Top 5 things to do in Malaga to make the most of the mediterranean sun
If you are thinking of studying Spanish in Málaga, or you simply want to spend some time in our city, this article will be very useful for you. What better way is there to practice a language, than immersing yourself in the local culture whilst enjoying all the advantages of the mediterranean climate? In this article, we will recommend our 5 favourite activities to fully enjoy the heart of the Costa del Sol. Here we have 300 days of sun a year! So, get your favourite shoes ready: after reading this article you won’t waste any time coming here to try all these suggestions.
Our Top 5 activities in Malaga:
Málaga is a city famous for having tourists all year round. The humour and hospitality of the locals mixes perfectly with this city that lives and breathes art, culture and history. The weather, the typical Andalucían food and the natural beauty of the Mediterranean Sea, make this city the preferred destination for many. Even in these times, when we must all be careful and look after ourselves more than ever, Malaga continues offering lots of safe activities. Here are our top 5!
Visit the Alcazaba and the Gibralfaro Castle
Combining your Spanish classes in Malaga with a historical tour is an excellent way to associate what you have learned in the classroom with what the city can still teach you. The heritage of Malaga, especially in its landmarks, reflects the influence that all the different cultures that have passed through ‘malaka’ have had on the city. These architectural milestones will transport you back in time. Moreover, given that these historical sites are all found together, you can visit all of them in just one day.
The Muslim legacy in Andalucía is reflected in its food, art, language and architecture. Therefore, you must visit the Alcazaba: a palace/fortress of Arabic origin constructed in the 14th Century that has become one of the most visited sites in all of Spain. You can then go to Castillo de Gibralfaro, a castle from the XIV century. We recommend that you visit it in the afternoon so that you can take the best panoramic photos of the city with the colourful sky overhead.
Enrich your senses in the Botanical Gardens
Our students, before starting their Spanish classes, or upon finishing for the day, usually make the most of the midday sun to go to Misericordia beach and have a sandwich in the fresh air or in the Parque del Oeste, only 10 minutes walk from AIL Málaga. As we said earlier, here the sun is always shining, so you can always count on a sunny day when making plans. If you want to get some peace while staying in an urban environment, Málaga is an oasis of calm away from the bustle of other cities. Málaga features aHistoric Botanical Garden: La Finca de la Concepción. It was created in 1850 and is formed of a combination of springs, waterfalls and subtropical plants from all over the globe. It is of course a spectacular place in which to take impressive photos whilst taking in the sights and smells.
Furthermore, in the dead centre of the city is where you can find the Parque de Málaga, also known as Parque de la Alameda. It is one of the most important public parks on the whole Iberian Peninsula and is replete with magical nooks, crannies and benches where you can sit down, breathe in the fresh, mediterranean air and relax.
Walk through the Muelle Uno
Just a 10 minute walk from Parque de Málaga, you can find an extraordinary shopping centre. Muelle Uno is an open-roofed shopping area in the middle of Málaga port. It is the ideal spot to go out with some other Spanish students, since you can make the most of the opportunity to speak and practice the language. Furthermore, there’s something for everyone: you can choose between a wide range of cuisines to sit down and have a meal, or just to go shopping… and all this next to the sea. Also, if you like art, you can always go to the Pompidou Centre.
Play tennis in Valls Sport or Inacua
If you want to do a little practice, we have two great places that you can go and play tennis. Firstly, we’d recommend Vals Sport: a place with tennis courts where you can take private or group classes. If you want to draw out your competitive spirit, you can sign up to one of their tournaments.
There is also the Inacua Centre which not only offers the opportunity to do gymnastics, but it also has a spa, cosmetics treatments, a nutritionists’ office and a team of physiotherapists. Its modern installations include a pool and multiple tennis courts with both hard and soft ground.
Go jogging down the Paseo Marítimo de La Misericordia
Lastly, we can’t finish this guide without mentioning one of the Costa del Sol’s most iconic attractions: Misericordia beach, situated to the south of central Málaga, towards Torremolinos and Marbella. This beach is 2000 metres long and 30 metres wide so you can walk, run or simply cast an eye over the beautiful Mediterranean Sea whilst maintaining social distancing with ease. Also, the beach is located close to other interesting sites, such as the Automobile Museum, the Parque del Oeste, or the Centro cultural de La Térmica.
We hope that this guide helps you to get the best from our beloved city. Wether you’re studying Spanish in Málaga, or just planning to visit us. It is easy to see how we never run out of options to have fun, relax or do something different… And what about you? Did you already know about any of these activities? Which one would you like to do first?