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    Málaga – a brief overview

    Málaga can trace its history back to the Phoenicians some 3,000 years ago, yet the Costa del Sol capital is often ignored by tourists focused only on sun, sand and sea. Given that it was once one of the most important cities in Moorish Spain, and boasts the breathtaking fortresses of Alcazaba and Gibralfaro, this is a shame. Málaga’s Old Town is a fascinating

    warren of classic Andalusian streets, with some fantastic art museums befitting the birthplace of Pablo Picasso. There are many venerable boutiques, traditional taverns serving regional wines, and superb restaurants specialising in seafood. So while enjoying Málaga’s glorious coast is the main draw, don’t miss the compelling Andalusian city at your fingertips.

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    Calle Alcazabilla 2
    29012 Málaga
    Tel: 630 932 987
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    Opening times:
    Daily 0900-1800 (winter)
    0900-2000 (summer)

    The fortress of Alcazaba dates back to Moorish rule in 11th century. Perched on a verdant hill above the ruins of a Roman theatre, it is the most impressive sight in Málaga.


    Camino De Gibralfaro 11
    29016 Málaga
    Tel: 95 222 7230
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    Opening times:
    Daily 0900-1800 (winter)
    0900-2000 (summer)

    The Gibralfaro was once a lighthouse and offers unparalleled views of the city. It was also used by the Moors as battlements, and a combined ticket gains access to both this and the Alcazaba.

    Our Lady of Incarnation

    Calle Molina Lario 9
    29015 Málaga
    Tel: 95 222 0345
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    Opening times:
    Mon-Fri 1000-1800
    Sat 1000-1700
    Sun 1400-1800

    The grand cathedral of Málaga was started in the 16th century but remains unfinished, earning it the nickname ‘one-armed lady’, owing to only having one of its planned two towers.

    Museo Carmen Thyssen

    Calle Compañía 10
    29008 Málaga
    Tel: 902 303 131
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    Opening times:
    Tue-Sun 1000-2000

    Showing the private collection of the late Baron Thyssen-Bornemisza’s wife, Carmen Cervera, this art museum in a 16th-century palace includes many Andalusian masters.

    Museo de Picasso

    Calle San Agustín 8
    29015 Málaga
    Tel: 95 212 7600
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    Opening times:
    Tue-Thu and Sun 1000-2000
    Fri-Sat 1000-2100

    The Palacio de Buenavista in the old Jewish quarter houses 200 works by Pablo Picasso, who was born in Málaga. The collection includes oils, sculptures, and sketches.

    Museo de Artes y Costumbres Populares

    Pasillo de Santa Isabel 10
    29005 Málaga
    Tel: 95 221 7137
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    Opening times:
    Mon-Fri 1000-1700
    Sat 1000-1400

    Celebrating Andalusia’s rural and urban history, this museum features rustic art, and explores the customs and traditions of the region.

    Centro de Arte Contemporáneo

    Calle Alemania
    29001 Málaga
    Tel: 95 212 0055
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    Opening times:
    Tue-Sun 1000-2000 (winter)
    Tue-Sun 1000-1400 and 1700-2100 (summer)

    Málaga’s contemporary art museum is an unexpected joy, with incredible temporary shows and an impressive collection of modern paintings and photography.

    Fundación Picasso

    Plaza de la Merced 15
    29012 Málaga
    Tel: 95 192 6060
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    Opening times:
    Daily 0930-2000

    Although he never came back after leaving when young, Picasso is the city’s most famous son. This house displays early sketches, as well as odds and ends from the artist’s youth.

    La Concepción

    Camino del Jardín Botánico 3
    29014 Málaga
    Tel: 95 225 2148
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    Opening times:
    Tue-Sun 0930-1630 (Oct-Mar)
    0930-1930 (Apr-Sep)

    This botanical garden was founded by the British consul’s daughter some 150 years ago. The young Brit married a Spanish shipping magnate and exotic finds thus filled her garden.

    Pasaje Chinitas

    Pasaje Chinitas
    29015 Málaga
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    Leading off the central Plaza de la Constitución, this old street features vaulted shops, as well as jewellers and workshops, and is a slice of old Málaga.

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    Country overview

    From sizzling cuisine and riotous fiestas to cutting-edge contemporary art, age-old museums and a palpitating beach culture, Spain sure packs a punch. It’s feisty, sexy and extremely hot – almost like a sensual flamenco dancer who captivates with her mesmerising moves. Whether you are a culture vulture, history buff or beach bum, it’s almost inevitable that with Spain, it’ll be love at first sight.

    As versatile as a chameleon, Spain’s multifaceted personality is further highlighted by different corners of the country: from the golden sun-kissed shores of Costa del Sol to the snow-lathered peaks of the Pyrénées; from the futuristic architecture of Valencia to the medieval towns of Catalonia; from the expansive boulevards of cosmopolitan Madrid to the rural countryside of Galicia.


    Spain shares the Iberian Peninsula with its smaller neighbour, Portugal, and is bordered to the northeast by the Pyrenees mountain range that cuts across France and Andorra. Surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea, Spain has numerous stretches of coastline that are extremely crowded especially in summer.

    Spain has two main groups of islands that are popular with tourists: the Balearic Islands (Mallorca, Menorca, Ibiza and Formentera) located 193km (120 miles) southeast of Barcelona, and the Canary Islands off the west coast of Africa (mainly Tenerife, Gran Canaria, Fuerteventura, Lanzarote and La Palma). Located in continental Africa, the tiny enclaves of Ceuta and Melilla also form a part of Spain.

    Mainland Spain is the second highest and most mountainous country in Europe, with an average height of 610m (2,000ft). The Pyrenees stretch roughly 400km (249 miles) from the Basque Country’s Atlantic coast.

    In places the peaks rise to over 1,524m (5,000ft), the highest point being 3,404m (11,169ft).

    The main physical feature of Spain is the vast central plateau, or meseta, divided by several chains of sierras. The higher northern area includes Castile and León and the southern section comprises Castile-La Mancha and Extremadura. In the south, the high plains rise further at the Sierra Morena before falling abruptly at the great valley of the Guadalquivir.

    Southeast of Granada is the Sierra Nevada, which runs parallel to the Mediterranean. Its summit Mulhacen, at 3,718m (12,198ft), is the highest point on the Spanish peninsula. The highest peak in Spain is the Pico del Teide on Tenerife in the Canaries, measuring a height of 3,718m (12,198ft).

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    Key facts

    Population: 47370542

    Population Density (per sq km): 94

    Capital: Madrid.


    The official language is Spanish (Castilian). Other languages spoken in the first language in Spain include Euskera (in Basque Country, northeastern Spain), Catalan (in Eastern Spain, with variations spoken in Valencia and the Balearics) and Galician (in the northwest). There are also various regional dialects, but you’ll have no problems getting around Spain with knowledge of Castilian Spanish. English is not commonly used, so be sure to pick up some basic Spanish words before your trip.


    230 volts AC, 50Hz. Round two-pin plugs are in use.


    Euro (EUR; symbol €) = 100 cents (céntimos). Notes are in denominations of €500, 200, 100, 50, 20, 10 and 5. Coins are in denominations of €2 and 1, and 50, 20, 10, 5, 2 and 1 cents.

    General business opening hours

    In Barcelona, Seville and Granada, business hours are generally 0800/0900-1800/1900, with an extended lunch break from 1330-1500/1600. In Santiago de Compostela and Malaga, office hours are generally 0900-1400 and 1700-2000. Banks and government offices open only in the morning.

    In Madrid, standard business hours are Monday to Friday 0900-1400 and 1600-1900, although 0800-1500 is quite common during summer. Larger companies and multinationals, however, are increasingly working through the day, in line with the rest of Europe

    Country overview

    Below are Public Holidays for the January 2015-December 2015 period.

    Note: Additional dates are celebrated as regional public holidays.

    New Year’s Day: 01. January 2015
    Epiphany: 06. January 2015
    St Joseph’s Day: 19. March 2015
    Maundy Thursday: 02. April 2015
    Good Friday: 03. April 2015
    Labour Day: 01. May 2015

    Assumption: 15. August 2015
    National Day: 12. October 2015
    All Saints’ Day: 01. November 2015
    Constitution Day: 06. December 2015
    Immaculate Conception: 08. December 2015
    Christmas Day: 25. December 2015
    Boxing Day: 26. December 2015


    Journey to the top

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    The great journey: Andalusia

    There’s more to the Costa del Sol than sunshine, palms and beaches. The hinterlands reveal a subversive city, a hippie stronghold and the rugged Sierra Nevada mountains. Our author started out at sea level and climbed up to the roof of Spain.

    “No, no, don’t do it!” Chris Stewart warns me, his eyes wide with alarm. The former drummer of the rock band Genesis knows what he’s talking about: He’s been a sheep farmer in the southern foothills of the Sierra Nevada for 25 years. “You want to climb the Mulhacén in this weather?” he asks incredulously, as his wife Ana serves the photographer and me sweetened mint tea. “It will be horrible! Why do that to yourself?” Why? Because the story I want to tell is the story of a journey that starts out on the shores of the Mediterranean and ends on the Spanish mainland’s highest peak.

    Lufthansa tip

    Lufthansa flies daily nonstop to Málaga (AGP) from Frankfurt and Munich airports. Visit to calculate how many miles you can earn on a round-trip flight.

    Day 1 – Málaga: light and shade on the sunshine coast

    It all began quite effortlessly three days earlier: bright sunshine and a clear blue sky over Málaga, gulls screeching, the drone of a ship’s engine. Neighboring towns, like Marbella, offer maritime spectacles complete with jet skis and catamarans, but Málaga, home to almost 600 000 people and the unofficial capital of the touristy Costa del Sol, has only the good old Pinta – a wooden boat that ferries passengers quietly around the harbor. Despite its broad, sandy beaches and charming old town, tourists used to stream right past Málaga without stopping, but a couple of years ago, the town began making more of an effort to attract visitors, partly out of necessity. The Spanish economic crisis had hit Málaga especially hard. The Norwegian Spirit, a cruise liner, is anchored in the harbor, but the cranes at the modern container terminal are still. “Business was booming here not long ago, and houses were going up all along the coast,” says Nuria Nebot, 38.

    She and fellow architect Víctor González, 33, take me around the old town, past palm trees, squares and the cathedral. And also past museums, with which Málaga is now drawing tourists interested in culture: the Picasso Museum, which opened in 2003, and the private collection of Baroness Carmen Thyssen-Bornemisza, which opened in 2011. In spring 2015, the Spanish branch of the Centre Pompidou will welcome its first visitors. Both architects take a pretty critical view of their profession, which is why they came up with Malakatón, an initiative to encourage more people to have a say in architectural projects – via an Internet portal and a magazine, as well as at events. “During the boom, the authorities waved through so many senseless projects,” says Victor. “Now there’s no money left and people are finally beginning to sit up and think.”

    Day 2 – Granada: a fairy-tale town with a subversive side

    The rumor wafts through the streets, mingling with the smell of joss sticks, spices and other grasses: “Have you heard? They’ve already been! And they want to come back!” Who? “They” are the makers of the U.S. fantasy series “Game of Thrones,” and Granada is allegedly high on their list of filming locations. Indeed, the city at the foot of the Sierra Nevada mountains looks like a fairy tale hewn in stone – not just because of the Alhambra, that breathtaking palatial citadel towering majestically above its surroundings.

    Granada is a pretty town, but it’s also vibrant and youthful; one in three of its 240 000 inhabitants studies at the city’s university. Raúl Ruiz, aka El niño de las pinturas (the painting guy), represents the more subversive side of Granada. His art, some of it almost dreamy, decorates many of the town’s walls. Today, Ruiz is one of Europe’s best-known street artists, but sadly, I am unable to arrange a meeting with him. Instead, I get Mika Bukowski to show me around the city – the 35-year-old runs graffiti tours for the guests of the Oasis backpacker hostel. We make our way through the jostling crowds of the old Albaicín district, where the streets are lined with shops selling Moroccan crafts and hippie jewelry. “Raúl is a real genius,” Mika raves, “but they still make his life difficult. He regularly gets into trouble with the cops.” The guide stops to explain a particular piece of graffiti. Then he interrupts himself: “Man, you are really lucky,” says Mika, pointing to a lanky guy with a high forehead and wild hair. “Meet the maestro himself!”

    His baggy jeans splashed with paint, a glass of wine and a cigarette in his hand – Raúl Ruiz stands less than three steps away from his work. How did he become a street artist? “I started painting as a child, and already back then, wanted to take my art into the street.” He’s in his mid-thirties now. Smiling, gesticulating broadly, he doesn’t spill a drop of wine. The photographer asks if she can take a picture. His face darkens: “Cariño, sweetheart, don’t bother! It’s not about me.” He pauses, takes a deep breath and regains his smile. “I’m nothing special, just a local guy. Better to let my pictures do the talking, okay?” Sure thing.

    Day 3 – Órgiva: a hippie stronghold in the mountains

    Only one euro for this pair of earrings? “I make them myself, so I can’t really charge more,” says the woman in the colorful robes standing in the small church square. You don’t find so many dropouts from society on Ibiza anymore, nor in other former hippie haunts either, but they still populate the southern foothills of the Sierra Nevada, in the Alpujarras region.

    For thousands of years, mountain farmers have cultivated the barren soil here, and their white-washed villages still look like settlements in Morocco’s Atlas mountains. Over the last few decades, many people have drifted toward the cities while others have purposely headed for the hills. Hundreds of hippies now live in teepees and trailors in a commune outside Órgiva, the area’s main town, whose population of 5000 also includes close to a hundred Islamic Sufis. And 1100 meters above Órgiva, there’s a Tibetan center with a gigantic prayer wheel.

    Chris Stewart, 63, the now gray-haired ex-drummer, dropped out a quarter of a century ago. I drive for half an hour along a rough, winding track and wade through a river before finally finding myself on his terrace with a cup of tea and a piece of cake. The dog who barked a welcome is gnawing a bony something that must have once belonged to a sheep. Chris tells me how he was thrown out of his school band at the age of 17, and how, later, a certain Phil Collins took his place at the drums. Instead of becoming a professional musician, he chose the life of a farmer. At 38, he bought a dusty piece of land with a house on it in the Alpujarras region – without talking it over beforehand with his wife. “That wouldn’t have worked,” he says, grinning like a small boy. “Women are too sensible.” Ana, sitting with us, smiles indulgently. Chris has written five bestselling books about his life as a dropout. The stories are full of eccentric characters and are written with wry, British humor. Be honest, I say, did that all really happen? “Everything, absolutely everything!” he replies. Then he grins, “Well, 95 percent of it.”

    Day 4 – Mulhacén: climbing onto the roof of Spain

    Jesús, my bearded mountain guide, looks at me searchingly. His expression speaks volumes, but he is far too polite to put his criticism of my choice of clothing into words. Sure, Mulhacén rises 3482 meters into the Spanish sky, but all the same, while I had expected the ascent to be fairly hard going, I had also anticipated some sunshine. And that’s why I hadn’t packed any special equipment other than my hiking boots. Jesús Espinosa, 52, had called me only the night before to pass on the weather report: zero degrees Celsius, mist, squalls. Didn’t I want to reconsider? No, but thanks for asking!

    In the morning, we take a minibus from the mountain village of Capileira as far as Alto del Chorrillo, where the trip begins. The fog is as thick as cotton batting. When visibility is good, you can see across to Morocco from here. The photographer suffers in silence.

    There are no signposts, not even any proper trails – without Jesús, I would have turned back. But this short, stocky man with a psychology degree has been guiding people through the mountains for 25 years.

    We climb over huge rocks encrusted with fist-sized ice crystals. There’s a strong wind blowing and my hat and scarf are poor protection against the cold. “If it starts raining, we’re turning back,” says Jesús. But we’re in luck, reach the summit around midday and sink down on the rock, frozen to the core. Our guide passes round his leather wine bottle. We made it! I feel quite proud, but the elation soon passes, when Jesús tells me about his first time on Mulhacén: “I was nine years old, my grandfather took me. He was 84.”


    Nightlife in Málaga


    Like many Andalusian cities, the nightlife in Málaga tends to revolve around classic tapas bars where beers are often accompanied by free nibbles.

    Visitors gravitate towards bars and clubs by the beach, but don’t miss the taverns in the Old Town.

    Antigua Casa de Guardia

    Alameda Principal 18
    29005 Málaga
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    An 18th-century tavern that serves exquisite wines, including its own-produced Muscat.


    Calle Strachan 6
    29015 Málaga
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    Overlooking the harbour, Gorki serves great sangria in an ideal setting.


    Calle Alemania
    29001 Málaga
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    With ceviche during the day and cocktails at night, Óleo also has an ideal position on the river.

    Kelipé Centro de Arte Flamenco

    Calle Álamos 7
    29012 Málaga
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    Party Andalusian-style with Kelipe’s flamenco shows on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

    La Taskita

    Calle Beatas 6
    29008 Málaga
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    For a no-nonsense evening of beers in a great atmosphere, head to La Taskita.


    Restaurants in Málaga


    Spain’s culinary prowess now extends as far as the Costa del Sol, with its tradition of fantastic seafood complemented by world-class chefs.

    From tapas bars to classy dining options, Málaga has its fair share of options.

    El Pimpi

    62 Calle Granada
    29015 Málaga
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    Price: Expensive

    With walls covered in signed photos of celebrities, this is Málaga’s buzziest spot.


    Calle de José Aparicio 1
    29400 Ronda
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    Price: Expensive

    It’s worth the drive out of town to eat at this wonderful Michelin-starred restaurant in Ronda with its menu full of innovative thrills.

    El Tapeo de Cervantes

    Calle de Cárcer 8
    29012 Málaga
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    Price: Moderate

    A rustic-looking joint with just six tables, this is the finest tapas bar in Málaga.

    Mesón Antonio

    Calle Fernando de Lesseps 7
    29005 Málaga
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    Price: Moderate

    Run by a family, this charming restaurant serving fresh seafood has been going for three decades.


    Calle Álamos 18
    29008 Málaga
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    Price: Cheap

    Fantastic for breakfast, hip Noviembre has delicious omelettes and smoothies.


    Calendar of events


    22 January – 19 February 2015

    Venue: City centre.

    Seven weeks before Easter, this is the most colourful festival of the year with street parades in fancy dress, bands on stage, the Carnival Ball and a Grand Procession through the streets culminating in fireworks on the seafront.

    Semana Santa (Holy Week)

    29 March – 5 April 2015

    Venue: City centre.

    During Easter week, large-scale religious processions parade large floats of Christ and the Virgin through the main streets, accompanied by mournful music and hooded penitents.

    Festival de Málaga Cine Español

    17 – 26 April 2015

    Venue: Teatro Cervantes.

    A high-profile festival of Spanish films, with local legend Antonio Banderas often in attendance.

    Fiesta de San Juan

    23 – 24 June 2015

    Venue: City beach.

    Bonfires and fireworks celebrate the solstice and large caricature ‘guy’ figures meet a fiery end down by the beach.

    All information subject to change. Please check the dates on the relevant event organizer’s website.


    Hotels in Málaga


    Tourists to Málaga are often reluctant to leave the sanctuary of their resort hotel to go and explore the city. But there are some

    great lodging options in historic buildings in the Old Town, with more stylish choices than elsewhere on the Costa del Sol.

    AC Hotel Palacio

    Calle Cortina del Muelle 1
    29015 Málaga
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    Category: Expensive

    With a rooftop pool and super-slick rooms including marble bathrooms, this is the trendiest hotel in town.

    Casa de las Mercedes

    Calle Hinestrosa 18
    29016 Málaga
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    Category: Expensive

    Built in 1750 in the baroque style, this elegant house is for finer tastes.


    Pasillo del Matadero 16
    29001 Málaga
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    Category: Moderate

    A modern, stylish hotel, Guadalmedina lies across the Puente del Perchel in the New Town.


    Parque Natural Montes de Málaga, Carretera de Colmenar
    29013 Málaga
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    Category: Cheap

    A stately home in a glorious setting, the Humaina is all about serenity.


    Calle Atarazanas 19
    29005 Málaga
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    Category: Cheap

    Transformed from an old 19th-century building into a boutique hotel, this is a hidden gem.

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    Spain’s climate varies from temperate in the north to dry and hot in the south. As it is a big country with varying terrain and altitudes, climate can be extremely distinctive from one corner to another. Overall, the coastal regions in the South and Eastern parts of Spain are excellent to visit all year round thanks to the Mediterranean climate (mild temperatures and long days). Northern Spain generally experiences colder temperatures than the South, while Central Spain stays hot and dry due to its location on a plateau.

    The best time to visit depends on the region and type of travel experience you’re seeking. For a beach vacation, the best months for guaranteed sunshine are June to August. Naturally, these are also the busiest months for tourism along the coast and on the Spanish islands, so be prepared for high prices and crowds. If you’re looking to escape the crowds, head inland to cities like Seville, Madrid and Granada where temperatures are sizzling but streets are empty.

    The shoulder season for travel in Spain is usually late spring and autumn: from April to end of May and October to November. These are when tourist destinations are least crowded and weather is still pleasant. January to February is the best time to ski, as snow is ample and the sun is shining. Especially in the Sierra Nevada, the sun can be quite overwhelming even in the snow – come prepared with snow goggles and sunscreen.


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    Mar31 °C1 °C18 °C9 °C66 %59 mm3.76.9 h
    Apr32 °C2 °C20 °C10 °C65 %40 mm4.87.3 h
    May34 °C6 °C23 °C13 °C61 %24 mm3.79.5 h
    Jun41 °C10 °C27 °C17 °C59 %13 mm1.910.5 h
    Jul44 °C14 °C29 °C19 °C60 %2 mm0.311.2 h
    Aug42 °C13 °C30 °C20 °C63 %5 mm0.510.4 h
    Sep38 °C11 °C27 °C18 °C65 %15 mm2.48.4 h
    Oct35 °C5 °C23 °C14 °C70 %54 mm4.46.9 h
    Nov29 °C1 °C19 °C10 °C72 %115 mm55.7 h
    Dec24 °C0 °C16 °C8 °C72 %102 mm6.15.3 h
    year44 °C-2 °C22 °C13 °C66 %586 mm43.67.8 h
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    Phone calls & Internet

    Telephone/Mobile Telephone

    Dialing Code: +34


    Most telephone boxes require telephone cards that can be purchased in grocery stores. Call centres and internet cafés allow you to call overseas at a lower rate. Area codes are incorporated within a nine digit number dialled from wherever you are. Emergency calls: 112.

    Mobile Telephone

    Coverage is good throughout most of the country. It is relatively easy to get a mobile phone to use temporarily in Spain. Most service providers like Vodafone, Orange and Telefonica offer prepaid SIM cards (that include data roaming). Spanish mobile numbers begin with 6.


    Internet cafés are available in most urban areas in Spain, and wireless access is widespread in cafés and hotels. It is generally easy to find good and fast connections throughout Spain. Most hotels and airports in Spain offer Wi-Fi access.


    Shopping in Málaga

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    Key Areas

    Málaga isn’t exactly a shopping hub, but it is the Costa del Sol’s economic centre. It’s easy to find famous international brands, as well as various souvenirs and Andalusian crafts. There are lots of old independent shops and curious spots in the Old Town. Near Calle Marqués de Larios you can find designer labels in force.


    Established in the 19th century, but incorporating a Moorish gateway from the 14th century, Mercado Central de Atarazanas (Calle Atarazanas) is worth visiting as a sight in its own right. Once there, you can also pick up fresh fish, Ibérico ham and various cheeses.

    Shopping Centres

    Right by the main train station, the Vialia Mall contains top high-street Spanish brands such as Zara, as well as lots of favourites from around Europe and beyond.

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    Traveller etiquette

    Spanish life has undergone rapid change in recent decades and stricter religious customs have been superseded by more modern ways, particularly in the cities and among women. In spite of this, traditions remain strong; hospitality, chivalry and courtesy thrive. Handshaking is the customary form of greeting between men, while women (outside of a business context) are greeted with a fleeting kiss to either cheek (left then right).

    Spaniards eat late; lunch around 1400-1530; the evening meal 2100-2300.

    The Spanish have two family names; the maternal surname follows the paternal, but is rarely used outside a formal context. Smoking is banned in offices, shops, schools, hospitals, cultural centres and on public transport. Bars and restaurants must declare whether they permit or prohibit smoking. The vast majority have opted for the former, though large restaurants are obliged by law to have a substantial non-smoking section.

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    Main emergency number: 112

    Food & Drink

    Food in Spain is generally safe to eat. Most restaurants and bars adhere to a certain standard of hygiene. For those with sensitive stomachs, try to avoid street food, such as churros, kebabs and jacket potatoes. These are usually sold in small street-side stores especially in big cities like Madrid and Barcelona. Other foods to look out for include seafood that might not be fresh and sandwiches and omelettes that might have been left out for too long. Tapas bars may sometimes serve foods that have been kept overnight, so be careful what you eat.

    Foods sold in local markets are generally fresh and affordable. If you’re extremely careful about what you eat, these are the best places to look for clean and fresh produce. Tap water in Spain is safe to drink but some complain that tap water in Ibiza can be quite salty and  has an unpleasant taste so it is generally recommended to drink bottled water. Tap water is suitable for washing, brushing teeth, etc. Bottled and mineral water are easily available throughout the country and can be found in supermarkets and grocery stores.

    Other Risks

    In mid-summer temperatures can reach over 40°C and heat-related risks are high. Be sure to drink plenty of water, avoid alcohol, wear strong sunscreen and cover your skin with a hat and loose clothing. If partaking in hiking, cycling or other outdoor activities avoid the midday hours and limit exercise to early mornings or late evenings.

    The national police have set up a telephone hotline for tourists to use in non-emergencies. Those who wish to report a crime such as theft or lost property should call 902 102 112; callers can speak German, English, French or Italian. On islands such as Ibiza be aware that alcohol and drugs are prevalent. Stay hydrated when consuming alcohol and be aware that spirit measurements are generous. Taking drugs is illegal and drug dealing is dealt with very severely by the local police and courts. Every year accidents happen in resorts with holidaymakers falling from hotel balconies, often when under the influence of alcohol. Take care on hotel balconies at all times and avoid excessive drinking.

    In Mallorca in late summer waves of jellyfish can make an appearance, and while these are not deadly, they can give a very painful sting.

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