Malaga is one of the cities that is easily ignored by backpackers in Spain. In real sense millions of visitors arrive every year at the Malaga international airport but it is often just regarded as a transit point where people pass as they head to the more popular destinations in Costa del Sol.
However it is their loss because Malaga is not only a beautiful city, but also very traditional and very ‘Spanish’. What’s even better is that there are a lot of things that you can do in Malaga; and if, like me, you are one of those people looking for cheap holidays to Malaga, this place won’t break the bank.
Shop at the Atarazanas market
You will probably want to shop for a few things here and there, and Atarazanasy market is just the place to do that. Apart from its fascinating history, it is a great place to shop for all kinds of local produce. Vegetable, fruits, olives and oils are just some of the things that you can get from the market and you can also just walk around and feed your eyes. The market is open on all days from 8am to 1am except on Sundays.
Dine at the El Tintero, El Palo
Ok not exactly a sight, more of a 3 hour activity! Eat and drink your fill at Malaga’s best restaurant, it is an experience of lifetime. Situated at el Palo, an area just outside of Malaga, Tintero is hugely popular and it is a different kind of eating place. There is no reading of the menu here or ordering for food; you just point at the plates as they pass by and the food will be brought to you. Keep the wining coming please.
Wine at the bodega-bar El Pimpi
This is the weirdest bar (in a good way) that you will probably ever see. Perfectly located in the heart of the historical centre, the tapas bar is among the most renowned in Malaga. They boast of their great tapas and you will breathe the fresh air from the vines and plants growing all over the place.
Picasso may well be a famous artist but you would not do be doing yourself justice if you went to Malaga and not visit the Picasso museum. If your bank account is feeling a little worse for wear, there is free entrance to the museum on every last Sunday of the month. For a fantastic collection of 20th and 21st century art, nothing beats the Malaga Centre for contemporary art. Other captivating places include the Parador de Malaga Gibralfaro and Malaga’s parks.
Hit the beach
The list wouldn’t be complete mentioning the beautiful Malaga beaches. So much to choose from but the Playa de la Malagueta, the Playa Las Acacias and the Playa de la Misericordia, they all stand out. If you are hoping for entertainment for the whole family, visit the beaches around the Pedregalejo; you will find of Malaga’s popular ‘barrios’.
So next time you are in Spain, don’t ignore this little gem. It’s time to experience the real Spain, and if you stop here, you’re guaranteed to find it. Happy travels!