When to fly
June to October is peak season, so hotels and flights to Malaga should be reserved in advance as the regions fills up with crowds of visitors.
Things to bear in mind when booking a cheap flight to Malaga:
The city has hosted a Holy Week celebration for nearly 500 years, beginning with a procession on Palm Sunday and continuing until a re-enacted Passion scene on Easter Sunday. In August, the city celebrates the Feria de Malaga, transforming the streets with all the traditional symbols of Spanish culture. Sweet wine, tapas, dancing, and even bullfights make this one of the premiere Spanish events in Europe. Finally, the Malaga Film Festival promotes Spanish films exclusively at its annual April celebration.
National Day is 12 October when the Spanish are also on holiday.
Malaga was once a popular winter resort for the rich and famous, and is still a pleasure to visit in winter. Many restaurants close while their owners go on holiday around 15 October, but cheap flights to Malaga should still be available during this period.
Malaga is bordered by a Mediterranean harbour to the south and mountains to the north, providing breathtaking mountain views for visitors who are enjoying the city’s beaches. Millions of tourists who take flights to Malaga see only the airport as they make their way to the sun spots along the Costa del Sol, such as Torremolinos, Benalmadena, Fuengirola, Marbella or Seville, but Malaga is one of Spain's under-discovered cities, bustling and cultural with a lively student population, and a passion for a parade.
The traces of several civilisations can be found here. High on a hill in the centre of the city sits the Alcazaba, a Moorish fortification dating from the 8th century. Beside it is a Roman amphitheatre and above it the Castillo de Gibralfaro, built in the 14th and 15th centuries on the site of a Phoenician lighthouse. The views of the city from here are stunning. The cathedral, known as La Manquita (One Armed Woman), dates back to the 16th century, built on the site of a mosque, and there are several other pretty churches in the city.
To underline their religious faith, Holy Week (Semana Santa) and, later, Corpus Christi, are marked with solemn and extravagant processions.
History-lovers take flights to Malaga to view the old architectural remains of the city walls that were built at the founding by the Phoenicians, as well as the Roman theatre of Malaga that was constructed in the first century B.C. Beautifully preserved religious buildings, such as the Church of Santiago and the Episcopal Palace, are open to the public, as well as the San Miguel Cemetery. One of the most popular sites in Malaga is the Gibralfaro castles that offer panoramic views of the city and the surrounding area.
Visitors interested in local art have a variety of museums available in Malaga. The Museo Picasso Malaga is dedicated to the city’s favourite modern artist and most famous son, but the Museo Carmen Thyssen and the Museum of Glass and Crystal are also options.
With many cheap flights to Malaga Spain available, there is no reason not to go and discover the culture this Mediterranean city has to offer.