Holiday Ideas > In and around Málaga and places to eat

In and around Málaga and places to eat

 It is easy to understand why so many guests come and visit Malaga thanks to its profusion of quirky museums, delightful pedestrianised centre, innovative restaurants and stylish hotels, many featuring trendy rooftop terraces with bar, pool and stunning views. Muelle Uno is a contemporary leisure complex in the port - while a new arty district called SOHO is bringing a bohemian edge to the city.

The opening of the Picasso Museum in 2003 triggered the city's cultural rebirth, and visitors are now flocking to this port city which boasts excellent transport, top-class cuisine and fascinating monuments, from Moorish and Roman times through to modern day - while retaining its authentic Andalucian feel. Whether you are visiting for a weekend break or as a curious visitors eager to explore the surrounding areas, you will be thrilled by this intriguing city and all that is on offer.

There are so many amazing restaurants in Malaga and here are a few suggestions: El Pimpi is the oldest tapas bar in Malaga, Vino Mío organize Flamenco perfomances, El Trillo, Lo Gueño, El tapeo de Cervantes, Casa Lola, Los gatos, El Cintro for something slightly different. 

There is no better way to see Málaga  than from the Gibralfaro Castle Parador. Built on a hilltop, next to the Alcazaba fortress and overlooking the city, the port and especially the bullring. 

The surrounding area:

2.5 kms east of Malaga, Los Baños del Carmen – built in the 1920s was a bathing station and sports complex for people on holiday in Malaga. This used to be one of the spots to see (and be seen in) in Malaga. Although rather run down it makes a great place for a drink and/or meal plus there’s regular live entertainment.

 Along the seafront between Pedregalejo and El Palo which used to be old fishing villages,  is a long promenade that takes you past countless cafes, bars and restaurants. You are spoiled for choice. Most restaurants cook sardines and other fish on the beach. You place your order and watch recently landed fish fried or grilled in front of you. It is so popular with the locals  and has such a great vibe, that new restaurants and tapas bars open almost daily.

You’ll come across fewer tourists too but expect plenty of people on Saturdays and Sundays when locals flock to the area for Sunday lunch.

Miguelito el cariñoso, La cabra, El merlo are but a few suggestions and if fish isn't your thing, then there are a couple of pizzerias as well as a French creperie (very popular with the youngsters!)

El Tintero is a very popular family run resturants that has been going for around 50 years and well worth a visit. Not only is the food delicious but it is an experience in itself. The waiters walk around with the food shouting out what they have on offer and you just put your hand up when you like the looks of something.  Ideal for non spanish speaking tourists who can" see before they buy". Each size plate has a set price, so when it is time for the bill they add up the number of plates , add the drinks and the total is written on the paper table cloth!

Golf: With close to 120 Golf courses, Anadalucia is the perfect year round destination for keen golfers.  It is Europe's leading golf tourist desitination due to the quality of its courses located in privilidged areas. Añoreta is our closest 18 hole golf course and is very popular and El candado which is at the bottom of our hill offers a challenging 9 hole course.

Las Cuevas del Tesoro. Caves in Rincon de la Victoria which are smaller than the Nerja caves but still fascinating.

EL CHORRO: Just under an hour away, the lake at El Chorro is a fantastic day out. You can rent pedalos, Kayaks, Paddle boards and jump off the rocks into the warm lake. There is also a large inflatable play area.

El Caminito del rey in El Chorro:

The Caminito was originally built between 1901 and 1905 and was used to transport material and people between two power stations that were built either side of the El Chorro gorge. It wasn't until the early 1920s that it was officially opened by King Alfonso XIII who walked its whole length and gave it its name. Since that time, the Camino has become one of the wonders of Spain. becuase of its treaturous paths it closed in 2000, was totally rebuilt and reopened in 2015. The new pathway has been making headlines across the world, with Lonely Planet recently nominating a walk along the Caminito as one of the hottest things to do in 2015

El Torcal offers great wlak with stunning walks; perfect in Spring or the Autunm.

NERJA About 40 mins away heading east. Nerja is a nice town to walk around. The wonderful Caves are spectacular and well worth a visit.

AQUALAND: A great day out for the chlldren and parents. Aqualand is just the other side of the aiport. 

FRIGILIANA Frigiliana is a very pretty white washed village only 4 miles from the coast, but 900 ft above sea-level. With its cubist architecture and mosaic-cobbled streets, it won Spain’s national and Andalucia’s regional prize for the best preserved and beautiful village. Park your car by the bus stop and walk up into the old sector of town. If you climb up the stepped streets of the Barrio Alto and take a path that curves round the hillside, you reach the site of a Moorish fort which commands magnificent views of the sea and mountains.

FUENGIROLA There is a wonderful zoo to visit, for more information you can call 952 666301 Open everyday from 10 a.m. Really nice for young children as it is small, very well maintained and you can see the animals from close up.

BENALMADENA Selwo Marina. Another great hit with the children. A marine park, where they have dolphin shows, and lots of other wildlife. Open daily from 10 am More Information : 902 19 04 82

MARBELLA The Old town of Marbella is very nice to walk around. The orange square is full of nice restaurants, and if you like boats, then go and catch a glimpse of the big yachts in Puerto Banus. There are many more places to visit, such as the Alhambra in Granada. Granada is 126 km away and it takes about 1 hour to get there. If you wish to go to the mountains the Sierra Nevada is another ½ hour up the mountain from Granada. Cordoba is 176 km from Malaga, Seville 207 km. and Ronda 122 km. Most towns are very accessible now and quick to get to because of the new motorways. There are many beautiful beaches especially towards Tarifa and Cadiz.

THE BOTANICAL GARDENS Definitely worth a visit and the children will love running around the lush paths between the fantastic variety of trees and plants. To get there get on the motorway at the bottom of the hill towards the airport. As you are exiting the second tunnel turn right towards Granada. Then take the 1st exit. Follow the sign posts toward the Jardines ( Botanico) de la Conception and it will lead you right to the entrance. (It is on the opposite side of the motorway). To come back once you are on the motorway make sure you turn right towards Motril otherwise you will end up in the centre of Malaga. 

There are many more places to visit, such as the Alhambra in Granada.  Granada is 126 km away and it takes about 1.15 Hrs to get there.  If you wish to go to the mountains the Sierra Nevada is another ½ hour up the mountain from Granada.

Cordoba is 176 km from Malaga, Seville 207 km. and Ronda 122 km.

Most towns are very accessible now and quick to get to because of the new motorways.

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