The City of Málaga is located in Andalucía and is an important seaport on the Western Mediterranean. It`s history spans approximately 2,800 years, making it one of the oldest cities in the world. It has an incredibly rich, diverse history, having been occupied by many different peoples, this can still be seen in the style of it`s buildings, and tasted in it`s delicious food offerings. Today it is a cosmopolitan city, but one that has maintained it`s traditional roots, offering a fabulous year round climate making it an ideal tourist destination.
In the early 19th century, there was substantial, economic development, the main industries being textiles and steel. These generated a number of subsidiary industries that required the construction of factories, manufacturing items such as soap, paint and salt fish. Breweries, timber mills, potteries, brick works and tanneries also sprung up in the area. Many middle class families from the North of Spain invested their wealth in these ventures, the Larios family from La Rioja setting up a large textile plant. It is from these families that many streets in Málaga have inherited their names, for example “Calle Larios”, one of the best shopping streets in the city.
Sadly by the beginning of the 20th century, due to the economic crisis of 1893, many of the previously successful industries in Málaga were forced to close down. This, along with vineyards devastated by disease, resulted in tens of thousands of Málagueños emigrating overseas in search of a better life.
Spain, and in particular Málaga began to see the birth of the tourist industry in the late fifties and early sixties. The name “Costa del Sol” was created to market the whole area to foreigners wanting to enjoy a holiday in the sun. During this time the city and surrounding areas benefitted from a massive development programme, ensuring the infrastructure was able to meet the demands of the growing numbers of tourists. Málaga Airport provided Northern Europeans with that much needed gateway to the sun!
Modern day Málaga has many varied attractions to offer the visitor, whether it`s just a day trip or a more leisurely stay in one of it`s many hotels. It`s a shame that so many tourists fly in and out of Málaga Airport and never visit the city – a magical experience not to be missed!
Due to it`s amazing favourable location and multi-cultural heritage, it has something special to offer everyone; fabulous museums and art galleries, numerous cathedrals, theatres that offer the latest plays and concerts, great beaches, friendly people, and last but not least authentic Andalucían cuisine served with a flare only to be found in Málaga! You can choose whether you wish to eat at an elegant fine dining establishment or opt for a more informal setting of one of the many traditional tapas bars or chiringuitos.
Below is a small selection of fine restaurants to be found in the city centre:
Cafe de Paris – a sophisticated Michelin starred restaurant, serving traditional Andalucían cuisine blended with international flavours.
Address: Calle Vélez-Málaga, 8, 29016 Málaga, Spain
Opening Times: Mon to Sat: 13:30 to 16:00 & 20:00–23:00, Sun: Closed
Tel.: +34 952 225 043
Al Yamal – the first Arabic restaurant in Málaga with it`s roots based in Andalucía, in Arabic
this means “Beautiful” and it certainly lives up to it`s name.
Address: Calle Blasco de Garay, 7, 29001 Málaga, Spain
Tel.: +34 952 212 046
Opening times: Mon to Sat: 12:00 to 17:00 & 19:00 to 00:00, Sun: Closed
La Plaza Restaurant – situated in Plaza de la Merced, in the heart of the old city. Offers
multiple international dishes along with traditional tapas, and has an extensive selection of
fine wines and champagnes.
Address: Plaza de la Merced, 18, 29102 Málaga, Spain.
Tel.: +34 952 608 491
Opening times: Mon to Sun: 10.00 to 2:00am
La Reserva 12 – situated next to Calle Larios, and close to the Picasso Museum, it offers a
large selection of seafood dishes and a great choice of fine wines.
Address: Calle Bolsa No12, Tel.: +34 952 608 218
José Carlos Garcia – this is a very special restaurant having only six tables, ensuring that each guest receives the utmost attention in an intimate setting, whilst savouring the views from the terrace over the Mediterranean sea.
Address: Puerto de Málaga, Plaza de la Capilla, 1,
Tel.: +34 952 003 588
Bars in Málaga are a social meeting place and are often open throughout the day until the early hours of the morning.
One of the oldest bars in Málaga well known for it`s sherry like wines and delicious seafood tapas is “Antigua Casa de Guardia”, more information can be found on their web-
Alameda Principal, 18
Tel: 952 21 46 80
A famous bar not to be missed is “Bodega Bar El Pimpi”, another one of Málaga`s oldest bars, with a history of frequent celebrity visits, shown by it`s interior decoration of masses of signed photographs.
Calle Granada, 62 y Calle Alcazabilla
Tel.: +34 952 228 990
Muelle Uno is the port development in Málaga and is truly stunning, with beautiful shops, bars and restaurants, all this and only 5 minutes walk away from the old part of the city. This is where the cruise liners visiting Málaga dock for a few hours to give their passengers the opportunity to taste some real Andalucían hospitality.
Tel.: +34 952 003 942
Málaga also has an ultra modern railway station, “María Zambrano”, and from here you can travel to Madrid in only two and a half hours on the AVE high speed train which goes right into the city centre.
To check out other train connections: www.renfe.es
For all shopping addicts out there, one of the best streets to visit is Calle Larios, here you will find beautiful clothes, fabulous jewellery and many other unusual items. Calle Larios, named after the Spanish aristocrat, Manuel Domingo Larios, is a historic, pedestrian street crammed full with ancient buildings showing off their stunning facades.
Located on the outskirts of the city close to the airport is “Plaza Mayor”, a leisure centre with a large shopping area incorporating all the big name retail outlets, situated alongside a cinema complex and a wide variety of restaurants.
Returning to the city centre, you can find “Atarazanas”, Málaga`s historic central market, this is the place to visit if you want to buy fresh fruit, vegetables and choose from a huge variety of fresh seafood, all at amazingly cheap prices!
One of Málaga`s most famous sons was Pablo Picasso, and this great artist has a museum dedicated to him. Located in the old city, it is surrounded by many traditional tapas bars and interesting buildings. The museum is only a few minutes walk away from the house where he was born in Plaza de la Merced, also open for public viewing.
If you`d like more information about the museum and house, visit the following web-sites:
Situated just behind the museum is a Roman amphitheatre, recently restored since it`s discovery in 1951. On the hill behind this, stands the “Alcazaba”, which is a dramatic 11th century Moorish fortress, parts of it built using the ruined remains of a Roman theatre that was lying next to it. If you don`t have time to visit the “Alhambra” in Granada then this is a smaller version in the same style.
Looming above it, are the ruins of the “Gibralfaro”, a 14th century Moorish castle that was built to protect the “Alcazaba”; the name is derived from an Arabic word “yabal” meaning “hill” and a Greek word “faruh” meaning “lighthouse”, hence “Gibralfaro” means “lighthouse hill”. There is a great outdoor cafetería here, where you can soak up the stunning, panoramic views of the city.
Málaga`s main annual festival is the Feria de Agosto, this particular fair lasts for an entire week, and located on the outskirts of the city it takes place during the third week in August.
The fair was originally held to celebrate the reconquest of the city by the monarchs Isabella and Ferdinand in 1487. Many of the locals wear traditional dress and everyone is out to have a great time partying. During the afternoons and evenings, the usual fairground attractions and rides can be found, with an assortment of stalls selling refreshments and other varied items.
If you have the desire to explore the city of Málaga and see the non tourist spots, then an interesting, affordable way to do it, is to use a small family run company with born and bred Malagueños to guide you. For more details and information about what they offer, visit the following web-site:
We hope these small snippets of information have served to whet your appetite, and that soon you will experience all that Málaga has to offer!