Summer in Malaga: beaches, mountains and a lot more

Poza de los Huevos in Mijas is perfect for a fresh water swimNow that the heat starts and everyone is thinking about the upcoming summer and going to the beach, we thought to give you a few ideas of activities to do during the summer in Malaga to combat the heat and avoid the crowds.

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How to get from Malaga airport to the city centre?

You may not know it if you’re coming to Malaga for the first time, but there are different transit options to go from the airport to the city centre. Some are faster, some cheaper and some more exclusive. We thought it might be interesting to give you a rundown of all transit options available, so you can plan ahead and save time… and money!

The good thing is having options to choose from depending on your circumstances.

Please bear in mind that prices may change from the moment this post is made until the day you read it, so double check before.

Taxi

The most known and common way to get from Malaga airport to your holiday apartment. Convenient when you arrive late, have a lot of luggage or travel with kids. It is also good when you don’t know the city, as public transportation doesn’t get to the historical centre and you need to walk to the apartment. Prices will depend on time of day and final destination, but generally the regular fare to the city centre (see taximeter) should be around 25€.

Private chauffeur

Malaga private driver

Cabify works in Malaga, so if you have an account, you can book a private driver to pick you up at the airport and drop you off at the doorstep of your apartment.

At Solaga, we offer a private airport transfer service with a reliable, long time professional collaborator called Paco Robles. He will take you to the apartment and even make a quick stop for essential groceries if you arrive late. You can read more about this service HERE.

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Train station at Malaga airport

 

There is a train station in front of terminal 3 (T3) as you exit the arrivals gate. Train line C1 will take you from Malaga airport to the city centre (stop Centro-Alameda station). The fare is 1,80€ for a one-way trip. Trains depart every 20 minutes from 06:30 to 00:30 and take 12 minutes to arrive to the city centre.

Bus

Malaga airport bus

The bus line A will take you from Malaga airport to the city centre for 3,00 €. The ride takes around 40 minutes and buses depart every 25-30 minutes. It is a great idea to see more of the city when going to your final destination. The bus stops at Alameda principal and Paseo del Parque, both streets are a short walk away from most of our apartments. When you arrive, follow the signs to find the bus stop. It is located right in front of the arrivals terminals, past the stairs to the parking and upper levels.

Malaga airport map

Ideas for original souvenirs from Malaga

What are good souvenirs from Malaga? Where is a good place to get them? If you’ve ever had difficulties finding the right gifts for your loved ones, I have a few suggestions you might like. Continue Reading →

Malaga becomes a reference in accessible tourism by taking down disability barriers

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Let’s face it, unless you are directly confronted with disability, accessible tourism won’t mean much to you. It didn’t mean much to me until someone opened my eyes and made me see an amazing side of Malaga. 

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More things to do in Malaga with kids

Coming to Malaga with the family?

A while back we posted an article about 10 things to do in Malaga with kids, and given that it is so popular, we decided to give you more ideas of fun activities in Malaga for families so everyone can enjoy their visit in our wonderful city.

Now keep in mind that not all of these places are in Malaga city, but they are in the metro area, therefore in a short train or bus ride, you can easily get there. For Benalmadena in particular we’re recommending 4 places to see, so save a few days of your visit for this town, as there is plenty to do with the kids.

So grab pen and paper and prepare to plan a fun holiday!

Castillo de Colomares – Benalmadena

Photo source www.elboqueronviajero.com

This castle is something that both kids and adults will enjoy alike. Better described as a monument, it was built in honor of Christopher Columbus by a U.S. medical doctor and local builders in a period of seven years. The monument has the shape of a boat, and because it is on a hill, you get incredible views of the sea. A great visit for families, it is the perfect place to play pirates…Arrgh!

Price: free

Jardín de las Águilas (Garden of the eagles) – Benalmadena

Photo source telefericobenalmadena.com

Close to the Castillo, you will find the Garden of the Eagles. This is another fun activity in Malaga for families. It is a center dedicated to protecting and raising over 160 different types of bird of prey. If you happen to visit at a moment when they have chicks, they will even let you hold them… and we know kids love that! They have daily shows (at 13:00 and 17:00) in different languages where you can see eagles and condors fly.

Price: adults 6€, children 5€ (included with cable car ticket)

Mariposario (Butterfly park) – Benalmadena

Photo source www.mariposariodebenalmadena.com

Another family-friendly visit in Benalmadena is the butterfly park. With more than 1.500 species of butterflies, it is located in a Thai-style temple. The whole experience and environment in a tropical garden and butterflies flying freely around you is fantastic. You may want to bring a bottle of water since it is very warm and humid. Make sure your kids witness how butterflies hatch from the chrysalis and spread their wings in the nursery.

Price: adults 10€, children 7,50€ (discounts if you buy them online)

Benalmadena Cable Car

Photo source telefericobenalmadena.com

If you want to see the best views in Costa del Sol, then you definitely have to ride the Benalmadena cable car. This is something everyone in the family will enjoy. Not only is the ride comfortable and with great views, but once at the top, you can choose a lot of activities to do. See the birds of prey show, have a light meal or drink at the cafeterias or go on hiking paths with the mediterranean as backdrop. Make sure to bring a hat and sunblock, especially during the hot summer days.

Price: adults 12,50€, children 10€ (prices in ticket office may be higher)

Aqualand – Torremolinos

Photo source www.aqualand.es

The ultimate activity in Malaga for families is a theme park. You will have a hard time not coming back to this water park in neighboring town of Torremolinos. Slides, swimming pools of all sizes, floats, half pipes. What can we say? Family fun all ’round! It’s a water park, so fun is guaranteed!

Prices vary depending on ages/groups and if bought at ticket offices or online, so check their website.

Adventure Golf – Fuengirola

Photo source www.fuengirolaadventuregolf.com

You know what they say: Costa del Sol, costa del golf. How about miniature golf for the whole family? That’s what you’ll find at Adventure golf in Fuengirola. A cool activity in Malaga for families is taking on the 19-hole course. The setting includes water fountainsa and streams. If you don’t feel like playing golf – or finished before the rest of your party- you can play pool or relax with a cold beverage in the bar.

Water sports/Parasailing – Fuengirola

Located in the marina of Fuengirola you will find Pirate parasailing, a British-run company specialized in watersports. Go for a fun parasailing ride with your children, inflatable banana, jet skiing, tubing, and much more.

Price: 40€ and up depending on ride

Underground Caves – Nerja

Photo source www.cuevadenerja.es

57 kms away from Malaga in the town of Nerja you will find the entrance to the underground caves. This huge group of caves are almost 5 kms long altogether. There, you will find the world’s biggest stalagmite, which measures 32 meters high. The cave’s galleries are so big, that symphonic orchestras sometimes have concerts there. There are smaller galleries (halls) with prehistoric paintings. Access to these halls is limited, so if you want to see them, it might be good to check their website first.

Price: adults 10€, children 6€ (under 6 years old, free)

Catamaran ride (Muelle Uno)

Photo source www.mundomarino.es

In the main harbor of Malaga (Muelle Uno) you can hire catamaran and other sail ship rides; catamaran being the easiest on your stomach! You can choose between sailing at sunset, a 1 ½ hour ride with a stop for a swim in the sea, or having a barbecue on board. Check for times and availability through their site or stop by the day before.

Price: adults 12€, children 8€

Parque de la Paloma – Arroyo de la Miel, Benalmadena

Photo source www.andalucia.org

Parque de la Paloma is the main park in Benalmadena, with over 200.000 square meters it hosts two playground areas for children, an artificial pond, bike/running trails, animals, etc. Perfect for a picnic, playing frisbee or football with the kids or just hang out. You can take the train from Malaga to Arroyo de la Miel, and from there a short 15 minute walk to the park.

Price: free

So there you are, ten great ideas of fun activities in Malaga for families, now all you have to do is which one to do first. You can visit our previous post 10 things to do in Malaga with Kids, for even more things to do. Of course, you can always head to the beach with a bucket and make sand castles with your children, but we thought you might want to spice it up a bit.

See you in Malaga!

Malaga’s Best Flamenco Shows

You want to see a flamenco show while in Malaga, but have no idea where to catch one? Not to worry, at Solaga we’ve made a list of the best, so you don’t end up in a second-rate or overpriced tourist show.

So you’ve come to southern Spain. You have some expectations that you want to be met: eat tapas, enjoy the sun and the beaches, eat jamón and cured cheese, visit a few museums and perhaps see a flamenco show (with dinner if possible).

We’ve prepared a list of the best Tablaos Flamencos (flamenco shows) in the city. Some include dinner, some cocktails, some tapas; but all are genuine flamenco shows with live music, not  your typical-prepackaged-mediocre tourist attractions.

Tablao Los Amaya. http://www.flamencomalagacentro.com/

Flamenco show on stage at Los Amayas

Flamenco dancer at Los Amayas

Located in El Liceo discoteque on calle Beatas, it is run by a family from Granada with decades in flamenco show business. They do pure flamenco on a small stage with colored lights, for an intimate, cozy atmosphere.

Where: Calle Beatas, 21

When: Every day from 19:00 to 21:00

Price: 25€ (includes cocktail)

Flamenco El Soho. http://flamencoelsoho.com/

Flamenco show and dinner at Soho

Flamenco show and dinner at Soho

This venue is in a typical Andalusian patio, with geraniums hanging from the walls and paper lamps on the ceiling. It is run by a well-known dancer or bailaora from Malaga, Marina Aranda, and has great artists performing in the show. This is the closest you will find to dinner + show, as they serve a platter with jamon, cheese and other cured meats, plus a cocktail with the tickets.

Where: Calle Vendeja, 30

When: Thursdays to Sundays at 20:30

Price: 27€ (with cocktail) 30€ (cocktail and jamón and cheese tapas). Reduced prices for children.

Kalipé Flamenco Art Centre. http://www.kelipe.net/

Flamenco dancer on center stage at Kelipé.

Flamenco dancer on center stage at Kelipé.

Art school by day, flamenco show by night. It is raw and authentic, where artists improvise what music inspires in the moment to keep it “real”. It is a small venue for 70 people, so it’s good to get there early or book ahead.

Where: Calle Muro de Puerta Nueva, 10

When: Thursday to Saturday at 21:00

Price: 24€ (includes 2 drinks)

Juan Breva Flamenco Museum. http://www.museoflamencojuanbreva.com/

Pure art at the Flamenco Museum Juan Cueva.

Pure art at the Flamenco Museum Juan Cueva.

Typical flamenco tavern, go down the stairs to get to the small intimate tablao. It is a museum as well, therefore, the decorations are important staples of flamenco art and artists. The first Friday of every month, they change the show to Saturday and hold a dinner + show called Berza Flamenca. Here you will find mostly flamenco live music, it is more a recital than a dance show. Ideal for flamenco enthusiasts.

Where: Calle Ramón Franquelo, 4

When: Tuesdays at 21:00 and Fridays at 22:30 (except first of the month)

Price: Free

Museums of Malaga

Malaga is known for its good weather all year round, but the city also offers a lot of different cultural activities for the tourists and locals. Malaga has a wealth of museums and in this post, you can read more about the most prominent ones. A visit worth making.

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(1) Picasso Museum

135 years ago Picasso was born on the 25th of October 1881. The Museum exhibits Picasso’s work and ensures the regular replacement of the exhibitions. The Museum also works with social projects and education, where it is possible to attend courses and workshops for both children and adults. The building itself is already worth the visit, a 16th Century palace with arabic (mudejar) influence.
Where: Palacio de Buenavista C/San Agustín, 8 Malaga 29015 Malaga
When: Every day from 10:00 to 19:00.
Price: Depends on the exhibition. Usually range from 4 € to 8 €.
Websitehttp://www.museopicassomalaga.org/en/ 

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(2) Thyssen Museum

The Carmen Thyssen museum showcases pieces of the 19th and early 20th centuries, emphasizing on Andalusian painters. Temporary exhibits tend be more about international artists.
Where: C/Compañía 10, 29008 Málaga
When: Tuesday to Sunday 10:00 to 20:00
Price: From 2 € (reduced price) to 9 € (combined ticket of permanent and temporary exhibition). Sunday after 17:00 free access.
Websitehttp://www.carmenthyssenmalaga.org/en/ 

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(3) Pompidou Centre

You will find the Pompidou Centre at Muelle Uno, where you can see the beautiful cube decorated with different colored glasses. Sunlight reflects from the glass cube, which contributes to a colorful experience in Museum. It is a pop-up museum, hence it will be open only for a limited time. Here you will be able to enjoy contemporary art from the 20th and 21st century (from the Pompidou collection in Paris) and temporary exhibits froms different artists.
Where: Pasaje Doctor Carillo Casaux, s/n Muelle Uno, Puerto de Málaga
When: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 09:30 to 20:00.
Price: Permanent exhibition: 7 €. Temporary exhibition: 4 €. Combined between permanent and temporary: € 9. Sunday after 16:00 free access.
Website: http://centrepompidou-malaga.eu

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(4) Automobile Museum

As the name suggests, this is a museum for car enthusiasts. The Museum has more than 100 cars. Many of them are historical and range from Europe and North America. The Museum offers also a fashion section with 200 pieces of haute couture and a contemporary art section.
Where: Avenida de Sor Teresa Prat, 11, 29003 Málaga
When: Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00 to 19:00.
Price: Normal 7, 50 € and 5.50 € reduced
Website: https://www.museoautomovilmalaga.com/?lang=en

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(5) Russian Museum

The Russian museum features, among other things, the work of Marc Chagall and Wassily Kandinsky. The Russian museum in Malaga is a branch of the Russian Museum of St. Petersburg, the paintings showcased try to show a different side from the stereotypical Russian art.
Where: Avenida Sor Terrace Prat 15, 29003 Malaga
When: Tuesday to Sunday from 9:30 to 20:00.
Price: Temporary exhibition: 4 €. Permanent exhibition: 6 € and combined exhibition 8 €. Free access from 16:00 on Sundays.
Website: http://www.coleccionmuseoruso.es

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(6) Museum of Glass and Crystal

This Museum is a private collection of more than 3,000 pieces of glass from different eras. This is a journey through time as you travel between the different styles from different eras. One of this museum’s goals is to restore the old artisan neighborhood of San Felipe Neri and its traditions.
Where: Plazuela Santisimo Cristo de la Sangre 2. 29012, Malaga.
When: Tuesday to Sunday. from 11:00 to 19:00.
Price: General 6 €. Reduced 4 €
Website: http://www.museovidrioycristalmalaga.com/museoingles/index.html

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(7) Centre of Contemporary Art (CAC)

You will find The CAC museum in the area known as Soho de Málaga, on the banks of the normally dry Guadalmedina river. There are 6000 square meters of space with 2400 square meters of exhibition space. The aim of this museum is to promote and disseminate 20th and 21st century visual art. International art of this period is of interest to the museum. The collection of the museum consists of 400 pieces of art that have been lent by the owners for periods of 3 to 5 years. The museum has many temporary exhibitions throughout the year.
Where: Calle Alemania, S/N, 29001 Málaga
When: (from 22nd June to 20th September)
Tuesday to Sunday: from 10.00 to 14.00 and from 17.00 to 21.00 h.*Rest of the year: Tuesday to Sunday: from 10.00 to 20.00 h.
Price: Free
Website: http://cacmalaga.eu

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(8) The Interactive Museum of Music (MIMMA)

The museum is in the 18th-century Palacio del Conde Navas. It contains an important collection of musical instruments from around the world and of all ages, many of which can be played. Intended for all audiences, from children to adults, it is an interactive museum where you can experiment: instead of “please do not touch”, they encourage to play all instruments. Their motto is “hear, feel, discover”.
Where: Calle Beatas, 15, 29008 Málaga
When: Winter opening times (7/09 – 24/06) Monday 10:00 – 16:00,Tuesday – Sunday 10:00 – 19:00
Summer opening times (25/06 – 6/09) Monday 10:30 – 16:00, Tuesday – Sunday 10:30 – 19:30
Price: Normal 4€, Students, seniors and groups: 3€, Children less than 6 years old: free.
Website: http://www.musicaenaccion.com/mimma/ 

Museo de la Aduana

The new Malaga Museum in the Old Customs Building

(9) Museum of Malaga

This newly opened museum holds the biggest and most important collection of fine arts of the province. It inaugurated last December at the iconic old Customs Palace. It has a huge collection of archaeology, paintings and sculpture. A definite must!

Where: Plaza de la Aduana, S/N, 29015 Málaga
When: Opening times 09:00 – 20:30
Price: EU Citizens: free, rest of the world: 1,50€
Websitehttp://www.museosdeandalucia.es/cultura/museos/MMA/ (spanish only)

Nerja and its Feria

Welcome to Nerja!

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Malaga tourism breaks records this summer

The growing fame of the Costa del Sol

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