A Couchsurfer’s guide to… Malaga

By: Walter

Malaga City Hall, Cathedral and Alcazaba at sunset by Sean Pavone/shutterstock

Best breakfast in town!

In Andalusia people start the day with the typical “pan con tomate” – fresh tomato with olive oil on a crispy toasted bread. To spice it up a little bit you should check out the cakes and scones at Julia Bakery where you will find delicious pastry to and the traditional Andalusian style as well. Definitely one of the best and cozy place to  spend a lazy morning. 

Best view in the city!

The best view in the city at Gibralfaro, a short hike from the city center will lift you to the top of the hill of Málaga, you will be immersed in nature with a breathtaking view of the sea. Sunset is magic there!

View from Gibralfaro by Romas_Photo/shutterstock

1 museum not to miss!

The city offers an endless cultural scene and is hard to pick one, ideally for an adventures traveller who wants to combine hiking and lounging on the beach you might combine a bit of culture by visiting the Contemporary Art Museum of Málaga. The CAC Museum is absolutely beautiful and displays local and international artists in rotating exhibitions throughout the year. This lovely museum is located in the city center, is free to enter, and is just 10 minutes from the famous Malagueta Beach

Where to try the local cuisine!

The best authentic food you will find at Mercado Atarazanas, the historical market of Málaga in the heart of the city.

Arabic marble arch of Mercado Atarazanas by elRoce/shutterstock

Best place to grab a drink!

Recyclo Bar is the coolest bar in town, the perfect place to chill out, have tasty drinks, and indulge on tapas! 

A historic moment!

The most famous historic site is the Alcazaba, an Arabic castle lush with nature and orange trees, an amazing place to spend your morning. 

Roman amphitheater in the Alcazaba of Malaga by BAHDANOVICH ALENA/shutterstock

Where to dance!

Start your night at Chiquita Cruz, the perfect place to dance salsa and on Wednesday you can join the free dancing class, it is a great place to have a drink and dive into latin music. After that if you want to really party hard then head to the Anden Club, the biggest one in the city, located in heart of the city.

Best day trip!

One day out to Nerja Beach, the best place that is just a short ride from Málaga. It is a wonderful coast line village with amazing crystal-clear water. 

Nerja Beach by AlbertoOrtega/shutterstock

A treat-yourself meal!

The best place to treat yourself and enjoy the excellent cuisine in Málaga is La Sociedad Herbivora, a wonderful restaurant in the historical city center. This restaurant is gluten free and 100% organic, offering sophisticated dishes, both Spanish and international cuisine, with the freshest local products.

The perfect picture!

The best shot will be at Malagueta Bech, the sign is so unique and rocky, climb on the letters with your friends and shoot the perfect picture surrounded by palm trees and the sea. 

Malagueta Beach by eFesenko/shutterstock

Cute cafe!

The cutest cafe for a coffee and a tea will definitely be Teteria San Agustin. On the weekend it is going to be a little crowed but during the week, it is calm and the perfect place to read a book and relax. 

Best quick bite!

Grab churros with hot chocolate and fresh bread with olive oil and tomato all over the city, the cheapest and most filling food you can find around. 

Malaga Cafes by trabantos/shutterstock

Where to sweat!

Málaga, with her 300 sunny days year round, offers great facilities for exercise. Along the beach you will see many work out spot, perfect places to enjoy the breeze and sweat out the wine and tapas from the night before.

Family fun!

Easy hike in the Mijas Pueblo, a lovely village next to malaga with whitewashed houses, the typical essence of Andalusia. Living in a postcard for a few hours, and yes, do not forget to watch the sunset from there.

Mijas by Valery Bareta/shutterstock

A tourist trap to avoid!

Please to not eat at the restaurants the promoters try to drag you into while you walk and avoid the super expensive touristy red bus that is driving along the coast. If you want to enjoy the beachside on a bus, take the number 3 toward El Palo and you will get the same view for 1,30 instead of 20 euros.

One experience not to miss!

Go to a typical patio to watch a Flamenco Show, definitely a must do in Málaga. The clap of the hands will stay with you all night long.

Traditional Flamenco dresses by jorisvo/shutterstock

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