Málaga – a vibrant and exciting modern city

 

Málaga is a totally reinvented city, vibrant, exciting and modern, having a rich and unique history and a wealth of stunning historical buildings. It is one of Europe`s most relaxing and attractive cities with a perfect all year round climate, and of course, is within easy reach of all Northern Europeans.

 

Málaga has transformed itself from being a shabby run down port; it`s now shouting out about it`s new city break status and flaunting it`s superb natural setting!

 

New Contemporary Homes is branching out into the Málaga City market which has now become fashionable as an urban tourist destination and is high up on the list of popular places to buy a second home; there are as many Spanish as there are other nationalities looking to purchase property. The city has begun to attract people who want to either live there permanently, or want a second home in a place that has good communications, services and leisure facilities.

 

It is a fact that the stock of new housing in Málaga city is practically nonexistent, so those potential buyers may have to consider the resales market. Many beautiful buildings are being refurbished and modernised internally, whilst keeping their historic facades, they are centrally situated and available to buy for the lucky few!

Experts have warned that new construction needs to start again within the next two years before existing stock of new housing runs out, and due to the historic nature of the buildings being refurbished, it can be a long wait for permissions to be granted.

Property prices have risen in Málaga and are still rising steadily, the plus side of this is that  this trend shows no signs of abating and therefore a property purchased now is likely to more than hold it`s value.

The property market in Málaga city is not yet really geared up to dealing with the non Spanish speaking foreign purchaser. Whilst estate agents on the coast will invariably be bilingual, or staffed by native English-speakers, offices in the city will usually be able to offer someone who can ´manage` in English.

 

It is easy to understand why so many people are now interested in purchasing a second property in this vibrant city of culture, ideally situated for a sunny weekend break, and offering attractions to rival those of other major cities.

 

Muelle Uno is the new sparkling waterfront area, boasting a variety of great shops, restaurants and bars, serving not only the cruise ship passengers but well loved by the locals as well.

Málaga continues to profit from it`s reputation as a booming tourist hotspot with the news that a 35 floor luxury hotel is to be built in the port, complete with shopping area, casino and conference centre. Construction could start next year with a proposed opening date in 2020.

 

Málaga has an extremely modern, efficient railway station and by using the high speed train (AVE), Madrid can be reached within 2.5 hours.

Málaga Airport is located about 8 km southwest of the city. It is the third biggest international airport in Spain, and has flight connections to several Spanish cities as well as connections to over 60 countries worldwide.

The airport is well connected with the city by train, buses and taxis. Many car rental companies also offer their services. Cercanias Málaga, a commuter rail service has a direct train service from the airport to the city centre. The public transport buses run from the airport to Malaga bus station and to the city centre. These buses depart from arrival sections of the terminals and are available from 6 am to 12 midnight.

 

The following airlines fly in and out of Málaga, offering many options for the potential traveller. With so many low cost flights every week, Málaga ticks all the boxes for the newest city break.

 

Aer Lingus,  airberlin,  Alitalia, Blue Air, bmibaby, British Airways, Brussels, Bulgaria Air,  Condor, easyJet,  FlexFlight, Flybe, Germanwings, Helitt, Iberia, INAER,  Jetairfly, Lufthansa, Luxair, Monarch, Niki, Norwegian, Portugal, Royal Air Maroc, Ryanair, SAS, Spanair, Swiss, TAP, ThomsonTurkish, Vueling

 

The culture in the city is almost overwhelming. Having over 30 museums, it`s difficult to turn any corner here without finding one!

There is the newly opened Pompidou Centre, the first one outside of France. It is entered through a multi-coloured giant glass cube and houses permanent and temporary contemporary exhibitions, entrance fee is free for under 18s and €7 for everyone else – for more information, www.centrepompidou-malaga.eu

 

The Russian Museum is based in an old tobacco factory and tells the story of Russian art over the last five centuries, exhibiting works from the state museum in St Petersburg, entrance fee is free for under 18s and €6 for everyone else – for more information, www.coleccionmuseoruso.es

 

For the petrol-heads amongst you, the Automobile Museum is fascinating, showcasing vintage and modern cars along with the high fashion from the 1920s to 1950s. Entrance fee is free for under 3s and €7.50 for everyone else – for more information, www.museoautomovilmalaga.com

 

Of course as Picasso was born here, the Picasso Museum is a must visit as well as the Carmen Thyssen Museum which showcases 19th century Spanish art.

 

Shopping is an absolute delight in Málaga as there are high end designer shops and many small independent boutiques selling organic clothing, antiques, vintage goods and stunning handmade jewellery.

 

A newly developed hip district of the city is Soho which has been turned into an open air gallery, with it`s walls displaying giant murals by some well known international artists, street art at it`s finest!

 

A relatively new attraction is the Hammam Al Ándalus, situated in the old city centre, this new Arab style hammam is exquisite, beautifully tiled, with candle lanterns lining the corridors, marble floors and hot and cold baths. For more information, www.hammamalandalus.com

 

Food is an immense pleasure in Málaga, a worthwhile visit should be made to the buzzing Mercado Atarazanas, Málaga`s main food market. There are several companies offering ´foodie`tours, one of which is the newly launched Spain Food Sherpas offering a variety of off the beaten track food tours – for more information, www.spainfoodsherpas.com

There are so many excellent bars and restaurants in every corner of the city and taking a weekend to explore will uncover many hidden gems!

Málaga offers many different types of accommodation for those that wish to discover this great city, and we offer you a taste below:

 

Molina Lario

In a great spot opposite the cathedral and a few minutes’ walk from the waterfront, this 103-room, four-star hotel boasts a rooftop pool and two terraces with amazing views – perfect for a cocktail or two at any time of day. The decor is a bit safe but standard rooms are very comfortable, if a little business-like, while the deluxe rooms are in the 19th-century part of the hotel. There’s also a decent restaurant and cafe (the patio garden’s nice for breakfast).

Doubles from €115, Molina Lario 20, +34 952 06 20 02, hotelmolinalario.com

 

Alcazaba Premium Hostel

Opened in February, this is a cool, central budget option. There are 24 rooms ranging from dorms of 10 to doubles – all spotless and comfortable with private bathrooms (a superior double has three balconies). Best of all is the stylish restaurant Batik (open to anyone) and the buzzing roof terrace, the latest place to have a drink and enjoy the views over the Alcazaba and the castle.

Dorm beds from €15, doubles from €69, Calle Alcazabilla 12, +34 952 22 98 78, alcazabapremiumhostel.com

 

Room Mate Larios

On the main shopping street Marqués de Larios, this is a good, central option with art deco-inspired decor (grey palette, blonde wood furnishings and round mirrors). The junior suite has lovely views of Plaza de la Constitución and floor-to-ceiling shuttered windows. The stylish roof terrace has a cocktail bar and breakfast is a quality buffet, open until midday (€8.95). As well as rooms there are several apartments, including a two-bed duplex, and sister hotel Room Mate Lola has opened in Soho.

Doubles from €90, junior suites from €130, Calle Marqués de Larios 2 and Calle Casas de Campos 17, +34 912 17 92 87, www.room-matehotels.com

 

Dulces Dreams

Right next to the hammam, this bijou hotel, which opened last year, has just eight rooms (one with two double beds), five with their own bathroom. Fresh cakes and muffins, delicious smoothies and other delights are sold in the bright cafe. It’s all as sweet as its name suggests and it doubles as a gallery, showing local artists’ work which changes monthly.

Doubles from €42, Plaza de los Mártires 6, +34 951 35 78 69, dulcesdreamshostel.com

 

Patio 19 Hostel

This slightly eccentric Aladdin’s cave of a B&B in a 17th-century mansion is great value and near the old centre. Set around a tiled courtyard, it’s full of antiques, old flamenco dresses, gilded mirrors and knick-knacks, but the rooms (doubles and one eight-bed dorm) are spotless.

Dorm beds €15, doubles from €40, Calle Mariblanca 19, 952 22 37 29, patio19.com

 

A large part of Málaga`s historic centre has been pedestrianised, and on exploring gives the impression of being in an Aladdin`s cave, discovering new surprises around each corner – once you have tasted the allure of Málaga, you will want to return again and again!