Malaga has long been known as the gateway to the Costa del Sol for beach resort lovers, but the city of Malaga itself is far removed from the mass tourist trail. With an up and coming marina offering a selection of international and local cuisine, wine bars and shops, an historic centre teasing you to explore its’ museums (Picasso Museum and Carmen Thyssen being highlights), Gibralfaro castle, cobbled back streets, Roman ruins and tapas bars aplenty, it’s not hard to see why it’s growing so much in popularity. If you stay a few days, there are also some great sandy beaches on the doorstep to enjoy or exceptional wine tasting tours with door to door pick up and drop off. For those starting a self drive itinerary, Malaga provides a perfect start or end point (or both!), located just 10-15 minutes drive from the airport.
Our personal recommendation is to start with a night or two to explore the city and do some sightseeing, and end here for another night or two to relax and unwind at the beach if you have the time to do both.