Malaga is the Costa del Sol’s main urban centre and can be considered a party town. There are several entertainment options in town, from the ubiquitous tapas bars scattered throughout the city to the themed bars, alternative pubs and Latin clubs of the inner-city streets. Malagans party at all hours virtually every night of the week, with or without a car hire marbella and the year-round tourist industry means that visitors in the winter months will not feel isolated.
There are several popular areas to party in Malaga city, where residents and tourists alike spend most nights of the week, mainly from Thursday to Sunday, making merry. Merced Square in the heart of the city is a popular hangout, where people consume alcohol bought from nearby shops and engage in chit-chat before going to the city’s bars and clubs later on. Other areas include Calle Larios, which is the main street in Malaga, near the port; the many tascas, bars and clubs of Calle Larios, Calle Granada and La Posada on Calle Granada 33 are very popular.
Theatre and music
There are many music scenes in Malaga, ranging from the theatre and live music venues to themed pubs and Latin music clubs. With regards to theatre life in Malaga, the main venue is the Teatro Cervantes on Ramos Marin. This simple 19th century theatre was restored and reopened in 1987 and features many Spanish plays, flamenco entertainment and numerous concerts from between September and June as well as hosting Malaga Symphony Orchestra nights in the wintertime. As far as disco dancing goes, Cosa Nuestra on Calle Las Lazcano 5 and Saloma on Calle Luis de Velázquez 5 are favourite haunts.
Malaga is a busy Costa del Sol city, and you can visit every town with a car hire at malaga airport that is particularly revered for its festivals and events, with many unique and popular annual summer festivals including:
- Fiestas de Carnaval: a fun event before Lent that involves much frivolity including costume wearing, parading and dancing, singing contests, children’s fancy dress and a Carnival Queen contest (February).
- Malagueñas Contest: held at Parque del Oeste, the Malagueñas Contest is a festival of singing and dancing to Malagan folk music. Contestants are allowed to form groups or go at it solo when performing their compositions (April and July).
- Eve of San Juan: also held at Parque del Oeste as well as at certain beaches, the Eve of San Juan commemorates the summer solstice and includes many great orchestral performances and fireworks shows (June).
- Feria de Malaga (Malaga Fair): the Malaga Fair is one of the longest fairs in southern Europe running for 10 days. The fair sees numerous parades, singing and acting as well as bullfighting, gipsy flamenco music and dancing (August).
While the enormous wealth and variety of cultural options that Malaga can point to in its bid to become European Capital of Culture for 2016 is undoubtedly significant, we must not forget that the city has for many years now been the Capital of the Costa del Sol – in other words, the Tourist Capital of one of the most important areas in Europe. Clearly, the requirements of a tourist zone are not limited to sunshine and beaches alone; a full range of complementary facilities to cater for leisure and entertainment are also necessary, and it is this combination of features that makes this area a privileged destination and one that is of immense tourist interest.
As far as leisure and entertainment are concerned, Malaga and the rest of the Costa del Sol boast the widest choice of complementary facilities for all seasons to be found anywhere in Southern Europe. Our extensive network of parks and leisure centres caters for all tastes and ages, being easily accessible if you car hire from malaga airport terminal. We have pleasure parks, animal parks, tourist cruises, botanical gardens, dolphinariums, aquariums, and, in general, a spectrum of options far too broad to mention here, ranging from the world’s only Wolf Park to the fantastic new Palace of Magic, hot air balloon trips, parachute jumps, go-kart tracks, a racecourse and equestrian events, to name but a few, facilities that are sure to delight even the most demanding of visitors.
And when it comes to nocturnal pursuits, the visitor’s choice ranges from sophisticated venues playing all the latest music to pleasant disco bars and terraces which, combined with a climate that is benevolent all year round, make this area a privileged location and the perfect complement for all who visit Malaga when the city is European Capital of Culture in 2016.