This lively Mediterranean port city on the Costa del Sol is one of Spain's top cultural, historic and gastronomic destinations.

Sleeps 19

Finca La Buena Sleeps 19 Benahavis

From £19,850 per week

This elegant 600-hectare country estate sleeps 19 in Benahavis. Fully staffed inc. cook, 2 pools, tennis courts, heli-pad, fully equipped games room and established gardens make it a holiday paradise.

Sleeps 16
El Madronal, Benahavis

Hacienda Bolero Sleeps 16 El Madronal, Benahavis

From £10,900 per week

Hacienda Bolero sits among cork oaks in the exclusive El Madronal estate near Puerto Banus. An elegant private villa with spectacular sea views to Marbella, private pool, gym, 7 bedrooms, sleeps 16.

Sleeps 12
Ronda, Malaga

Villa Los Nogales Sleeps 12 Ronda, Malaga

From £4,380 per week

Villa Los Nogales is a charming 7-bedroom villa nestled in the heart of Ronda’s idyllic countryside. A blissful character retreat with horses in a 14-acre estate with private pool, sleeps 12 guests

Sleeps 30
La Axarquia

El Mirador Estate Sleeps 30 La Axarquia

From £21,795 per week

A magnificent, private estate with striking views of both mountains and Mediterranean Sea. The estate is 10 acres, 4 villas, 4 pools & offers five-star service on a secluded rural hilltop.

Sleeps 16
Mijas, Malaga

Hacienda la Duquesa Sleeps 16 Mijas, Malaga

From £10,500 per week

With commanding views over the Costa del Sol, 9-bedroom Hacienda La Duquesa is a fine private residence occupying an enviable position just below Mijas Pueblo. A spacious family retreat sleeping 16.

Sleeps 15
Mijas, Malaga

Villa Santi Sleeps 15 Mijas, Malaga

From £6,100 per week

Elevated above the village of Mijas in Malaga province, Villa Santi is perfectly situated for mountains, beach or city day trips. Mijas is a walk away and the beach 15 minutes' drive.

Sleeps 8
Frigiliana, La Axarquia

Villa Keshiki Sleeps 8 Frigiliana, La Axarquia

From £5,050 per week

Villa Keshiki is a super modern villa sitting on the outskirts of Frigiliana. Just a short 5 to 10-minute walk from the village cafes and restaurants with panoramic views over Nerja's coast.

Sleeps 8
La Axarquia

Casa Miravista Sleeps 8 La Axarquia

From £4,900 per week

Overlooking Lake Viñuela high on a hillside in La Axarquia above the Malaga coast, is Casa Miravista, a stunning 4-bed rural retreat with mountain views and a private pool.

Sleeps 8
La Axarquia

Casa Miralago Sleeps 8 La Axarquia

From £6,000 per week

Positioned overlooking Lake Viñuela, inland from Malaga and surrounded by stunning landscapes, 5–bedroom Casa Miralago is the epitome of understated Spanish chic.

Sleeps 20
Mijas Costa

Villa Andreas Sleeps 20 Mijas Costa

From £38,400 per week

It's easy to describe this 9-bedroom beachside villa as grand, opulent & palatial. Villa Andreas has everything and more – sleeping 20, this staffed villa sits on a hidden cove near La Cala de Mijas.

Sleeps 6
La Axarquia

El Mirador Lodge Sleeps 6 La Axarquia

From £5,200 per week

Sitting in a dramatic spot, high in the mountains, overlooking the sea, this award winning, bijou villa with 3 bedrooms, pool, outdoor cinema and kitchen with tandoor oven offers authentic charm.

Sleeps 8
La Axarquia

Cortijo El Mirador Sleeps 8 La Axarquia

From £6,795 per week

This 4-bedroom luxury cortijo invites you to discover rural Andalucia at its finest. Spectacular views, pool, outdoor kitchen, daily maid and breakfast service included.

The jewel in the Costa del Sol's Crown

In recent years the city of Malaga has undergone a true renaissance. It’s now firmly on the Andalucian travel map and is holding its own against its more famous sisters Granada, Seville and Cordoba as a cultural destination in its own right.

Founded by the Phoenicians, Malaga is a city rich in architectural styles that also include Roman, Moorish, Renaissance, Baroque, Art Nouveau and Art Deco.

Now, thanks to millions of euros of clever investment, the city’s historic centre attracts more visitors than ever to its handsome streets, fine museums, vibrant gastronomic scene and lively streets bustling with cafés, tapas bars and shops.

As the birthplace of Pablo Picasso, one of Malaga’s main attractions is the museum dedicated to him that’s housed within the beautifully restored Buenavista Palace. It stands in the shadow of the imposing Malaga cathedral, whose magnificent architecture and workmanship is certainly worth a visit. Less than a kilometre from here you’ll find another pair of outstanding art galleries, the Carmen Thyssen Museum and the Pompidou Centre.

Housed in a magnificent old tobacco factory just outside the centre, the Classic Car Museum offers one of the finest collections of its kind in the world.

If you can resist the nearby beaches, then head for the elegant Teatro Cervantes, the Roman amphitheatre or the imposing neoclassical buildings at the base of the Gibralfaro. Situated on a prominent hill overlooking the entire city, this old Moorish citadel also houses a stylish Parador hotel that makes for a great place to take in the fabulous views.

View of tower of Malaga cathedral

Malaga Highlights

  • City centre improvements have revealed the architectural beauty of this vibrant city as never before.
  • Great shopping, dining, tapas and café society in the historic centre or on the water’s edge at Muelle Uno.
  • A cultural hub, Malaga is home to grand theatres, open-air Roman amphitheatres, film festivals and an active events calendar.
  • Art and museums: the Picasso, Carmen Thyssen and Pompidou museums, and one of the finest motoring museums in the world.
  • The vibrant atmosphere of this city blends remarkably well with its beach culture.
  • Convenient transport facilities of a modern city.
  • See our must see guide to Malaga in a day.
Roman amphitheatre ruin in Malaga

Big city atmosphere within sight of glorious beaches

There aren’t too many big cities in Europe that can boast of sun-kissed sandy beaches within easy walking distance of the centre.

Malaga is one of few, in fact, and its climate is perhaps the best of all, making it possible to stroll through the city centre in the morning, go for a spot of lunch on the beach and spend a lazy afternoon on the sand.

A tree-lined park leads you from the historic centre to a seaside promenade popular with joggers and cyclists that runs for several kilometres along a beachfront dotted with fish restaurants, laid-back beach bars and chill-out lounges.

Traditional or trendy, the choice is yours, and it’s all within easy reach.

Beautiful view of Malaga city, Spain

Gastronomy and nightlife the Andalucian way

From breakfast through lunch and daytime snacking to dinner and late-night tapas, Malaga has it all to offer. Its tapas bars are famous, its fine dining restaurants increasingly so, and with a climate like this café society is a year-round pleasure.

In the heart of the centre, the streets off Calle Larios are lined with cafés and pastry shops – not to mention Spain’s greatest contribution to social dining, the tapa.

From here up to Calle Granada, Plaza de Uncibay and around Plaza de la Merced, entire pedestrian streets are lined with tapas bars that offer a choice of indoor or outdoor dining.

Across town to the southeast, the new port area, Muelle Uno, is home to trendy restaurants and lounge bars, while the seafront to the east – from La Malagueta right the way through to Pedregalejo and El Palo – is lined with beachside cafés and seafood restaurants.

Though Malaga has a young vibe, cities in southern Spain are renowned for their friendly, easygoing nightlife scene in which all generations rub shoulders. Remarkably trouble-free, crowds in the busy bars and cafés spill out onto terraces that remain busy well into the night.

Malaga tapas and night life

Open air shopping in a glorious setting

The shopping street to head for first is Calle Larios, a striking promenade whose handsome historic buildings are home to attractive shops, cafés, tapas bars and designer outlets. Pass the Art Deco Hotel Larios and you come to the Plaza de la Constitucion, from where atmospheric pedestrian shopping streets continue to wind their way through the city’s historic centre.

Dotted with galleries, restaurants and theatres, this elegant shopping district with its marble pavements is the lively heart of the city. You can walk around for hours, chancing upon quaint squares, old-fashioned shops and modern outlets without having seen it all.

If it’s serious retail therapy you’re after, then just cross the bridge over the Guadalmedina River and you’re only a short walk from one of Spain’s famous Corte Ingles department stores.

Just a few hundred metres from Calle Larios, close to where the many cruise ships visit Malaga dock, is Muelle Uno, a modern quayside retail and dining development featuring award-winning architecture.

Naturally there are also large shopping malls outside the centre, but if you’re in search of the unusual you’re almost certainly better off exploring the quaint old shops and authentic atmosphere of Malaga’s old town.

Shopping during the Feria on Calle Larios in Malaga


Malaga is more than just beautiful beaches and year-round-sunshine. Our team of local experts is on hand to help you experience all this remarkable province has to offer.

Our range of curated concierge services focus on authentic cultural experiences, such as immersive cooking classes in a rustic Andalucian farmhouse, where a local family will teach you how to master Spanish classics such as paella.

Alternatively, dive into Malaga’s artistic heritage with guided art tours, exploring the city’s renowned galleries and museums and learning more about the life and work of one of its most famous residents, Pablo Picasso.

And the experiences don’t stop there: enjoy gourmet dinners prepared by talented private chefs, savouring the flavours of the region within the comfort of your villa. Embark on private yacht trips along the picturesque coastline or explore the region’s renowned bodegas with private wine tours and tastings.

From personalised pre-arrival trip planning with our dedicated Guest Experience team to the local support offered by our Virtual Concierge Desk, we’re dedicated to ensuring are guests are always in capable hands.

Guided Tours

  • Join our VIP club for exclusive new villa previews and Spanish travel inspiration

  • This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.