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The rise of an underdog: Málaga

The short answer to why you should visit Málaga – the largest city along Spain’s southern Mediterranean coast – is simply because it’s a really happening place right now that offers a wide range of conveniently located attractions, including gorgeous nearby beaches and hiking trails, plenty of architectural sites, art museums, excellent shopping potential and both local and international cuisine.

While Málaga was once just a logistical formality in order to get to classic Costa del Sol destinations like Fuengirola, Torremolinos and Marbella, places that still after decades continue to attract millions of sun-hungry charter tourists from northern Europe with urban beaches and massive concrete hotel resorts, Málaga 2019 has become a singular destination in its own right.

For the last ten years or so, the hometown of painter Pablo Picasso, has gone through a metamorphic shift from grimy to chic with whole neighborhoods being cleaned up and mindfully restored. It’s a makeover that just wins you over.

The city’s historic district and SoHo neighborhood are among the most visit-worthy with a plethora of magnificent architecture, cozy plazas, lush parks, shopping promenades, dozens of galleries and an endless exhibit of creatively refreshing street art. Not to mention the abundance of cafés, restaurants and tapas bars found throughout the center of town.

Málaga’s is not only one of the oldest cities in Europe, in fact, it’s one the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world and dates back 2800 years!

So, it’s not very surprising that you’ll find both ruins of a small Roman theatre and the centuries old and still vibrantly lively Atarazanas Market right in the city center.

Down by Puerto de Málaga, the city’s bustling harbor district, is just a short walk from downtown and a great place to take an early evening stroll by the sea.

Málaga has pretty much everything you can expect from a Spanish city along Costa del Sol but with a level of finesse and inspiration that other cities in Andalusia simply lack. It’s not nearly as crowded or grungy as Barcelona. And because it’s just recently risen from its uninteresting past, this is the perfect time to visit. Oh, and the airport is really, really close :-)

Where to Eat and what to do

Taperia Orgánica – Astrid
Really nice place with a healthy, ecological cuisine with authentic flavor.
Calle Calderón de la Barca, 6
www.taperiaorganica.com

Byoko
The food is fantastic, perfect place if you want to eat healthy and still wants something delicious.
Calle Strachan, 5, Málaga
www.facebook.com/byokomalaga

Los Gatos
Lots of delicious tapas and canapas. Guests also come her for the their beer, especially the masterly brewed Mahou.
Plaza Uncibay 9
www.cervecerialosgatos.com

Chiringuito Tropicana
Charming small restaurant located on the beach which lots of nice fish dishes.
Paseo Marítimo Pablo Ruíz Picasso
www.facebook.com/chiringuito.tropicana.malaga/

Antigua Casa de Guardia
The oldest wine bar in Malaga, it was founded in 1840 and still keeps its original decor, very authentic and they have great knowledge about wine.
Alameda Principal, 18
www.antiguacasadeguardia.com

Centre Pompidou Málaga
The world famous gallery Centre Pompidou has come to Malaga. Without doubt the Pompidou art center in Paris is one of the greatest homes of twentieth century art and now you can enjoy it in Malaga.
Pasaje Doctor Carrillo Casaux
www.centrepompidou-malaga.eu

Museo Picasso Málaga
Devoted to the most influential artist of the twentieth century in the city where he was born. Open daily.
Palacio de Buenavista C/ San Agustín, 8
www.museopicassomalaga.org

Most popular Hotels

Tandem Soho
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Tandem Soho

Modern, brand new and fully equipped apartments in the heart of Málaga in the vibrant area of Soho.
They’re newly renovated, well connected and perfect for your stay in the capital of the Costa del Sol.
Mediterranean inspired, the décor combines minimalist lines and light colours with original and colourful touches, free Wi-Fi, AC, fully equipped kitchen and plasma TV.
The location is just five minutes on foot from the historical centre.

Roman
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Hotel Teatro Romano

Situated in a privileged location, in the heart of the historic centre of Málaga, the Hotel is located in front of the Roman Theatre and Alcazaba citadel. At just two minutes walk away you will find the Picasso Museum, five minutes away the Thyssen Bornemisza Museum, the Cathedral and the emblematic Calle Marques de Larios, where you can have a lovely afternoon of shopping. Many rooms have spectacular views of the roman theatre and the citadel. Ample rooms with exclusive unique design.


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Room Mate Valeria

Room Mate Valeria has everything you’ve been looking for: an exceptional location in a refreshing, urban setting. This boutique hotel has restored façades from the 18th and 19th centuries. Its interior design is inspired by the city’s verdant gardens. And the area around the hotel is quintessential Malaga.

Exercise in the gym, enjoy the best views and cocktails on the terrace or get away from everything in the Andalusian patio as you relax on wicker lounge chairs while listening to the sound of the fountain in the background.

AC Marriott
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AC Hotel by Marriott Malaga Palacio

Unbeatable location between the Málaga Cathedral and the Paseo del Parque, and with spectacular views of the port, make this hotel the most emblematic in the city. It is near the Picasso museum, the Alcazaba, Castillo de Gibralfaro Castle, and La Malagueta beach. The AC Hotel Málaga Palacio restaurant menu is based on regional cuisine with a variety of dishes from all over the world. In the summer, check Ático, thr rooftop bar and restaurant on the 15th floor terrace. The view is amazing!
Check Industry Rates direct on Marriott’s website 

Dulces
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Dulces Dreams Hostel

The comfort of a hotel, the charm of boutique, the price of a hostel!
All our rooms are simply decorated with recycled materials. The rooms are originally themed each one on a different sweet or cake. They all include lovely views to the ‘Holy Martyrs’ church and include double glazed balconies and windows to assure a proper isolation.
The Café Gallery is the on the ground floor of our hostel. An environment to relax, chill & enjoy our fresh & healthy products. You can choose between staying inside with ambient music or you can also sit on our terrace in front of the church… no cars, no more terraces… you will feel in the true heart of Malaga!

The Urban Jungle
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The Urban Jungle Hostel

Welcome to the Jungle.
Super charming hostel with both dorms and private rooms. All of them with natural light and full of positives vibes! The design is inspired in the Jungle and in Mother Nature – a green boutique hostel located in Malaga center.
They try to make a positive impact for their guests by creating a unique atmosphere and a great travel memory around good vibes, green sleep and great social culture. Among all of their fresh and high-end design areas, the rooftop is our favourite! Guests can meet new people, get inspired, dream, share and connect! The funky kitchen comes with direct access to the terrace.

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