The two major cultural events in Málaga are the Holy week, and the Fair of August.

Holy Week in Málaga is declared of international tourist interest since 1965 and exists for five centuries. Processions start on Palm Sunday and continue until Easter Sunday. Images depicting scenes from the Passion are displayed on huge ornate thrones, some weighing more than 5,000 kilos and carried by more than 250 persons! The processions are led by penitents dressed in long purple robes, followed by women in black carrying candles while drums and trumpets playing music.

The second Friday of August, the great festival of the summer starts with fireworks. The streets are transformed into traditional symbols of Spanish culture and history, welcoming flamenco costumes parade and exponents of the Andalusian horse race. The day fair is held in the historic city center: you can eat tapas, drink typically sweet wine and assist live show of Flamenco or traditional Verdiales (Typical Málaga Music). At night the manifestation moves to the Real del Cortijo de Torres where you will find restaurants, clubs and other traditional performances. Several bullfighting shows are also performed on Plaza de la Malagueta during this event.

With 2.800 years of history, Málaga is one of the world oldest cities. The Phoenician, Roman, Arabic and Christian eras have left a rich cultural and artistic heritage making of the city center a real open-museum. Indeed, with more than twenty museums, Málaga has turned into an authentic City of Museums.

The city offers the advantage of being able to combine, in one destination, a wealth of monuments, museums, culture and gastronomy with the possibility of stretching out in the sun or simply taking a walk along its beaches. In the one same city, you can enjoy the genius work of Picasso or visit the Alcazaba-Gibralfaro-Roman Theatre, and at the same time enjoy some great beaches where you can relax and rest.

Driving by all these assets, the city applied to be the European capital of culture in 2016.

Málaga’s west coastline hosts ones of the most renowned tourist localities of the country such as Torremolinos, Benalmadena, Fuengirola, Marbella or Estepona. This area concentrates a lot of leisure facilities, with funfairs and water parks, casinos, golf courses and prestigious marinas, such as Puerto Banús, a luxury area full of expensive shopping malls, restaurants and bars.

The Serranía de Ronda forms part of the most traditional white villages route. Then, you can plan an excursion over this area starting from Ronda, one of the most romantic cities in Andalusia, where you can visit the Tajo, a 100-metre deep gorge, the New Bridge by Martín de Aldehuela or the Real Maestranza de Caballería bullring. Then you can reach, the localities of Atajate, Benadalid, Algatocín or Gaucín .

Finally, you can go to the Sierra de las Nieves Natural Park, which conserves the remains of a conifer wood dating back to the Tertiary Period. You will discover one of the most unique pine species in the world!

How can I get to Málaga?

Por el 31 August, 2012

The international Málaga Costa del Sol Airport is the oldest airport of Spain and the fourth busiest after Madrid and Barcelona. Located at about 8km from the center, it welcomes 85% of the international traffic of Andalusia and hosts about 80 foreign companies whose most of them are European. In 2011, it handled 12,823,117 passengers and 107,397 flight operations. The main European countries connected with Málaga are France, Germany, United Kingdom and Norway.

A suburban train line connects Terminal T4 with several locations on the Costa del Sol: Fuengirola, Benalmádena, Torremolinos and Málaga centre. It takes only about 10 minutes to reach the Málaga-María Zambrano train station in the center of Málaga.

Where can I stay in Málaga?

Por el 31 August, 2012

In recent years, the region of Málaga has made a quantitative and qualitative leap concerning the hotel sector that counts currently over 1300 establishments. Today, it welcomes a big part of the total tourism in Andalusia.

The hotels are shared between the 11 districts of the city. The first one is called Málaga Center and is divided in two parts by the Guadalmedina River. You will find the port and the historic city center where are located the most notable monuments and buildings of the city like the cathedral, the Roman theater or the Alcazaba, the ancient fortification built by the Muslims during the 11th century. The quarters of El Perchel, La Trinidad and Lagunillas surround this centre.

We can also mention the district of Cruz de Humilladero, former entrance door of the city, located directly at the west of the first one. It houses the Málaga Congress Center with its total area of 60.000 m2 and the site that welcome the August Fair of Málaga.