The big city of the coast, Malaga has the infrastructure that many of the smaller cities do not. If you’re looking for beaches along with name brand shopping, theatre, and museums than this is where you want to be. Malaga has all of this plus a port, beaches and a calm sea.
Recommended hotels in Malaga
Room Mate Larios is suggested for its great location deep in the city center of Malaga. The staff are great and the hotel is comfortable. Do aim for a higher floor as its just over a plaza and can be noisy in the evenings, but, as long as you’re high up, get a room overlooking the plaza, a wonderful view to see how Andalusians live up the night. Rooms here go for about €175/night and certainly worth the price.
Hotel Molina Lario is also convenient to everything. It’s just on the edge of city center which means its slightly closer to the promenade, the port and the beach. Though you may not even need the beach with the rooftop pool and its luscious seating and fabulous views. There is little, if anything to fault this hotel for. The customer service is top notch and the rooms are everything you need. Rates start around €135/night.
The glitzy, glamorous big sister of the Costa del Sol, Marbella sits to the west of Malaga and has been greatly built up over the years. The price tags are higher and the hem lines shorter. If you’re looking for an upscale beach holiday than you’ll want to be in this neck of the woods.
Hotel Claude Marbella is not what you’d expect to find in this type of city. The boutique hotel is on the outskirts of town away from the beach but not out of the way. It offers just 7 rooms so service is very personal. Take in views from the rooftop. Enjoy breakfast in house. Have every one of your needs taken care of to the furthest extent. €225/night gets you all this and more.
La Villa Marbella is another boutique hotel thriving in the big city. It’s no wonder with hot breakfasts, a rooftop Jacuzzi and a fabulous location. Located in Old Town you’ve got everything you need out the door and everything you want inside. Awesome staff and comfortable rooms make up your stay for just about €90/night. A steal, if you ask us!
Costa del Sol is a great destination for family holiday. There is plenty of attractions and activities for children to keep immersed. With so many beaches to choose from it’s difficult to choose just one recommendation for families in the area. But when forced we’d go with Torrox costa. The family friendly vibe in town will make your feel very much welcome. Ice cream parlors line the boardwalk and you’ll see plenty a youngster floating through the sea. A stay at the Iberostar is a perfect choice and gives you the option of apartments with two bedrooms.
Marbella and Nerja are both good options, while on different end of the spectrum. Choose Marbella if you’re looking to get dolled up and hit the town. If nightlife is high on your agenda, you can choose areas in Marbella that is closer to nightlife hubs . But stick with Nerja if you’d like something a bit more low key.
Sadly overrun by tourists in the height of summer if you’re lucky enough to be on the coast outside of July or August, Nerja is absolutely lovely. Perched amongst cliffs on a steep outcrop, Nerja has a handful of great beaches scattered about. It also has clear, calm, warm waters which are excellent for kayaking, snorkeling, or swimming. There is an overflow of restaurants, cafes, bars and some of the best ice cream around.
Recommended hotels in Nerja
Modern and convent is what you’ll be thinking if you choose a stay at MB Boutique Hotel. For around €85/night you’ll get fancy touch screen controls on your showers and cozy but spacious rooms. Everything had been thought of here. Head up to the roof top terrace and avail of the Jacuzzi or lay in a sunbed and catch some rays.
Hotel Puerta del Mar, close to the famous Balcon de Europa, is another fabulous choice. The price tag of €50/night matches the two-star rating but not the actual experience you’ll have. There is a rooftop terrace, pool and sunbeds. A big, buffet breakfast. Clean, comfy rooms, and helpful staff. There is no access for cars to get right to the front door so you’ll have to bring your luggage a little ways, but it’ll be worth it in the end!
Just down the coast from Nerja, the tourism hasn’t quite caught up to Torrox Costa, so we’re letting you in on a little secret with this one. Torrox Costa, not to be confused with Torrox, its inland sibling, also a precious little pueblo, is a strip of a city along the coastal road. There’s a boardwalk that runs down the backside of the shops and restaurants and abuts the sea. The beach stretches straight and long and the water is always exceptionally warm thanks to a sandbar just a little way from shore. Depending on the tide you can walk, at about a belly button’s height for quite a way into the ocean. Torrox Costa is not without holiday makers but you won’t hear nearly as much English as you would in nearby Nerja.
Taking up a large portion of the Torrox boardwalk is the Iberostar Malaga Playa. It’s a sprawling campus of a hotel with a massive swimming pool, nicely maintained lawns and plenty of sun loungers. Just beyond the privacy fence is the boardwalk and the sea. Aim for a sea view to look out on the Med and get away from the noise of the street. The Iberostar has all-inclusive options but there is plenty to eat and drink in the surrounding area, so go join the locals in their shenanigans. Basic rates start at €80/night.