Malaga is the largest town on the Costa del Sol. Rich in history, visiting Malaga is a must.
This city, despite the crisis, is in the tourist development: Rehabilitation of historic districts, monuments. The marina, fully renovated in recent years, welcomes cruise ships, including THE gay cruise around the mediterranean.
Busy day, this city also saw the night: From tapas bars, restaurants and disco, Malaga encourages partying.
Do not miss: The Feria de Malaga (one week in August, generally from 8 to 15)). The party is in the streets the whole day (animations, dance, singing). From 22:00, the ferial recinto takes over. At the exit of the city, this huge space hosts a funfair, restaurants and hundreds of casetas (small private or public restaurants where music and animations invite everyone to dance.
Port : Ideal place to stroll and enjoy spray. Many shops, bars and restaurants offer a pleasant moment. Continuing until the end of the harbor (towards the lighthouse) beach 'La Malagueta' spreads over the east side of Malaga. A curiosity: the dike rocks are consitutant mark many wild cats enjoying themselves as the approval of the place.
L'Alcazaba :The old fortification rises above the city. One can ride or drive (and we recommend it) walk. A magnificent view of the bay, arenas (plaza de toros) and districts of Malaga is offered to you. From the pedestrian climb to the Alcazaba is an ancient Roman theater being restored.
the Marques Larios street : real backbone of the city from the port and back to the place of Constitution, and (via the Calle Granada) to the place of the Merced is the main shopping area and the main place animation of the city.
Old town:On either side of the Calle Marques Larios, the streets of old Malaga make finding freshness and quietude. On either side of the calle Larios and Calle Granada, one can discover the Picasso Museum, Thyssen, and the Flamenco. At the bend of these alleys, Moorish hammam and old market can also be a visit. There is no insecurity to walk day and night in these places. At the corner of an alley you will probably discover the manquita (the manchote) ula very famous Cathedral of Malaga which takes its name from the south tower was never completed giving the monument a lopsided appearance.
The Merced square :Almost all the gay bars (or gay-friendly) focus around this place and in some adjacent streets.
Developed for mass tourism in the 1970s, the Paseo Maritimo (seafront) is a succession of concrete blocks (Hotels, residences and commercial areas). Cultural side, Torremolinos offers virtually nothing. Festive side, the city is a main spot of gay life on the Costa del Sol.
Paseo maritimo : Very long, Paseo has many Chiringuitos (Beach restaurant where you eat the excellent grilled fish). Many boats used as barbecue where are grilled sardines, bars, sea bream. The prices are affordables.
Down town :Located several meters above the Paseo, the center is acccessible by road, but also walk by the famous Calle San Miguel. This shopping street starts on the seafront and a succession of corners and stairs used to wait the Torremolinos town center. Many shops (tourist) along this long climb. Beware of hots in August which can make tiring walk! Another route is near the most direct Melia hotel, no shops and shade almost the entire climb.
The Nogalera : Set of bars (thirty), disco (between 5 and 10) and restaurants where the gay night life unfolds. These establishments are exclusively gay and gay-friendly. Atmosphere provided from midnight.
Also developed in the 70s, the city offers a range of hotels.
Many parks have been created : Selwo marina (marine shows), the crocodile farm, Tivoli (and cable - 30 minutes of up-which provides access to a raptor show outdoors) and track natural ice 'Club Hielo.
Some monuments are also worth a visit: The Church of Santo Domingo, the Bil-Bil Castle. Curiosity along the highway: the largest Buddhist statue in the Western world.
For gamers, a casino is accessible: Casino Torrequebrada (the only one on the Costa Del Sol).
The city unfortunately has no place except a gay gay nudist beach (see section Beaches).
The village : True heart of the traditional city, the village is typically Andalucian: narrow streets (fresh) in summer, and many peaceful places.
Arroyo de la Miel : This area includes all the shops. Lively at any time of day or night, many bars and restaurants and shops of all kinds offer a wide choice of entertainment.
Port : Benalmadena Marina is the most touristic area of the city. At the water's edge, an entire architecture was built to accommodate the many tourists. Many bars and restaurants along the marina. Disco early night, festive atmosphere in July / August.
Located at 25 kms from Malaga, Fuengirola was a old fishing village. Developed by tourism (in the 70s), the city has grown along the Paseo Maritimo (more than 11 km
Nevertheless, the city center has retained its charm. The pedestrian streets near the Constitution Square full of typical Spanish restaurants.
A gay place: Soho Kopas (bar and shows)
Paseo maritimo : 11 Kms long. Most of the beaches are very nice (crowded in summer). The area of Los Boliches (east) is a bit out of the bustling city. More towards the center of Fuengirola, more bars and restaurants are plentiful. Close to the port, restaurants are omnipresent. Avoid touristic restaurants, and prefer instead to Los Chinorros (behind the Central post office) typically Spanish restaurants where you can eat or sit at the counter.
Downtown : A variety of pedestrian streets run through the center of Fuengirola, all around the 'Place of Constitution': fish markets, ham store. The traditional market opens very early in the morning. Located in a large building, greengrocers, fishmongers, butchers and delicatessens offer their tasty wares. The place is great to buy paella's spices.
The ZOO (Bioparc) : The only zoo on the Costa Del Sol. Centrally located behind the town hall. Many interesting varieties of animals and species. Discover : Entry into the enclosure's Meerkats!
Mijas Pueblo : Located a few kilometers inland. This is an unmistakable Andalusian village. Entirely white, clinging to the hillside, You can visit the village with .... a donkey. The view overlooking the bay of Fuengirola is beautiful.
Located 45 kms from Malaga, Marbella is known today for its Jetset. It happens on the side of Puerto Banus (near Marbella). The city is nice by paseo Maritimo and especially its ancient historical district.
Paséo maritimo : Beaches in the city center are cozy and equipped with all services nearby. Many bars and restaurants. A walk along the Paseo is very pleasant.
Old town : A multitude of pedestrian streets the CENTRO. A walk through the old Marbella is a must: white village atmosphere very typical and unfortunately also very touristic. The central point is the "Plaza de los Naranjos" where is the city Hall of Marbella. Expect the camera! should "heat" around every alley. At the bottom of the historic district do not hesitate to cross the main avenue towards the sea and discover the Alameda Park and the Avenida del mar, great site featuring Celebrity scupltures Spanish artists.
Puerto Banus : A treat for lovers of luxury and 'Comedian'. On the port, concentration of boutiques. Parades throughout the day and especially at night with all sorts of "creatures". Have a drink on a terrace itself is a true spectacle. For fans, all the beautiful yachts and most beautiful cars are also there.
1h - 1h30 drive from Malaga few essentials:
NERJA :60 km east of Malaga (direction Almeria), visit the caves (splendid by their immensity) and in the town itself the "Balcony of Europe" headland with breathtaking sea views.
ANTEQUERA / EL TORCAL: 50 kms from Malaga. One day to visit the city its "Dolmens" (Unesco), its castle and 10 kms from Antequera the unbelievable place of THE TORCAL , where the movement of the mountains have created an incredible place to see. Don't forget to taste the "Mollete" (small breds), an Antequera speciality.
CAMINITO DEL REY : 45 kms from Malaga. Train stop at EL CHORRO station. The Caminito is a kind of an old track when workers created a way along the mountain to bring material to built the dams. Completly renoved and secured in 2015.Sometimes you will be 100 meters above the groud ! The round trip takes you more or less 4 hours.
You have to book before going (website caminitodelrey.com).
GRANADA : Visit the Alhambra, the gardens and palaces. Get there early or book online your ticket. To visit this site, consider two days.
RONDA: a city built on either side of a canyon. Great views from the deck. Lots of history and beautiful old Ronda.
GIBRALTAR: A piece of England in Andalusia. entry into the territory across the airport runway! Payments in pounds sterling. Access to the top of the rock by car, bus or cable car. The reception is at the top by a swarm of monkeys in the wild. Never feed them.