Vacation in Europe - MALAGA! Travel guide and daily itinerary

The closer we get to the south of Spain, the more exotic destinations we find, to take advantage of when it's not yet beach time here. Malaga is a seaside city perfect for a late spring or early autumn vacation. In these periods the prices are very affordable. Considering that it is "neighboring" the coast of Morocco, this city enjoys sunny days most days of the year. Where do you put it and that there are direct flights from Romania? All you have to do is organize a vacation based on the right tips and prepare your bags!

Transport how to get from the airport to the city

The airport is 11 km from the city center, and the transport options are:

  1. Bus - Like any other Spanish city, in Malaga we find the Express line that connects the airport and the city center: Express Airport (line A) - the ticket starts from 3 euros/trip. The ride lasts around 20 minutes, and the buses leave every 15 minutes.
  2. Train– The suburban train line that connects the airport to the city center is called Renfe C. It is located in a building opposite the arrivals area, and the ticket price starts from 2 euros.
  3. Taxi - This is the most convenient and fastest option, but also the most expensive. A ride to the city center starts from 30 euros.


When it comes to accommodation, the options are even more numerous. Depending on the preferences of the type of accommodation, our recommendation is AIRBNB if you opt for an apartment and BOOKING if you prefer the comfort of a hotel. Our recommendations for booking are Castilla GuerreroSe where the price per night for 2 people starts from 60 euros or Hotel Brö-Adults OnlySe, for at least 80 euros per night, but facilities include the swimming pool and the relatively short distance to the beach (under 1km).

For groups larger than 3 people, the best choice would be the apartments, they usually have many facilities so that tourists feel at home (coffee machines, washing machine, or iron, etc. ) In Malaga, apartment prices are more affordable than in Madrid, Barcelona or Valencia, they also have up to 4 or 5 bedrooms, the price starting from 100 lei per person per night.

The food

For fish and seafood lovers, Malaga will be a culinary paradise, given its geographical position. Malaga is also famous for Malaga wine, which competes with Porto wine. Also, the boulevards are full of tapas or street food terraces, for those who don't want to eat fish. Of course, there are also well-known fast food restaurants, but we recommend that you avoid them, because you will find affordable prices at the restaurants in the center.

The prices here are much lower than those in cities like Barcelona, Madrid or Valencia. For those who are used to Spanish markets, we recommend Mercado Central de Atarazanas, you will certainly not leave here with an empty stomach.

Activities and tourist attractions per day in Malaga

Even if Malaga is not a famous city for tourist attractions, you will be surprised to find out that the beaches are not the only ones that will delight you.

Day 0

  • Check-in + exploring the surroundings

Malaga is not a very big city and since accommodation in the center is very affordable, you will not lose the day on the roads. Check in quickly and inspect the area. Check the distance from the accommodation to the nearest public transport stations, the premises and adopt the relaxed state of the locals.

In the evening, relax with a walk in I'm wearing. A walk by the sea will always be a good idea!

Day 1

  • Castillo de Gibralfaro
  • The beach at Malagueta
  • Picasso Museum

Castillo de Gibralfaro

Although many associate Malaga only with a vacation at the sea, this city is not without attractions to make your vacation more interesting. The most famous attraction is Alcazaba. This is a palatine fortification located in the vicinity of the port. It was built by the Hammudid dynasty at the beginning of the 11th century. It is the best preserved alcazaba fortress in Spain, and the 360◦ view it offers will conquer you instantly.

Malagueta beach

Once descended from Alcazaba, we invite you to a cerveza served cold on Malagueta Beach. It is a long beach, with fine sand, not crowded with sunbeds and, of course, free. At the end of it is the port, an airy port with several souvenir shops and restaurants.

Picasso Museum

If you are an art lover, you should not miss it Picasso Museum. It is located in Buenavista Palace si insumeaza peste 200 de lucrari. In functie de perioada din an, muzeul are un program diferit dar si diferite expozitii temporare. Cel mai bine, inainte de a vizita, “inspecteaza” site-ul oficial here. Ticket prices start at 7 euros, but depending on age, you will benefit from price reductions.

Day 2

Caminito del Rey

Even if it is 60 km from Malaga, this place is not worth missing! You can get here by rental car, train or bus. Ticket prices start at 10 euros, and the road is beautiful.
What is it Caminito del Rey more exactly? A bridge built in the rock, crossing a gorge with unique landscapes. It seems a bit iffy, but it's not. The road was completely redone in 2015, the safety of tourists being a priority. At the entrance you will even receive a helmet, and you will find a railing along the entire bridge.

The price of a standard ticket is 10 euros, and if you want a guided tour it will be 18 euros. Attention, children under 8 are not allowed on the Caminito del Rey!

Day 3

  • The way back home

This is a 3-day program idea for visiting the city of Malaga.

Other interesting tourist spots, for a longer vacation, are Botanical Garden, SEA LIFE Center Benalmadena or Crocodile Park. If the vacation is during a period with summer temperatures, and especially if it is a family vacation, don't miss it Aqualand Torremolinos, it's 30 minutes from Malaga, direct bus ride, and the kids will have a great time.

Of all of these, the Botanical Garden should definitely be included on the list!

Botanical Garden (At Conception) is located 10 km from the city center and is considered one of the most beautiful Botanical Gardens in all of Spain. You can get here from the city center with several buses: Line 2, Line 17, Line 20. The journey takes around 40-50 minutes. In 1943 it was officially declared a historical and artistic garden. Take your comfortable shoes, it stretches over 23 hectares. For the schedule and prices, visit the official website here.


You can't leave Spain without a shopping session. The famous centers El Corte Ingles are spread throughout the city, it would be a shame not to enter at least one of the 4. Malaga is a fairly accessible city in terms of shopping within walking distance. The shops are well organized in terms of position, which will allow you to do a shopping session as per the book. They are spread throughout the city center, on the main streets, or in shopping centers such as Larios Centro, Vialia Centro Comercial or Málaga Plaza.

In case you are thinking about a possible vacation in Málaga, we will leave you a list of links to help you organize your trip.




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