Sometimes you need to take a city break to get away from it all, even if it’s just for a couple of days.
Recently I spent 24 hours in Malaga with some of my best girls, we visited many cafe’s, walked EVERYWHERE and generally had a blast but the thing we struggled most with? Where to eat/drink/chill that wasn’t a tourist trap.
In a small town like Malaga it’s easy to stick to the strip and get sucked into bars & restaurants that charge above average for sub standard food. Take a walk off the beaten path & explore Malaga properly.
24 hours in Malaga
Where to Stay
Room Mate Valeria is right across from the marina & right on the edge of old town, a night here will set you back around €80, obviously, this depends on the season but for the location it’s perfect. The decor of the hotel is stylish with a modern flair, and bucket loads of jungle wallpaper. The rooms are spacious, clean & quiet. If you fancy chilling in the hotel there is also a rooftop bar with sun loungers & perfect views of the marina.
Where to eat
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day so make sure you have it! Take a walk to Cafe Berlin for an authentic Spanish Breakfast. Opt for the brunch buffet (only available on weekends) if you are really hungry or have the tomatoes and olive oil on toast, fresh and filling! Pair with the freshest orange juice you have ever tasted! For dessert (yup breakfast dessert is a thing, you are on holiday after all!) go for a cup of tea & a pastry with Nutella, you won’t regret it.
For lunch head to Cafeteria Framil, the tapas is cheap, cheerful and very tasty. Opt for antipasti, tortilla, salad & some fresh bread.
For an afternoon Snack/wine stop in at Lepanto, the restaurant catches the sun & is just off of one of the main shopping strips so is really easy to find & is very central. The pastries are delicious & a bottle of wine is relatively cheap.
Meson de Cervantes is hands down the best place I ate the entire time I was in Malaga. The food is hands down fantastic and the staff are very attentive. The bread is unbelievably good! Things you need to try are; the patatas bravas, the baked cheese, and the risotto. They don’t do a lot of tapas options for Veggie stuff but just ask for 1/2 portions and share it out.
Things to do
Take a walk up to the Castillo de Gibralfaro, the views are amazing & the walk itself is fairly easy. Go on a Sunday after 2pm as there is no charge. Make sure you start your journey near the Alcazaba, also really cool to have a wander around.
You can’t go to Malaga without popping in to see the Picasso Museum. Some of his earliest paintings are kept here, along with sculpture & sketches.
The CAC Malaga is the contemporary Museum & houses exhibitions from artists, photographers & designers from Spain & all over the world. It’s free and well worth a visit.
Take a walk down the marina at sunset. Grab a glass of wine at the end of the marina & watch the sun go down. A perfect end to a perfect day.
You’ll end up walking everywhere so make sure your shoes are comfy.
Keep your bag safe, Malaga is a tourist town so beware of pick pockets.
The Marina has a big wheel, take a ride for an amazing view.