As soon as February passes, us Brits are notorious for grabbing our credit cards and heading south for a generous dose of spring and Easter sun after the seemingly endless winter months.
So if southern Spain is calling your name, here’s a quick guide to one of our favourite destinations – Malaga.
Getting to know Picasso, Malaga’s most famous son (Antonio Banderas being the second most famous)
Malaga is not renowned for being overly full of culture and monuments so, unless you’re happy lazing on the beach for a week, 3 nights in the coastal city is perfect. However, there is plenty to do for those culture vultures – Malaga being home to Picasso. In the very centre of the old town you’ll find the Picasso museum filled with pieces that his family have donated over the years. After this, you can visit his family home only a few minutes walk away.
Get a bird’s eye view of the sea
Malaga’s easy temperature of around 18-23C in April is ideal for wandering along the promenade, strolling into shops and ambling into coffee shops before heading to the newly refurbished Roman amphitheatre. To finish the day, how about walking up the hill to the fortress, Alcazaba? We recommend going at sunset for beautiful views across the Mediterranean.
Time for some beach bar tapas?
For those of you who are more inclined to recline, head down to the beach. Our favourite pick, Playa Huellin, has a great atmosphere full of beach bars, cafes and is very family-friendly. Or head to Playa de la Malagueta where you’ll find 1,200 metres of sand with more chilled out beach bars and holidaymakers.
Exploring further afield: Playa Torrox
Perhaps hire a car for the day to explore further along the coast to find some gorgeously tranquil bays. These quieter beaches show you what the area was really like before the tourists came. Our pick is the 300-meter Playa Torrox – the only difficulty is trying to navigate your way from the main road!
The once-in-a-lifetime experience: Semana Santa
If you’re lucky enough to be there over Easter week – which the locals call Semana Santa – then take to the streets after the sun has set to experience the carrying of the figures of Christ and the Virgin Mary.
You’ll feel a part of the highly atmospheric processions, leaving the streets overflowing with candles and incense – it’s quite a unique experience and one of the most important highlights on the Malaga calendar.