Malaga is a very interesting city. The city centre is nice -- the cathedral, Gibralfaro castle, and the Alcazaba. But I liked a lot the typical Pedregalejo neighbourhood, with its small and colourful houses and all its bars on the beach.
I really liked the open air railway station! What I did not like was that I could not find a place to sleep in October.
I didn't like Malaga so much -- it doesn't make much of its situation on the ocean. So many buildings, almost the entire city centre, are neglected and in terrible need of repair. The nightlife is brilliant, though, as is the relaxed atmosphere at tapa time. Make sure to visit Ronda at least for one day -- it is stunning.
I lived in Malaga for six months and I would tell everyone that it is the best city in Spain! I would suggest to get there by bus or train. If you want to party and have a good time try visiting Plaza De La Merced. It is right in the center of town, but don't go until around 11:30 or midnight, most clubs don't open until then.
Beware of the ladies at the entrance to the Cathedral! They'll hand you a rosemary sprig and then grab your hand, start telling you that you're beautiful and smart and will have lots of luck and children, and then demand 5 Euros! They are very bossy and pushy - keep your hands in your pockets or even behind your back!
Málaga (Malaga), Andalusia, Spain, is a well-known tourist destination in the south of Spain. It is the capital of the Province of Málaga in the Autonomous Community of Andalusia (in Spanish, "Andalucia"). Around five hundred seventy thousand people call this city by the sea their home. The sunny and warm climate attracts numerous tourists from abroad and other Spanish regions. Nevertheless, Málaga is not only beach and sun. The city centre might not be as pretty as other cities in Andalusia, but there are several worth-seeing cultural sights such as Centre Pompidou and the castle Castillo de Gibralfaro on the city hill. In summer, it can get very hot. Temperatures over forty degrees Celsius are possible. However, the mean maximum temperatures range from twenty-eight to thirty-two degrees Celsius. During the very mild winters, temperatures between seventeen and nineteen degrees Celsius are very common.
Málaga is a very popular with tourists and has numerous flight connections with airports all over Europe. Therefore, the supply of accommodations of any kind is very good. As a budget tourist, you can choose from several hostels in Málaga (Malaga), Andalusia, Spain; many holiday apartments; and cheaper bed and breakfast places. Most Málaga (Malaga), Andalusia, Spain hostels are situated in the city centre or close by. Even if Málaga has many options to stay, especially in the holiday period, the Málaga (Malaga), Andalusia, Spain hostels of good quality are booked out quickly. Planning and booking ahead can be very useful.
The city is located on the Costa del Sol (in English, "Coast of the Sun"). Málaga enjoys about three hundred days of sunshine annually. Thanks to the dry and sunny weather, hanging out on the beach can be pleasant, even in November. It is recommendable to hire a car to explore some of the beach towns along the coast. Nerja with the scenic beaches, lovely cliffs, and the iconic viewing platform “Balcón de Europa” is especially very recommendable. Inside the city, you can visit the ruins of the Roman theatre, which dates from the first century BC. The palatial fortification Alcazaba is hard to miss, since it is located on the city hill. It is the best-preserved citadel in Spain.
Connected to Alcazaba is the Castle of Gibralfaro. It was built in the fourteenth century to support the defense of Alcazaba. Several museums such such as the famous Centre Pompidou, Museo de Málaga, and Museo Picasso Málaga wait for tourists who are interested in culture and art. If you want to go out at night, there are countless pubs, restaurants, and nightclubs in the city centre. At weekends, the small square “Plaza del Marqués del Vado del Maestre” is full of people -- locals and tourists alike -- enjoying their drinks and having a chat. Keep in mind that the locals go out comparatively late and many bars fill up after midnight.
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