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Hiring a car in Malaga

Pick up your hire car at Malaga airport and beautiful beaches and, yes, culture too are just minutes away.

60-second guide to Malaga

in its own head

"We're not just about Brits abroad and beaches - we're a successful, culturally aware city that can rival anything our neighbour Seville has to offer!"

but more realistically

The city does have plenty to offer: history, churches, gardens, museums and art. But the place is still a magnet for tourists heading simply for the great beaches.

the vibe

If you seek out the 'real Malaga', you'll find culture and architecture in abundance - but sun, fun and cheap jugs of sangria are never far away.

the natives

The locals are slightly less inclined towards excess than the tourists that pay their bills, tending to prefer football and religion to beer and rum.

the weather

With a year-round average temperature of 19 degrees, there really is little chance of bringing Britain's less-than-desirable weather with you when you go to Malaga.

the local speciality

Although the sea provides an incredible selection of fresh fish, your trip to Malaga would not be complete without trying the region's version of gazpacho - ajo blanco.

the celebrity

Antonio Banderas may be pretty big in Hollywood but he can only be seen as the celebrity runner-up to the great Pablo Picasso, who was born here in 1881.

did you know?

Malaga is named after the Phoenician word for salt as the local fish were salted in the city's harbour back in 1000 BC.

they say

"A lively and bustling city crammed with beautiful corners in which it is possible to discover neighbourhoods of a rich Andalusian flavour." - www.spain.info.

5 to see in town...

1. Picasso Museum

Built in the 16th century, the building provides the suitably impressive backdrop for the work of Malaga's most celebrated cubist.

where to park?

Park your hire car in Parking Alcazaba in Plaza de la Merced - it's a two-minute walk from the museum.

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2. The Cathedral of Malaga

It is known locally as 'La Manquita', or 'one-armed woman', but don't let that put you off - this really is a stand-out cathedral in a region noted for them.

where to park?

You can park for free in shopping centres such as Eroski, Vialia or Plaza Mayor and take a short walk to the cathedral.

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3: Iglesia Santiago

One of four churches commissioned by Catholic monarchs Isabella and Ferdinand, this 17th century building boasts some of the finest Mudjar-style architecture that typifies Malaga's streets.

where to park?

You can walk from Parking Alcazaba in Plaza de la Merced or from Brunos Parking in Avenida Garcia Morato.

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4: Alcazaba

The perfect example of what those that spend their entire holiday drunk are missing. This Moorish fortification, built between the 8th and 11th centuries, is a must-see.

where to park?

You can't park in the Alcazaba itself, but Parking Alcazaba in Plaza de la Merced is only about a five-minute walk away.

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5: Calle Larios

Malaga's most famous street has been at the heart of life in the city for many years. It is at its most exciting during the August festival, Christmas and carnival.

where to park?

Parking on the Calle Larios itself might be a bit tricky, so try the private car park on Calle Olozaga 12 instead, just five minutes' walk.

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and 4 to drive to...

1: Ronda

The beautiful mountain town of Ronda is built around a dizzyingly deep gorge. The views around town will repeatedly take your breath away - as will the drop.

How to get there?

Take the A-7 then the A-367 west of Malaga. You're looking at a 1 hour 40-minute drive.

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2: Granada's Alhambra Palace

Undoubtedly the jewel in Andalucia's crown, Granada's Alhambra Palace is the stuff of legend and dates back as far as the 9th century. Definitely worth an 80-mile drive.

How to get there?

Drive north on the A-45 then join the A-92 and follow signs to Granada. It should take you about an hour and 40 minutes.

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3: Marbella

Just 30 miles west of Malaga is the supermodel city of Marbella. Once the plaything of the rich and famous it can still boast more yachts than Roman Abramovich's boatyard.

How to get there?

Follow the A-7 then the AP-7 westwards along the coast for around 36 miles.

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4: Mijas Pueblo

Roughly 30 minutes drive from Malaga is the beautiful winding village of Mijas. Park up and swap your hire car for the traditional mode of local transport, the donkey. It's the best way to see the city.

How to get there?

Take the A-7 westwards along the coast, take exit 214 and follow signs to Mijas Pueblo.

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