The best area to stay in Málaga

The best area to stay in Málaga

Heading to the Costa del Sol and Andalusia for the holidays? After Seville and Granada, Málaga: discover the districts where to stay in Málaga!

Nestled between the Mediterranean Sea and the mountains, Malága is located at the southern end of the Spanish region of Andalusia. The second largest province in Andalusia with 569,130 inhabitants (2015), Málaga is an important economic and cultural hub, situated at the crossroads between the East and the West. From flamenco to cultural visits, along with a profusion of tapas bars, restaurants, shows, concerts, beach parties, student parties, you will not get bored in the “intrepid” city! Málaga is the ideal place to indulge in the best that Spanish culture has to offer.

There are more than 1,300 establishments in the Malagenean hotel sector, which attracts almost half of Andalusia’s tourism. Finding a place to stay in Málaga promises to be as easy as it is expensive! Find out about the best places to stay in Málaga, Spain’s 6th largest city.

Malagueta

Malagueta, best area to stay in Malaga

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Ideally situated between the beach and the heart of the city centre, Malagueta is simply the most dynamic quarter in Málaga. In the 19th century, the area was mostly occupied by sugar factories, cellars, shipyards and factories. A former working-class area, Malagueta has changed a lot since after experiencing a gradual gentrification process.

To rent an apartment or villa overlooking the sea and enjoy the city centre’s lively atmosphere – packed with countless pubs, restaurants, tapas bars and nightclubs – this is THE place to stay in Málaga. Steps away from the port of Málaga, you will find a 1.2-kilometre long beach to relax under a blazing sun. Be sure to visit the nearby Palmeral de Las Sorpresas (the Palm Grove of the Surprises) and its lush green park.

Trinidad (Old Town)

Trinidad, best area to stay in Malaga

Photo credit: Flickr – Kārlis Dambrāns

Trinidad is the historical centre of the city. Located on the banks of the Guadalmedina River, between the Central and Bailén-Miraflores quarters, Trinidad is home to many historic buildings of traditional architecture. The area is also home to remnants of past eras and walls dating from the Al-Andalus period, at a time when the Iberian Peninsula was under Muslim influence. You can, among others, visit the church of the Trinity or the church of San Pablo. Travel in time as you contemplate the Roman and Arab vestiges. A great central district to stay in Málaga.

El Palo

El Palo, best area to stay in Malaga

Photo credit: Flickr – Marco Derksen

Sometimes, it feels good to get away from the hyperactive hustle and bustle of downtown. The advantage of Málaga is that its coast is urbanized all the way between its eastern and western ends. Even if you decide to take a break from the city centre, you will still be able to find lively atmospheres and everything you need to enjoy a good stay.

El Palo is a typical fishing quarter exuding a pleasant, authentic atmosphere. Still preserved from the growing urbanization of Málaga, El Palo is the place to taste succulent fish fresh out of the water at the fish market. With its array of restaurants and bars on the seafront, it’s the perfect place to stay in Málaga and enjoy the charms of Andalusia: sun, beach, warmth, and tranquillity.

Main photo credit : Flickr – Michael Bertulat

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