The city is the birthplace of Pablo Picasso, and is home to Museo Picasso Málaga. It opened in 2003 in the Buenavista Palace, and has 285 works donated by members of Picasso's family. It is the highlight of the many art galleries found throughout the city and is a must see for art history buffs.
Málaga is a vibrant city full of activities for visiting tourists. Whether you’re an outdoor recreationalist or seeking a relaxing stay, there are a variety of activities that can cater to you. Rock climbers will be right at home in the region, El Chorro Gorge is located 50 minutes away and the huge limestone gorge will have climbers eager to return again. Hiking is also a popular activity for tourists, a few kilometres north of the city one will find Montes de Malaga Natural Park, a region of dense pine forests covering over 1000 acres. Hikers will find small valleys and water courses, fast flowing in winter, and beautiful waterfalls. There are of course less strenuous activities such as Mediterranean cruises, wine tours and one could visit La Malagueta, home to the famous Spanish sport of bullfighting.
Food lovers are well catered for in the city, especially those with a fondness for seafood. The city boasts some of the finest restaurants in Spain, whether you’re looking for tapas, fine dining, or fast food you will find it here. The most typical thing to eat in Malaga is espetos, sardines skewered on a bamboo stick and grilled over a fire (typically driftwood); and pescaíto frito: all types of deep-fried fish from anchovies to squid.
Málaga is home to a vibrant nightlife which comes alive after dark. The main areas to visit are Calle Larios, Plaza de la Constitucion, Calle Granada and Plaza de la Merced. In these areas invitations are often given away and include one free drink if you arrive before a certain time. Whether you like to relax in a piano bar, dance the night away at one of the city´s many clubs or sip cocktails at the port side, there is certainly a bar here for you.
Shopping in Málaga has come a long way in recent years. The recent boom in tourism has resulted in a spurt of modern and trendy shopping centres, including top fashion names and traditional Spanish accessories stores. In the city shoppers can find a broad range of options, ranging from large shopping centres full of brand names to family run independent stores selling local crafts. There are weekly markets where shoppers can find inexpensive souvenirs and gifts, including ceramics and leatherwear.
Europcar are based in the Málaga Airport, 17 kilometres from the city centre, and is an ideal location to begin your adventure in this historic city and its surrounding areas. Our location can cater to leisure customers and business customers, availing of the flexible short, medium and long term business fleet management service offered by Europcar and customers renting a van.