Málaga in winter

Fath-Zhar Benkiran, February 2020 | Areas - Our view, CSR news and articles of interest

Quite apart from Christmas, when people flock to the city to enjoy the beautiful spectacle of its festive light decorations, as well as the lively shopping and social scene, Málaga is also a very popular destination throughout the winter.

This applies both to visiting tourists and residents of the Costa del Sol, who come for short stays and day trips respectively. Málaga is around 45 minutes from Marbella, so the cosmopolitan capital city of the region is easily accessible for a weekender or even an after-work visit in the evening.

There are many sights and experiences to enjoy, ranging from shopping and dining to art, culture, sport, nightlife and even beaches, for it is a city with a real urban feel that is also situated right by the beach. Málaga has this in common with other Spanish gems such as Barcelona, Valencia and San Sebastian, and it creates a delightful variety that makes it possible to stroll around the historic centre, enjoy lunch by the beach (even in winter), and walk back through parks for some more culture and big-city atmosphere.

Aerial view of city harbour, Malaga, Spain

Málaga’s renaissance has been built on a cultural offering that makes it one of the most in-vogue cities in Europe right now, with an excellent array of museums that includes the Picasso Museum dedicated to the city’s most famous son; the CAC (Centro de Arte Contemporánea), the Carmen Thyssen Museum, the Pop-up Pompidou Centre, the Russian State Art Museum, the amazing Car and Fashion Museum, and many more. International artists, both classical and modern, perform at the Teatro Cervantes, while the city is of course also home to a treasure trove of historic sights.

First founded by Phoenician traders over 2000 years ago, this Mediterranean port city is a living chronicle of the Phoenicians, Iberians, Romans, Moors and Baroque periods, with archaeological sites, grand buildings, churches, a Roman amphitheatre, and the magnificent Alcazaba fortress walls and palace complex that overlooks the city from its hilltop position. Add the local football club, Malaga CF, which plays in the Spanish league, as well as top-flight basketball and an emerging Soho district enlivened by the new Antonio Banderas theatre, and it becomes clear that this city appeals to many different tastes and interests.

Shoppers and diners will be drawn to the area surrounding the elegant Calle Larios shopping street, and with its gentle temperatures, winter is a perfect time to visit Málaga and enjoy its many attractions that form the perfect complement to Marbella and the Costa del Sol.

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