Destination guide

Escape to a cityscape of gardens, beaches, and bygone times

Carve out time for this cultural gem in Spain's Costa del Sol region. Animado (lively) Malaga is a really old place. It's a magical mix of modern glitz and age-old wonders, and high-rise hotels among ancient Roman and Moorish structures. Golden beaches surround the bustling Port of Malaga, which dates back to 600 B.C. The abstract master Pablo Picasso was born here, giving Malaga a claim to artistic fame. You'll always get a grande taste of Spanish culture, whether your Malaga vacation rental is on the beach or in the historic city center.

Things to do

Let the abstract art attract you and the history astound you

When you're not basking on 1 of the beaches, try some rides at Tivoli World, a theme park with thrills, shows, and illuminated gardens. And then the rest is history, literally. You've got the Alcazaba, an impressive 11th-century fortress overlooking the city. And while you're there, enjoy the fountain-filled gardens and the 1st-century Roman amphitheater. Malaga Cathedral, also a museum, has ornate baroque architecture. Museo Picasso is a must, featuring 200 works by the master of artistic abstraction in a restored 16th-century palace. Finally, Jardin Botanico-Historico La Concepcion, is a 1800s garden with gorgeous tropical flowers from 5 continents.

Activities

From fiestas to siestas, there's mucho to see and do

What can't you do in this thoroughly walkable city? Stroll along the Paseo del Parque, a harborside promenade with cafes, bars, and shops, plus a park with statues and fountains. After a day of admiring ancient buildings and abstract art, satisfy your stomach with some gazpacho, pescaito frito (fried fish), and sweet Malaga wine. And no matter what beach is your bag, you'll find it here. Caleta Beach has mini-gyms while Malagueta Beach has a playground. Get ready to party because Malagans love their fiestas: there's a Spanish culture fest in August and the Holy Week Festival during Easter.

Weather

Sea breezes help you beat the heat in Costa del Sol

They don't call it the Coast of the Sun for nothing. With Malaga vacation rentals, you can sightsee under sunny skies almost all year-round, sprinkled with some refreshing but occasional November rains. The beaches are swarmed in the summer, when the Mediterranean waters are warm, the weather is hot, and the sea breezes are cool. And winters are warm too, with average temps in the 60s. Many travelers come here during Easter for the Holy Week festival, and Malaga Fair, with flamenco dancing and bullfighting, makes August a hot time to visit, too.

Natural features

You'll go gaga for the magnificent coast of Malaga

No matter where your Malaga vacation rental is, chances are you'll have a pretty sweet view of its epic skyline. It sits on Spain's southern coast, bordered by the Montes de Malaga mountain range and the Mediterranean Sea. This densely populated urban city has more than 1 million people living in the area. But there's plenty of room for nature too, which you can admire at 1 of the botanical gardens, or Montes de Malaga Natural Park. The park has miles of trails, soaring pines, and waterfalls, as well as hundreds of wildlife species like lizards, boars, and eagles.

How to get there

Transportation options to and around Malaga

Fly into Malaga (AGP), the closest airport, located 4.9 mi (7.9 km) from the city center.

If you'd rather travel by train, the main station serving the city is Málaga María Zambrano Station. You can get around Malaga by jumping on the metro at La Marina Station, Guadalmedina Station or La Malagueta Station.

Can I find a vacation rental around Málaga?

Yes, our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 13,415 vacation rentals near Málaga. From 2,152 Villas to 1,856 Houses, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Málaga for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Málaga?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Málaga:

  • La Malagueta: 134 vacation rentals
  • Centro: 1,478 vacation rentals
  • La Goleta: 1,318 vacation rentals
  • La Merced: 708 vacation rentals
  • El Palo: 182 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Málaga?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Málaga. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Málaga Cathedral: 6,991 vacation rentals
  • Parador Malaga Golf Club: 8,219 vacation rentals
  • Muelle Uno: 7,043 vacation rentals
  • Banco de Espana: 7,034 vacation rentals
  • Jose Maria Martin Carpena Arena: 7,619 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Málaga listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Villas in Málaga?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 2,152 Villas in Málaga. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Málaga include:

  • Houses: 1,856 rentals available
  • Condos/Apartments: 8,296 rentals available
  • Bungalows: 510 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Cottages and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Málaga?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 8,911 vacation rentals with pool available in Málaga. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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