Holidays in Malaga – vibrant city life and sunny beaches
Malaga has become one of southern Spain’s most popular holiday destinations and this is due to the mix of vibrant city life and the amazing beaches. With its wide boulevards, historic castles and monuments, and beautiful port area, Malaga is a city begging to be explored. But this is also a modern city with some of the best shops, restaurants, bars and nightclubs, many of which can be found in the heart of the city at Calle Marques de Larios. Exciting excursions can be taken from Malaga to Tangiers, Morocco or Granada by ferry or take a train and spend the day in the city of Madrid.
Malaga holidays appeal to families, couples and groups thanks to the diversity of attractions and activities. Whether it’s theme parks for the children, golf holidays for the adults or simply lounging by the hotel pools or the sun drenched beaches, Malaga has something for everyone.
When to go
If you prefer warm rather than hot weather consider the quieter winter, spring and autumn seasons in Malaga; these are the best seasons for sports activities and to obtain inexpensive holidays. The summer months will be hot and the beaches can become very busy, especially during the month of August. Malaga has been voted the number one holiday destination for Easter and bank holiday breaks and this can mean higher prices and busy beaches during these periods. Although winter will see some rainfall this is still a good season to enjoy some sunshine and Christmas in Malaga is popular.
The weather in Malaga
Malaga boasts one of the best climates in the Mediterranean and the weather is reliably warm and dry all year round. The average temperature is 22C but you can expect daytime temperatures of 30C and over during the peak summer months with a warm evening temperature of 21C. Rainfall is practically non-existent during the summer and is low all year round, tending to appear infrequently from November through March. Spring and autumn are considered two of the best seasons to visit thanks to the warm weather with temperatures of 21C in April and 23C in October.
Getting the best deal
Malaga is a fascinating, sunny city to explore year round, and the best deals on flights and accommodation can be found during the spring, autumn and winter low seasons. If you can avoid school holidays such as Easter, August, October and Christmas then you will find reduced prices and a quieter atmosphere. A flexible schedule will mean you can benefit from excellent last minute holiday prices but booking early can also mean discounts on summer holidays. Take a look below at our best deals or visit our late deals offers for our best holiday prices.
Airport and transport need to know
Direct flights from the UK are available year round to Malaga Airport (AGP) with a flight time of approximately three hours. Flights leave from most UK city airports including London (Gatwick and Stansted), Luton, Bristol, Manchester, Birmingham, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Dublin. Malaga is an international airport with facilities including duty free shopping, restaurants, currency exchange, car hire and hotels. Transfer to Malaga from the airport should be no more than 10 minutes.
Trains, buses and taxis depart from Malaga Airport at Terminal 3; taxis are unmetered and prices should be arranged with the driver. Independently booking a private shuttlebus or car is an option and fares should be approximately 10 euros (£8) per person. Car hire is another good option if you intend to explore the Costa del Sol. Cars can be booked independently online and major roads are in good condition with driving on the right.
The best beaches in Malaga
Malaga is located on the Costa del Sol and the beaches here are some of the finest in Spain, which is the reason for their popularity all year round. Secluded golden coves and bays rub shoulders with the immense, grey sand resort beaches and a different beach can be enjoyed every day. The Mediterranean Sea is warm enough to swim in for most of the year and many of the beaches have been awarded the European Blue Flag for cleanliness.
Stretching 1200km the immense Playa de las Acacias is one of the liveliest beaches. Watersports are available and this beach is popular with families thanks to the children’s play area. There is no need to wander far from the sand as the seafront boasts many bars, restaurants, shops and cafeterias. This beach can get crowded during the summer months and is very popular with young people so arrive early to find your stretch of sand.
If you feel like escaping the crowds to the more secluded beaches then head to Tajo de la Songa at Benalmadena. This is one of the most secluded and romantic hidden beaches and is rarely crowded. Due to its isolated nature there are no nearby services, so pack provisions for a day at this beach.
Stop off at Playa de Malagueta for a day of relaxation on those all-important sun loungers. Located just 15 minutes from Malaga city centre this Blue Flag beach is popular with families due to its friendly, laid back atmosphere. The nearby Pablo Picasso promenade holds cafes, ice cream parlours and restaurants. During the end of August this beach is also home to the closing ceremony of the biggest festival in Andalucia, La Feria de Malaga, so expect thousands to arrive here for the festivities.