Begin your holiday in Malaga with car hire from Instant-Car-Hire. We offer online bookings providing discounted car rental at Malaga airport. All of our car hire suppliers have dedicated staff at the end of the telephone for any extra queries that might arise before or after completing your rental car booking. For your information the airport at Malaga is approximately 11 km from the centre of town.
Situated in the Costa del Sol on the southern Mediterranean coast of Spain is the region's largest city, Malaga. Famous for its golden sandy beaches, the Costa del Sol continues to attract holidaymakers in their droves each year. Where else can tourists be guaranteed sunshine and holiday resorts that never fail to deliver what is promised in the brochures. The regional landscape varies to some extent with rocky coastal stretches on the eastern side up as far as the charming fishing town of Nerja. Westwards, heading over to Cadiz, the Costa del Sol becomes more developed meeting the needs of a larger and more demanding holiday market. Popular resorts in the region include Estepona, Fuengirola Torremolinos and Marbella.
Situated on the Iberian Peninsula, in the south west of Europe, Malaga benefits from its close proximity to other popular holiday destinations such as Morocco, the Canary Islands, the Balearic Islands and its Mediterranean coastline.
During the summer months, daytime temperatures generally reach about 35 degrees Celsius and at night, 10 degrees Celsius. There is no need to carry around an umbrella just in case it rains here in Malaga, for it rarely does! Even during the remainder of the year, rain is sparse and winter daytime temperatures climb as high as 20 degrees Celsius.
The locals of Malaga, otherwise known as the Malaguenos are famous for their love of socialising and enjoying nothing better than to eat out with friends. Expect to find a generous supply of restaurants and bars in the city bursting with patrons throwing back glass upon glass of wine.The local Andalusian cuisine, is completely made up of fresh local produce, consisting of fresh Mediterranean vegetables and seafood.
A sociable and traditional people, the Malaguenos celebrate a number of occasions such as the Easter Week procession. During the Easter period, large models of Jesus and the Virgin Mary are paraded around the town amid gaiety and typical Malaguenan atmosphere.
The summer time festival, the 'Feria de Agosto' beginning the 2nd August, kicks off with dancing, music and much drinking and celebrating in the Feria Square. Lasting a week, the festivities include traditional flamenco, costumed characters galore and elaborate displays of horsemanship. Expect the daytime activities to take place in Malaga city centre and the evening's entertainment happening on the outskirts.
The northern African theme upon Malaga's architecture comes from the time when the Moors had taken over Spain and for seven hundred years had exerted its Arab influence.
Packed to the gills with interesting attractions, there are a number of museums to get round such as the Archeological Museum, the Cathedral Museum and the Diocesal Museum. Lovers of art will enjoy the Picasso Museum, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Museum of Popular Arts and Customs and the Museum of Fine Arts. In addition to the Picasso Museum, Malaga has the Pablo Ruiz Picasso Public Foundation to offer enthusiasts. The birthplace of the artist is put to good use as a base for showcasing the artist's works and life. If you are interested in bull fighting, the Plaza de Toros provides a comprehensive insight and history of bull fighting in the city.
When you are not enjoying the lovely seaside, a delicious Andalusian lunch or a museum tour, why not find out more about the many interesting monuments around the city. Situated close to the distinctive La Alcazaba, the fortress built by the Moors, is the Gibralfaro Castle. The two buildings are actually joined and reside on a site that initially held a Phoenician lighthouse. Below the Alcazaba is what has been recently discovered of a roman theatre. Additional sights to see around the city include the neo-classical palace de la Aduana, the nineteenth century Malaga Bullfighting Ring and the Cathedral. Built over a mosque when the Moors were beaten and run out of town, the Cathedral, built in the sixteenth century was seen by many to be a commemorative monument. With a blend of gothic, renaissance and baroque style architecture, the Cathedral satisfies the tastes of a varied audience.
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Malaga International Airport
- Situated about 11 kilometres south west of Malaga, there are several modes of transport available for your convenience upon your exit of the terminal building.
Taxis line up outside the arrivals hall, but beware of overcharging by checking the sheet posted on the wall, which lists destinations and fares. Elsewhere, taxis can be flagged down in the street or found at designated ranks, and show a green light when available. The journey into the city centre takes approximately 20 minutes.
The train station is a five minutes walk from the arrivals hall (llegados). Go up one floor to departures (salidas), take any exit and follow the Ferrocarril signs to the right. You can buy a ticket on the train. Trains run half-hourly to Fuengirola to the west and Malaga to the east. If you are heading for Malaga, be sure you get off at the last station, Centro-Alameda, not the previous stop Malaga-Renfe, which will land you at the main train station, a good 20-minute walk from the centre of town. A service operates between the airport and city centre every 30 minutes.
Buses to Malaga depart from a stop outside the arrivals hall half-hourly (6.30am to 11.30pm). There are buses linking all the coastal resorts and several daily to inland towns, including Ronda, Mijas and Antequera, which you can catch from Malaga bus station on Paseo de los Tilos or from larger coastal towns, such as Torremolinos, Calle Hoyo.