Summerlike temperatures, colourful flowers decorate the city and the people are going out and about. It is spring in Malaga, which brings the city back to life. Therefore, OnSpain School has summarised a list of recommended spring activities in Malaga.
Here is a list of the 10 recommended spring activities in Malaga.
Enjoy the local pescaito frito
The Pescaito frito is a typical Malaga dish that can be ordered in almost all the restaurants in Malaga, but they are especially good in Pedregalejo. That is because Pedregalejo used to be an old fishing village a very long time ago, where still many fishermen reside. Or, if you are not a big fan of fish, you can also try some of your own made paella.
Do a paella cooking class
Besides Spanish lessons, the Spanish school in Spain also offers paella-cooking classes, which are held in the spacious and sunny patio of OnSpain. Our lovely cook, Africa, will help you make one of the best paellas. Whether you prefer paella with chicken, seafood, or both, she knows how to cook it. Plus, she will also make some sangria to top it off. During the cooking lesson, you will first visit the local market to buy vegetables, seafood, chicken and other ingredients for the paella. This is then followed by the preparation of the paella that takes place in the patio of OnSpain. There will be a huge round pan where the paella will be cooked in. After helping prepare the ingredients for the paella, you can grab a chair and enjoy the sun, while waiting for the paella to be ready.
Play beach volleyball
After you have enjoyed a nice dish of paella or some fish at one of the restaurants at the beach, it would be recommended to play some beach volleyball. At the beach there are several nets where you can play, and you can ask the school’s friendly staff for a volleyball so that you can enjoy your afternoon on the beach.
Join a cultural tour
If you would like to see more of the city, you can join one of the guided cultural tours. OnSpain organises guided tours every Tuesday in which you will discover interesting details about Malaga’s history and legends. Our enthusiastic guide will take you to the historical centre, Castillo de Gibralfaro, La Alcazaba de Málaga, botanic gardens and the Museo Picasso.
Admire the works at Pompidou
On the 28th of March the globally known art gallery, Pompidou art centre, opened the doors of its Spain based gallery in Malaga. This pop-up museum will show a permanent collection, with two to three temporary exhibitions each year, for the coming five years. Among the works that are shown in this gallery you will find the paintings and photographs of Pablo Ruiz Picasso, Rineke Dijkstra, Tony Oursier, Frida Kahlo, Francis Bacon, and many others. The centre will guide you through 20th and 21st century works in a space of 6,000 square metres that will hold 80 works at the moment. This addition to the current cultural heritage of Malaga makes it definitely worth a visit.
Challenge yourself by doing the Caminito del Rey
Opened by King Alfonso XIII in 1921, Caminito del Rey, or “The king’s road”, reopened on the 28th of March 2015 after being off-limits for 25 years. The historical hiking path has been renovated on behalf of the County council of Malaga. The path has been renovated in order to restore the cultural heritage of the province of Malaga and to increase the Guadalhorce Valley’s economic development, with an emphasis on the towns of Álora and Ardales. The pathway that used to be the most dangerous in the world is now open for the public and the first half-year free entrance. However, you will need to reserve tickets, because only 600 people are allowed to enter per day. Besides that, groups of only 50 people per half an hour may enter, because there is space for only 400 people to walk on the path. Apart from that, the route goes along the steep walls, over the previously dangerous boardwalks and forest trails. Altogether the beautiful and awe-inspiring trail takes around 4 to 5 hours to complete the trail in a one way direction.
Experience the nightlife in Malaga
During the day there are a lot of things you can do in Malaga, but the nightlife must not be left out. That is because Malaga has a very vivid nightlife. Whether it includes enjoying a drink overlooking the sea, going for tapas in the city centre or dancing the night away in one of the many pubs and nightclubs, Malaga has a lot to offer.
A suggestion for having a drink overlooking the sea would be to go Pedregalejo, because of its many restaurants overlooking the sea. Especially in the summer at night, you will see many people having drinks and tapas with their family and friends. The atmosphere is superb and here you can experience what the Spanish definition is of “enjoying life”.
For having tapas in the city centre, it would be recommended to go to one of the oldest tapas bars in the city, El Pimpi. Besides the Spanish tapas, the bar also has an Andalusian interior design, with old wine barrels, geraniums and adorned windows. The length of the bar will surprise you, as it has several different areas where you can enjoy tapas with your friends. Additionally, the signatures of famous Malagueños can be found on the old wine barrels, including the one of Antonio Banderas.
If you want to make the most of your night, there are plenty of pubs and clubs to be found in the historical centre of the city. The clubs stay open until sunrise and there are many Spanish students to be found. After half past twelve at midnight, there will be many students wandering the streets on their way to the nightclubs.
Try some local wine by doing a wine tasting
Besides great food, Malaga also offers great wine. The wines from Malaga are generally sweet and are produced in the five regions of Malaga province; Norte, Axarquía, Serranía de Ronda, Montes de Málaga and Manilva. OnSpain also offers wine tastings at Bodega Quitapenas. This is a winery that is located in the area around Malaga city, Montes de Málaga. Bodega Quitapenas was officially established in 1880 and became a popular stop for the many traders that were on their way to Malaga during that time. It is said that the winery took away the traders’ sorrows, which resulted in the name “Quitapenas”. It is also an option to go to the Museo del Vino, which is located in the Palacio de Biedmas, in the city centre. Here it is possible to learn about winemaking, and how the vines are grown. At the end of the tour it is even possible to try some of the wines. If you want to know more about this museum please check out our blog.
Book a sightseeing trip to the cities near Malaga
Besides the many activities that can be done in Malaga, the city has another advantage, namely that it is closely situated to other major cities. These are the cities of Sevilla and Granada, for example. Sevilla is around 207 km from Malaga, whereas Granada is only 125 km from Malaga. Because of Malaga’s airport and close proximity to the other cultural cities, Malaga is known for being the gateway to the Spanish cultural heritage.
Brush up your Spanish in Malaga
Or you can always come to Malaga to brush up your Spanish. There are many language schools to be found in Malaga. You can do a Spanish intensive course, for example. And afterwards, you will be able to order the drinks at the many fish restaurants in that are in the area yourself.
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