My Malaga Holiday – Where Did My Money Go?

Posted on July 17, 2013 by Fiona Hilliard

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A Bit About Malaga

More than 12 million people fly into Malaga Airport every year, with Gatwick Airport consistently providing the most visitors to the capital of the Costa Del Sol. Many travellers are attracted to the city because of the cheap flights that are available year round, not to mention the many attractions on offer within a city that has become a leading candidate for European Capital of Culture 2016.

One of the advantages of flying into Malaga is its proximity to a number of other popular destinations on Spain’s southern coast, including Benalmádena (22km), Marbella (60km) and Puerto Banus (67km). Taxi services to all three of these destinations and many more are available upon arrival at Malaga Airport.

Accommodation in Malaga is affordable and plentiful, varying from apartment-style hotels looking over Malaga’s picturesque harbor to converted period houses within the city’s center. Hostels are ever growing in popularity and, in Malaga, there are several that offer both private and dorm-style accommodation. The eclectic nature of this ancient port town means there is truly something for everyone and every budget.

There are plenty of car rental options in Malaga and its surrounding area, ensuring that no matter your preference, be it practicality, family first or fun, you will find the vehicle that fits. Prices range from £15 in the mini class all the way up to £82 in the luxury class. Day trips to neighboring towns are hugely popular with travellers in this region; with close to half of car renters choosing an economy vehicle, making sure they see the gems of Andalusia on their own monetary terms.

For zipping around the city smaller cars are certainly more practical but, if you are planning to travel down the coast, a convertible sports car is hard to beat for enjoyment when meandering through the tight coastal roads.

Harbour cities are traditionally good for cuisine and Malaga is certainly no different. There are restaurants to suit everyone but we recommend trying some of the local delights. El Trillo on the corner of Calle Larios has been serving up its selection of Andalusian favourites for more than three decades now. The restaurant stays open past midnight and is a great place to grab some late night food, Mediterranean style.

Just down the road is El Rescoldo, a traditional restaurant which, unlike many in the area, doesn’t close at lunchtime, meaning travellers that prefer to eat earlier can grab a convenient bite at 5 or 6pm. Towards Calle Sancha de Lara is Algo Diferente, where customers have the chance to eat some of the finest yet affordable seafood on the southern coast of Spain. The large glass walls of this eaterie look out into Malaga so customers are always reminded of exactly where the ingredients of their wonderful food has come from.

The best way to get the most out of your holiday budget is often by heading straight to the local food shops. The most popular supermarkets in Malaga are Carrefour and Mercadona, with both offering a large amount of products. However, some of the smaller shops in the city have a selection of amazing local meats and cheeses that are perfect for a picnic or mid-day snack.

Fiona Hilliard

One Response to “My Malaga Holiday – Where Did My Money Go?”

  1. HitchHikers Handbook

    - 1st Nov, 13 12:11pm

    Hey Fiona, We have been checking out your blog and we must say that we are very impressed. It’s really great.

    We have particularly been following your posts about Málaga as we visited there too. We have even written a guide, which you can check out here: We would love your feedback and any tips, information, advice that you might have would be warmly appreciated.

    Keep up the good work!

    Ania & Jon

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