I'm So There: Malaga, Spain

I'm So There: Malaga, Spain

This week, Lucy Christie takes us on an exciting mediterranean adventure in the southernmost city in Spain

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Take a dip in the tranquil, turquoise waters of Malagueta, the city beach.

Before you go 

Malaga is the southernmost city in Spain and boasts a beautiful climate, delicious food, and friendly citizens. The temperate weather means sandals and summer clothing can be worn most of the year, although as coastal cities can become chilly at night time, a scarf and light jacket are advisable.

The best time of year to visit is in August, so you can experience Feria. This week-long event is basically a giant, city-wide street party. The days are long and hot, schools are closed for summer, and a lot of businesses close up for the week too, as Malaga hosts parties, flamenco shows, and activities that last all day and well into the night. Restaurants are always packed, and the atmosphere is absolutely buzzing as everyone is in high spirits.

Where to go

Malaga has been ruled by both Europeans and Moors (Muslims from North Africa), so there is a wonderfully eclectic mix of cultures that is plain to see in the artwork and architecture of the city. A notable example of this is the Alcazaba, a palatial Moorish fortress that dates back to the 11th century.

The old town is home to an assortment of architecture

There is also a Roman amphitheatre and a traditional cathedral, ensuring the city is steeped in culture and religion from a variety of backgrounds.

As the city was home to the great artist Pablo Picasso, visiting his museum, which houses more than 230 of his works, is a must.

Malagueta is the city beach, and although it is just a stone's throw from the bustling city centre, it offers a tranquil getaway of golden sand and warm, shallow waters.

Bull fighting still takes place in Malaga, but this gory sport has been met with a lot of criticism from animal rights activists and definitely isn't for the faint-hearted.

If you do plan on being a spectator, head to the Plaza De Toros in the centre of Malaga. Seats in the sun are a lot cheaper than those in the shade; if you're on a budget make sure to bring lots of water and a hat, as there are several fights and the whole experience last for a few hours.

While a lot of local traditions are being phased out, such as the mid-afternoon siesta (why more people aren't in favour of an afternoon nap remains a global mystery), flamenco is having a revival, and there are venues throughout the city offering intimate shows most nights of the week.

Mmmmm, deep fried anchovies

Must try

Malaga is a prime example of why tapas doesn't need to be (and shouldn't be) expensive to be delicious. Tasty chorizo, jamon, croquetas and paella are available in bite-sized portions all over the city for a few euros (HK$10-HK$20) each, or sometimes served free when you order a drink.

Mouth-watering food can be found at every turn, from casual eateries to high-end restaurants, but be sure to try boquerones (white anchovies), a speciality of the region, typically served deep fried or en vinagre (in vinegar) and eaten in one bite.

Most places offer a menu del dia (meal of the day), which is similar to a Hong Kong lunch set, and a great way to try the local cuisine for a very reasonable price.


Head to the viewpoint at sunset to see the city in all its glory

Top selfie spot

The Mirador de Malaga Gibralfaro is a viewpoint offering panoramic views of the city, including the port and the Plaza De Toros. The viewpoint is a five-minute walk from the city centre and is well sign-posted for visitors. For the most incredible photo background, try to head up in time to watch the sun set over the Mediterranean Sea.

This article appeared in the Young Post print edition as
Go ga-ga for Malaga, Spain

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