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Birthplace of Picasso and home to some of Spain's finest archeological sites, Malaga is a wonderful Mediterranean city with a laidback lifestyle and a lovely climate. Malaga Airport is the third busiest in Spain, offering direct connections to most European capitals, making it a popular holiday destination for continental tourists. Malaga Airport hotels connect easily to Malaga city center via shuttle bus though hotels in Malaga city center are more convenient to the sights and to the beach.

Malaga is a coastal city and while beaches close to the center are good for sun bathing, those making the extra effort to reach the beaches to the south will be rewarded with prettier and quieter surrounds. Malaga's popularity as a tourist destination is mainly derived from its classically Mediterranean conditions – that is: relaxed beach lifestyle, cosmopolitan attitude and an emphasis on great food.

The Spanish are famous for keeping late hours, and many locals have dinner close to midnight or head out for a drink when most people are going to bed. Just like Barcelona and Madrid, many Malaga bars and nightclubs are open until dawn.

Partying is not the only attraction of Malaga – the city has many fine museums and galleries, plus two beautifully preserved Moorish castles: Castillo de Gibralfaro and Alcazaba. The former is located in the hills overlooking the city and the tough hike to the grounds is rewarded by a lovely view of the entire city and coastline. Malaga accommodation is also available in the hills behind the city, which is a good option during the summer months when the city center can get very hot.

For more information on hotels and landmarks in the different areas of Malaga, click on the interactive Malaga map on the left-hand side of the page.