Málaga travel guide

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Introduction to Málaga

Welcome to Málaga! This municipality, capital of the Province of Málaga, in the Autonomous Community of Andalusia, Spain is a bucket list destination, home to many famous attractions, including Alcazaba, Catedral de la Encarnación de Málaga, and Picasso Museum Málaga. In this ultimate travel guide to Málaga, you will learn everything you need to know before booking your ticket to Spain. Discover the day-to-day life of the over 579.1 thousand people who call Málaga home and explore the town’s fascinating history, rich culture, and distinct architecture.

Easily accessible from Málaga airport, Málaga is the perfect base for a memorable and unique vacation in Spain any time of the year.

You'll learn more fascinating facts about Málaga as you explore this spectacular town.

Traveling to Málaga is especially rewarding for anyone eager to connect with locals and learn more about their unique culture and traditions.

Get ready to explore and learn more about the town of Málaga below!

Top services in Málaga

Here on this page, you'll find all the top travel services in Málaga, Spain. Check out the cheapest and most popular flights offered by 355 airlines that fly to Spain. Browse the 624 top-rated tours available to you in Málaga. Compare the rates and services of the 8 types of places to stay in Málaga and the 17 car rental companies offering CDW insurance coverage. We make it easy for you to find and book the top services in Málaga.

Enjoy the convenience of planning and booking every detail of your trip to Málaga, including flights, accommodations, activities, and more, in one place. Book with Guide to Europe to get an expertly-curated and fully-customizable itinerary and experience the best of Málaga on your vacation in Spain.

Get answers to questions about the routes and services offered in Málaga from our free 24/7 customer support. Continue reading to learn how you can enjoy a stress-free and memorable vacation in the town of Málaga!

Learn more about Spain

There are many reasons to visit the town of Málaga, but a trip to Spain needs no explanation.

Exploring Spain, which spans 505,990 square kilometers, is an adventure of a lifetime. Spain offers an abundance of truly magical places to discover, including cultural, historic, and scenic sites of significant value to both locals and travelers.

As the home country of many world-famous attractions like the spectacular Alcazaba, Catedral de la Encarnación de Málaga, and the Picasso Museum Málaga, you’re all set for a unique and memorable travel experience in Spain.

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What to see in Málaga

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Málaga has something for everyone. Regardless of age and interest, travelers have the best time exploring every corner of the town.

Read on to discover the best places to visit and find out what to expect from the town of Málaga.

Top attractions in Málaga

Home to plenty of top attractions, Málaga is more than just a wonderful town in Spain. Málaga is a travel hotspot and a great place to experience a mix of the traditional and modern culture of Spain.

One fascinating sight in Málaga is the unforgettable Alcazaba. Considered one of the most well-known attractions in the town, a visit to this spectacular travel destination is something you shouldn’t miss on your trip to Málaga.

For more information about what you can expect during a vacation in Spain, check out our list of top attractions in Málaga below. Discover the best places to visit in Málaga, including the fascinating Alcazaba, Catedral de la Encarnación de Málaga, Picasso Museum Málaga, Castillo de Gibralfaro, and Jardín Botánico - Histórico La Concepción.

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Things to do in Málaga

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Enrich your travel experience in Málaga by joining tours and activities. Málaga offers an exciting selection of top-rated tours and it's easy for every traveler to find something to their liking. Take the opportunity to catch the top attractions on a tour, stay active with an adventurous excursion, or learn something new about the local history or culture of the town.

Discover the most popular experiences in Málaga below.

Most popular experiences in Málaga

Traveling is all about gaining new experiences. You can have that and more in the town of Málaga.

Málaga offers numerous tours and activities for travelers to choose from. Historical Tours, Walking Tours, and Bus Tours are only a few of the many experiences you can book for your holiday in Spain.

Explore the most popular experiences you can join in Málaga by clicking on one of the top-rated tour categories below.

Top tours & tickets starting in Málaga

Travelers in Málaga can choose from 19 categories of top-rated tours and tickets. If you're curious about what the most frequently recommended experiences in the city are, Cultural Tours is the answer.

The most popular tour in Málaga is the fantastic Mudejar Route and White Villages Small-Group Tour with Lunch. By joining this highly recommended tour, travelers get to learn more about what makes Málaga one of the best travel destinations in Spain.

Málaga also offers plenty of budget-friendly tours and activities that promise travelers a unique experience in the city. The affordable Historical Free Tour of the Inquisition through Malaga (Dark Malaga) is the cheapest tour in the town, and is a popular Historical Tour. This experience costs around 3 EUR and allows travelers a great time in Málaga. This Historical Tour is available in 1 language: Spanish. Around 7 travelers have given this activity an average rating of 4 stars out of 5.

Secure an unforgettable experience for your upcoming trip to Málaga and book a top-rated tour in the town. Discover the best tours, activities, and tickets in Málaga below.


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Discover the best things to do in Málaga. Choose from 624 fantastic tours and activities available in the town.

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Vacation packages in Málaga

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The best and easiest way to visit Málaga is by booking a vacation package. A vacation package includes everything you need for a worry-free and perfectly planned holiday in Spain.

Booking a vacation package to Málaga means spending less time planning and more time enjoying your vacation. A vacation package includes everything from flight tickets, accomodation, and a rental car, to 24/7 personal travel support and a carefully planned travel itinerary. You can also take your vacation in Málaga to the next level by adding tours, tickets, and activities to each day of your trip.

Apart from providing you with everything you need to travel comfortably, your vacation package to Málaga is also fully customizable. In other words, you can add or remove services at your own convenience, to create the perfect vacation for you and your travel companions.

On our website, you will find 193 unique vacation packages to Málaga, including flight tickets, hotel reservations, and recommendations for the best sightseeing spots, restaurants, bars, and activities.

Continue to the next section to learn more about what types of vacations you can book in the town of Málaga.

Top vacation packages in Málaga

Travelers have a great selection of vacation packages to choose from in Spain. In fact, you can choose from as many as 193 different top-rated vacation packages to take you to Málaga, and even more if you expand your search to include a bigger area of Spain.

To help narrow your choices down, here are some of the best vacation packages for exploring the town of Málaga.

For an epic vacation, discover Málaga and other top destinations in Spain on a top-rated holiday like the 10-Day Spain Road Trip from Málaga traveling west to Seville, Mérida, and Córdoba. This vacation package provides travelers with tons of opportunities to experience not only the most popular attractions in Málaga, but also in other top places to visit in Spain. If Málaga Park, Jardín Botánico Histórico - La Concepción, Catedral de la Encarnación de Málaga, Picasso Museum Málaga, and Castillo de Gibralfaro are on your bucket list, this is the perfect vacation package for you.

If you would like to go on a budget vacation in Málaga, book the popular Cheap 3-Day Spain City Break in Málaga and spend as little as 360 EUR. This vacation will take you on a journey to experience some of the most incredible attractions and sights in Málaga, including the fantastic Centre Pompidou Malaga, Málaga Park, Catedral de la Encarnación de Málaga, Picasso Museum Málaga, and Castillo de Gibralfaro.

Get more Málaga vacation ideas on this site and discover the greatest selection of vacation packages in Europe. Scroll down to find the best vacation packages in Spain that match your needs and budget.

Find vacation packages in Málaga

Discover and compare 193 vacation packages that take you to the wonderful town of Málaga.

The best flights, hotels, and activities in Málaga get fully booked quickly. Use the search tool below to find the best vacation packages in Spain. Your customized holiday package to Málaga is only a few clicks away!

How to get to Málaga

To get to the town of Málaga the fastest way possible, travelers from outside Spain can travel by plane. International travelers can fly to Málaga by booking flights with any of the 61 airlines that offer direct flights to Málaga airport. Some airlines that operate flights to Málaga airport are Ryanair, United Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Azul, and Turkish Airlines. Go to this page to compare all flights to Málaga.

To reach the town of Málaga, travelers can choose from various airport transfer options available at Málaga airport.

If you're looking for the best flight ticket deals to Málaga, knowing the cheapest travel time and which airlines offer the most affordable flights is helpful. Luckily, we have this information for you. Discover more about the cheapest and most popular flights to Málaga airport and Málaga below.

Find cheap flights to Málaga

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Over the years, more airlines have started offering flexible and direct flights to Málaga, making it one of the most accessible travel destinations in Spain. However, it is usually cheaper to fly to Málaga, Spain, in May.

The cheapest one-way flight to Málaga costs around 15 EUR and is offered by the airline Ryanair. The flight leaves on May 21 at 2 and departs from Rabat–Salé airport in Rabat, Morocco.

The cheapest round-trip flights to Málaga cost approximately 121 EUR in total. The departure flight leaves on January 17 and the return flight is scheduled on January 19. The flight time is around 3 hours per way.

The return flight is operated by La Palma.

Use the search tool below to find the cheapest flights to Spain and the town of Málaga from your city of departure.

Where to stay in Málaga

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An essential factor to consider when traveling to a new place or country is accommodation. While visiting a town as fantastic as Málaga is always exciting, any avid traveler knows that accommodations often make or break the vacation experience.

The best place to stay in Málaga usually depends on travelers' needs and preferences. However, booking accommodation in downtown Málaga offers a ton of benefits.

Staying at the heart of the town allows you to easily walk to many of the top sights and dining areas in Málaga and cut down on your travel expenses. Centrally-located accommodations are also an excellent choice for travelers in Málaga planning to go on a quick tour or drive to the neighboring regions.

In Málaga, you'll find 8 different types of places to stay catering to every taste, budget, and reason for travel. For example, honeymooners or travelers on a romantic getaway in Spain can experience the ultimate relaxation at one of the 5-star or 4-star hotels in Málaga. Travelers whose purpose is sightseeing can also find plenty of mid-range hotels to budget-friendly accommodations in the town, allowing access to many of the top attractions in Málaga.

Learn more about the most popular places to stay and the top-rated hotels in Málaga in the next sections.

Popular types of accommodation in Málaga

A trip to the fascinating Málaga, Spain, means opportunities to relax at any of the 8 different types of places to stay in the town. Overall, travelers can choose from the following: 5045 hotels, 4841 vacation rental apartments, 1148 cottages, 11 resorts, 6 guesthouses, 5 bed & breakfasts and 3 hostels. While each type offers varying amenities and rates, there is no denying that Málaga provides a great selection of lodging options ready to cater to every kind of guest.

Among all these choices available in the town, Holiday Inn Express Malaga Airport is one of the top picks of travelers in Málaga.

The hotel is located at Avenida De Velazquez 294 (ex 290), Junto N-340, Salida 3b Autovia Ma-21 and boasts many great utilities, including 24-hour front desk, Air conditioning, and Bar.

Budget accommodations are also incredibly popular among travelers in Málaga. Cheaper alternatives allow travelers to save on accommodation costs and have more to spend on other experiences.

In Málaga, travelers looking for an economical yet top-rated place to stay usually choose Check in León. For approximately 15 EUR, guests can book a comfortable Unknown at this popular hotel.

Below is a list of all 8 different types of places to stay in Málaga. Select the type you prefer to compare options under each category and find the best accommodation.

Top hotels in Málaga

Hotels are travelers' go-to accommodations in Málaga for the unique experience they provide. So if you're the kind of traveler who prefers staying at hotels, you'll be glad to know that the town is home to around 11,060 hotels.

Besides offering basic amenities, many hotels in Málaga provide meals and extras, such as shuttle services, spa facilities, tour desks, and other services. But because not all hotels in Málaga are created equal, finding the best in the town often requires careful research. For your convenience, we've done all the research to make it easier for you to check out all the top hotels in Málaga.

Hotel Melia Bilbao offers the most luxurious rooms and is perfect for travelers looking for the ultimate 5-star hotel experience in Málaga. If comfort, convenience, and affordability are your non-negotiables, check out Ayre Gran Hotel Colon, the top 4-star hotel in the town. When all you need is a pleasant place to rest and sleep in between your activities in Málaga, the highest-rated 3-star hotel, Holiday Inn Express Malaga Airport, is for you.

Below is our hand-picked list of the best hotels in the Málaga. Travelers are encouraged to book early as these hotels quickly reach capacity.

Click the arrows or swipe the list to see each hotel's ratings, reviews, locations, rates, and more. You can read detailed descriptions of each hotel by clicking the cards.


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Search for accommodation in Málaga

Use the Accommodation Search tool below to find available stays in the town of Málaga on specific dates. This handy feature also allows you to compare prices and amenities.

Enter the preferred check-in and check-out dates. Then, select the number of guests and rooms. Click the Search button to find all the available hotels and places to stay in the town of Málaga that match the information provided.

Car rental in Málaga

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Experience the freedom and convenience of a self-drive vacation by renting a car for your adventures in Málaga. Málaga has 17 car rental companies ready to provide you with the perfect vehicle for your travels.

Automatic cars for rent in Málaga start from 4.8 EUR per day or 33.63 EUR per week. The cheapest automatic rental car is a Smart Forfour Automatic.

If you prefer driving a manual car, you’ll find multiple options for rent in Málaga, starting from 2.24 EUR per day or 15.69 EUR per week. The cheapest manual rental car is a Fiat 500.

Learn more about the different types of cars you can rent in Málaga, Spain, below.

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Get ready to hit the road and explore the beautiful town of Málaga. Find the best deals on a variety of popular car rentals in Málaga, Spain, or any other destination in Europe by using the search tool below.

Enter your pick-up and drop-off location, driver's age, and dates. Click the green button to view your options.

Popular destinations to visit after Málaga

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The town of Málaga is just one of the many unique and scenic destinations you can visit in Spain. So if you're itching for another cultural adventure, a relaxing road trip, an action-filled city break, or a memorable weekend getaway, know that Spain has it all.

Spain is calling, and the country is asking you to experience its culture and diversity to the fullest! Take the opportunity to visit other captivating places in Spain that are as magical as the town of Málaga. The most popular travel destinations in Spain are listed below. Click on the name of the place you want to explore next to learn more about it.

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When unsure of where to go next, use the map below. This map shows the locations of all the best destinations in Spain. Use the map to plan your trip and find the best routes.

Domestic flights from Málaga

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A taste of Spain through a visit to Málaga can often reignite a traveler's passion for adventure. When this happens, the best way to satisfy this wanderlust is to book a domestic flight from Málaga to another remarkable destination in Spain.

To begin your search for the best or cheapest flights from the town of Málaga to other spectacular locations in Spain, jump to the last section of this travel guide.

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Traveling to another city or region in Spain? Use the flight search tool below to quickly find the cheapest one-way or round-trip flights from Málaga to different local destinations.

Enter all the necessary information and click or tap on the Search button to see a list of the available domestic flights in Spain on the selected dates.

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