Relaxing holiday in Malaga

When you visit Malaga, you have to get in the groove. Turn off your portable devices and enjoy the simple things in life. In this blog normally we tell you the many things you can do when you come to Malaga… so this time we thought for a change telling you what will not need to do.

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Day trip for the family: Jurassic age land formation at El Torcal Malaga

El Torcal Malaga is a natural reserve located north of Malaga city. The peculiar rock formation seems out of a sci-fi movie set. This park makes for a great day hike with the family, as young and old can see fossils engraved in the limestone, wild indigenous flora and fauna and breathtaking 360º views.

Geography

To get to El Torcal drive up 1.100 meters above sea level to Villanueva de la Concepcion and take road A-7075, look for the signs for El Torcal Paraje Natural or Centro de Visitantes.

Fossil at El Torcal

Once there, you will see huge rock formations that date back to the Jurrasic period. During that time, 250 million years ago, the area that goes from Cadiz to Alicante was underwater. On the sea bed, limestone sediments accumulated that were eventually brought to the surface. The earthquakes that formed our world today made mountains out of the seabed making tall “mushroom” shaped mountains.

Hiking

There are four different hiking routes at El Torcal Malaga. The green route, which begins at the Visitor Center ( Centro de Visitantes) is a round route of 1.5 kms long. Ideal for families with small children or if you don’t have much time. The yellow route is an extension of the same green route, with 3 kms. in total. It takes you to high ground to see 360º views of the surrounds and narrow paths rich in flora.

The orange route is 3.7 kms. long and starts at the parking lot at Paraje Natural and ends at the Visitor Center. It goes through old quarries and pasture grounds and then goes uphill until finishing at the Tornillo or screw Natural Monument. Although it is not very long, this route is very rocky and irregular, so hiking shoes should be worn.

Because El Torcal is in the mountains, the temperature is lower that in the coast, so make sure to pack the appropriate gear along with water and some food or snacks.

Why visit El Torcal?

Animals at El Torcal

The main reason to visit this Natural Park is because of the peculiar rock formations and the many fossils you will find engraved in stone. There are also fantastic views of the surrounding fields and towns, as well as the sea!

The whole atmosphere of the park is incredible. The fresh air and nature surrounding are a delight to the senses. You and your family will feel like explorers in a science fiction book, discovering caves, plants, giving names to the shapes of the rock mountains. El Torcal Malaga is part of UNESCO’s World Heritage list, as part of Antequera Dolmens List.

There’s a rich variety of wild orchids in the park, along with other indigenous plants. Beware of taking any souvenirs from the park, removing plants or rocks is strictly forbidden as this is a protected natural reserve.

There are routes only accessible with park guides, but the visits are unfortunately only done in Spanish, so you might want to dust off your dictionary and start practicing!

Snow at El Torcal

Make your holiday property in Malaga your best investment!

With the holiday rental market in Costa del Sol rapidly growing, you can make your property the best investment you have ever made. We will help you get a higher return on investment that any financial product available today!

Solaga specialises in high quality holiday homes. Thanks to our extensive experience, great customer service and personal attention, we are one of the highest-rated rental holiday agencies in Malaga.

The company

Danish resident Steffen Hansen founded Solaga 10 years ago. Steffen fell in love with our beautiful city and decided to spread the word among Scandinavians and British visitors.

Today, Solaga welcomes customers from all over the globe. The constant being their utmost satisfaction with the service and the quality and standard of their apartments. The independent review platform reviews.co.uk rates us with 4.7 out of 5 stars. Impressive!

Currently, the team is made up of 12 professionals who oversee that our guests’ holiday is perfect from the moment they land at Malaga airport until their departure day. Our multilingual staff can assist customers in English, Spanish, French, Italian and Danish.  Below part of the Administration team:

Staff Solaga

Our services

Solaga is proud to be the pioneer company specialising in holiday rentals in Malaga. Over the years we have developed strong partnerships with both homeowners and guests. This is how Solaga has grown to become synonymous with quality and trust when it comes to holiday rentals.

We can tailor-make an exclusive rental agreement suited to your goals that can realistically generate a minimum of 25,000€ per year, and allows you the use of your own property whenever you wish.

Solaga also helps you with any documentation and permits needed to start renting your property. A wide-reaching international marketing strategy is put in place to get the maximum occupancy rate and generate the highest income possible.

Our agency takes care of maintenance, cleaning, check-in and check-out, so all you have to do is watch money come in while we take care of all the work.

We oversee the maintenance of your property to keep it in perfect condition and maintain the highest standard of quality. At solaga we make sure your property is well taken care of and that guests have the best experience during their stay.

So contact Solaga today for an assessment of your property. We will advise you on the income that can be generated and give you the best plan of action. Settle for the best!

The Botanical Garden of Malaga

The Botanical Garden of Malaga is one of the most fascinating visits you can do during your stay. The exuberant nature, the historical constructions and the large variety of flora are truly a magical experience of contact with nature.

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10 places to visit outside Malaga city center

There is plenty more to see in Malaga that the main landmarks at the historical center or Malagueta beach. Below we propose 10 places to visit outside Malaga city center that the whole family can enjoy. If you stay for more than four days, we strongly recommend you visit these places as it gives you a broader idea of what our city is like. You’ll get a chance to go deep into more residential areas where locals live. Get a taste of the “real” Malaga in these great spaces of our city.

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Marbella: The heart of Costa del Sol

Marbella is the biggest city in Costa del Sol and the second largest in the province of Malaga after Malaga city. It’s famous for being a beach resort for jetsetters, millionaires and celebrities; but there is much more to Marbella than that. The tourism infrastructure is developed and diverse, so you can find services for your every need.

History of Marbella

Marbella was a small fishing village until the mid-20th century, when a few Spanish Aristocrats started building summer resorts for themselves and their acquaintances. Names like Rothschild, Bismark, Thyssen-Bornemisza are no stranger to the town.

Later on (promoted by dictator Francisco Franco) Puerto Banus was built. Famous people like Grace Kelly and Rainier of Monaco, Julio Iglesias, Sean Connery and Arab monarchs like King Fahd of Saudi Arabia became regulars of the fast-growing city. It is estimated that between 1950 and 2001 the population of Marbella grew by 897%.

By fernando0 – Flickr, CC BY-SA 2.0

Nowadays, urban development has been more regulated as to avoid over-exploitation and the loss of the local flora and fauna.

The city

Marbella is bordered by coastal mountains to the north which provide great views of the city and the Mediterranean Sea. These mountains have very little urban development, so they preserve the local flora and fauna of the region. In the city, green spaces are made up mostly by the many golf courses available (currently 32 courses and driving ranges).

West of Marbella is neighboring town of Estepona, and to the east Mijas. In both these towns there are many parks and attractions to make your stay even more interesting if you run out of things to do in Marbella.

Picture by Herry Lawford – CC 2011

Within Marbella, you have plenty of places to visit both in the summer and the less warm months of the year (wink at the great temperatures throughout the year). The historic center, is great for a late afternoon walk, enjoying the smell of orange blossom and jasmine during spring time. Get lost in the crooked little streets, remnants of the Arab heritage of southern Spain and take a few pictures of the small balconies decorated with geraniums in the most traditional Andalusian style.

What to do

You can do great shopping in the newer parts of town or in one of the many shopping centers available. The Plaza del Mar located on the seafront promenade, Marina Banus, Corte Ingles and the Plaza Mayor are just a few of the great shopping centers you’ll find in Marbella.

There are many fantastic restaurants in Marbella to have a grand meal and enjoy the best dishes created by Michelin Star chefs like the Marbella-born Dani García, and other awarded restaurants like  Skina, El LagoEl Ancla in San Pedro de Alcantara is a great restaurant with views of the sea, ideal for having quality traditional seafood.

You can’t visit Marbella and not go to one of the many golf courses. Connoisseurs recommend Finca Cortesin, Santa Clara Golf and Atalaya Golf. If you are not an avid golfer, you can wait for your party relaxing in their spa, the pool or having cocktails in one of the bars. There are also many music festivals like Starlite which present world renowned artists from many different music genres. Beach parties, nightclubs, casinos and and much more complete the list of possibilities to have a wonderful time in Marbella and never get bored.

Naturally, you can go to the beach as well. There are plenty of water sports and activities for hire at the many beaches of Marbella. Stating May and until end of September you can bathe in the warm Mediterranean waters. In the area of the Congress Center, close to Dani García’s restaurant “Bibo” is our holiday apartment Mariana. Ideally located a short walk away from shops, the beach and lots of restaurants. The perfect holiday apartment to enjoy this beautiful city and have an unforgettable time.

See you in Marbella!

Tour of Malaga center: Discover the city for free!

If you are visiting our beautiful city for the first time, you might want to consider taking a tour of Malaga city center. The good news? One of the best in the city is free!

At Solaga we are always looking for ways to improve our guests’ experience and enjoy our city to the fullest. That is why in an attempt to help you get a first glimpse of what the the city has to offer, we have partnered-up with Explora Malaga, one of the best walking city tours company in Malaga.

Free tour Malaga

Daily tours are given in English and Spanish, with around 10-12 people by group. You can arrange your tour of Malaga in other languages in advance. The meeting point for their free walking tour around the center (2 1/2 hours) is Plaza de la Constitucion, in the heart of the city. The tour begins at 11:00, which is the perfect time to begin your Malaga experience after a hearty breakfast.

Start your holiday with a tour!

It is the ideal beginning to your holidays as it helps get your bearings around the city. The tour takes you around the most important landmarks of Malaga. They explain our history, culture, traditions, etc. with great humor and enough detail for you to actually remember specifics! Forget about boring audio-guides that spout dates and names so much you can’t even remember the first sentence. Our partners at Explora Malaga make your tour fun, entertaining, educational and surprisingly short. At the end you can’t believe two and a half hours have passed.

Malaga tour Cathedral

Young, friendly and knowledgeable staff takes you for a walk around Malaga city center. Maria, one of the tour guides, explained that the word marmalade came from French doctors who recommended eating oranges for sea sickness (French words mer for sea and malade for sick). Being that oranges in Malaga were sour, they were preserved with sugar. Due to evolution of language and economisation of words, people ended up calling this preserve marmalade. All this cool explanation came under the shade of an orange tree at the entrance of our cathedral. Magnificent view, sea breeze and good company included.

Wine tasting at Malaga

Tour with history, culture and…wine

Then you go off to visit one of the oldest bars of the city. Decoration include old wine barrels, a traditional Andalusian patio, bull fighting parafernalia, etc. They even provide a small tasting of sweet local moscatel wine. The tour of Malaga promotes local businesses without overwhelming or hustling visitors. You can buy something local without feeling forced to do so.

At the end of your tour, you decide how much you think it was worth and pay your guide accordingly. Don’t think of is as a tip, but more as a way of the customer to show their satisfaction with a service provided. Our friends at Explora Malaga they are so confident about the quality of their tours and their guides, that they don’t pre-set a price for many of their tours. So far customers are never disappointed.

Other tours they offer

If you are not a morning person, you can take one of their evening mystery tours, where they take you around the center while telling dark stories and legends of different places in the center. Perhaps you want to take a tour of the Alcazaba or a private one with just your family… maybe on a Segway. On their website you can see all different tours available, we are certain you will recommend it.

The sure thing is that we want our customers to have the best Malaga has to offer, and with Explora Malaga we are certain you will be satisfied with whatever tour you want to take. They are professional, offer a quality service and can tailor-make a tour to your specific needs.

 

 

The best ice cream in Malaga

You have to try the best ice cream in Malaga! Try our most popular flavors like leche merengada, turron or seasonal fruits. Now that the heat will be with us for the next months, you find yourself having ice cream twice a day! More →

Weather in Malaga: 320 sunny days a year

There’s no denying it: Malaga has great weather. The beautiful city has an average of 320 days of sun per year, which translates into over 3000 hours of sunlight during the year. The weather in Malaga has very little rain or covered skies, and that makes it a fantastic holiday destination. The odds of you coming and having bad weather during your whole stay are as rare as it snowing in the city!

One of the many advantages of the location of Malaga is that not only we get many days of sun throughout the year, but also that temperatures are milder than other places in the same latitude.

Average temperatures

Weather forecast Malaga

The closeness to the Mediterranean sea makes the weather in Málaga and its temperatures more constant. The winter is not as cold as other cities of Andalusia located more inland; nor hot summer temperatures get as high as in the rest of the country. Seville and Cordoba are famous for having summer temperatures of 45ºC and higher while Malaga’s average summer temperature is 25ºC.

During the summer, the low temperatures average 21º and the highs 30º, perfect for walking down the historical center and visiting the landmarks or walking to the beach and getting a tan. During the winter, the low temperatures are around 8ºC and the highs can get up to 18ºC… not bad at all!

Rain like you mean it!

Never rains in Malaga

When coming to Malaga, always keep in mind that the time of year when we get the most rain is November-December. This doesn’t mean that it rains everyday during these months, but it is more likely that if you visit us during that time of year, you might have to use your umbrella once.

Another interesting fact is that when it rains here, we really mean it! We can have torrential rains for short periods of time, so one day we can get 80mm of rain in a four-hour period, and then have sunshine again. This is enough to provide the city with running water, but not to keep us from watering the plants.

Aside that, there is usually a fresh sea breeze that helps bear with the heat during the summer and can really make a difference if you cover under shade.

Don’t sweat it

Temperature in Malaga

The weather in Malaga can be quite humid, and it might give you the impression that it is warmer than it truly is. You’ll find yourself sweating… a lot. This is caused by humidity levels of 70% and above. You will quickly realize that it is not because of the temperature. As soon as you stand or sit under shade and feel the breeze, you’ll notice it’s actually not as warm.

Hand fans can be a very useful tool, and make you look cool and very spanish when using it. It is very common for women to carry one in their bags (or their hands) during the whole summer. Fans are not part of any costume, but a real thing that people use everyday.

There are a million reasons to visit Malaga, and any time of year you’ll enjoy great weather and plenty of things to do. The city is vibrant, full of activities and sights, and has a lot of charming little towns nearby where you can immerse yourself in southern Spain’s culture.

Shopping in Malaga: summer sales now on!

If you want to do some serious shopping in Malaga, there is no better time than now! The summer sales just started and will go on until the end of August. With discounts of up to 70%, you can do some serious shopping. So prepare your bags and credit card and let’s head on to the stores! More →