On arrival at Malaga’s International Airport, the stresses and strains of your everyday life will simply dissolve and your mind will, almost instantly, go into ‘rest’ mode, allowing for some unforgettable experiences.
Malaga Airport, the main gateway to the Costa del Sol, is a newly constructed building of steel and glass, accommodating, during the summer, under its quiet dome, thousands of tourists, mostly sun lovers coming from the colder regions of the Old Continent. Remember that you are not here for some random spa therapy, you are here to see the great Costa del Sol, one of Europe’s most popular destinations, vast and diverse, beautiful and wild. With this in mind, do not leave the airport without visiting Autoclick's office first to pick up your favourite car.
What can you do in Malaga by car?
Malaga is one of the greatest Spanish cities and nearby there are many other attractive towns to visit such as Marbella, Torrox, Fuengirola, Estepona, Mijas, Benalmadena or Torremolinos, just to name the places along the coast. Heading towards the interior you will find unspoiled Andalusia, with Cádiz, Córdoba or Granada, Huelva and Sevilla, the region’s capital, all beautiful cities offering an amazing array of travel attractions, from natural to man-made, a diversity you will be tested to manage all during a short vacation. But if you have decided to contract the best car hire service in Malaga, Autoclick, you will have the best chance to see most of the coastal area and explore the ancient land of the Moors, at your own pace.
Malaga is a city with over 600,000 permanent inhabitants. When the hoards of tourists join the locals for a fun-frenzy summer, transport can get pretty complicated. From Plaza Marina, the main city market, to the superb Paseo del Parque, from Plaza de Merced hosting Picasso’s birth place, to the citadel Alcazaba or the Gibralfaro castle, going through Malaga’s maze of streets, you will need several days just to explore everything important. One of the most important Renaissance buildings in Malaga, the Palacio de los Condes de Buenavista is a 16th Century example of local architecture with a wonderful ceiling decorated in the Mudejar style, part Gothic, part Islamic. This palace has recently been converted into the Museo Picasso Málaga, giving Picasso another landmark in the city of his birth. A second museum that is well worth a visit is Mesón de la Victoria, hosting exhibits and vestiges of local folklore.
You need to take your time to visit the city centre and absorb the atmosphere of the old Mediterranean port. Malaga’s municipal authorities recently completed an amazing restoration operation of the downtown area whilst keeping its traditional character. The city's shopping heartbeat pounds at Larios, a big commercial centre placed in one of the best areas of the city, near Avenida de Andalucía. The dense pattern of small streets hosts every possible business, from fashion boutiques to bars and from markets to restaurants. Aside from its commercial side, Malaga is amazingly rich in historical monuments - one of the oldest being the Roman amphitheatre, built in the 2nd Century BC and discovered completely by chance only in the second half of the last century, during excavation work at a construction site.
There is so much to do and see within the city of Malaga, you will need to be really organized or else you will miss some amazing sights.
Routes around Malaga
Countless routes are on offer, covering all of Andalusia like a web and connecting visitors to cultural, historical and religious attractions as well as others of great natural beauty in a denseness one would find hard to match elsewhere. Our favourite route is a complete tour of the Mediterranean coast, going south from Malaga, heading as far as Gibraltar, and considering even a crossing by ferryboat to Africa. Mountain lovers should try the White Villages, a journey through the high Sierra de Grazalema and Los Alcornocales, passing through Sevilla and Cadiz, to reach the rock of Gibraltar and to see the famous monkeys on the peaks. Friends of history will have their share of Moorish heritage driving along the Caliphate Route to see Cordoba and Granada, the architectural jewels of Andalusia. If these trips seem too long for you, draw a smaller circle around Malaga and start from there. Whichever direction you head for, it is bound to be interesting, with plenty of things to see and do.
Granada is just a 130 km drive from Malaga Airport. It is the Spanish city with probably the most noticeable Moorish influence. The Granada’s Cathedral is simply majestic whilst La Alhambra is one of those outstanding sights that really must be included on your list of things to do. Its sober exterior hides treasures of incredible beauty, with water gushing here and there, bas-relief ornaments embellishing the walls, interior gardens able to transfer you to a world of 1001 Nights, far away from our everyday reality.
In the opposite direction we have the immaculate Mijas and the well known Torremolinos, Benalmadena and Fuengirola. At 90 km from Mijas, to the interior, you ought to see Ronda, a destination of ‘wow’ effects galore, where houses are effectively suspended on the edge of the abyss.
Regardless of your chosen route, do not miss the various gastronomical delights on offer, like the traditional rabbit or the partridge soup. You can also indulge your sweet tooth with cakes and other deserts like borrachuelos - spicy donuts, sometimes filled with honey, confitada de batata - sweet potatoes baked in the oven, or los mostachones con piñones - flavoursome pine nuts.
Book a flight to Andalusia and take advantage of our car hire offers in Malaga to see and taste everything on offer. We offer unbeatable prices and a variety of cars to choose from, all equipped with the latest Wi-Fi and GPS technologies to make your trip problem free and memorable. Pick up your car from Malaga airport and drop it off again when you leave, with transfer included courtesy of Autoclick.