Travel Guide To Malaga
For many people, Malaga is just the airport they land in en route to their chosen resort on the Costa del Sol, but there’s a lot more to this Andalucian city. As the birthplace of Pablo Picasso, it has two world-class museums, as well as an imposing cathedral, an Arab fortress, and a fine palace. Cultural gems aside, it is encircled by sparkling blue seas and miles of sandy beaches and packed with bustling tapas bars serving excellent food full of Spanish character. With car hire from Malaga airport, you can expect a Malaga experience that offers far more than just sun, sea, and sangria.
Stand at the edge of the 100-metre Tagus Gorge on Ronda’s Puente Nuevo (New Bridge), and if the scale of the drop does not make you feel dizzy, the illustrious past of your surroundings probably will. The history and appeal of this noble town have given it the edge over Cordoba in terms of visitor numbers, and, if history is not your thing, the legendary pueblos blancos (white villages) in the surrounding mountains offer a tranquil escape.
With its pastoral setting on a bend of Río Guadalquivir, Córdoba is both a thriving modern city and the heart of an extremely rural region of Andalucía. Apart from the Great Mosque and other Moorish gems, Cordoba is a haven for great restaurants and hip nightlife.
Although many visitors to Granada confine themselves to the magic of the Alhambra and the enigma of the Albayzín’s winding streets, there’s far more to it than that. Just 89km from Malaga in your rental car, Granada is Andalucia’s most dynamic and trendiest city, with hip bars, a free-tapas culture, and buzzing clubs. The ancient Islamic past has been re-energised by a thriving North African population, whose kebab stalls and slipper shops fill the Albayzín.
Sierra Nevada National Park – Las Alpujarras
You’ll definitely appreciate your hire car when you get to Andalusia’s mountainous Alpujarra region. Home to Spain’s highest mountain (Mulhacén 3,478 meters) and Andalucia’s best hiking territory, it is an area of rugged beauty with a wonderful climate and miles of unspoiled countryside. A visit to Sierra Nevada National Park makes a pleasant escape from the bustle of Granada.
Anchored to the end of a peninsula and surrounded by dramatic ocean views, the bustling city of Cadiz is 167km from Malaga with car hire. Although it’s worth visiting for its absorbing history, imposing monuments, and appealing bars, what makes Cádiz really special is the gaditanos – the people. Welcoming, cultured, and interesting, gaditanos will join you in making the most of life in this carnival town.
Andalucia’s capital and biggest city, Seville manages to distil everything distinctive about the region and present it in one intense experience. Just 156km from Malaga with car hire, you’ll find the most dramatic Semana Santa (Holy Week), the best bars and clubs, and the most romantic medieval hidden corners – all soaked in the scent of orange blossom from the tree-lined streets.