Malaga is often overlooked as a tourist resort.
Mostly tourists will book their holidays to the seaside resorts of Fuengirola, Marbella, Benalmadena, Torremolinos, Puerto Banus and Estepona.
Malaga is the main gateway for tourists to the Costa del Sol because of its large international airport which has two terminals.
Malaga does have it all. It has hotels in every class and to suit all budgets, fabulous beaches, bars and restaurants, art galleries, museums, monuments and large stadiums play host to the top sporting events.
Malaga is an important hub for business as can be seen from its hotels and facilities. There is of course the Malaga International Airport which brings in businessmen from all over Europe, and its port boats regular ferry service to Ceuta which is the Spanish enclave in Morocco in North-Africa.
Malaga is famous for its thriving nightlife which has been made famous by the flamenco performances, tapas bars and nightclubs. Tapas Bars are the focal point of Malaga’s nightlife and locals leave their homes at midnight and cruise the bars and discos until dawn.
The indigoguide.co.uk recommends the following great tapas bars in Malaga:
Rincón de Mata, No. 8 Esparteros – tucked away in a corner, tapas here are incredibly cheap. They include habas con jamon (broad beans with ham), gambas al pil-pil (spicy fresh prawns) and caracoles (snails).
•Taperia Siglo XX1 in the Plaza de la Merced, 12 – a wonderful old-fashioned tapas bar in the square where Picasso was born. It specialises in local cheeses and Serrano ham.
•Café con Libros in Calle Granada – a popular student hang-out coffee bar with books and backgammon.
•Bar Logueño in Calle Maria Garcia – popular with the locals which means it offers good quality food and represents excellent value for money. There are 75 different types of tapa including wild mushrooms and deep fried peppers. Be prepared for noise, hustle and bustle and don’t bank on a seat!
•Gibralfaro Bar in the Pasaje de Chinitas – a Bohemian-style bar and café with impromptu live flamenco located in the historic passageway leading to Cathedral. The tapas selection may not be as extensive as other bars but there’s a great atmosphere.
Flamenco performances not to be missed can be enjoyed at the Vista Andalucia on the Avenida de los Guindos. This is one of the most famous venues for Flamenco dancing and boasts some of the best performers in Andalucia.
For live jazz you should head for the El Cantor de Jazz on the Calle Lazcano. There is live jazz every Thursday put on by steady line up of acts and performers.
One of the most popular Irish bars in Malaga is the O’Neill’s Irish Pub which is located on the Calle Luis del Velazquez and here you can enjoy Draught Guiness on tap and some good Irish music.
The Weekend is a cocktail lounge to see and be seen where one can dance the night away to all the top tunes of the moment. Located on the Plaza de la Merced 14, it a young clubbers paradise.
Liceo located on the Calle Beatas 21 and the ZZ Club located on Calle Tejon y Rodriguez 6 are two more clubs to dance the night away in Malaga.
Clubbing and dancing in the discos and nightclubs of Malaga is far more reasonable than the hotspots of Marbella and Puerto Banus and admissions typically range from €6-€14 depending on the venue and the night.
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