To be honest Malaga is not the best of Spanish cities. However there are plenty of excellant places to visit that are reasonbly close i.e. day trips. - Granada, Cordoba and Ronda about an hour by car, Seville about 90 minutes by car, and why not a day in Gibraltar ( a little bit of Britain by the Med, British police, British beer, English spoken etc etc ) just under two hours by car, all above well worth visiting.
It is possible to take a day trip to Tangiers. Ferries go from Algercias.
To my mind the best way to get around is to hire a car. I always use firstname.lastname@example.org. they are a booking agency and use Crown Car Hire. However the price quoted is the price you pay no nasty little extra's when you come to pick your car up. I have never had any problems and have used them many times, booking on line in the UK before leaving. In fact I have recently booked a Renault Clio for one week in January at a cost of £86. Not a bad price.They can however be a little tedious when picking up your car, despite using them before it still takes 30 minutes to register all details (Spanish bureaucracy I suppose).
Have to disagree cheeseontoast. In our opinion ,Malaga is a truly fascinating city - that is why so many Cruise Liners now call there!
Numerous old alleyways and streets the wander round - both spanish and Moorish/Arabic in design, a fabulous Cathedral and Gibralfaro the old citadel/fortress, the stunning Picasso Museum, traditional Tapas bars, great shopping, nice beaches right in town, and restaurants with food to die for - from a corner Coffee House to 5 Star establishments.
Take the Open Top Bus tour and see all the major sites - get on and off as you please with tickets valid for up to 24 hours.
Forfun chess - you are so lucky to be there mid December as the Christmas lights should be on by then - these are VERY famous and truly breathtaking. They seem to go on forever.
Forfun - depends where you are staying whether you need to hire a car or not - if in Malaga City, or in one of the nearby coastal resorts of Torremolinos, Benalmadena or Fuengirola the public transport systems are excellent (bus and train). There are numerous travel agents in the coastal resorts offering day trips to Tangiers/Morocco - would suggest you go on one of these for a first visit so you have a guide as, as if you go on your own, you are easy targets for the constant hawkers and pick pockets.
Take a day trip to Granada, it is well worth a visit to see the Alhambra. We travelled there by bus which costs about 16euros for a return trip. Buses run hourly untill about 9pm and the journey takes about 1hour 45 mins. Granada is a nightmare with a car. Book Alhambra tickets in advance to guarantee getting in and avoid the longer queue for on the day tickets.
I, too, agree with Casaianda, Malaga is a beautiful city with plenty to see & do. the views from the Gilbafaro are amazing - you can see for miles over the city.
Shopping is good, the department store, El Corte Ingles is about 10 minutes walk from the centre & nearby is the Larios centre which has plenty of shops to keep you amused. Calle Larios in the centre is the main shopping street which leads from the port to the Old town, a fascinating place to wander around.
Thank you from forfun
I agree too; Malaga is a great place but Gibraltar is NOT worth a visit really and I say that as an Englishman. Do a search on the web for cheap car rentals from Malaga and reserve your car before you get here: it will be cheaper that way. But dont take the first car deal you find. Morocco is easily reached by ferry from Algeciras or Tarifa and there are organised day trips if you want one: that would be a lot cheaper than taking a car. Dont think about flying there: its very expensive. Go to Granada and see the Alhambra whatever you do but book your visit in advance either on the Alhambra website or with a tour company. What else you do depends on your own personal interests. You might be interested in visiting some of the villages in the Alpujarras mountains, e.g. Capileira: there are some excellent walks up there and the influence of the Moors is still very noticeable. Ronda is definitely worth a visit. I would recommend the Rough Guide to Andalucia as useful reading for you.
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