If you’re planning a visit to Spain, you might well be considering one of the well-known destinations like Madrid or Barcelona. But there are lots of smaller Spanish cities which have just as much to offer.

Malaga sits in the Andalucia region of southern Spain. You may know it better for its airport which serves the popular holiday resorts of Costa del Sol. But it also makes a great location for a weekend break or a longer stay.

Flights from the UK take around 3 hours, and flights leave from several UK airports. Once you get there, the weather in Malaga is likely to be comfortably warm, with 11 hours of sunshine per day in July. But the city never reaches the searing temperatures that you might find somewhere like Seville. And that makes it a more comfortable spot for a city break.

1. City Life

Like much of Spain, Malaga has a very relaxed vibe. It takes a while to get going in the morning, and until 10am the city seems fairly quiet. And as you might expect, that means that the city is lively well into the evening. You’ll find plenty of people still milling around the city centre after midnight.

The city centre itself is full of stunning Spanish architecture and little alleyways to explore. As you wander around the city, you’ll spot lots of statues dotted around the streets. The main central square, Plaza de la Constitucion is the perfect place to sit with a coffee and watch the world go by. And there’s great shopping to be found in and around the main shopping street, La Calle Larios.

The centre of Malaga is dominated by the impressive cathedral. It’s known by locals as La Manquita, which means ‘the one-armed lady’. That’s because the second tower was never completed as the funding was used elsewhere. Even though the central area of Malaga is quite tightly packed, you can spot the single tower from all around the city.