Weekend city break in Malaga

Malaga on the Costa del Sol does not always have the best reputation – hen and stag parties, British pensioners and lobster coloured Brits on the beach are some of the more unfortunate images we may have of this endearing town.

All of these images are true of the Costa de Sol, however, much has been done to improve Malaga’s image of late, with the Museo de Picasso and the Thyssen Museum ensuring that Malaga holds its own in the art tourism stakes, and attracts more considerate tourists too.

Apart from this, we love Malaga for it’s easy going people, tradition, and great great food. Not only this, but it is accessible from so many British airports at such economic prices, that it is one of the few city breaks that you can take with the whole family which wont break the bank.

For a city stay, we recommend the Room Mate Larios with it’s beautful roof terrace overlooking the cathedral, or the AC Malaga which has a rooftop swimming pool. These are both centrally located, and near to the newly updated Port with it’s shops and restaurants, and the beach. For a beach front experience, try Hotel Chancla.

For breakfast, we like Cafeteria Casa Aranda for an authentic breakfast with coffee or hot chocolate, orange juice and churros, donuts piped into long shapes instead of round. Dip them in your coffee/chocolate or sprinkle with sugar for a delicious start to your day. Or, if you prefer savoury, order pitufos (small bread rolls) with jamon and tomato.

You’ll need to get to the beach early to hire a parasol and sun loungers. Even if you skip these, you will need a beach umbrella for midday sun. For lunch we recommend Chiringuito Siesú right on the beach, with it’s grilled sardines and frantic staff!

After a day on the beach (hopefully with the children having had a siesta under the shade of the umbrella), you can enjoy a beautiful stroll to the port. If you enjoy walking, you can carry on to the Hotel Chancla  (40 mins walk or short taxi ride) for a sundown cocktail. This area is full of great places to eat and has a great evening atmosphere. For an authentic lunch or dinner, try Miguelito el Cariñoso for great gazpacho, bienmesabe, sardinas, and seafood in general. There are not many places where you can eat and drink fantastic food and wine for 10 pounds but this restaurant is incredible value.

On Sunday, take a trip to the museums. They often have workshops for children (which you will have to book in advance.)

Take an aperitivo at the Pimpi opposite the Roman Ruins. You’ll probably want to stay on eating tapas there all afternoon!

Malaga is a fantastic city to explore with children. The beach is a short walk from the town, and unless you go to expensive touristic restaurants, you can eat amasingly well for very little money. It is well worth a visit!

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