The best travel sites

the five best travel sites

Do you want to know the best travel sites to find cheap trips and organize your next vacation to disconnect from the daily routine? ✅

Holidays are just around the corner, there are only two months left to celebrate Holy Week and many Spaniards take advantage of those holidays to make a trip looking for a new adventure. If you have not planned any trip yet, you are still on time to organize a perfect vacation break.

Internet has become the best option to plan trips quickly, more economically, and also, without leaving your home. There is a wide variety of travel sites to organize trips online, some more popular than others. Next, we will mention the 5 best travel sites to find trips on the Internet.

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The 5 Best travel sites to find Last Minute Deals

We have compiled the 5 best travel sites you should know to find the best deals.

The best travel site to find trips: Skyscanner

If you want to find a trip quickly and efficiently, Skyscanner is one of the most outstanding travel sites in the world to search for trips on the Internet. This website tracks dozens of airlines websites and travel agencies to find the best prices. It also allows you to filter by prices, schedules, airlines, choose roundtrip flights with different companies and find a destination based on your budget. Once you found the best deal, Skyscanner redirects you to the website to make the purchase.

Another advantage that Skyscanner has over the competition is that it lets you know at a first glance, which are the cheapest days and months to travel. It also offers the option to send an email, as an alert, informing if the prices of the flights you are interested in have dropped.

One of the best travel sitesSource: www.akamai.com

Google Flights: One of the best travel sites

Many people do not know that the “giant” of Google has a service dedicated to flight tracking: Google Flights. Like other sites to find trips, you must select an origin and a destination, including airports and dates. It offers you the possibility to choose one-way or round-trip option, in addition to flying to different cities if you are thinking of visiting several countries. You can also filter by airlines, prices, schedules, connections flights and luggage policy.

Google is responsible for showing all the options, the first under the name of “best one-way flights”, ordered by price and by connections. When you select the round-trip flight, it automatically shows you the rest of the return options. It is one of the best options to find cheap flights online.

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Cheap travel sites: kayak

Another powerful travel search engine on the Internet is Kayak. It allows you to search and find cheap flights by indicating on a map the price of the flights that are available for an airport of departure. Kayak searches hundreds of travel sites and finds the information you need to choose the flight, hotel or rental car at the most economical prices.

If you want to travel around Europe and have a limited budget, choose Kayak to see in advance the cheapest flights for a given date. Also, it compares the trip options for a whole month at a price table, so you can choose the cheapest days of the month to travel.

Travel sites for cheap flightsSource: www.publico.es

Hoteltonight: Travel site for Last Minute trips

If you want to save up to 70% on hotel bookings, Hoteltonight allows you to book last minute hotels at fairly cheap prices. It is the perfect option for those who like to improvise on their trips, since it allows you to search and make a reservation for the same day until two in the morning.

In addition, it offers information related to the additional services of the hotels, as well as the review of users for each hotel. Hoteltonight is available for free for Android and iOS.

Last minute travel siteSource: www.publico.es

One of the most popular travel sites: Easyjet

From all of the travel sites to search for trips online, Easyjey may be one of the most inspiring. Thanks to your “Destinator” search engine, Easyjet shows you on a map several alternative routes available for a certain budget. In addition, it has a price schedule that tells you the days in which you can travel at a cheaper price.

The app shows other users ideas of where to go according to a budget, and also choose a destination based on the money that the person wants to spend on the trip. Each destination includes a link to make the reservation or information guides about the place.

Travel sites for last minutes flightsSource: www.parador.es

Start planning your next trip and help yourself to find the best flights and hotels. Choose your destination and organize it in a couple of hours!

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The highest villages in Malaga that you should visit

the 5 highest mountainous villages in Malaga

Do you want to know which are the highest villages in Malaga? ✅ Do you want to discover the history behind them? ✅ We show you the Top 5 villages of Malaga that you must visit.

The villages of Malaga are famous for their white houses, their narrow streets and their gastronomy. Malaga offers a great variety of villages, both coastal and mountainous that are worth visiting. In this post, we want to focus on the second group and talk about the 5 highest mountainous villages in Malaga, ranked from the highest to the lowest in altitude.

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The 5 highest villages in Malaga

These are the 5 highest villages in Malaga that you can not miss:

The highest village in Malaga: Alfarnate

Alfarnate is the highest village in Malaga, at 886 meters above sea level. However, the village streets are not too steep, as it is situated on a large plain area surrounded by the mountains of “Sierra de Camarolos”, “Sierra del Jobo”, “Puerto de los Alazores”, “Sierra de Alhama” and “Sierra de Enmedio”.

Alfarnate is also one of the most beautiful Moorish towns in the province of Malaga. Its name comes from the Arabic word “Al-Farnat”, which means “flour mill”, thanks to the fact that in the 10th century, Alfarnate was a popular area for its flour production.

From Alfarnate’s gastronomy, we can highlight traditional dishes such as “migas”, “morrete” (scramble potatoes and mushrooms with sauce), “cachorreñas soup”, pot and porridge. On the other hand, the most popular sweet dishes in Alfarnate are: “rosco carrero”, “roscos de vino”, “palillos” and “mantecados”.

If you visit the highest village in Malaga we recommend you to stop at “Venta de Alfarnate” to enjoy some delicious “huevos a lo bestia” or “asado de cochinillo lechal”; have a coffee in Pub Morgan, the busiest drinks bar in the village and take advantage of the opportunity to buy one of the best olive oils in Malaga: “el Aceite de Oliva Virgen de Monsalud”.

the highest village in MalagaSource: agromagazine.es

The neighbouring town of the highest village in Malaga: Alfarnatejo

Alfarnatejo is the second highest village in Malaga, located at 858 meters above sea level. It is known for being a neighbouring town of Alfarnate and it is surrounded by “El Chamizo”, “El Gallo” y “El Vilo”, so the views from this municipality are spectacular.

During the Muslim domination, the peak of “Alto Fraile” was used as an observation point to control the passage of enemies. There used to be a fortress, known as “Castillo de Sabar” and in its surroundings, a farmhouse was built. The history says that the farm could be the origin of Alfarnatejo.

Like Alfarnate, the typical dishes of this town are: “morrete”, “migas” and “cachorreñas soup”. In addition to the “choto al ajillo”, the “roscos de San Marcos” and the salad of mint and garlic.

We recommend visiting the ruins of the Arab castle and the church of “Santo Cristo de Cabrilla”, located in the highest area of the town, and end the visit with a “cachorreñas soup”.

the second highest town in MalagaSource: andaluciarustica.com

The highest city in the Province of Malaga: Ronda

Located at 740 meters above sea level, Ronda is one of the highest and most beautiful points in Malaga. After Antequera, Ronda is the most populated municipality in the inside lands of the province. It locates on a deep gorge by the Guadalevin River where the architecture and views are unique.

Ronda has many amazing places to see, we recommend you to visit “Plaza de Toros de Ronda”, “el Puente Nuevo”, “los Baños Arabes”, “el Palacio de Mondragón” and “el Mirador de Aldehuela”.

The gastronomy of Ronda is based on simple dishes such as tomato soups, and “potaje de garbanzos o lentejas”. In addition: “el chivo asado al estilo serrano”, “chorizo on alcohol sauce” and “beef with potatoes”.

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One of the 5 highest villages in Malaga: Comares

Comares is one of the prettiest white villages in Costa del Sol and it is also one of the highest villages in Malaga. The centre of the town is located in a slightly steep area at 703 meters above sea level, an area full of ravines and farmhouses.

Comares was founded by the Phoenician Greeks who arrived in Malaga in the 7th century B.C and a century later it became the fortress of the Muslims, hence its architecture, name and current location.

About its gastronomy, we recommend you to try “el plato de los montes”, “el gazpachuelo” and “sopa de puchero”. Another of its main attractions is “Sweet wine of Comares” and its “embutidos” from the area.

If you visit Comares, we recommend you to visit the old fortress, since the views since it is even possible to see the Mediterranean Sea and also visit the old cemetery right next to the fortress.

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The 5th highest village in Costa del Sol: Villanueva del Rosario

This town is located at the foot of the mountains of “Jobo” and “Camarolos”, and borders with the Malaga Mountains, and surrounded by olive groves. Located at 697 meters above sea level, Villanueva del Rosario becomes the fifth highest village in Malaga.

It is one of the best-known mountain villages to enjoy a quiet and relaxed day, and it also has numerous hiking and climbing routes. The largest route has about 15 kilometres and takes us from the cross of “Camarolos” to “Chamizo”, becoming one of the most difficult routes you can find.

The traditional cuisine of Villanueva del Rosario uses the products of the area, such as olive oil, potatoes and cereals, all of the highest quality. The most important dishes are: “las perdices con arroz” and “conejo al ajillo”.

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Three King’s Parades in Malaga

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Do you want to spend a magical afternoon with your family? Still do not know where to see the Three King’s Parad2019? 

As every January 5, their Majesties Melchor, Gaspar and Baltasar, come to Malaga to fill thousands of families with hope. Whether by land, sea or air, the three biblical kings do everything possible to fulfill the wishes of the local people.

Some enjoy the afternoon as a family with their children, others remember with excitement how they lived this day when they were younger, and the rest, focus on collecting as many candy as possible. For this last group, a cavalcade can become a battlefield.

If you want to spend a special afternoon on January 5, choose one of these 6 Three King’s Parade held in Malaga.

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The best Three King’s Parades in Malaga

Thousands of people, adults and children, gather on January 5 to see the Three King’s of the East in the streets of Malaga. If you have not yet decided the exact place to live this special event, choose one of these 6 locations we recommend to enjoy a magical afternoon.

Cabalgata de Malaga in the city centre

On Saturday January 5, 2019 at 6pm you have an appointment with the Three Kings of the East in Malaga city centre to enjoy of the most spectacular and fun ride of all.

Due to the construction works for the new line of the subway , the Three King’s Parade in Malaga 2019 will modify its route. On this occasion, it will be re-route to Calle Larios from the Plaza de la Marina.

The exact route is: Avenida de Cervantes – Plaza del General Torrijos – Paseo del Parque – Plaza de la Marina – Calle Larios – Calle Martínez – Atarazanas – Plaza de Arriola – Santa Isabel Hall – Carretería – Álamos – Plaza de la Merced.

At the end of the Malaga parade, the kings stop in Alcazabilla and Císter Street with torches to light up the way, as an offer to the lord Jesus Christ on the stairs of the Cathedral. Once there, there will be a music concert and a Choir of White Voices called “Ad Libitum”.

cabalgata reyes magos malagaSource: malagahoy.es

Cabalgata de Reyes Magos in Marbella

On Saturday, January 5, from 6pm, the parade of the Three king’s of Marbella 2019 will take place.

A total of 27 floats, lots of music and colour to excite the entire family. In addition, the snow is also guaranteed, thanks to foam cannons that will be located in the of the Fire Extinguishing trucks provided by Marbella City Council.

The peculiarity of this parade is that the King’s make the journey in vintage cars. It starts at Avenida Severo Ochoa (from Quirón Hospital building), and continue along Avenida Ramón y Cajal to end at Avenida Ricardo Soriano.

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Cabalgata de Reyes Magos in Benalmadena

On January 5, 2019 at noon, the King’s will land in Benalmádena Marina to visit the main streets of Benalmádena during the afternoon, distributing tons of candy among hundreds of children.

The “Cabalga de Reyes Magos” of  Benalmádena, as every year, is divided into two areas:

– “Cabalgata Benalmadena”.
At 4:30pm the king’s parade will begin at Los Nadales Fairground and it will end at the town hall of Benalmádena.

– “Cabalgata Arroyo de la Miel”.
At 7pm, the Arroyo de la Miel parade will begin at Tivoli World Amusement Park and it will end at Plaza de la Mezquita.

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Cabalgata de Reyes Magos in Torremolinos

The Three king’s parade of Torremolinos will be held on January 5, 2019 from 5pm, with 5000 kilos of candy and almost 1 ton of confetti and serpentine rolls. It will end at 8pm at Torremolinos Town Hall.

An association of Torremolinos has proposed for the next parade to consist on a woman, a man and a transsexual as the Three king’s in favor of equality. Torremolinos has been, for many years, a cradle of freedom for the LGTB community but we do not know yet if this proposal will be approved for the next parade.

As every year, the tour will start in Plaza Blas Infante and it will cover the main streets of the city. Are you going to miss it?

cabalgata center of malagaSource: 20minutos.es

Cabalgata de Reyes Magos in Campanillas

The Three King’s land in Campanillas on January 5, 2019. From 17:30h the Parade of the Three King’s will depart from the Francisco de Quevedo school to Guadalquivirejo street, passing through the Chopos lane, Aljaima and Chaparral.

In addition, the day before, the Royal Mailman will be collecting the children’s letters at the Beltrán Lucena cultural center, an event organized by the El Carmen Association with the collaboration of the Municipal Council.

If you want to avoid the crowded Parade in city centre , visiting the Three King’s parade of Campanillas is a good option.

cabalgata malaga 2019Source: diariosur.es

Cabalgata de Reyes Magos in Antequera

On 2018, the Three King’s of Antequera came from the sky in a balloon. Next January 5, 2019, Melchor, Gaspar and Baltasar will visit Antequera to deliver small toys, candy and much happiness.

In these parade, besides candies, you can also receive small cakes, bread snacks and even local muffins from the floats. Did you expect it?

From 6pm you can enjoy the Reyes Magos Parade of Antequera, starting in Plaza de Toros and taking the following route through the town: Ronda Intermedia, Avenida Pío XII, Plaza Castilla, Alameda de Andalucía, Infante Don Fernando, Plaza San Sebastián , Encarnación, Calzada, Diego Ponce, Cantareros and returning to Alameda de Andalucía and Puerta de Estepa.

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And you? How do you usually enjoy the night before the arrival of the Three King’s? Do you have a favorite Parade in Malaga?

10 Alternative ways to spend Christmas in Malaga

10 alternative ways to spend christmas in Malaga

Are u visiting Malaga and want to run away from Christmas? Do you need alternative ways to spend your Christmas break in Malaga? We are pleased to invite you to try some of the best anti-Christmas plans during your holidays.

Christmas lights, nativity scenes, Christmas carols … Are you one of those who loves Christmas or those who avoid any Christmas plan at all costs? Christmas may be the best time of the year for some or the most feared for others. If you feel like “the Grinch” and you do not like Christmas, do not feel like a weirdo.

For those people who do not feel the Christmas spirit, we have prepared a series of anti-Christmas plans to enjoy the end of the year in the best possible way. Tapas routes, escape into nature, theater plays and spas, we show you 10 alternative ways to spend Christmas in Malaga.

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The 10 best plans to escape from Christmas in Malaga

Choose one of these plans and enjoy Christmas as you prefer. There are plans for all tastes!

Enjoy a play at “Teatro Cervantes”

The local people of Malaga enjoy watching comedy and, on December 27, 28 and 29, “Improviciados” theatre play returns to “Teatro Cervantes” in Malaga. Improviciados is in an improvised comedy by Dani Rovira, Clara Lago, Rafa Villena and Sandra Sobrino.

The benefits obtained from the play will go to 12 charities in Malaga: “Los Angeles de la Noche”, “Down Malaga”, “Adaner Malaga”, “Asociacion Al-Farala”, “Malaga Acoge”, “Asociacion AVOI”, “Jornad”, “Protectora de Animales y Plantas de Malaga”, “Amappace”, “Altamar”, “Aspayn Malaga” and “Somos Nupa”.

If you want to have a fun time and disconnect from Christmas, buy the tickets and enjoy the show.

ImproviciadosSource: teatrocervantes.com

Make a hiking route through Malaga

There is nothing better to avoid the crowd of Malaga during Christmas than making a hiking route through the most beautiful landscapes of Malaga. The best option, without a doubt, is to make the “Caminito del Rey” route to enjoy the beautiful gorge that “Desfiladero de los Gaitanes” offers.

In case you have never been to, it is a pedestrian walkway more than 3 km attached to the rock inside a canyon, hanging up to 105 meters above the river, in almost vertical walls.

It is open every day of the year from Tuesday to Sunday, except on December 24, 25 and 26 and on January 1.

caminito del reySource: malagahoy.es

Visit Selwo Adventure in Estepona.

If you are an animal lover and you are also passionate about nature, “Selwo Aventura” is the best alternative to the typical Christmas plans. Enjoy the wild nature without leaving Malaga, live a great African safari and get to know its most representative fauna (lions, zebras, hippos, giraffes and cheetahs, among others).

In addition, the park has adventure activities to enjoy with children, such as the zip line, suspension bridges or archery. This place has everything you need to spend a perfect Christmas day.

Inside the park there is a hotel for those who want to enjoy more days surrounded by animals. Choose between the town of Watu and the Masai town and transfer to the legendary lodges of the African reserves.

selwo aventuraSource: tripadvisor.es

Ice skating in Malaga

If you want to have a fun time and practise ice skating in Malaga without feeling the hustle and bustle of “El Corte Inglés” ice rink, in Benalmadena you will find the “Club Municipal de Hielo”. It is the first permanent ice rink of natural in Andalusia and belongs to a sports centre of 7,000 square meters, equipped with swimming pools, a fitness room, guided activities and a medical center.

For those who want to  have a fun time among family members or friends, visit Benalmadena ice rink from December 22 to January 6.

Remember to bring gloves, long pants and socks, as it is mandatory to skate on the ice rink.

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Make a craft beer route in Malaga

If you have been forced to visit Malaga city centre to see the Christmas lights, escape to taste the best craft beers in the city.

We will mention the best local breweries and the beers you should try, so you can make the best Beer route this Christmas:

– “Central Beers”, “Bonvivant Hoppy IPA” beer, in Calle Carcer.
– “Cerveceria Arte & Sana”, “Axarca Tropical Pale Ale” beer, in Plaza de la Merced.
– “La Botica de la Cerveza”, “3 Dirty Harry Monkeys” beer, in Calle Victoria.
– “El Rincon del Cervecero”, “Carma IPA” beer, in Soho de Malaga.

cervezas artesanas malagaSource: laopiniondemalaga.es

Relax in a Spa in Malaga

Undoubtedly, a great alternative to spend christmas in Malaga, is to enjoy a couple of hours in a spa. Do you want to know which are the best spas in Malaga?

– “Hammam Al Andalus Baños Arabes, Malaga”.
Located in the centre of Malaga, it is ideal to relax during Christmas to.

– “Nagomi Spa Hotel Reserva del Higueron, Benalmadena”.
It is one of the most complete spas on the Costa del Sol, spacious and bright, located in a luxurious neighbourhood of Benalmadena.

– “Thermas de Carratraca”.
If you want to enjoy a full day out of Malaga, we recommend you visit Carratraca and rest in its hot springs. It is said that the waters that emanate from the spring have beneficial properties for the body.

– “Thalasso Spa del Hotel Marbella Club”.
Located on the beach front of Marbella, Thalasso is one of the best spas in Malaga and also one of most famous spas in Spain and Europe.

spas en malagaSource: europapress.es

Play at one of the best golf clubs in Costa del Sol

Nature, peace and serenity, imagine playing golf at Christmas as a way to escape from the Christmas crowd.

If you love golf and want to enjoy your Christmas holidays in one of the best golf clubs in Malaga, take a look to our recommendations below.

– “Club de Golf Rio Real”, Marbella.
It is located in a privileged place, near the urban centre of Marbella, settled on a gently sloping land close to the sea. The Rio Real Golf Club offers the best views of the Mediterranean.

– “La Cala Resort”, Mijas.
It is one of the main references in Europe for golfers. “La Cala Resort de Mijas” is one of the largest golf clubs in Costa del Sol. It has a 3 18-hole golf club  and also work as an academy.

– “Santa Maria Golf”, Marbella.
Considered one of the best golf courses in Marbella, located next to a beautiful pine and oak forest. In addition, it offers spectacular views of the Mediterranean Sea. It stands out for the Club House architecture, an impressive Spanish farmhouse of two floors built in the nineteenth century.

campos de golf malagaSource: rioreal.com

Visit the exhibition of Kazimir Malévich in the Russian Museum of Malaga

Are you a lover of art and museums? Discover this Christmas the wonderful exhibition of Kazimir Malévich in “Museo Ruso de Malaga”, one of the most famous Russian artists of the 20th century. The exhibition presented in Málaga is part of the Malévich’s collection that belongs to the Russian State Museum of Saint Petersburg, and it is the largest and most complete collection of this artist.

Enjoy an afternoon surrounded by art in the authentic “Museo Ruso de Malaga” and discover this temporary exhibition that will only be available until February 3, 2019.

Kazimir Malévich del Museo Ruso de MálagaSource: diariosur.es

Discover the best tapas bars in Malaga

Suitable for people of Malaga who do not plan to do diets this Christmas. It is undeniable that Malaga has one of  the best tapas bars in the world and it is a real pleasure to eat in this city.

If you are one of those who enjoy Christmas going out to eat tapas in Malaga, we suggest some of the best tapas bars in Malaga:

– “El Aserradero”.
A bar located in “El Torcal” neighborhood of Malaga, a cheap, fast place with very tasty food. It also has great variety of tapas, delicious sandwiches and nice service .

– “La Granaina”.
Fried fish, “patatas bravas”, fried chicken … It is impossible not to salivate. Located on “Avenida Moliere” in Malaga, it is one of the best tapas bars in the city.

– “Las Merchanas”.
We already talked about this restaurant in our last post, “Las Merchanas” is one of the trendiest restaurants in Malaga. If you want to enjoy the authentic taste of traditional cuisine, do not hesitate to visit it.

– “El Refugio”.
One of the busiest tapas bars in Teatinos is “El Refugio”. Beers in frozen ceramic jars, tapas and varied dishes at an unbeatable price.

tapas en malagaSource: blog.fuertehoteles.com

Take the time to go to the movies

The most recurrent and easy plan will always be to go to cinema to watch a movie. No matter what movie you choose, the important thing is to isolate yourself from Christmas for a couple of hours and delve into the history of the movie you are watching.

The trendiest films this season are “Superlopez”, “Bohemian Rhapsody”, “Animales Fantasticos”, “Ralph Rompe Internet” and “El Grinch”. Choose a different one every week and finish the year like a true movie buff.

planes en malagaSource: vogue.es

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10 trendiest restaurants in Malaga to visit this Christmas 2018

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Have you ever tried the delicious hamburgers from “La Calle Burguer”? Or the exquisite tapas in the Meson de Cervantes? Choose your favourite cuisine from our list and enjoy a true gastronomic pleasure during this Christmas season in Malaga.

If someone asked us for recommendations about typical dishes and restaurants in Malaga, we would be likely to mention fried fish, sardines or gazpachuelo. The funny thing is, locals are increasingly adopting international and exotic food sorts, to feed their curiosity.

As a result, Japanese, Italian and American cuisines have emerged as the new gastronomic trends of the year, among many other food sorts. Kitchen showrooms and original vintage or retro design make the perfect package for excitingly different dishes.

The people from Malaga are also raising their culinary standards, thereby becoming more ambitious when it comes to visiting a restaurant. For those who fancy something different, we have compiled the 10 most popular restaurants in Malaga in 2018. It is worthwhile mentioning that some of them have Michelin Stars!

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The most popular restaurants in Malaga

Currently, some of the most successful gastronomic spots in Malaga are:

La Calle Burguer

“La Calle Burguer” is arguably one of the best gourmet burger restaurants in Malaga, (if not the best). Since the first restaurant opening in 2015, the chain has grown to have 9 branches across Malaga, Fuengirola and Marbella. They company is rapidly expanding and currently planning to open restaurants outside Malaga next year.

This restaurant chain is also known for its own meat cut (beef entrails burger, flank steak burger, “picaña” or ribeye burger), as well as the quality of the food. In La Calle Burguer there is no pre-cooked food: the meat comes from Spain, the bread and desserts are prepared in Velez Málaga, whereas the fries are freshly cut in the restaurant kitchen.

Although the prices are generally quite affordable, there is a special €5-offer from Monday to Wednesday that includes a burger with fries. Every day you can taste a €5-burger: on Mondays it’s a cheeseburger, on Tuesdays a rib-stewak burger and on Wednesdays the empty cheeseburger. Which prefer?

la calle burguerSource: lacalleburguer.com

Meson de Cervantes

Located in the historic center of Málaga, a few steps away from the Cervantes Theater, the Mesón de Cervantes offers a great variety of tapas allowing all guests to try a mixture of different tastes. Elaborate tapas, different sorts of wines and delicious homemade desserts deliver a genuine 5-star food experience.

As one of the restaurants that offers real Mediterranean haute-cuisine, you will always find people queueing up at the door of Meson de Cervantes. We therefore recommend booking in advance to make sure you get a place to enjoy the extensive menu.

Some interesting dishes offered by this restaurant are: iberico ham with artichokes, grilled asparagus accompanied with “porra antequerana”, fresh red tuna grilled with cauliflower or black pudding, sweet potatoes accompanied with quail egg and chimichurri sauce. Not hungry yet?

meson de cervantesSource: losmejoresrestaurantes.net

Asador Iñaki

Did you know that the best grilled octopus in Malaga can be found in Asador Iñaki (Iñaki’s Grill)? This traditional restaurant offers top quality products and ingredients, like fresh fish from the El Carmen Market in the city centre, first class meat and fresh vegetables from the Malaga region. Although it can often be overseen, it is a very popular restaurant. It is usually difficult to find a table, but if you book in advance or arrive at a good time you may be lucky!

Among its specialties, we recommend beef or ox steak, clams à la Basque and the tasty grilled octopus. Once you visit it, you will want to go back to it.

asador iñakiSource: tripadvisor.es

El Pimpi

“El Pimpi” is clearly the most legendary restaurant in Malaga, known for its fried fish and the typical sweet wine, a really appetising combination. If you want to enjoy the best local gastronomy, do not hesitate to visit it.

It lies in the historic center of Malaga, in front of the Roman Theater, in an old mansion from the 18th century, decorated with barrels signed by Spanish celebrities such as the Duchess of Alba, Picasso, Antonio Banderas, among many others.

El Pimpi is the biggest restaurant in the center of Malaga. This allows it to offer a variety of  different ambiances, from the terrace with the best views of the Alcazaba, to glamorous photographs of the celebrities whohave  visited the restaurant in the inside.

el pimpi malagaSource: visitacostadelsol.com

KGB

A restaurant from the Michelin Guide in Malaga? Yes! KGB is a tapas bar or rather a “gastrobar” located in the center of Malaga. The interesting thing about this restaurant is the original way in which Andalusian tapas are presented.

Japanese shark tataki, breaded shrimps with salted coconut, Vietnamese rolles stuffed with the traditional Andalusian “pringá” or the Campero de los Montes sandwich are some of the dishes that can be enjoyed in this incredible restaurant.

This year, KGB’s restaurant concept has been a finalist in the Hostelco Awards, which promote the best touristic actors around the world. The Marketing Club Málaga has also acknowledged the restaurant for doing the “Best Commercial Action” of the year.

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Las Merchanas

Las Merchanas is a great choice to enjoy the authentic taste of Andalusian traditional cuisine, It was founded by a catholic brotherhood from Málaga. This is the reason for its rustic decoration, full of instruments, religious habits and pictures of the Holy Week in Malaga.

It is difficult to choose between all the dishes on the menu, but the flamenquines, croquettes, the montadito de pringá or the sirloin steak with mojo picón sauce are essential.

There are currently 4 Merchana restaurants in the Málaga city centre: calle Mosquera, Andrés Pérez, Noblejas and Juan de Padilla, all following the traditional cuisine, the affordable prices and good atmosphere.

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Alvaroteca

La Alvaroteca is one of the most demanded haute cuisine restaurants in Malaga. It offers tasting menus accompanied with interesting wine combinations and signature cocktails. Chef Alvaro Vila manages to create dishes full of madness and delicious flavours.

This restaurant combines traditional cuisine with innovation, building a gastronomic concept which is full with surprises. Colour plays a central role in this restaurant, especially in the dining room, that imitates an old lunatic asylum. The second dining room of the restaurant is only suitable for Star Wars lovers (we’ll let you guess the rest).

If you are a fish lover, you are sure to like the dorada tataki with spirulina, kimchi and wasabi ice cream. If you fancy meat, the piglet on “ras el hanout” mayonnaise, candied pumpkin,, mango ice cream, sweet potato purée and salted potatoes will stimulate your appetite.

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Tiki

Sushi lovers are sure to recognise this name. However, Tiki is in fact an author restaurant of in Torremolinos that combines Japanese and Mediterranean cuisines. Tiki offers a wide range of sushi, wok, meat and fish with an exclusive wine selection, premium drinks and cocktails. And to complete the perfect package, the restaurant decoration is from Polynesian Islands.

All dishes are prepared with top quality ingredients and fresh products. A place designed to stimulate your five senses, offering an excellent value for your money. Tiki is one of the best sushi restaurants in Malaga, with top service and the biggest menu. We recommend trying the oxtail cannelloni, the tuna tartare with mango, the spicy tuna nigiri or the salmon sashimi, among others.

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Lo Spuntino

Fancy the real Italian thing in Malaga? Lo Spuntino is a small restaurant a few steps away from the Parque del Oeste in Malaga, offering the best fresh pasta and the pizzas in the city.

Remember to check the dishes outside the regular menu, since you will be able to find delicious surprises. Each drink is served with a tapa of dried tomatoes, spicy salami or eggplants, which can be spread on homemade bread. It is a bit spicier than expected, but still delicious.

Within the regular menu of Lo Spuntino we recommend Pizza Di Bufalla, Margherita pasta stuffed with pear, Garlic bread, Pizza Provolone and to top it off, the Chocolate Calzone. Buon appettito!

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Eboka

A restaurant where you can stimulate your senses to the fullest, through the mixture of traditional Spanish flavours with more modern techniques. Located right in the center of Malaga, Eboka provides a really exciting gastronomic experience.

The traditional ajoblanco, porra, salchichón tartare or young goat steak from Malaga are some of its star dishes, always. The Eboka team calls it “heritage kitchen”. The restaurant enjoys an extensive menu of wines (mostly from Malaga) and craft beers.

Eboka has been acknowledged this year with the “Sabor a Málaga” stamp, a brand created by the regional government to promote top-quality regional products from Malaga.

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Whether you fancy the traditional Spanish food or exotic cuisine from all over the world, Marbesol wishes you a delicious Christmas in the Costa del Sol!

If you want to read more about the tipping customs in Spain and other countries around the world (to avoid making a fool of yourself), read our entry about tipping ettiquette.

Marbesol World Car Rental Guide 2018

WORLD CAR RENTAL GUIDE 2018

Car rental is one of the fastest growing markets in the travel branch globally. By 2022, the number of users is expected to reach 97.2 m according to Statista. This trend is allowing tourists of all nationalities and genders to drive a rental car in almost all parts of the world, from Asia to America, Europe, Russia, Africa and Australia.

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Travelling the world means discovering new cultures and opening our minds to different rules. In some cases, breaking our expectations can provide pleasant surprises. But as a tourist, one may also feel upset if those expectations aren’t met.

The different laws that apply in each country are the ones to establish the compulsory insurance, pricing, driving licence and age requirements. As an international car hire company based at an airport, Marbesol gets
visitors from all over the world. This has encouraged our editorial team to
research the differences in car rental between different countries.

Do credit cards offer sufficient coverage? Have you ever heard of the eMu Pass in Australia? Should you apply for an International Driving Licence when hiring a car abroad? Did you know that in Iceland you will have to protect your rental car against volcanic sand?

Find out all the details in the Marbesol World Car Rental Guide 2018

The best motorcycle routes on the Costa del Sol, Spain

Does the cool autumn  breeze in Malaga make you long for exciting motorcycle rides? The roads of Costa del Sol offer plenty of stunning routes to discover on your motorbike. In this article you will find some original suggestions to prepare an enjoyable motorcycle weekend trip around the region of Malaga.

As we enter the month of October, the wind changes and so does the natural landscape in province of Malaga – although always a bit later than in the rest of Europe. Whether you fancy curved or straight roads, coast or mountains, as a motorcyclist you will be able to choose from a variety of landscapes.

These are some of that the Marbesol editorial team warmly recommends for this autumn:

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Motorcycle routes in Malaga for this autumn

Have you put on your helmet and gloves? Is your motorbike engine already warm? Then off we go!

  • Motorcycle route through the Sierra de las Nieves

It is one of the most beautiful natural spaces of Malaga, located between Marbella and Ronda. This area holds more than half of the forests of “pinsapo” fir trees which have survived on the European continent.

There are no roads going into Sierra de las Nieves (“Snowy Mountains”), so we can only surround it when coming from Marbella through a very special route. Therefore, we will start our motorcycle ride from Marbella to Ojen. As we drive up the hills, we will see more curves. This road segment is wide and offers really charming views of the village of Ojen.

The best part is about of this route is about to begin! From Ojen we will arrive in Monda and  then take the detour to El Burgo driving through Yunquera. Motorcyclists particularly like this segment because of its many slopes, curves and most importantly: there is very little traffic. In any event, we recommend to drive with caution, since there are many cliffs and no side barriers.

If we continue on, we will reach Ronda, where we can make a quick stop to enjoy some good tapas. After the break, we can start  the descent towards the coast. Before we come to El Madroñal, there is a whole itinerary of tight curves with astonishing views – a real treat for nature lovers!

Once we get to the beach, what better way to rest than sitting at a bar eating fried fish and enjoying the best views of the sea?

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  • Motorcycle route through the coastal areas of ​​the Costa del Sol

In this other motorcycle route we will visit the coast of Torrox, Nerja and Rincon de la Victoria. It is a comfortable and shorter route to enjoy during the weekend.

We start off at the Ciudad Jardín highway on its way to Nerja, through Velez Malaga and La Maroma. As we reach Torrox, we take the highway exit of the highway beside the “Faro de Torrox” (Torrox Lighthouse). From here we will enjoy incredible views of the coast of Malaga. We recommend doing the route on a Saturday, since on Sunday the lighthouse is closed.

We continue our journey on the road to Nerja and stop to see the “Rock of the Virgin and Christ of the Sea” (true name!). It’s a small sanctuary on the seashore. Follow the road nex to the beach until you reach the Ruins of Torrecilla, a watchtower designed by the Nasrids in the 13th century.

Next, we set off for Nerja, where we can visit the Nerja Caves, the old town and the famous “barco del Chanquete” (from the Spanish TV series “Verano Azul”). Further on, we will get the chance to see to the Acueducto del Aguila, the San Joaquin Factory and the sculpture “El Rapto de Europa”.

Finally, we arrive at Rincon de la Victoria, where we can stop for lunch at one of the beach bars on the promenade. In a few minutes, we will be back in Malaga city.

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  • Motorcycle route through the mountains of Málaga

The Mountains of Malaga stand 5 kilometers north just outside the city of Malaga. It is a block of higher and lower hills parallel to the Mediterranean coast.

We start this route in Antequera, where we will get the chance to see a mountain called “Peña de los Enamorados”. Due to its original shape, it is called “The Head of the Indian”. We take the exit towards the rocky natural park of “Torcal”, still in Antequera. We can stop at the Torcal Alto restaurant and enjoy the spectacular views of this unique natural landscape.

At the beginning of the descent of El Torcal, we drive into the village of “Villanueva de la Concepcion” and take the Casabermeja-Malaga crossing. We can admire the rural landscape with mountains and streams crossing under the road. We then continue to Casabermeja to visit the original Cemetery of San Sebastian, declared a historical-artistic monument.

The next location is Colmenar, where through the A-7000 road we will enter the Natural Park of the Mountains of Malaga. This will will take us right into the city centre of Malaga. This road segment offers steep slopes and hills all covered with pines. We will arrive at the Puerto de León mountain pass, with a great view over the Mediterranean Sea. Near the viewpoint is the monumental Fuente de la Reina (The Fountain of the Queen), where we can make a quick stop to rest.

We continue the descent through an area of ​​quite steep curves before reaching the magic historical city center of Malaga. As we arrive, we will find the Castillo de Gibralfaro, which offers arguably the best views of the entire city of Malaga. Once we park our motorbike safely, we can walk through the beautiful streets of Malaga city centre.

If you are visiting the Costa del Sol and and would like to do one of these exciting routes for motorcyclists, remember that Marbesol has its own brand for motorbikes (Marbesol Bike), where you can rent a wide range of models and enjoy different discounts (currently 10% off certain models). You can have a look at the current models at Marbesol Bike.

Check out our latest post about tipping customs in Spain and around the rest of the world.

Halloween 2018 in Malaga – Plans & Events For Families

Looking forward to spending Halloween 2018 with your family? Do you fancy something not too scary, but rather fun? Here is a list of the Halloween events for kids that will be happening in Malaga this weekend:

It is only a few days until the spookiest party of the year – Halloween! Although this feast originated in Ireland, it has become a celebration all over the world. And of course, Spain is no exception. The Halloween Night is officially the 31st October, but many activities for kids in Malaga will be running the weekend before.

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5 fun ideas to spend Halloween with your family in Malaga

If the idea of spending a whole weekend with your kids can be sometimes ‘terrifying’, wait and see what the ‘terrific’ plans in Malaga we have prepared for you:

Harry Potter’s Halloween Party at Club Happy Málaga

Moving away from the classical costumes, Club Happy Malaga has decided to organise an original Halloween celebration. On Wednesday 31st you and your kids will be welcome at Harry Potter’s party. Fun stories, music and entertainment are guaranteed.

From 18.00 to 20.00 pm the team of Club Happy will be at the Corte Inglés (Avenida de Andalucia) to transform the club into the famous Hogwarts School. The entry price is €10 for each child and it includes an evening snack. If your child (or yourself) love Harry Potter, book your ticket and organise a big Halloween surprise.

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Fancy dress competition at Muelle Uno in Málaga

If you’ve run out of ideas for celebrating Halloween 2018 in Malaga, there is no need leave your kids bored at home. We recommend visiting the fancy dress party at Muelle Uno on Wednesday 31st. The party goes on from 17:00 to  21:00 am and there is a price for the best costume.

What’s best: many businesses will be doing “trick or treat” for the youngest ones. Once you get to Muelle Uno, there will be a map showing the bars and restaurants participating. A photo booth will allow you to have a good laugh until 19:00 pm, before the costume catwalk starts. There will be 3 different prizes: one for kids, another one for adults and one for families. No matter what age you are, you can win!

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The Concepcion Botanic Garden as never seen before

On 31st October, the real adventurers are expected to show up at the Concepcion Botanic Garden, for a night visit. It will be a spellbinding experience both for kids and adults, who are invited to dress up in costumes.

During your visit to the historical areas of the gardens, the night creatures will pop up and greet you from the most unexpected places.  The visit lasts for an hour and twenty minutes and costs €15 per person. It starts at 20:00 pm and it is necessary to book in advance. Are your kids daring enough for this visit? Then get your costumes ready and off you go!

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Enjoy Halloween 2018 at Tivoli World Malaga

Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th wil be good days for celebrating Halloween at Tivoli World in Malaga-Benalmadena. There will be animated shows with pirates, vampires and many more fun surprises. This leisure park will be also ‘dress up’ in a different way to welcome Halloween.

Like Bioparc, the entrance at Tivoli World will be free for all children who have also dressed up for Halloween.  Don’t forget to visit the Mansion of Terror – you are sure to have a ball!

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Celebrate Halloween at Bioparc Fuengirola

For Halloween 2018, Bioparc Fuengirola will become a mysterious and spooky pace. This means, the most unexpected things can happen. Nothing is at it seems. If you want to give your kids a frightening yet charming program, bring them to Bioparc Fuengirola on November 1st.
The Bioparc zoo will modify its traditional itinerary, to make it even more special. The visit will completed with challenges and adventures for the whole family. Spending Halloween in the Jungle, surrounded by animals will indeed be something different.


Children from 3 to 9 who wear costumes will get a free entrance. From 11 am, Bioparc will be offering activities for families, e.g. a visit to the lemurs on island of Madagascar and recreation games to search for Halloween characters who are destroying nature. Arguably one of the best plans to spend Halloween 2018 in Malaga!

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Has any of these plans already hypnotised you? In any case, we wish a very enjoyable Halloween with your kids and family.

And if you need to hire a car to visit Fuengirola or Benalmadena, remember to book it with Marbesol – the cheapest car hire in Malaga and Costa del Sol!

Tipping customs in Spain compared to other countries

When visiting a restaurant in Spain, should you give the service a tip? Read about the current tipping customs in Spain and other countries around the world in this article.

How each country manages tips in bars and restaurants

If you visit Spain for the first time, you may be surprised to find out that tipping isn’t always expected in a restaurant. Of course, it is a good habit to leave the staff a tip after a delicious meal, especially if the service was friendly. Besides, wages in Spain are much lower than in many other European countries. But if you aren’t satisfied with your experience in the restaurant, at least in Spain the waiter won’t get mad at you if you decide not to tip him. Nonetheless, most of the times you can expect a fast and pleasant service. And because tips aren’t always expected in Spain, you may find the staff especially thankful for tipping them.

Restaurant tips can be indeed a controversial topic in some countries, since it really depends on the local traditions. A new trend called “#tipthebillchallenge” has appeared this August and has gone viral on social media channels such as Instagram and Twitter. The ones who accept this challenge offer the service the same amount of tip as the actual price of the meal. Obviously, this isn’t something that everyone can do:

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Countries where tipping is expected of you

According to the national consumer protection laws, tipping isn’t obligatory in any country around the world. However, some nations consider it rude or even have fixed percentages:

  • U.S.

In the United States, the salary of a waiter depends largely on tips from customers. In fact, the salary is divided into a fixed part (relatively small) and a variable part, according to how much money has been made in the restaurant. This way, the members of the staff are encouraged to give their best. Therefore, if you don’t tip the waiter, that person will be losing money.

Depending on the restaurant, the tip may be already included in the bill or suggested separately, Generally speaking, it will be worth 15-20% of the price, unlike other countries, where it is almost mandatory.

At the beginning of the year, President Trump suggested that tips should go to the restaurant owners, rather than to the waiters, which would strongly affect their income.

  • United Kingdom.

In most restaurants in the United Kingdom, the tip is already charged as a part of the bill with the name “service included”. We recommend double-checking the bill, since paying that amount isn’t obligatory. It is usually around 10-15% of the bill. In case you think the service didn’t deserve it, you will have to state it clearly and claim you money back.

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  • Germany.

In Germany, VAT is included in the bill, but not the service. Whereas most people do pay 10% more for the service, not leaving a tip really means you weren’t happy with the service. Usually, when you ask for the bill, the staff will ask you a question like “Did you enjoy your food?” as a tip reminder. Or they may get back to you with a purse and spend some time looking for coins, waiting for you to round up.

  • Mexico.

In Mexico, the common tip is worth of 15% of the final price. Although it is not mandatory, no tip is also considered as a sign of a dissatisfied customer.

For more details or to prepare your next trip, we suggest having a look at the exciting “Tip Advisor” guide, which shows the tipping customs all around the world.

Does your group of friends usually share expenses when travelling? Then you might be interested in reading our entry about apps to share expenses with your friends.

The Marbesol Report 2018 – Most visited places in Málaga

Málaga has become a well-known place for visiting art galleries, historical sites and monuments in the South of Europe. Indeed, art and culture have helped the city develop and attract a high number of visitors and also new “malagueños”.

And that’s the exact mission of Marbesol’s car hire service: we want to help you discover the most precious gems of La Costa del Sol as you drive your comfortable rental car. As genuine fans of the Malaga region, we know those special spots that you shouldn’t miss during your stay. From the earliest Paleolithic constructions to the last reminiscences of contemporary art, practically all ages of history have left a special trace in Malaga, which makes it so unique.

For all these reasons, we have decided to celebrate the diversity of Malaga’s artistic landscape with a 2018 Report on The Most Visited Places in Málaga (also including the province). You can find the report by clicking on this link.

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A special thanks goes to the managing teams of all the monuments and museums who have kindly shared their latest figures and cooperated with our editorial team. We wish you a pleasant read and hope you our guide helps you make the best out of your stay.

Kind regards,
Your Marbesol Car Hire Team