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Shopping and Eating in and around Malaga

Last month we gave you some information on shopping on the Costa del Sol and the two big shopping centres of La Cañada in Marbella and Miramar in Fuengirola. It was such a popular post that we wanted to give you more great places to shop on the Costa del Sol, this time in and around Malaga.

Malaga city is a wonderful place to shop til you drop, with the long, pedestrianised Calle Larios lined with great shops. Parallel to it is Calle Nueva, with more great options, including some independent boutiques, as well as international brands. It also has a huge El Cort Ingles which sells just about everything, the big Larios Centro shopping centre and some great markets too. Down in the recently redeveloped port area there are yet more shops and some excellent places to eat and drink too. So you really are spoilt for choice.

Just outside the city is the huge mall of Plaza Mayor. Unlike La Cañada and Miramar, this has more of a village feel, with plenty of outside space, squares and walkways connecting the shops, for a more American shopping experience. There are a massive array of shops which are open from 10am to 10pm. There is a cinema and entertainment complex and they are about to unveil a new food court with some fabulous new restaurants which offer a more high-end dining experience than before. It’s a great place to hang out for the day to shop, eat and relax.   

But Malaga offers much more than just shopping! There’s a wonderful selection of museums and historical sites such as the Cathedral, the city walls and fortress and the remains of a Roman amphitheatre.

The restaurant scene is amazing too, with great places to try on every corner and a kicking nightlife. Combine shopping and eating with a trip to Malaga’s gourmet market and marvel at the amazing produce and delicious food.

Last but not least, head down to the Malaga Gastronomy Festival from the 23rd to the 26th of May. Based around the Plaza de la Marina near the port there are food trucks, stalls and a stage with cooking demonstrations. Artisan and specialist producers sell some amazing local produce and so you can enjoy a little shopping too! 

If you love Malaga, but also want to enjoy the best of the Costa del Sol towns and coastline, we’d recommend the towns of Torremolinos and Benalmadena. Both are well connected with Malaga by public transport, but also offer lots of things to see and do for the whole family.

There’s a great waterpark in Torremolinos, as well as a lovely beachfront area, good shopping and a buzzing nightlife. Benalmadena has an amusement park, cable car, aquarium and great park too. It’s also got a pretty marina area and a very lively nightlife.

Browse our website for quality holiday rentals near to Malaga, or contact us with your requirements and we’ll recommend the best places to suit you and your budget.

Food Festivals on the Costa del Sol

Food Festivals on the Costa del SolBack in December we shared the good news that the Costa del Sol had been awarded yet more Michelin stars, recognising the area as a real foodie paradise which is perfect for a spot of Gastro tourism. Read the full article here

As fantastic food is so important to a great holiday and we’re lucky enough to have some of the best of it here in Spain, we thought we’d highlight some of the amazing food festivals that take place here during the year. Timing your visit to coincide with these great events and booking yourself into one of the Michelin starred restaurants, makes for the perfect trip for anyone who loves food and allows you to see a different side to the Costa del Sol.

Feria de Los Pueblos, Fuengirola – 28th April – 2nd May – Travel around the world through food and music with this great festival. Around 50 different countries are represented, each of them having an area where they can showcase their food, music and traditional dress. This is a unique opportunity to get to know different cultures and try authentic food from all over the world without leaving Fuengirola’s Fair Ground. If this sounds like fun, here’s a great 2 bed apartment in Fuengirola which could be your base.

Malaga Gastronomy Festival – 29th April – 5th May – At the same time as the Feria de Los Pueblos is the Malaga Gastronomy Festival, so it’s a great time to come and enjoy both festivals in one trip. This is the third edition of the festival, which had 50,000 visitors last year alone. There will be celebrity chefs, cooking demonstrations, different gastronomic areas and activities going on all over the city, including activities at the Picasso Museum and the Wine Museum to name just a few. There will be a Gastronomy School set up where important chefs will be running workshops and in the La Marina Street Food zone 14 brilliant restaurants will be offering a range of their best-selling dishes for visitors to sample. If you want to be close to both festivals, we’d recommend staying in this lovely townhouse in Benalmadena, ideally located between Fuengirola and Malaga.

Ham Festival Estepona – August – This celebration of the wonderful Spanish ham is a great opportunity to try hams from different regions. Last year there were nearly 70 different companies represented with stalls stretching over 1.5km, all along the seafront promenade in Estepona. Each evening from 8pm to 2am you can buy plates of ham for 5€ from the stalls, enjoy it with wine and beer from the beachfront bars and soak up the wonderful atmosphere on a warm summer evening. Last year 150,000 people visited the festival between 12th and 16th August and it was a wonderful event.  Organizers confirmed they would be repeating the event this year, but exact dates have not been set. To be close to this festival, and within easy reach of San Pedro and Marbella, we’d recommend this 2 bedroom apartment in Estepona, just 50 meters from the beach.

A visit to one of the local ferias is another good way of trying some traditional Spanish foods and there are ferias from April to September to enjoy. We will be keeping an eye out as more festivals are announced and we’ll share them with you here, but if you know of any we’ve missed, please comment below so we can have a complete list.