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About Car Rental at Malaga Airport

Although a popular tourist destination, there are still many parts of Spain that are quieter, and more relaxing, if you are looking for this sort of destination. If you thought trips to Spain all offered the same experience, why not head to Malaga to experience an enjoyable, but unique, take on the Spanish lifestyle? Whether you are searching for countless photo opportunities, or want to learn more about the fascinating history of Spain, you will find this in abundance in Malaga, not to mention along with their unique restaurants, exciting recreational activities, and welcoming locals. Although commonly referred to as Malaga Airport, the airport's official name is Malaga-Costa del Sol Airport. This name change was carried out in 2011, to reflect the flights available at the airport. As with many other European airports, you will find that an extensive list of carriers uses the airport, including EasyJet and Ryanair. If you want to take advantage of car rentals at Malaga Airport, there are plenty of options available to you, with some recognized names including Europcar, SIXT and Hertz. There are also local car rental companies with excellent reviews, including Malaga Airport Car Hire and Record Go Rent a Car. You can book your Malaga Airport car rental in advance with HolidayCars.com.

Getting around Malaga

If you wish to use public transport to travel to your location, there are several options available. One of the most popular is a taxi, although this could be expensive, depending on how far you need to travel. For example, a taxi to Marbella averages €60, which may not be the most ideal option, especially if you are travelling on a budget. If you are still favoring public transport, you can grab a bus into Malaga, which only costs 10 euros. Although the buses are regular, there could be waiting times, and the service is out of operation during the early hours of the morning, so you’ll need to check for updates regularly before you travel, so you don’t miss check-in time at your accommodation upon arrival. When planning a trip round Malaga, we cannot recommend a car rental enough. If you plan to visit a location outside of the common tourist areas, you should try to arrange a rental car before leaving for Malaga, as this will save you the worry of relying on public transport that may or may not be on time. Along with this, you may want to explore some of the more rural areas of Malaga, in which case public transport cannot be used – unless you are willing to pay for a taxi.

Driving in Malaga

Driving in Malaga is pretty straightforward, however, there are some rules to be aware of to ensure you remain safe and considerate of local drivers. When driving in Spain, you need to remember that:

The fast lane should never be used, unless overtaking and, as with all countries, some Spanish drivers can become aggressive if they feel someone is driving too slowly. To eliminate the stress from the situation, use the right or middle lane, especially if you are feeling a little anxious driving in a new place for the first time. There are also safety concerns to address, such as only using hands free when speaking on the phone, and ensuring that everyone travelling wears their seatbelts. Car Rental Agencies in Malaga When exploring Malaga, renting a car is the most convenient form of travel to fully explore the city and nearby villages. Renting a car in Malaga is affordable and typically relatively cheap, due to the amount of car rental companies available. Car rental suppliers in Malaga include SIXT, Malaga Car and Hertz.

Top Road Trips from Malaga

By renting a car, you are opening up endless opportunities for travelling in and around the city. You can plan trips that showcase some of the best archeological sites in the area, such as travelling from Malaga, to Antequera, to Loja and finally to Granada. You can also explore some of the natural beauty in Malaga by taking the car to the Montes de Malaga Natural Park, without relying on public transport to get you there. If you are a fan of natural beauty, we’d recommend taking a day trip out to explore the Costa del Sol countryside, by travelling from Mijas, to Alhaurin el Grande, to Coin, to Monda, to Ojen, and finally, Marbella.

FAQs

When is the Best Time to Visit Malaga?
The first thing people associate with Spain is the sun, and Malaga is no different. Although the Andalusian City can be enjoyed all year round, many feel that Malaga is at its best during the warmer months. Between June and September are typically the warmest months to visit the city, with July and August among the hottest.

When is the Cheapest Time to Visit Malaga?
Although some trips to Malaga can be expensive, this does not mean a smaller budget cannot offer a similar experience. Many people enjoy Malaga at its warmest, but this does not mean Malaga does not have anything to offer during the off-peak months. If you want to enjoy fantastic landmarks, excellent local food, and an experience that you will never forget, then why not take advantage of cheap airfare, and visit between November and January? You will often find that many hotels also offer a reduction in cost per night, and finding the right vehicle regarding car rental is almost guaranteed, because very few people rent a car during this time. We do recommend, however, those wanting to make some additional savings often find that pre-planning their car rental and accommodation can allow for far more savings to be made. In short, there is rarely a bad time to visit Malaga, but it is important to check what activities and services are available if you decide to visit during the off-peak season.

Where is The Best Area to Stay in Malaga?
If you are visiting Malaga for the first time, Palma de Mallorca offers something for everyone. The vibrant capital offers plenty of Old-World influence, matched with an array of shops, restaurants and other tourist attractions. If you are searching for a more relaxing part of Malaga, then why not consider Cala d’Or. Although some hotels can be a bit more expensive, the area is ideal for those wanting to spread their wings when visiting Malaga.

Can You Get Around Malaga Without a Car?
One of the reasons why Malaga is so popular with tourists is because many attractions are accessible by foot. Malaga also has an efficient public transport system and the Malaga bus service is operated by EMT, which offers one-off tickets and multi-travel cards. Along with this, there is also the option of travelling via train, which has connections to many popular destinations within Malaga. A two-line metro system is also available, which starts at Maria Zambrano RENFE train station. If you want to enjoy the local scenery without having to make various stops, then there are also various ‘hop on - hop off’ buses that offer this service, although they can be busy during the hotter months. Those wanting to explore the Malaga province will find that car rental is beneficial, far easier, and can help make some savings when planning activities and day trips.

What is the cheapest car rental in Portugal?
If you book well in advance, in the winter you can rental a small for $8.22

Tips and experiences for Malaga airport

Our customers rated Malaga airport with an average of 8.9 based on 102 ratings, and these are the most recent tips, experiences and highlights.

21-02-2020
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They stroked me for ten pounds.
02-01-2020
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Around town, very narrow streets are common. Get the smallest car you can tolerate. On the highways, lane discipline is important (thankfully). Stay out of the left lane unless you're actively overtaking. If you're in the left lane, overtake as quickly as you safely can, and keep an eye on your rearview mirror. If another car is coming up fast, get out of the left lane as soon as you safely can. Speed cameras are not super common but they are there, and they are not marked.
20-12-2019
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Check your distance from the hotel to Malaga and also local transport; a car was a necessity for us but we didn't know that until the day after so we lost out on some cash Malaga down to Gibraltar has some great destinations that a hire car will allow you to explore within a day; we went from Malaga to Gibraltar and then Portabanus (spelling). We followed that with trips to Torremelinos, Fuengirola and Marbella Get a car with satnav or android / apple compatible car to connect your devices to make it easier to get around; it's still tricky judging the turn offs! There are also a reasonable number of tolls so you can use the satnav to avoid tolls; it cost us 20 euro to get from Malaga to Gibraltar and then nothing coming back Make sure you have credit cards and drivers licences for all drivers
18-11-2019
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If u hire car just hire the car but buy the insurance at the check out counter when u pick up the car.
12-11-2019
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At Marbesa you need a car. There is only one supermarket open in the area: Eroski, quite ok. In dunas de Artola there are nice senderos. Go to the east from Urb Marbesa. You can also walk at the beach for many km. There are only few restaurants in the area. The asian restaurant at Eroski has very tast cousine; called Tasty corner. Nearby is also Camping Marbella Playa.
21-10-2019
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Very efficient at passport control on arrival. Baggage reclaim easy to find and baggage was quickly on the belt for passengers to find. Going home - leave plenty time to book in and get through security. They are very thorough! Lovely duty free shopping area with very friendly helpful assistants. Car return - signage confusing due to ongoing upgrade of building. Give yourself time. One employee collecting keys and paperwork - very courteous and helpful in directions to departures.
17-10-2019
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Malaga airport is over avarage, pretty large. With google map you can easily find car rental return. But even there is only one praying room area it was locked and it took about an hour to make it open, because the key was in customer service which was 2 floors up. Besides it is clean, have many duty free shops. For Tax free, do not forget to scan your bills before security control in the airport. If not it is also possibile to go back, scan and pass security again. Tax free part is working pretty good.
16-10-2019
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Must see in southern Spain Seville and the cathedral Malaga fort and shopping Marbella restaurants and shopping Ronda history and aqueduct Granada the Alhambra White villages around Malaga Torremolinos the seafood restaurants and resorts Very easy to drive in southern Spain nice smooth highways
01-10-2019
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The airport is nice and clean my biggest problem was as I’m disabled Was getting from where You pay for car and where you pick up car But otherwise I would say I liked the airport very much choice of food and drinks etc duty free goods all good
26-09-2019
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Malaga airport has done massive improvements to duty free shopping area. Although wasnt open for all areas as we had an early flight back
19-09-2019
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Be aware of the pick up spot for curtesy pick ups for rental cars before you hit the airport. If buying souvenirs or gifts you can rely on the shops at Malaga airport so factor in time to shop . Duty free did not have any menthol cigarettes on our trip so don’t rely on airport shopping for those. Food halls and cafes quite extensive. My wife’s mobility is poor and she was well catered for at the airport. The jet 2 baggage handling in particular from out experience was very efficient at Malaga airport.
11-08-2019
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Check the web for comments about any hire or rental company you are new to. Check with your car insurance and be prepared . To easy to be hijacked into extra purchase when jet lagged and in an impatient queue.
07-08-2019
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Our flight got cancelled and the personnel was nice and understanding about it. My reservation was still honored even tho I was 12 hours late. The pick up was fast and hastle free. When I had my flight cancelled, I tryed 15 times to call but no one answered to explain the situation. Luckly I had a friend that went in person and that helped. The route to pick up the car, for us, was a bit unintuitive. Maybe the route could be better marked.
02-08-2019
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Security TSA is quick and organized. Staff is polite and helpful. Food and bars are decent. Airport/signs are easy to navigate. Airport is very clean.
25-06-2019
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Security is starting to spend more time on UK passports, allow extra time for that. No smoking area after security so smoke before entering the airport. Plenty facilities and places to eat whilst waiting to board.
17-06-2019
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Quick access to city with no need for car rental if not travelling further. Amazing weather as it is almost always sunny. Great food in local tavernas where you see usually just Spanish people. Local clothing brands such offer something different you can find at home to bring with you are memory and fashion addition to your wardrobe. No need to carry cash around as majority of places accept credit card. Always choose tapas instead of any international cuisine to experience real Spain.
13-06-2019
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Incredibly pleasant provided Opel car Mokka X The free navigator and absolutely clean car has been provided, Has returned it still in the best possible way, Service and the airport to the last guest, managers go on meeting to the client, in general everything is very comfortable, Thanks, Andrey. Moscow region Krasnogorsk, I will advise you to friends and I will use your services further!
05-06-2019
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Go around to Ronda, Gibraltar, Granada and taste the Andalusia culture. Merge with the locals. Avoid the tourist crowd.
30-05-2019
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The place is amazing. Nicest people (except for the Goldcar rep). I always enjoy my trips to Costa Del Sol. Just don’t go around Goldcar desk. They can and they will ruin this beautiful experience.
22-05-2019
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Efficient passport control. Clean airport & washroom on arrival .. Easy baggage collection.. a bit confused finding bus to hire car company.. winter were very efficient when we returned the car & dropped us right back at airport entrance.. easy efficient luggage checkin.. Very nice duty free area .. A very pleasant over all travel experience thank you
29-03-2019
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The airport is fine, the car hire place is difficult to find.
23-03-2019
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busy airport, so get there early
19-03-2019
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Do make sure you clean the car before taking it back, it shows you have looked after it,
05-03-2019
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Don't miss out on the Caminito del Rey (El Chorro): an amazing, breath-taking trail, sometimes 100 meters above the gorges. Worth every step. Don't forget to book in advance, as access is limited.
27-02-2019
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Malaga, Cordoba, Sevilla, Giblartar, Rhonda...
26-02-2019
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Ignore the lies told by agents at car hire desks at Malaga airport.
25-02-2019
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We travelled along the entire Costa Del Sol coast and would thoroughly recommend Mijas, The old town of Estepona, Ronda and Malaga town itself. If you have time drive down to Gebraltar for an hour or 2 to avail of the duty free. The savings are incredible!
24-02-2019
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Plan well ahead. Make sure you have all the correct documentation ready. Look for the best deal, it is worth the time. Read other people’s reviews on the various services to help make your decisions. Give yourself plenty of time to allow for transfer from or to the airport if you are hiring a car, not all of the car hire firms are in the vicinity of the airport. Sometimes the smaller car hire firms are cheaper and provide a better service.
18-02-2019
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You get what you pay for. We were extremely satisfied with our rental. We paid $20.08 for a small car for a total of four nights with unlimited mileage. Yes, we had to wait in line for about 20 minutes. Yes, the return area was a bit confusing and the return staff weren't as welcoming/friendly (they were not mean, just short and not as focused on customer service, but they were fine). But our vehicle was newish and clean. And we paid a very very reasonable price. Would book with them again!
24-01-2019
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Busy airport modern with good facilities. security is quick. try and find a car hire company with cars on the airport as getting a minibus can be a real chore and the costs are not that much different
19-01-2019
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Visit Ronda Visit Jeres Visit Cadiz Enjoy in Malaga Take a pictures Drink wine and beer
14-01-2019
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Use the toll road its very cheap and saves you a lot of time, the views are good too! Use the Spanish language when ever you can no matter how limited simply say thank you and hello goes along way to endear you to the lovely Spanish people.
12-12-2018
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Malaga airport a huge expansion since my last visit Excellent choice of bars and restaurants in departures Also great choice in duty free both arrivals and especially departures
30-11-2018
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A big airport so allow plenty of time for everything.
09-11-2018
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Recommend to drive to Granada. There was nice atmosfare amazing buildings, good food. Travel further to Sevilla where also can see and feel Andaluzian hospitality. Marbella is a perfect place to relax. Gibraltar has fantastic mould. Cadiz was combination sightseeing and relax on the he beach.
01-11-2018
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Prices are too high. Even water which used to be around one € a bottle has shot up in price recently. A little opportunistic given the restrictions around carrying liquids.
30-10-2018
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Great service and help with my disability issues
23-10-2018
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Expect to wait a long time to collect your car - then you won't be disappointed if you have to and will be delighted if you don't have to.
20-10-2018
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Malaga is a great place to stay at if you want to see Andalucía. The roads are really good and it’s easy to drive around. You can easily rent a car at the airport and return it when your vacation is over
04-10-2018
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It's an airport. There's a long walk from the car hire desks to the rental cars.
02-10-2018
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make sure your cabin baggage fits in the bag template or you will be charged extra (a lot extra!!) for getting it on the flight. i flew to spain with the same bag fine but apparently it was too big for the cabin on the return trip.
11-09-2018
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Be easy look for the best. Relax and Enjoy life.
19-02-2018
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Explore the little sanish towns, well worth the drive, see the real Spain.
19-12-2017
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Malaga Airport was a good experience. Friendly and efficient staff, all very helpful. Several catering outlets offering a variety of choice. Duty free also offers some bargain buys. All in all, a very good experience.
19-12-2017
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We have travelled to Malaga several times over the years. Airport is clean and has all facilities you need. Plenty of seating both in and amongst the travelers as well as being able to find a quiet corner. An area for improvement would be in the luggage security check area. It was a bit slow and lacke coordination . I would suggest a visit to Gatwick to view their set up which has had major improvements and is now extremely efficient and means you can be through to lounge in no time at all.
27-04-2017
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The airport is decently organised.
24-04-2017
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Only the usual; Buy a decent map before you leave home so you can navigate out of the city.
20-04-2017
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If you hire a car then as soon as you land don't waste time and go straight to the car hire desk otherwise you could be waiting hours.
19-04-2017
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Malaga - city who is never sleeps!!! People very happy and friendly!!
19-04-2017
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I would recommend hiring a car. It's an easy and cheap process that really opens the country up to you. We were there during the Easter Holy week. As a result the towns and cities we visited were really vibrant! Old town in Malaga is a great place to find lively tapas bars. I would also definitely check out the Roman Theatre in the city. It is very central and the visitor centre is totally free. The craft stalls along the promenade also had fantastic jewellery for cheap.
09-04-2017
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Be patient and take the time to get the best car for your traveling. Let them know what your needs are.
20-03-2017
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Visited Mediterranean Sea and quite disappointed , may be due to the bad weather condition
15-03-2017
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Check out Orgiva.
14-03-2017
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Area around is best. Head for the mountains.
09-03-2017
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We spent a month in and around Estepona in February and enjoyed it, although the weather could have been better.
05-03-2017
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Renting a car is a good idea, as long as you rent it with the right company. Then, take one day at a time to visit each of the city of your interest. Don't drive more than 2-3 hours, so you can enjoy the city you are visiting by walking. Traveling from Malaga to Fatima Portugal was a very exciting experience, two driver is highly recommended. Leaving early Malaga is must, so you can arrive Fatima/Portugal around 11 am and stay for about 4-5 hours in Fatima and visiting Lisbon.
01-03-2017
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You can make Malaga the Base and easily day trips to other places
27-02-2017
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Read tips on driving in Spain before departing.
25-02-2017
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The mountains above mijas are a great walk
14-02-2017
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Mijas costa and fuengirola. Torrmolimos and benalmedina overrated
12-02-2017
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Go for the Spanish experience, don't get sucked into the "English tourist" experience. There is some wonderful Spanish cuisine - go for it
10-02-2017
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Al Hama Canyon was impressive, Nerja beach very lovely and scenic
28-01-2017
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Great area for sun and families, we enjoyed Paloma Park, the marina at Benalmadena, Battery park, the beeches, the sun. Supermarkets were great and prices were very good.
23-01-2017
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Malaga is a beautiful city and surrounding coastal are is well worth a visit
17-01-2017
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Visit also Seville and Cadiz!
14-01-2017
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Climb to the top of malaga and go to a recommended Hammam. Also try the Goat shoulder at Trillo.
11-01-2017
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Visit Ardales and do the caminito del Rey at El Chorro, both brilliant.
09-01-2017
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this time we stayed in Nerja, small town 40 minutes from Malaga. Quiet place, good admosphere, friendly people, nice restaurants, and a beautiful fireworks show at 31. December. And between christmans and 10. of january warm enough for walking, ( not really swimming) , or a drink on a terras. Malaga and Granada are not to far for a day Culture or shopping
04-01-2017
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Lovely place to visit in the off-season with smaller crowds (and fewer attractions open). Mixed weather, but only clouds but no rain.
19-12-2016
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Fuengirola is a great base to explore from, 25 minutes from airport by car with every possible amenity in town and with good communicates to all points Málaga.
10-12-2016
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I only went to airport but clearly signed and easy to navigate
03-09-2016
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The food and the weather
30-08-2016
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Malaga is beautiful :-)
28-08-2016
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Water park, zoo, beaches, restaurants
23-08-2016
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Don't travel on a Saturday in August if you can avoid it! The Feria in Malaga provided a lively atmosphere and was a nice time to visit. Look out for Ferias in the places you are visiting. Train travel is cheap and easier that trying to find places to park in city centres.
18-08-2016
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Cable cars in Torremolinos and the port in Puerto Banus
16-08-2016
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Has everything you need for a summer holiday
13-08-2016
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We stayed in Ronda, about an hour and 20 mins from the airport. Roads were good and not too busy. Ronda's one-way streets are quite confusing and can be narrow. Check the bumps and scrapes on your rental car and take photos once you pick it up.
12-08-2016
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A lot to see around. Beaches, Granada, Olive oil tour, Nerja caves, Setenil, Camino del Rey.
09-08-2016
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Go visit Malaga, rhonda and mijas
02-08-2016
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Explore everywhere, there are so many hidden gems. Start at Mijas...
22-07-2016
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Beautiful part of the world. A visit to Ronda is a must, as are grilled sardines at a beach bar
13-07-2016
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Malaga City Centre Malaga Waterfront Malaga Cathedral Ferris Wheel Bullring Malaga Market on the Docks
07-07-2016
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Great beaches, fantastic and interesting city, many top restaurants
28-06-2016
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Visit Torremolino, it is by far most beautiful little town and nice beach
27-06-2016
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I don't stay in Malaga, merely fly there.
15-06-2016
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Didn't stay at Malaga moved down coast to Puerto Banus. Very easy journey lovely place to visit
06-06-2016
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Sun, sea, good food
30-05-2016
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La Quinta golf
25-05-2016
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Malaga us a lovely city to visit if visiting the costa del sol definitely recommend a day trip
18-05-2016
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only spent part of a day in Malaga as we were based in Nerja so no specific tips
04-05-2016
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Don't forget your toothbrush
04-04-2016
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Korma and Agra restaurants. Great food.
29-02-2016
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Visit Marbellia and other cities close to Malaga as well
22-02-2016
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Go and see the Dali statues in the centre of Marbella.
17-02-2016
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Go Visit Mijas for the day its beautiful old town and easy to get to
01-02-2016
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enjoy the sun and nice peol\ple
27-01-2016
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When hiring a car get the extra insurance in the UK. I paid £39 for a full year
23-01-2016
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The harbour area was nice and clean. Car is not a very good way to move in Malaga since the parking spots are not that easy to find. I recommend public transportation.
08-01-2016
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Still very Spanish city despite the large numbers of Spanish tourists. Visit the city as well as the beaches.
27-11-2015
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CORDOBA, beautiful city and well worth a few days.
20-07-2015
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Malaga is nice although I haven't been anywhere else than on the airport this time round.