish treasure or babbling Baroque fountain. The streets are narrowed by rows of cafes and bars. Some pulse late with sloshing sangria. Others hone in on the delights of fine-dining, bringing a modern and exciting edge to the traditionalism of Andalusia.

Weather

All year enjoyments in Málaga

Even when the resort towns of the Costa del Sol have shut up shop for the winter season, Málaga stays open for business. In fact, it's such a lived-in, working Spanish city, awash with such culture, that a visit between December and March promises to be just as immersive as one in midsummer. That said, far more people come between May and August. The added bonus of beach-worthy temperatures in the 20s and 30s can be a tad too hard to resist.

Natural features

From mountains to waves in Málaga

The wide sands of Malagueta and La Caleta combine to give this corner of Andalusia the sort of yellow-hued bays you'd expect of the Costa del Sol. You can even bag Málaga holiday rentals within walking distance of the beaches. If you prefer the mountains, then look north. That's where the Montes de Málaga Natural Park extends into the sierras. It's criss-crossed by walking trails, like the Sendero de Torrijos and the Sendero de Contadores, which pass waterfalls and poplar groves and streams aplenty.

How to get there

Transport options to and around Malaga

Fly into Malaga (AGP), the closest airport, located 4.9 mi (7.9 km) from the city centre.

If you'd rather travel by train, the main station serving the city is Málaga María Zambrano Station. You can get around Malaga by jumping on the metro at La Marina Station, Guadalmedina Station or La Malagueta Station.

Where to stay around Málaga?

Our 2019 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 13,427 holiday lettings near Málaga. From 2,252 Villas to 1,856 Houses, find unique self catering accommodation for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends. The best place to stay near Málaga is on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when travelling to Málaga?

Whether you are travelling solo or with family and friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of holiday accommodations for a long holiday or just a weekend break in Málaga:

  • Pedregalejo: 180 holiday homes
  • El Palo: 184 holiday homes
  • La Malagueta: 134 holiday homes
  • El Candado: 92 holiday homes
  • La Merced: 734 holiday homes

For other neighbourhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available.

What are the most popular points of interest and landmarks to stay near when travelling to Málaga?

HomeAway offers a large selection of holiday accommodations near great places in Málaga. From HomeAway travellers, the most popular points of interest to stay near are:

  • Málaga Cathedral: 7,010 holiday lettings
  • Alcazaba: 7,003 holiday lettings
  • Centre de Arte Contemporaneo: 7,026 holiday lettings
  • Plaza de la Merced: 6,991 holiday lettings
  • Jose Maria Martin Carpena Arena: 7,580 holiday lettings

But there are many other points of interest around Málaga listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Villas in Málaga?

Yes, of course. HomeAway offers 2,252 Villas in Málaga. Our other popular types of Málaga holiday rentals include:

  • Houses: 1,856 self catering accommodations
  • Flats: 8,236 self catering accommodations
  • Bungalows: 530 self catering accommodations

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other holiday rentals including Cottages and more.

Can I find a holiday accommodation with pool in Málaga?

Yes, you can select your preferred holiday accommodation with pool among our 8,798 holiday homes with pool available in Málaga. Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available.

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