Malaga Basics



Seeing as ‘Costa del Sol’ literally means ‘Sun Coast’, you can trust your assumptions when it comes to the weather in Málaga. The city has a subtropical Mediterranean climate, which means plenty of days of sunshine (around 300 every year) and only about 40 days of precipitation across the 12 months. It gets hot, but the influence of the Med and its needed breeze make the temperatures more than manageable, even at the height of summer. Just don’t forget that sun cream. Supposedly there is also a winter in Málaga.

Crime & Safety

Tourists wouldn’t have been coming to Málaga in their droves for centuries if it was a crime-ridden place, so bring your common sense and you’ll have no problems here. Pickpockets are a thing but this is easily avoided, and there is sense in avoiding neighbourhoods on the outskirts of the city at night. The area has a reputation for harbouring many European criminals, but the whole ‘in hiding’ thing means they aren’t exactly prowling the streets looking for pockets to pick. If you do encounter an issue, 112 is the emergency number with 091 being the specific police dial.

Hospitals & Pharmacies

The quality of medical care on the Costa del Sol is decent, and the abundance of tourism means English is generally spoken in hospitals and pharmacies. The general hospital in Málaga is located on Avenida Carlos Haya, while the children’s hospital can be found on Avenida Arroyo de los Ángeles. Pharmacies are found all over the city — just look out for ‘Farmacia’.

Public Toilets

We’ve all been there. Desperate for the salvation of the toilet, but with no WC in sight. Don’t wee in the sea, be prepared, and you’ll be fine. Toilets on the seafront are open from 10:00 until 20:00, although the cleanliness deteriorates dramatically as the day goes on. Public toilets are hard to find in the city centre, so make the most of the cafes, order a café solo and use the facilities while you wait for your delicious drink.


WiFi is theoretically available across the centre of Málaga, but good luck getting a consistent signal. There is a WiFi point behind the tourist office on Plaza de la Marina, but who wants to stand by a post using the internet? Most hotels have free WiFi, but don’t make the assumption that all bars, cafes and restaurants do as well. What’s more, you usually need a code to access the internet, so be sure to ask the waiter for that once you’ve made your order (never before).

Can you drink the tap water

Can you drink the tap water in Málaga? Yes, you can drink the tap water in Málaga. You might even enjoy it.

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Malaga Pass

The Málaga Pass comes in 24, 48, 72 and one week varieties, each offering discounts to museums along with savings in a number of hotels, restaurants, cafes and bars. The pass is worth picking up if you plan on visiting a wide range of museums and galleries in Málaga (and you should be planning on that), so head to and pick yours up ahead of time.

City Introduction

Forget everything you think you know about Málaga and the Costa del Sol, because you are wrong. This part of the world has conjured up ideas of sunburnt drunken Brits and Germans in budgie-smugglers for far too long — it is time for modern Málaga to take its rightful place at the top of the Andalusian table. About as charming as a city gets, Málaga is overflowing with history and youthful energy, bringing together centuries of curiosity and a seriously forward-thinking population to create a city worth falling in love with. Málaga is the Andalusian onion, a tired analogy but one we will persevere with, and yes it is the layers we’re talking about there, not the tears. Málaga is a sophisticated city with art on its mind, a city that isn’t afraid to take chances and isn’t about to forget where it came from when taking them. If you want fine-dining and port-side splendour then you’ll find it in spades, but travellers searching for grit and grime will have no problem discovering a little more substance themselves. It really is a destination for anyone and everyone, with narrow streets leading doe-eyed visitors from Michelin stars to street food that is more about the street than the food. IT IS NO great surprise that Málaga now rivals Barcelona as Spain’s great cultural city-break destination. The port area has been rejuvenated beyond belief, and the city is home to arguably the finest roster of galleries in the whole of Spain. This is the city of Picasso after all.

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