Discovering Malaga Park

Malaga Park (Parque de Malaga), also called Alameda Park (Parque de la Alameda), is in the centre of Malaga and was built during the late nineteenth century.

Parque de la Alameda en Málaga

In March 2017, the Alameda Park was requested to be declared a Property of Cultural Interest. A park that underwent a major renovation in 2007. The 19th century environment was adapted to the 21st century. This refurbishment improved the experience of walking through the park and added small areas to rest.

Below the park are the remains of the numerous houses that once were attached to the Alcazaba and that were demolished for restoration of the monument.

History of Malaga Park

Before the construction of the Alameda Park
Before the construction of the Alameda Park the big ships couldn’t get too deep into the bay.

Initially, the entire area corresponding to Malaga Park was sea. The port at that time covered much of what is today Alameda. At first the idea was to build houses in this intermediate zone but thanks to a resolution of 1896 the works were conditioned to the realization of gardens.

Below the park are the remains of the numerous houses that once were attached to the Alcazaba and that were demolished for restoration of the monument.

In 1897 it was decided to bring tropical and subtropical species to the park. It wasn’t until 1899 that the plantation began, turning it into what would be the lung of the city. A place had been made where today you can relax under the shade of large trees and subtropical palm trees.

Malaga Park Construction
Using this space to create the park instead of building more houses was a very wise decision.

Throughout history it has been a place of celebration and events, from the August fair to Carnival. A meeting point for Malaga residents and a cultural showcase.

Visiting the park

A walk through Malaga Park will show you not only its varied flora. You will find romantic spots ideal to take in together with your partner, fountains and sculptures that honour different personalities that marked a milestone in the city’s past.

Alameda Park in Málaga

Among the oldest monuments in the park are the Caracola Nymph (1878) and the Nymph fountain of Cántaro (1878) in the Parque de Malaga.Fuente de la Ninfa del Cántaro en el Parque de Málaga

The Park has a municipal auditorium where different events take place throughout the year.

In the harbour-facing area is the so-called’ Pond of the Ducks’. There were many children who after growing up their pet decided to release them into this place, I’m one of them.

Malaga Park is a place to rest and recharge your energy under the shade of a centenary tree. A green space in the city inviting you to visit it.

Where is Malaga Park?

Very close to the Cathedral of Malaga, the Alcazaba and the Pompidou Centre.

Visiting Malaga in September – All you need to know

packing up for holiday to Malaga in SeptemberWe are already at the end of August, while many of you are returning to the routine of work or planning to, others are packing up to begin their vacation in Malaga in September.

Many tourists prefer September over August to spend their vacations. Towards the end of August there is already a drop in the number of towels on the beach, a clear indicator of the ending of the high season.

Those who have been able to experience the transition from August to September are witness of how summer seems diluted between taxis and suitcases on their way to the airport. Don’t be wrong, it is just an illusion and there is still good weather and temperature for everyone. The distance between towels on the beach expands past the border of August 31 day, there may be a mathematical formula to calculate that space between tourists on the sand but it has not yet been discovered. The temperatures do not seem to leave Malaga with the tourists who leave the Costa del Sol which is a good notice for those who arrive.

Without any doubt there is still good weather and pleasant temperature for enjoying beach and pool still in September.

Is it hot and is there good weather in September?

Without any doubt there is still good weather and pleasant temperature for enjoying beach and pool in September. The only thing that ‘seems’ to get lost during this month are the strong Terral days. I say it seems, because it is less likely that the thermometer exceeds 35ºC but not impossible, it may occur some other day throughout the month.

Strolling the sea shore

The weather accompanies to continue enjoying the beach and sunbathing. The water is at a pleasant temperature although we lose those days of warm water that happen sometimes in August. If it’s hot and you want to cool down, then the cold water is welcome, so it is not a big deal.

Do you want to know more about the weather in September? Visit this website: http://www.holiday-weather.com/malaga/averages/september/

Does it rain in Malaga in September?

September is not a rainy month. Like any other month it can rain but it is not usual, when it happens it is usually a light rain that surely ends the same day. Maybe by the end of the month when Autumn is more advanced the raining chances are higher, but It still not a rainy season.

Feel free to check another blog post where I propose ideas to do in Malaga on a rainy day, although it is more focused to the winter still valid.

What clothes to bring if you visit Malaga in September?

If you come early in the month you can still wear the same clothes you would in summer. Shorts and short-sleeved shirts are a good option; beside I would recommend bringing some long sleeves in case of a cold evening, something that if you are next to the shore can happen equally in August.

If you come in late September I recommend to bring long pants and some jacket just in case you need. Do not forget also your swimsuit and summer clothes, you’ll still need them.

Are there fairs or festivals in September in Malaga?

Of course there are activities, festivals and fairs in September. In Malaga I think there is not even a single month where there is not any relevant event or festival. Although Malaga Fair is one of the biggest tourist attractions in the city in August, my favourite is in September.

Luna Mora de Guaro festival

For those interested one of my all-time favourite events is the festival of Luna Mora de Guaro. Among the reasons to recommend it is that when I went I enjoyed a lot the food stalls. The candles lighting the streets are charming. It was a night with many special corners where taking nice photos for memories.

There is a blog post dedicated to the festivals and fairs of Malaga in September, it is worth a check if you are interested in visiting Malaga this month.

The million dollar question, is September a good month to visit Malaga and enjoy your vacation?

Is September a good month to visit Malaga?

The million dollar question, is September a good month to visit Malaga and enjoy your vacation? Undoubtedly, I explain below the reasons that lead me to affirm it.

Malaga next to the sea

I lived in a tourist development where 90% of people were not Spaniards but tourists. I know main dates they usually visited Malaga for holidays. Although they do it all year round, there are some more auspicious dates depending on what type of tourist you are.

August is the month for everyone as well as July. Youth abound and seek to have fun. The beach and pools become the central meeting points during the day while at night the promenade becomes a long fashion catwalk of different nationalities.

Malaga in September still a popular destination, but without many of the young tourists, already getting ready for getting back to school. Let’s say it’s a similar month to August but a little quieter. The further we move from high season, the lower the prices, which is a great incentive for many.

Those looking mostly to enjoy the beach, sunbathing and good weather prefer September over later months.

Those who value saving and culture above everything else would prefer to wait for later months. October, November or December are among the cheapest months to visit Malaga. Those looking mostly to enjoy the beach, sunbathing and good weather prefer September over the later months.

During this month I can especially recommend this blog post about natural pools and rivers in Malaga.

If you are traveling with children Iit is more likely that they will make friends in the pool or beach during August. Although it is not a relevant factor it is true that there are more young people during that month.

What do you do when you get stung by jellyfish?

jellyfish-tipsIn summer, especially the hot days and usually in August, the presence of this annoying animal can ruin anyone day, so I think it is a good idea to talk a little about them and what to do when a jellyfish stings you.

Luckily in Malaga there is no presence of dangerous species of jellyfish for humans.

The called ‘Portuguese Caravel’, without being actually a jellyfish but acting as one, can be dangerous but it is actually very rare to see one in the Mediterranean sea.

portuguese caravel
The Portuguese Caravel is not common in the Maditerranean although some have been seen near our coast eventually. It is visible on the sea surface and can be confused with a plastic bag.

About the jellyfish

The jellyfish, these gelatinous organisms are not particularly dangerous (at least the ones we have here), but their stings cause itching and stinging pain. Jellyfish do not attack, but move slowly, floating and they are drawn by the currents. Because they are highly translucent, they are relatively difficult to see in the water and therefore, sometimes bathers get accidentally in contact with them. This is when the cells of the tentacles release a poison, used for hunting or defence.

Sometimes the jellyfish can be found on the sand or on the shore after being dragged by the water . Even after dead they are still dangerous. It is better to remove or bury them so that no one can be injured.

jellyfish on sand

These “stings” produce instant pain and burning sensation radiating to the root of the affected limb, itching and edema (swelling). The intensity of symptoms varies depending on the affected area and can also have symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, muscle spasms or allergic reactions in some severe and very rare cases.

In the most popular beaches of Malaga there is usually a lifeguard station nearby. However, we leave you some useful tips on first aid. For example, on the beach where I go there are no lifeguards, and there the “regular swimmers” bring a little “first aid kit”, a folk remedy to relieve the sting of the jellyfish: A small bottle with ammonia or vinegar diluted to 50%. To me, it worked great!

What to do when you’ve been stung by a jellyfish

Wash affected area with seawater. NEVER with freshwater because this activates the remaining nettle cells attached to the body.
Do not rub the area or touch with your hands.
Local application of ammonia or vinegar (diluted to 50%)
Remove the remaining fragments of tentacles attached to the skin (with gloves or tweezers) and reapply ammonia or vinegar.

removal of jellyfish

Some tips to avoid being stung by a jellyfish

Pay attention to the flags that indicate their presence. Do not bathe or walk barefoot on the shore if there are jellyfish on the beach.

There are sunscreens containing an extract of plankton preventing jellyfish stings (in pharmacy)

Do not touch a dead jellyfish or its fragments. Be very careful because although the jellyfish is dead, it keeps releasing its venom, so you better don´t touch it.

If you remember, take a little bottle of vinegar in your “Beach Kit”. It may come in very handy for you, your children or a towel neighbour.

Malaga in August – Weather and all you need to know about the summer

What is the weather like in Malaga in August? Should you wear warm clothing when going out at night? Is it raining or cloudy? Many more questions will come in your mind as your plan your vacation. I will try to answer all the thoughts you might have about weather and visiting Malaga in summer.

Sunny weather in Malaga in August

Especially hot are the Terral days in Malaga. When it happens pool or beach are both excellent options

Is it always sunny at the Costa del Sol?

Temperature in August is high, without any doubt the weather is perfect to enjoy the beach or the pool. The name ‘Costa del Sol’ (Sun Coast) was not given without a reason.

The temperature in Malaga during August ranges between 23ºC at night and 35ºC during the day. This range can go lower or higher throughout the month.

Especially hot are the Terral days in Malaga.When it happens pool or beach are both excellent options, temperature can go as high as 45ºC. It could be the perfect night for swimming in the pool.

Does it rain in Malaga in August?

Throughout the month of August in Malaga there could be the called summer rain. This is usually a short and light rain that will not interrupt any of your plans, people keep enjoying the beach or pool in any case.  You can have a look at another entry about what to do on a rainy day in Malaga, however this entry is more recommended for winter rain.

Is it usual that it is cloudy in August? No, it is not usual the presence of clouds and when it does is for a short period. Although…if this happen why not taking advantage of that less hot day to do some sightseeing?

Do not forget that even though if it is cloudy, the sun’s rays continue going through the cloud layer and reach our skin. While we feel less heat we are more likely to have an overexposure and a sunburn. Do not forget the shade and the sun cream even when it seems that there is no sun. You can read my other post about tips for safe sunbathing.

Is it cold or hot at night?

brisas-marinasThis question is very relative as it depends where are you coming from and what is the average temperature there. Nights in August use to be pleasant to walk in summer clothes and sleep peacefully on the bed. Some days air conditioning or opening the window may be useful, but beware of mosquitoes when opening the window all night.

If you plan to walk along the beach at night, especially by the end of the month, it is advisable to wear something light with long sleeves. Although not usual, if you are very close to the sea some nights the temperature exchange and the sea breeze can make the air colder near the coast.

My recommendation is to at least enjoy one sunrise over the sea from the beach and a sunset over Malaga from Gibralfaro, near Alcazaba Castle.

When does the sun rise or set in August?

In Malaga dawns in August around 7:20 am and the sun sets at round 9:20 pm. This schedule will be shortened towards September.

My recommendation is to at least enjoy one sunrise over the sea from the beach and a sunset over Malaga from Gibralfaro, near Alcazaba Castle.

 

Atardecer desde Gibralfaro en Málaga
Sunset over Malaga, port and cathedral

Recommended activities in August

If you found this article looking for information about August in Malaga I think you might be also interested about things you can do this month.

Río ChillarYou can visit any of the top natural pools in Malaga. There are natural ponds fed by rivers in different locations of the province. Some of them will allow you to hike through the riverbed, a recommended activity during the hot summer.

Going to the beach or pool is a classic in summer, anyway be careful not to get stung by a jellyfish. Baywatch and local newspapers announce a warning when they detect jellyfishes. Natural beaches that do not have public services do not have this type of warning.

You can go shopping in Malaga to any of the malls or going to cinema, the temperature inside is always perfect.

You can go to Malaga fair in August or any of the many festivities or fairs available in the province at any of the many municipalities.

More information about weather in Malaga in August

If you are looking for live weather information or weather forecast in Malaga you can visit the following website: weather.com/malaga/

Media Markt in Malaga – All you need to know

Forgot your photo camera or lost your phone? If you need to buy a technology article you would be interested in visiting one of the stores of Media Markt in Malaga. Do you want to know where they are?

In Media Markt stores there are usually special promotions, if you plan to visit any it is advisable to have a look at their official website.

It is a good idea to know where you can buy a camera or mobile phone during your holiday when visiting another country. What if you forgot or lose yours?

Media Markt in Vialia Shopping Centre

On the 3rd of December took place the inauguration of a new shop of Media Markt in Malaga.

The shop is at Vialia Shopping center, and stretches over a surface of 2.500 sqm on two floors, at Malaga city centre, near the train station.

The space consists of two floors where the customers can find products of the best brands (up to 700 different ones) in the sectors of communications, domestic appliance, photography, audio-video and IT (Information Technologies).

The slogan of the advertising campaign by MediaMarkt before the grand opening was “Malaga is very expensive” to tell about their intention to lower the prices.

 

Media Markt Vialia

More information About Media Markt in Malaga

  • Address: Calle Explanada de la Estación, Lc F0-21, 29002 Malaga
  • Phone: +34 951 94 02 00
  • Opening time: Monday to Saturday from 10:00 am. to 10:00 pm. (Can open some Sundays or close some holidays)
  • Map: https://goo.gl/maps/6Pha3wcP5t42

¿Want to know if Media Markt in Malaga opens this Sunday or holiday?

http://specials.mediamarkt.es/tiendas/malaga

Media Markt in Plaza Mayor

Media Markt en Plaza MayorAt the end of September in 2015 opened the eleventh store of Media Markt in Andalusia.

This shop, the second in the province, is in Plaza Mayor Shopping Centre and features the pick-up option “Stop&Go” with which you can buy online and pick up your order without getting off the vehicle.

Its large customer service area stands out over an area of 2500 square meters full of tech articles.

The “Stop & Go” collection area is in front of the Plaza Mayor suburban train stop. The main entrance to the shop is in front of the parking area.

More information about this shopping centre

  • Address: Plaza Mayor P. de Ocio, Alfonso Ponce de León, 3, 29004 Malaga
  • Phone: +34 951 29 98 00
  • Opening time: Monday to Saturday from 10:00 am. to 10:00 pm. (Can open some Sundays or close some holidays)
  • Map: https://goo.gl/maps/xFhDpk5T6CT2

¿Want to know if Media Markt open this Sunday or holiday in Plaza Mayor?
https://specials.mediamarkt.es/tiendas/plaza-mayor

More information

You can find the latest deals available in their website at: http://www.mediamarkt.es/

If you want to know some other malls you can visit our other blog post.

Other shopping centres for technological articles:

  • El Corte Ingles
  • Worten in Malaga, it is located next to Ikea at Parque Comercial Bahia Azul.

 

Pure air and sea: Health benefits in Malaga next to the coast

Not many tourists use to ask themselves  about the air and sea quality in their holiday destination. What about if we talk about air quality in Malaga, the sea and the health benefits they bring to us?

Sea breeze health benefits

Sea breeze brings many benefits for health, strolling along the seashore has a great therapeutic effect.

Air quality in Malaga

The company Urban Clouds has made public a study from many areas of the city with a positive result. The air quality is good or normal in 95% of the city. Only a 5% left shows a low quality air, usually in industrial areas or the airport.

Pollution in pedestrian areas in city centre is zero. It is absolutely secure to stroll the streets while visiting monuments or the Calle Larios.

Since old times the Romans said the seawater cure all the diseases, and they were not that far from the fact.

Sea breeze and sea: benefits for your health

Since old times the Romans said the sea water cure all diseases and they were not that far from the fact.

Being near the coast is beneficial for those who are very sensitive to changes in temperature due to health problems. The large body of water acts as an excellent climate regulator.

The minerals found into the sea provide are beneficial for our organism. Let’s see some of them:

Benefits of swimming into the sea

Sodium is the most abundant element in the ocean water, it gives the salty flavour to the water, but it also has another 75 elements needed for the human metabolism.

Benefits of diving in the sea

If you bath in the sea you can try to submerge up to 1.30 meters deep. This is the perfect balance between internal and external pressure exerted by water, which has positive effects:

  • Improves respiratory capacity and increases red blood cells.
  • It favours the elimination of liquids by the pressure on our lymphatic system.
  • A refreshing bath activates the blood circulation.
  • It favors the work of the heart that has to work less.
  • The trace elements that can be breathed in the sea breeze are also found in the water and are absorbed in small amounts by our skin. The regeneration of tissues and even fractured bones are up to 3 times faster, thanks to calcium, silicon and sulphur which also helps other functions of our body.
  • The iodine present in sea water has direct influence on the thyroid gland as well as acting as a disinfectant of our skin.

Benefits of Sea Breeze or Salt Air

The Mediterranean has an ideal climate to enjoy the benefits of Sea Breeze during most of the year.

sea breeeze

Take in consideration that benefits of Sea Breeze are obtained being near the coast, if possible closer than 100 meters to the beach. A simple stroll along the seashore will benefit you by breathing a purer atmosphere.

  • Pregnant women may feel less nauseous near the sea.
  • The sea gives off a lot of micro particles loaded with trace elements that we absorb when breathing and benefit the regeneration of our lung alveoli.
  • The sea acts as a producer of natural ozone that purifies the air. The number of germs present in air is lower than in inland populations.
  • Those with allergies can breathe normally, the sea breeze does not have any pollen or mites.
  • Sea air boosts immune system
  • The low atmospheric pressure on the coast makes the amount of oxygen much greater. It slows the breathing rate and helps recovery in people who have been convalescent.
  • Water and sea breeze are good for relieving or treating skin problems like psoriasis, acne or dermatitis. The water composition has antibiotic properties.
  • Strolling along the seashore and bathing in the ocean has therapeutic effects thanks to its high content of magnesium and negative ions. It favours the creation of serotonin which is linked with the feeling of well-being, so it helps you calm anxiety, depression and stress.

Sunlight helps your body to assimilate vitamin D and will make you feel relaxed, but too much of the sun’s warm rays can be harmful to your skin.

When is it better to walk along the seashore?

Do not forget that sunbathing, especially at certain times, can become harmful to our skin. It is quite common to see foreigners walking with burned skin, do not let that happen to you.

Sunlight helps your body to assimilate vitamin D and will make you feel relaxed, but too much of the sun’s warm rays can be harmful to your skin.

Strolling the sea shore

The ideal and most relaxing activity is a walk along the seashore at sunset, you can finish the stroll with a dip in the water. Sunset is when there are fewer people on the beach and there is still some sunlight to enjoy.

 

Calle Larios: Shopping day in Malaga city centre

With the opening of the new store of Victoria’s Secret in Calle Larios I want to take the opportunity to make a guide of the main brand’s stores in the centre of Malaga. But before, what about knowing a little more of the main commercial street of the city?

In another entry of the blog I wrote about malls, visit the link if you want to have a look at opening times and available shopping centres in Malaga.

History of Larios Street

The fifth most expensive street in Spain was not always known as Calle Larios. After the Second Republic in Spain it became Calle 14 de Abril, a name that was again reversed after the civil war.

The street was inaugurated on August 27 in 1891, although its planning goes back to May 1, 1880. The project was taken over by the Larios family, the lack of funds from the city council made the government unable to handle such a work of this magnitude.

Calle Larios in 1890
Photograph taken in 1890, one year before the inauguration.

Larios Street was one of the few streets in Malaga with sanitation system, water tubs and 2 bathrooms per house. A luxury within the reach of very few people back then.

Calle Larios in 1891

Currently most of the buildings belong to two families, the Larios and the Quesada family. This street is one of the most beautiful in Europe, and where however almost nobody lives. Prices and noisy background could be some of the reasons, as this is one of the main streets where most of the festivities take place.

Most old commerces there were paying an old rental contract, affordable and cheap enough to make some profit. After the expiration of this old rental contract the prices did rise by more than a 1000%. This price increment caused small family business to close in favor of international brands. Calle Larios is among the 50 most expensive streets in Europe with prices that exceed 20.000 euros per rental month.

Calle Larios evolution over time

Events in Larios Street

This street features many events along the year, with a cultural identity it is one of the places you should not miss when visiting the city.

During the Malaga Film Festival the street dresses its best finery with a red carpet.

In August and during the Malaga fair, this street is one of the main meeting points during the day. There are people drinking and dancing and the streets are ornamented for the occasion.

During September it takes place the Larios Malaga Fashion Week Runway. Two days of fashion couture with around 30.000 people visiting it.

At Christmas the Larios Street dresses up with lights. Every year the Christmas lighting in Malaga is a surprise. It becomes one of the most beautiful Christmas lights in Europe.

Easter in Malaga is a very popular event. Many of the balconies are rented, they put chairs on the sides of the street also for rental. It is one of the streets that the Easter Parade never misses (Procesión de Semana Santa)

Main shops in Calle Larios

Some of the shops in Calle Larios: Primor, Intimissimi, Scalpers, Massimo Dutti, Bershka, Victoria’s Secret, Oysho, Mango Man, Etam, Swarovski, Roberto Martín, Desigual.

shops location in Calle Larios

Opening hours for shopping in Malaga

Although all shops open at 10:00 am. the closing time or breaks at noon may vary. Almost all stores close on Sundays, those that do not close have the opening time specified for that day.

  • Stores opening times may be different during holidays.

Fashion stores

Desigual Malaga Larios: Men, women and children clothing, shoes and accessories.
Calle Marqués de Larios, 1
Phone: 952 60 23 85
Opening time: 10:00 am to 9:00 pm.

Scalpers: Men clothing.
Calle Marqués de Larios, 3
Phone: 952 22 15 34
Opening time: 10:00 am to 9:00 pm.

Massimo Dutti: Clothing store.
Calle Marqués de Larios, 6
Phone: 952 60 39 03
Opening time: 10:00 am to 9:00 pm.

Mango Man: Clothing and complements for women and men.
Calle Marqués de Larios, 6
Phone: 952 60 77 50
Opening time: 10:00 am to 9:30 pm.

Bershka: Youth clothing for women.
Calle Marqués de Larios, 9
Phone: 952 21 31 71
Opening time: 10:00 am to 9:30 pm.

Springfield: Youth clothing.
Calle Marqués de Larios, 3
Phone: 952 21 03 13
Opening time: 10:00 am to 10:00 pm.

Perfumes, toiletries and cosmetics

Primor: Perfumery shop.
Calle Marqués de Larios, 4
Phone: 952 33 26 06
Opening time: 10:00 am to 1:30 pm. and from 5:00 pm. to 8:30 pm.

Kiko Milano: Shop specializing in cosmetics.
Calle Marqués de Larios, 2
Phone: 952 12 16 57
Opening time: 10:00 am. to 10:00 pm.
Open on Sundays.

L’Occitane: French shop with natural products for bath, skin and hair.
Calle Marqués de Larios, 3
Phone: 952 60 81 44
Opening time: 10:00 am. to 9:00 pm.
Open on Sundays from 12:00 am. to 3:00 pm. and from 4:00 pm. to 8:00 pm.

Accessories

Roberto Martín: Glasses shop.
Calle Marqués de Larios, 10
Phone: 952 22 80 18
Opening time: Closing schedule is not specified.

Swarovski Boutique Larios: Luxury shop with jewelry, watches and decoration.
Calle Marqués de Larios, 2
Phone: 952 22 19 74
Opening time: 10:00 am. to 9:00 pm.

Jewelry Aurelio Marcos
Calle Marqués de Larios, 2
Phone: 952 21 38 93
Opening time: 10:00 am. to 8:30 pm.
Saturdays from 11:00 am. to 7:00 p.m

Lingerie and underwear

Intimissimi: Shop specialized in lingerie and wedding lingerie for women, men’s underwear and pajamas.
Calle Marqués de Larios, 6
Phone: 952 22 36 35
Opening time: 10:00 am. to 10:00 pm.
Open on Sundays from 10:00 am. to 8:00 pm.

Etam: Shop specialized in lingerie.
Calle Marqués de Larios, 1
Phone: 952 06 00 73
Opening time: 10:00 am. to 9:00 pm.

Oysho: Lingerie, pyjamas and casual clothes for women.
Calle Marqués de Larios, 6
Phone: 952 60 31 88
Opening time: Not specified

Victoria’s Secret:  International brand for lingerie, complements, beauty products, cosmetics and perfumes.
Calle Marqués de Larios, 2
Phone: Pending opening.
Opening time: Pending opening.

Victoria's Secret in Malaga

* There is another Victorias Secret shop in Malaga airport.

Other services

Pharmacy Mata
Calle Marqués de Larios, 8
Phone: 952 21 19 15
Opening time: De 9:30 am. to 9:00 pm.

Icecream and turron Casa Mira
Calle Marqués de Larios, 5
Phone: 952 22 30 69
Opening time: 10:30 am. to 1:00 am.
Fridays and Saturdays from 10:30 am. a 1:30 am.

How to get to Calle Larios

Calle Larios is very well communicated and is at the city centre. If you want to get there using public transport you have several choices.

Getting to Calle Larios from the western Costa del Sol:

The train line links Malaga with Fuengirola, for nearby stations and prices you can check our commuter train guide.

If you go by bus I recommend visiting our guide of buses in Malaga. You must get off at the last stop in Muelle Heredia, check the schedules here.

If you are going by car you have to take the AP-7 motorway passing Torremolinos and taking the MA-20 road towards West Malaga and the airport. Continue until you reach a sign that shows the route to follow for getting to the city centre.

Getting to Calle Larios from the eastern Costa del Sol

There is no train link so if you have to take the bus, check the schedules here.

If you plan to use your own vehicle you must take the coastal road N-340.

Parking next to Calle Larios

The nearest parking is at Plaza de la Marina (Marina Square) although there are many options and prices.

PokerStars Festival in Casino Marbella

PokerStarsCasino Marbella is the place where PokerStars event takes place every year. In 2017 the fifth edition of this competition is from 19th to 25th of June. Hotel H10 Andalucia Plaza, apartments and hotels around have an high occupation rate during those dates.

Marbella is a town situated on the popular Costa del Sol, so I recommend to grab your camera before you continue reading and get ready for a break of sun and poker.

Other events in Casino Marbella

I already told you about the poker festival, but is there anything else? You will find other tournaments with big prizes like Holdem Poker and other events.

Want to check this and other events from Marbella Casino? http://www.casinomarbella.com/portal/web/guest/proximos-torneos

Casino Marbella

Those who decide to visit the Costa del Sol will find a great climate with sun, sea and beach as well as many parties, especially if you are among the winners. It will be a time to remember and if you participate I wish you luck; do you fancy visiting Marbella?

Top playgrounds in Malaga for children and parks

Planning your holiday with kids and wondering what to do or where to go for them to have fun and enjoy? Continue reading to find the best playgrounds and parks for children in Malaga.

With or without kids on your charge, you can enjoy most of the parks from this list!

I’m going to recommend parks where taking your children, some of them have playgrounds while other are public parks  or botanical gardens suitable for children. With or without kids in your care, you can enjoy most of the parks from this list!

You will find a link to the map to know the exact location and photos from each of them.

Paloma Park in Benalmadena

Parque de la Paloma in Benalmadena

Paloma Park in Benalmadena is one of the most popular public parks. It is ideal for a family plan and for making a picnic.

You will find animals in freedom while walking this park. Roosters and hens, dwarf rabbits or even peacocks roam around the park. The artificial lake has a population of swans, ducks and turtles. Latter you will see them dipping and peeping its small head out of the water. While walking the gardens  you will see some enclosures with animals like the mountain goat, ostriches and other birds.

Among the services of the park there are coffee shops, toilets, kiosk and a swing area.

The main entrance to the park is on the ascent road that goes from the roundabout called ‘Rotonda de los Molinillos’ in Benalmadena Costa.

There are many activities you can take part along the year in Parque de la Paloma. Check for activities in Benalmádena or follow this blog to find activities during all the year.

Opening time: Open daily from 9 am to 11 pm.

How to get there, location and reviews at: https://goo.gl/maps/RR69YnXczf12

Parque de la Bateria in Torremolinos

Boats on the artificial lake in Parque de la Bateria‘Parque de la Bateria’ (Battery Park) is in Montemar (Torremolinos), just on the other side of the bridge crossing the railroad. We can highlight the artificial lake with boats and the extensive playground area for children at the end of the park on the oriental side.

This natural space has many walking trails, benches  where resting and bike lanes that run through the entire park.

The name of the park ‘The Battery’ comes because there was an Anti-aircraft battery during the Spanish Civil War. Actually the battery and the bunker are restored and it is a curious place you can visit.

The large playground has attractions for all ages. Among the recommended attractions there is a merry-go-round and the called Pacifier Tree, a perfect place where children can climb on and get rid of theirs.

There are boats which you can rent for a short time, the availability is subject to a schedule that you can consult below these lines.

In the park you will find exercise machines for adults and a tower-viewpoint overlooking the coast. You can get access to the tower by stairs or using the lift.

There are many activities along the year in this park, specially during the summer.

You can get there by car and use the public parking or the commuter train. Take in consideration that parking on weekends can be complicated and patience is required.

  • Opening time: From Monday to Sunday from 9 am. to 8 pm.
  • Merry-go-round and boats:  Fridays from 4 pm. to 7 pm. Weekends and festivities from 12 am. to 2 pm. and from 4pm to 7 pm.

Location map and reviews of the park at:  https://goo.gl/maps/8aifmFGC8K92

Playground Parque de Poniente in Fuengirola

Playground in Fuengirola

If you are in Fuengirola area near the Sohail Castle with children, you can’t miss a visit to the Playground Parque de Poniente.

Among the highlights of this park is the simulated pirate ship with slides, ropes and runways all over the structure. Parents can watch children from the coffee shop while having a break.

The park has bike lanes and is next to Fuengirola River Park and the promenade.

Opening time: This park is open 24 hours.

Location and reviews athttps://goo.gl/maps/oS2dX9cnj7s

Cinema Park in Teatinos, Malaga

Cinema park and playground in Teatinos

¿Are you visiting the Teatinos district with children? Want to enjoy a colourful walk? Then nothing better than heading to Cinema Park.  A walk over a path simulating a film roll and a playground that children will enjoy.

The park offer activities for different ages, from a zip line to ping-pong tables and swings.

Opening time: 9 am. to 9 pm.

Location and reviews:  https://goo.gl/maps/L2GC17AFVX22

Playground Parque Litoral in Malaga

Playground Parque Litoral in Malaga

Without any doubt the eye-catcher for children will be the hill and the large sliders.

There are three children areas inside this playground, each of them for different ages.

The park is close to the subway station next to Palacio de Deportes (Sports Palace) and the private Quiron Hospital.

Opening Time: 8 am. to 11 pm.

Location, how to get and reviews at: https://goo.gl/maps/vBBJuXZsJaK2

Playground Parque la Negrita en Antequera

Playground in Antequera was awarded as the best in Spain

La Negrita Park in Antequera is awarded as the best playground park in Spain. If you are visiting Antequera with children you can’t miss a visit.

Among the highlights of this park are the big slides with up 11 meters height and 8 meters long, elastic mats, springs for jumping, swings for children with reduced mobility and even a zip line among other attractions.

There is a green exercise area for adults.

Opening time: 24 hours

Location, how to get and reviews at: https://goo.gl/maps/216za2RZnSs

Oriental Garden Bienquerido in Alhaurin de la Torre

Oriental Garden Bienquerido in Alhaurin de la Torre

This park of around 12000 square meters has a Japanese style. There is an artificial lake, playground, children area with slides and exercise machines for adults.

The park is closed on Mondays.

Opening time:

Monday to Friday from 8 am. to 1:30 pm and from 5 pm. to 10 pm.

Weekends from 10:30 am. to 1:30 pm. and from 5 pm. to 10 pm.

Location, reviews and how to get:  https://goo.gl/maps/9QJpDx3wbo32

Nagueles park in Marbella

Nagueles park and playground in MarbellaIf you are looking for a place in the middle of the nature, then the Nagueles park is the place. It is surrounded by a pine forest and it is the perfect place for a barbecue or a day of picnic day (barbecue requires reservation the day before at the park)

This natural park has a playground area with slides in form of pipes and a soft floor to prevent children of being injured after falling.

Location, how to get and reviews at:  https://goo.gl/maps/1ZWdSaKzXm82

Other natural parks children will enjoy

Although the following parks don’t have a playground area and are not focused exclusively on children they will enjoy the visit for sure.

Botanic Garden Molino de Inca in Torremolinos

Botanical Garden in Torremolinos

Even without a playground area for children, this botanical garden in Torremolinos is interesting enough for you and for them to enjoy the visit. A windmill that survived the medieval age when it was built. Actually it is reformed and there is a museum inside.

The artificial creek furrows the interior of the botanical garden flowing into 3 ponds with different varieties of plants and fishes.

One of the elements that are an eye-catcher for children is the natural shrubbery labyrinth with 50 meters in diameter, don’t get lost.

This garden was built in 2003 surrounding the old Inca windmill.

Opening time

It closes on Mondays during all the year.

  • From November to February: From 10:30 pm. to 2 pm. and from 4 pm. to 6 pm.
  • From May to September: From 11:30 pm. to 2 pm. and from 6 pm. to 9 pm.
  • October, March and April:  From 10:30 pm. to 2 pm. and from 6 pm. to 7 pm.

Location and how to get there:  https://goo.gl/maps/5WajSTPSf2v

Alameda Park in Malaga

Alameda Park in Malaga

Paseo de la Alameda in Malaga is a place with a marked historical character. A green space in the heart of the city with many subtropical and tropical species.

This park is located next to Malaga port, a place which is usually very interesting for children. Check my other entry about Pier 1 in Malaga port.

This park is on the land that by the end of the 19th Century was gained from the sea.

Location, how to get there and reviews:   https://goo.gl/maps/DVw7eezQAxA2

La Concepcion Botanical Garden in Malaga

Botanical Garden in Malaga

Although this botanical garden is not focused exclusively on children, is a place they will enjoy without any doubt. A walk within a park with more than 250.000 subtropical species brought during 150 years.

It is worth to know the history of this botanical garden in Malaga before visiting it so you can understand better its origin. A history that begins by the half of the 19th century, years in which the park was a meeting point for high aristocracy and other famous personalities from Malaga.

Inside you will find a museum and a typical home-palace which represents, to a large extent, the typical home decoration from the beginning of the 20th century.

Numerous events take place in this park during all the year, especially relevant is the terrifying Halloween night event (recommended for children) but also others like street markets or theatre performances.

Opening time:   9:30 am. to 7:30 pm.

Location, how to get and reviews at:  https://goo.gl/maps/EEYPNSJ8V7N2

Parque del Oeste in Malaga

West Park in Malaga

Parque del Oeste (West Park) in Malaga offers a great family attraction to go and spend the day.

In the artificial lake you will find ducks, carps and even the Japanese Kois. Over the years other animals such as mountain goats, reptiles or a small colony of Bennet’s ualabi, from the kangaroo family, have been brought from Australia.

Throughout the year different events are organized in this park.

Opening time: 8 am. to 11 pm.

Location, how to get and reviews at:  https://goo.gl/maps/wHNnTDKEf612

More information

If you want to read about other natural parks in Malaga and Andalusia you can read our guides.

Maybe you are more interested in malls in Malaga for spending the day?

Quick and essential guide for your holiday to Malaga – All you need to know

The expected holiday to Malaga moment is approaching. I bring you a essential guide for your planning. Holidays should be perfect, let me contribute with some useful links.

Browsing Internet
Dont get crazy browsing for trusted firms, I will bring them to you with this essential guide of Malaga

I will suggest links to trusted websites only, it is a good idea not to take risks when planning your vacation.

Where to rest is important, it is going to be the place where recovering your energy every night.

Find a good accommodation, what are the best hotels in Costa del Sol?

Where to rest is important, it is going to be the place where recovering your energy every night. Take your time to find the perfect accommodation.

If it is the first time you are coming and you are not sure about your needs, better ask a travel agent. I can recommend to contact malagaholidays.com to solve your doubts.

Depending if travelling with children or pets you should look for familiar hotels or hotels that allow pets inside. If only adults are travelling and you are in good standing, then there are luxury options like Hotel Puente Romano or the new Nobo Hotel.

fuerte-hotel-marbella

Hotels with good reviews are Hotel El Fuerte in Marbella and Hotel AC Malaga Palacio. While the first is located next to the sea in Marbella the second is in the heart of Malaga, depending if you are looking for beach or visiting monuments you can choose one or another.

If you are looking for a Halal hotel in Malaga, there are two, one in Marbella and other in Torremolinos.

Choosing a reliable airline to fly to Malaga, which one is the best?

The price for the ticket increases until the high season, it can be triple just from April to July.

norwegian-airline

Among the most popular airlines providing flights to Malaga are British Airways and Ryanair. Other airlines like Monarch, Easyjet, Jet2 or Norwegian add up to the list every year with new flights and deals so worth checking them.

I think nobody can recommend a best one, even more in continental flights where the food offer is not as varied as in intercontinental flights (one of differences between airlines are the flight services).

People use to complain from low cost flights, but they keep using them because of the low price. What do you prefer? economy or first class seat?

What are the best companies for transport from the airport?

Arriving with a lot of luggage and prefer to avoid the bus or the commuter train next to the arrivals hall? Then better choose a transfer or a rental car.

If you plan to take a taxi I recommend to book a transfer online instead. You will know what you will pay in advance, no matter what problem arises. Malagataxi.co.uk is a reliable company with very good reviews, I have used it myself for 8 people who came to visit me and I can only recommend it. They adapted to my needs and the luggage space required. The driver was very friendly and helpful.

Hiring a car is a good idea for discovering the province. If you choose to rent a car then I recommend you with total confidence malagacar.com, a company with many positive reviews, cheap prices and a good service.

Whatever you choose they will both pick you up at the arrivals hall, so no worries. In case you choose public transport both train as bus are close enough to not get lost.

Where to eat? Best restaurants

Once you arrive to your resort, nothing better than begin the first day with a typical dish.

Paella
Typical Paella, a more than recommended dish you should not miss!!

Among the most famous restaurants in Malaga are El Pimpi and El Tintero. The latter is characterized by the peculiar way the fish dishes are auctioned. At the end the waiter will count the number of dishes on the table for the bill.

If you want to find out other places by yourself, beach restaurants next to the sea on the promenade are worth a visit. You can check a growing list of many recommended restaurants here.

If you rented a car or have your own vehicle you might be interested in finding a good typical restaurant at Malaga mountains. This is one with good reviews, but there are many (https://goo.gl/maps/LW4mFZsr2EJ2)

Thoose looking for luxury restaurants maybe are interested in the new restaurant by Robert de Niro and Nobu in Marbella.

I will be updating this list with more useful links, so better bookmark it!