The vibrant city of Malaga Southern Spain

Malaga City panoramic skyline

Málaga... Capital city of the Costa del Sol (Malaga region), was established  as a colony over 3000 years ago . A city of approx 580,000 inhabitants. Malaga has a busy and thriving port for both commercial vessels and International cruise liners. it is also the industrial hub for the South and the airport is the gateway to millions of visitors to southern Spain anually makinfg the south of Spain the busiest tourist destination in Europe. (Malaga airport)  Malaga is a vibrant , city which has gone from strength to strength over the years. The city is a mixture of new modern architecture and old tradional buildings dating back 100s of years. Wide sweeping avenues , boulevards and narrow streets are packed with shops, coffee bars, restaurants, markets and night venues . The heart of Malaga is the area around  Calle Larios, Plaza de la Constitución and Calle Granada, where you will find the main traditional shopping areas and the thriving nightlife. The narrow side streets leading off these main areas are a maze of alleyways crammed with tapas bars and bodegas  and old  wine  shops serving wine from casks including the local sweet wine Malaga Virgen, which is a must to try but be carefull it is very palatable but also packs a real punch at around 15 - 20 per  cent  proof.   A great place to try this is in one of Malagas oldest Bodegas Antigua Casa de Guardia. Alameda Principal, 1829005 MálagaTel : 952 21 46 80 .

Antigua Casa de Guardia. Alameda Principal, 1829005 Málaga
Antigua casa de guardia fundada en 1840
Malagas oldest Bodegas Antigua Casa de Guardia. Alameda Principal, 1829005 Málaga

At weekends Malaga city is full of people going out to enjoy the nightlife in one of the cities many bars, or nightclubs. Locals often do not go out until late at night usually after dinner around 11.00pm but will often stay out till dawn, although with recent changes to opening hours and laws , most of the bars will close around 3 or 4 am. 

 

As well as the older style traditional bodegas and bars Malaga has a fantastic selection of "Roof Top Bars" where you can enjoy a drink and get a fantastic view of the city .... See the CNR-Online guide to Malaga roof top bars 

Roof top bar in Malaga
Great views of the city and Malaga Cathederal
Roof top barabove the hussle and bustle of Malaga city below

The Port of Malaga.. One of the most vibrant areas of Malaga city is newly developed port area, Stylish shops, market stalls, bars many with outside terraces and live music, and restaurants ranging from fast food to gourmet dining catering for every international taste and budget. If you plan to visit by car there is ample parking, but this can prove a little expensive if plan to stay long, The main square area of the port also plays host to exhibitions and events and there are usually a couple of bohemian street artists wandering around to entertain you and there is always something to amuse the young ones..  The worlds top cruise liners dock here and there can be up to 4 ships in dock at a time which ensures the area is always "Buzzing" 

Map of Malaga port
Malaga Port
Shops, markets and restaurants on the new port at Malaga

Málaga is best seen on foot, it is not a very large city and most of its main attractions are relatively close to each other. One of the best best ways to enter the City is via the rail network, the national (including the AVE fast service from Madrid) enters the city at the María Zambrano station ,which is a good place to stop if you want to visit the large, modern Larios shopping centre ,  if you are travelling into Malaga via the local service (from Fuengirola, Benalmadena, Torremolinos and the airport),   the line continues, for approx 500 mtrs,  past the main station to Centro Alameda which is a good place to start your visit. 

 

Malaga train stations
Cercanias Malaga
The Larios shopping centre
Amazing range of fresh fish is available at Malaga Market
Mercado Central de Atarazanas location
The freshest vegetables can be found at Malaga markets
The market is also a feast for the eyes as well as the palet
Flower sellers on Alameda Principal

To be Continued ......