Cheap Flights to Malaga

The meteoric rise in Malaga's fortunes is exemplified by the Spanish city's transformation from Andalusia's one-time poor relation to its current status as a candidate city for the title of European Capital of Culture for the year 2016.

Much of Malaga's growth has come on the back of the vast expansion of Costa del Sol resorts in the area that rely on the city's airport for their clientele but the city has also been busily undergoing a refurbishment programme. Though most tourists arrive from cheap flights to Malaga to visit the nearby beaches, a stop in the town itself is also worthwhile.

The expansion in Malaga's civic ambitions to date culminated in the opening of the Picasso Museum in 2003 and may very well undergo yet another wave of improvements if its bid to be a cultural icon among European cities by 2016 is successful.

Regardless of the outcome, one thing that Malaga will always have going for it is its climate. Its position on the Mediterranean coast ensures that the summers are cooler than the oppressively hot temperatures encountered in cities located inland every July and August, while the winters are rarely anything other than pleasant. Augmenting the area's ideal climate is the presence of a multitude of beaches that continue to attract visitors from the world over. The combination is simply unbeatable and makes the area of the most popular destinations for travellers who book flights to Spain.

Of course Malaga is also already rich in terms of its historical context and offers visitors the option of being spoilt for choice when deciding what to see or tour first. The homage to Picasso was long overdue considering that the artist is one of Malaga's best-known sons (the other being Antonio Banderas) but other monuments in the town have been in existence rather longer.

Chief among these is the grandly named Iglesia Catedral de la Encarnation which some consider to be the city's most important historical monument. Built on the site of a mosque after the reconquest of the area by Spain's Catholic kings late in the 15th century, it also known as La Manquita. The translation of the nickname is One-Armed Woman, a description that refers to the structure's lopsided appearance due to the fact that the southern tower was never built.

Despite the unfortunate fate of the mosque that made way for La Manquita, many relics of Moorish rule over the area remain. The Alcazaba fortress built in the 11th century is among the most prominent and also features a museum on site. However the most visible holdover from the area's Islamic rule is the Parador, a former castle that is now a hotel perched on a hill high above the city. A visit is much recommended and the reward is a spectacular view of the city below.

For a more complete guide of the gateway to the Costa del Sol, see our travel guide to Malaga and remember that finding an alternative destination could not be easier thanks to the travel guide to Spain.