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Don't miss out on Malaga in Spain
For many, Malaga in Spain is just the airport destination on their flights to the sun. Heading out along the Costa Del Sol to their beach resorts, many visitors don't realise that the city itself has plenty to offer, from the fortress that looms over the old town to some graceful city beaches.
Culture and cuisine
In Malaga, Spain offers a genuine welcome rather than the tourist frenzy of the Costa Del Sol. It's a place to see glimpses of the real Andalusia, to drink and eat with the locals rather than in places geared towards British visitors.
Plaza de Uncibay bars
Head for the old town bars and restaurants that cluster around the Plaza De Uncibay, or in the barrio of Malagueta, near the bullring. Drink the famous local sweet wine, sample the sherry and find out why Malaga's fried fish is regarded as the best in Andalucia.
The Picasso Museum is the city's cultural highlight, housed in a graceful 16th-century mansion, showcasing some of the artist's most important works. Picasso left his birthplace at the age of ten, but the city is proud of the connection.
The Alcazaba fortress is a reminder that Malaga was an important Moorish settlement, although it was built on the remains of a Roman fort. A restored Roman theatre is now used for shows and opera performances in the summer.
Malaga's beaches at Pedregalejo and El Palo are a bus ride away from the city centre. They are less brash than many Costa Del Sol beaches, with good restaurants and lively nightlife in summer.
Stay in the city
Malaga, like Spain in general, is well-equipped with cheap and basic accommodation in the heart of the city. The old town in particular has plenty of inexpensive hotels, known as 'hostales', that make an ideal base for exploring the city. Look for rooms in the upper storeys to avoid the street noise.