2 – 3 Feb
A festival commemorating when Mary and Joseph took Baby Jesus to the temple in Jerusalem, forty days after his birth.
15 - 25 Feb (Check date) Celebrations which last for 10 days around Ash Wednesday.
Muses and Models - Museo Piccaso Málaga
Picasso exhibit illustrates the powerful female presence in Picasso’s art.
One of Southern Spain’s most famous religious celebrations with ornate processions through the streets in every town.
Granada International Festival of Young Filmmakers
1 - 9 April Granada’s annual International Festival of Young Filmmakers focuses on short films.
Mijas Aqua Park
24 April - 1 October Family friendly water park offers a full day of sun and water adventures.
In Malaga you will not find that many restaurants with white tablecloths. This is a city full of informal bars packed with people and a wide range of tapas. In Malaga they eat a lot of fish and shellfish, generally at so-called “chiringuitos” on the beach and on the Paseo Marítimo in Pedregalejo.
La Posada de Antonio
The Malaga-born, Hollywood star Antonio Banderas has his own restaurant. Traditional Spanish cuisine. Tapas and meat.
Address: Calle Granada 33 Malaga
Tel: +34 952 217 069
Cosy place a few steps from most central districts. Packed menu with everything from anglerfish and hake to lamb chops and oxtail.
Address: Calle Trinidad Grund 28 Malaga
Tel: +34 952 22 13 14
Café de Paris
Exclusive one-star restaurant in the Michelin Guide. Traditional ingredients prepared in a modern way. Expensive, but high quality, a feast for the senses. The owner and chef, the young Malagueñon José García, has studied at La Cónsula and is considered as one of Spain’s top three chefs.
Address: Calle Vélez Málaga 8 Malaga
Tel: +34 952 225 043 www.rcafedeparis.com
Fried fish, paella, sardines on a spit and shellfish on the sea front in Pedregalejo with a view of the sea and the sunset. Followed by a drink at the Cohiba bar just next door. To get to Pedregalejo, you can take a taxi, approximately ten minutes, or bus no. 11 to El Palo.
Address: Calle Cenacheros, 16 Malaga
Tel: +34 952 203 263
Restaurante El Chinitas
Spanish food in Spanish surroundings - everything from gazpacho and shrimps in garlic to rabbit stew. The name is taken from the original café-theatre “El Chinitas” which was frequented by the poet Federico García Lorca, among others.
Address: Calle Moreno Monroy 4-6 Malaga
Tel: +34 95 221 09 72, www.chinitas.arrakis.es
There are not many trendy, international-style cafés in Malaga but there are some genuine patisseries and cosy teashops in Arab-inspired surroundings. Not to forget “churrerias”” – shops selling churros dipped in hot chocolate or café au lait.
A genuine patisserie serving coffee, and if you wish, cakes, assorted chocolates and ice cream. Pleasant, traditional indoor surroundings and large outdoor restaurant in the shopping street.
Address: Calle Marqués de Larios 7 Malaga
Casa Mira is an institution in Málaga and has the best ice cream according to the Malagueños.
Address: Calle Marqués de Larios 5 and Calle Nueva 16 Malaga
Eating churros is a must when visiting Malaga. Casa Aranda is genuinely “Malagueño” and you can watch how they prepare the fried bread which is later dipped in chocolate or coffee.
Address: Calle Herrera del Rey Malaga
BARS & NIGH TLIFE
In the centre of Malaga it is not difficult to find a bar with music and people chatting – there are many in close proximity to each other. The inhabitants of Malaga do not go out before midnight but then they party until dawn. In the centre, bars with smaller dance floors predominate, for example, Karma, 30 y Tantos, Skopas, Sala Wengué, O´ Neills and Siempre Así. If you are looking for a proper discothèque, you should go to Puerto Marina in Benalmádena.
Bodega El Pimpi
You haven’t been to Malaga if you haven’t been to Pimpi, the most typical place in the city with photos of celebrities, hundred-year old posters and wine barrels on the walls. Here you can drink wine from the province and eat tapas in historical surroundings – in the 18th century, the house was a nunnery. Once a month there is live flamenco.
Address: Calle Granada 62 Malaga
Onda Pasadena Jazz
Bar with live music twice a week - jazz and flamenco. Next to Teatro Cervantes.
Address: Calle Gómez Pallete 5 Malaga
Flor De Lis
Plaza de la Merced is the place to enjoy a drink in the late afternoon or early evening before the party begins. Around the plaza there are a number of bars with pleasant outdoor restaurants. One of them is Flor de Lis. Others include El Portón, El Telón, Calle de Bruselas and Weekend.
Address: Plaza de la Merced 18 Malaga - www.flordelis.net
Calle Larios and Calle Nueva, the street running parallel to it, are the main shopping streets in Malaga for shoes and clothes. Shoes can be found, for example, at Antonio Parriego and Nicolas on Calle Larios. You can also find the Spanish clothes shops Mango, Massimo Dutti, Bershka and Pull & Bear there. Zara is located on the side street Liborio García. In the Centro Larios shopping
centre, apart from clothes shops, there are cinemas and restaurants.
Designer clothes can be found at El Corte Inglés; Armani, Versace, Dolce Galbana at Pinsapo, Calle Larios. For those looking for a gift, a souvenir, or something good to eat, a visit to Mercado Central Atarazanas is recommended. Here you can buy meat, fish, fruit, vegetables, olives, nuts, spices, cheese and pork at reasonable prices. Apart from this, the market is a delight for the eye. At Ultramarinos Zoilo on Calle Granada you can buy typical Málaga Dulce or Moscatel sweet wine, serrano pork, good cheeses and sausages, raisins from the province and sweets such as “mantecados”, a kind of cake that is mainly eaten at Christmas. Those wanting a slightly more
exclusive souvenir can buy a fan in one of the specialised shops on Calle Nueva.