There was a time when visitors to the Costa del Sol arrived at the airport and by-passed Málaga, never to explore the city. Those times have changed; today, this beautiful, vibrant city that offers so much is a treasured destination in its own right. Explore it for yourself and discover what makes it so.
Described by Lonely Planet as ‘the other Barcelona’, Málaga has over the past two decades evolved from a Mediterranean port city into a centre of culture, art, architectural beauty, elegant squares, parks, cuisine, shopping and nightlife.
Like Barcelona and Valencia, it boasts lovely sandy beaches, but they are even nicer and within a short walk of the elegant historic centre of the city. Málaga is a delight that hits the senses from the moment you arrive. Perhaps it’s the mix of grand, palm tree lined avenues, imposing historic buildings, large elegant squares, shaded parks and monuments that go back to the founding of this important port by Phoenician traders over 2,500 years ago. Or maybe it’s the vibrant atmosphere, the lively shopping scene on Calle Larios, the many excellent tapas bars, cafés and fine dining restaurants—but Málaga certainly has the ability to make you fall in love with it.
A pleasure for many different tastes
For art lovers there are the Picasso, Pop-up Pompidou, Carmen Thyssen, CAC and Russian art galleries and museums; for lovers of design the excellent car museum, and for those who enjoy urban style and nightlife the many restaurants, jazz bars, nightclubs, funky food market courts, as well as a plethora of authentic Andalusian pleasures. These include the fresh produce market, the Teatro Cervantes, the new theatre opened by Antonio Banderas, not to mention the imposing cathedral and the trendy Muello Uno shopping and leisure area near the marina. The Málaga coastline that radiates out from the centre is also home to a series of excellent beaches and fish restaurants.
Take it all in from an atmospheric rooftop bar or restaurant, drinking in the sights and ambience of this lively Mediterranean city. From most positions you’ll be able to see the Gibralfaro fortress that has been straddling a dominant hillside overlooking the city for over a thousand years. Even older is the Roman amphitheatre at its base, or the Phoenician and Iberian artefacts unearthed by archaeologists, but for all this Málaga is also a young, dynamic modern city, full of students and the sounds of many different languages mingling with the distinctive Malagueño dialect.
Simply Shuttles offers a bespoke service for half and full-day trips to Málaga. This includes a range of vehicles in different sizes and styles, as well as a flexible service that can include drop-off and pick-up as per your needs, with a driver at your disposal for a fully discretionary service that takes you to various drop-off and collection points in the city while your luggage is safe in the car. This service is particularly popular with those clients who wish to visit Málaga on the day of their departure from the nearby airport.
Contact us now to design your own exploration of this wonderful sun-kissed spot that looks back along the sea towards Marbella.