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?

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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?

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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.

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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.

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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

Upcoming concerts and festivals in Malaga for summer 2018

Summer has arrived and with it, the festival season. Are you looking for alternative plans to the August Fair?

Luckily, the months of July, August and September are those in which most of the festivals and music events on the Costa del Sol are concentrated.

This year we will be able to enjoy in Malaga many concerts of international groups such as David Guetta, Pet Shop Boys or Steven Tyler, among others; in addition to the best Spanish artists such as Serrat and Miguel Ríos, Los Planetas or Vetusta Morla.

If you still do not have any plans for this summer, check out the best festivals in Malaga and enjoy a few days of beach, music and friends, the best plan to disconnect from the routine.

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The best festivals in Malaga in 2018

Los Álamos Beach Festival (Estepona)

Los Álamos Beach Festival has undergone changes this year, its fourth edition will be held on 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 August at the Estepona fairgrounds, but not only have they modified their location, but they have also remodeled the festival full.
A festival full of great novelties and surprises, with new scenarios that will present different styles of music. Among the confirmed artists that lead the poster of the Alamos Beach Festival are: Steve Angello, Bad Bunny and Armin Van Buuren, among many others.

Marenostrum Music Castle Park (Fuengirola)

The Marenostrum Music Castle Park has become one of the most important events in Malaga. His program began on June 9 with the symphonic recital of José Mercé and will last until August 9, at the Sohail Castle in Fuengirola. We will be able to enjoy the best Spanish artists such as Luz Casal, Vetusta Morla, Javier Ojeda or Social Security, and international artists such as Santana.

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Weekend Beach Festival (Torre del Mar)

From the 4th to the 7th of July the fifth anniversary of the Weekend Beach Festival will be held in Torre del Mar (Malaga). More than 90 artists, both national and international, will be present at one of the best summer festivals in Spain, to make thousands of people enjoy and dance. A date where rock, reggae, pop, electronic, indie and hip hop, will merge to create one of the best environments of summer. The headliners include David Guetta, The Offspring, Bunbury, Jimmy Clif and Izal.

Ojeando Festival (Ojén)

More than 10 years we have been enjoying Ojeando Festival, one of the most complete festivals in Malaga. It will be held in Ojén (Málaga), on 13 and 14 July, a perfect weekend for Enjoy a mini vacation. Lori Meyers is the headliner of Ojeando Festival 2018 and is completed by Carlos Sadness, Maga, Nancys Rubias and Ballena, among others.

Malaga Fair Concerts 2018

The concerts of the Fair of Malaga are usually very varied, but, generally, the flamenco, pop and rock groups stand out. Last year, the opening speech of Málaga La Mari de Chambao was inaugurated and the most outstanding artists were Danza Invisible, Bertin Obsborne, Café Quijano, Camela and David Bustamante.

The Fair of Malaga will be held this year from August 11 to 19, always coinciding with that date, since it is celebrated in commemoration of the Reconquest of Malaga by the Catholic Monarchs and their incorporation into the Crown of Castile. If what you like about the Fair of Málaga is to attend its concerts, here you can have a look at the general program of the 2018 Fair that will soon be released.

If you do not have a car to move this summer through Malaga, hire our car rental services in Malaga and choose the vehicle that best suits you at the best price. Call us and find out!

The most beautiful villages of Malaga to visit this summer

The province of Malaga hides really wonderful places. Still do not know where to go on vacation this summer?

If you want to visit the most beautiful villages of the Costa del Sol this summer and enjoy a vacation without leaving Malaga, these are the 5 most spectacular towns in Malaga that you can not miss.

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5 villages to visit in Malaga this summer

  • Nerja: has been the scene of films, advertisements and series. One of the most famous series and for which Nerja became known was ‘Verano Azul’, for that reason, the town offers a guided tour by one of the most mythical characters of the series, Tito, who will accompany you to visit its most characteristic scenarios, like the Chanquete boat that pays homage to Verano Azul.

One of the obligatory stops in Nerja is the Balcon de Europa, a beautiful viewpoint located in the center of the town with views of the beach and the cliffs. Another essential visit is the Caves of Nerja, tourist caves of great archaeological importance, buy your tickets here.

Finally, we can not forget the marvelous coves of Maro, the wildest virgin beaches of the Costa del Sol, with crystal clear waters and pure nature. The best known are ‘El Cañuelo’ and ‘La Cala del Barranco’.

 

  • Frigiliana: is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful villages in Malaga, located in the Axarquía and characterized by whitewashed whitewashed houses and narrow cobbled streets full of flowers. It was awarded in 1982 with the first National Embellishment Award, considered an Artistic Historic Site since 2014 and in 2016 it received the award for the third Rural Wonder of Spain.

Its old town, declared a historical and artistic complex, is made up of beautiful narrow streets that reach the most unique area of ​​Frigiliana, that of Barribarto, which we recommend visiting both day and night.

The honey of cane is the typical product of Frigiliana and in addition, it is its star product, since it lodges the only existent factory in Europe.

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  • Ronda: is one of the best-known towns of Malaga, has the peculiarity that is seated on a ravine 120 meters deep and is surrounded by lush river valleys, Ronda is a paradise that is worth visiting.

The most famous monument in Ronda is the Puente Nuevo, built in 1793 after more than forty years, linking the old and new areas, offering spectacular views of the Tajo de Ronda. To make a small route, we recommend going down the Tagus along the Camino de los Molinos to see the bridge from below and take some amazing photos of Ronda.

Another thing that this town is known for is the birthplace of bullfighting, the Bullring of the Real Maestranza is one of the oldest and most beautiful in Spain.

Arab remains such as the Baths, the Palace of the King Moro and La Mina, and the Arab Walls are some of the best preserved Nasrid works in Spain.

  • Mijas: is another of the towns of Malaga that stands out for its white houses with blue touches, flowers and labyrinthine streets. The most characteristic is its transport, the famous donkey-taxi, a fun and original way to visit Mijas.

It is a town that has it all: mountain, beaches and golf courses. The most beautiful beaches are the well-known Calahonda and El Faro, are two coves of fine sand perfect for diving and windsurfing. Mijas is undoubtedly one of the best places to visit in the summer on the Costa del Sol.

One of the essential visits is the Mirador del Compás and the Virgen de la Peña Sanctuary, from where you can visit the most spectacular views of the Sierra de Mijas and its coast.

 

  • Marbella: is one of the most important tourist centers of the Costa del Sol. One of its main tourist attractions is Puerto Banus, as it houses a large leisure area within the incredible facilities of its marina.

The most beautiful part of Marbella is its historic center, set in a beautiful bay that shelters the most beautiful and characteristic corners of Andalusia, such as its whitewashed houses and the large number of orange trees for its streets and squares.

If what you are looking for this summer is to enjoy beaches and chiringuitos, Marbella is one of the most complete tourist destinations that you can find on the Costa del Sol.

In addition, you can rent a car in one of our offices located in Marbella and take the opportunity to visit the nearest towns such as Ronda or Mijas. Book your car with Marbesol for your summer holidays and get the best price.

 

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Everything you need is in the shopping centers of Malaga

Find out which are the most popular shopping centers in Malaga and where they are located to make the best purchases in the city.

The center of Malaga is a must for all those who visit the city and want to make their purchases. But not only tourists go through the center of Malaga, but also the people of Malaga go to the famous Calle Larios to enjoy a walk and make the necessary purchases.

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In Calle Larios and its surroundings, we can find many shops of all kinds such as fashion stores and accessories, perfume and cosmetics stores, lingerie and other types of services, such as pharmacies and restaurants.

Malaga is a very tourist city at any time of the year and because of this, there are so many shops. Not only can we find all kinds of entertainment and stores in the city’s downtown areas, but we also discover different shopping centers distributed in different areas.

Shopping Centers of Malaga

Among the most popular shopping centers, the following stand out because of their central location and their wide variety of shops.

El Corte Inglés, one of the most traditional places in the city when making purchases.

The Malaga Plaza Shopping Center, also known in the city as FNAC because it contains this trade inside. This shopping center is located in the center of the city, next to the Corte Inglés.

The Vialia Shopping Center, located in the María Zambrano train station.

The Larios Centro Shopping Center, halfway between the Vialia Shopping Center and El Cortes Inglés. In all three cases, we have underground parking where we can leave the car while we make purchases.

Very close to Malaga airport we find the Plaza Mayor Shopping Center, an open space with lots of shops and leisure areas. It is fifteen minutes by car from the center of Malaga, right between the town of Torremolinos and the airport of the city.

This open mall is a little further away from the city, but it is a great place to spend an afternoon with the family.

Muelle Uno-Marbesol

A new Shopping Center that has been open relatively recently, is Muelle Uno, another open shopping center, located in one of the most privileged places of the city, the heart of Malaga.

It is one of the oldest ports in the world and after the reform of recent years, links the historic center with the cruise terminal of the port of Malaga. It consists of a pleasant park of palm trees and another commercial and leisure area.

In this place, different events, exhibitions, concerts and artisan markets are organized. There are also some of the most emblematic buildings of the city, La Farola de Málaga (1817) and the Capilla del Puerto (1732).

The views are excellent offering a complete panorama of the monumental area of the city center, such as the Gibralfaro Castle, the Cathedral of Malaga and the headquarters of the Pompidou Museum in Paris.

 

If you come to Malaga you can not leave without making purchases with which to take a pleasant memory of the city. You can also visit the downtown area of Calle Larios or the Port of Málaga, especially the Muelle Uno.

Contact us and we will inform you about the services of car hire Malaga that we offer so you can enjoy a tourist route throughout the city of Malaga and its shopping centers.

The best gastrobars in Málaga

Have you heard about Gastrobars? The new concept of haute cuisine.

For a few years now a new culinary concept has been heard that is still unknown to many, the Gastrobars.

Halfway between haute cuisine and the classic tapas bar, what this type of gastronomic establishment tries to do is to bring this author’s cuisine closer to a public with less purchasing power. How? With first quality products and a more elaborate plating at a much more affordable price.

Although the first emerged in Madrid and Barcelona, this concept is already expanding throughout the rest of the country. Malaga has contributed significantly to this expansion, so today we bring you the best gastrobars in the city.

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Air Gastrobar

Located in a building from the beginning of the last century, this restaurant fuses traditional Mediterranean cuisine with the creativity of signature cuisine.

In your letter, you can find from “tapas” with the most unexpected ingredients to meats and fish of the best quality. You decide if you want to taste them at street level on the terrace or in your living room with views of the mountains of Málaga.

Mixtúrate Gastrobar

The gastronomic proposal of this place offers elaborated dishes of the international cuisine without forgetting the typically fried malagueñas.

His concept is as avant-garde as its location: in the neighborhood of Soho, bet on the “food that tells stories”, accompanied on numerous occasions of live music.

Gastrobar Terral

Although the first can be associated with the typical Andalusian bar, its traditional cuisine, the quality of its raw materials and the reinterpretation of its homemade recipes will not leave you indifferent.

His specialty is the Salmorejo from Cordoba, which can be paired with the wide variety of wines available on his menu.

Charlotte Gastrobar & Coffee

Undoubtedly inspired by the most modern French bistro restaurant, both in its menu and in its decoration. In it, you can enjoy breakfast and snacks to lunch and dinner.

Located in the Ciudad de la Justicia neighborhood, it makes a more modernized function of the neighborhood café without losing the quality and sophistication of the dishes of a Gastro bar. Its exquisite menu and its cozy atmosphere will surprise you.

 

In order to taste the excellent food of these restaurants, in Marbesol we invite you to hire our services. You can have the vehicle you want to travel and enjoy the best Malaga cuisine in season.