Flights to Malaga
Every year, tourists flock from cheap flights to Malaga to experience its many beach resorts. The gateway to the Costa del Sol, it is consistently among the most popular destinations in Spain. But there is more to this Andalusian city than just surf and sand.
For starters, it is the birthplace of Picasso (Malaga's second most famous son after Antonio Banderas though this order may be disputed by some), something that automatically lends its cultural standing a certain cachet. To that end, the Museum of Fine Arts features a collection of the master's works, an archive of his career is located at his birthplace in Plaza de la Merced and the relatively recently opened Museo Picasso Malaga features an extensive collection.
Meanwhile, a stroll through the city's old town as well as the Roman theatre and Alcazabar, a Moorish fort, provide a window on to Malaga's rich and extensive history that reflects the one-time presence of Romans, Moors and Carthaginians. Nearby modern shopping facilities also cater for the holidaymaker's every need and some do so within the relatively bland albeit air conditioned setting of a shopping mall.
Socialising is accommodated and encouraged throughout Malaga with bars, cafes and tapas bars ever-present, no matter where in the city the mood takes one. The locals, called Malagueños, are single-minded in their pursuit of all manner of outings, be they to eat, drink or dance and the number of choices at hand reflects this near-manic dedication to going out.
From the moment of arriving from flights to Spain, holidaymakers experience the uniquely Spanish flavour of the area, the Malagueta Bullring is another must-see Malaga destination. Dating back to 1874, the bullring is part of the local culture and despite protests from some quarters will not be dislodged from its standing any time soon. Ole.
And of course, as a city of some standing in Spain, its many restaurants feature the culinary excellence one has come to expect from the Spanish. Those specialising in seafood are particularly plentiful and accomplished.
However, Malaga lies at the centre of the Costa del Sol and as such, everything is just a distraction from the beach life on offer. Torremolinos, Marbella and Fuengirola are among the best known resorts on the fabulous Costa del Sol and feature some of the area's best beaches but dozens of smaller resorts are dotted along the Mediterranean coastline in the area. All offer the amenities one can expect from a world-class seaside resort: beaches, bars, cafes, restaurants as well as facilities for scuba-diving, snorkelling and fishing.
One other ever-present element of life on the Costa del Sol is a nearby golf course. After all it is not called Costa del Golf for nothing and Malaga is no exception with more than 40 courses to choose from in the vicinity. These vary in quality from the average to world-class but no matter what the state of your game, make sure to book in advance, particularly in high season, as there is rarely a shortage of players in the area.