A Self Drive Tour of Malaga


John McElborough

A self drive tour of Malaga has a number of advantages over a holiday dependent on foot, bus or taxi, including the number of attractions you will be able to fit in to one day, the access a car will give you to the beaches and towns of the surrounding area and the amount of shopping you ll be able to do as you won t have to carry it home on the bus!

In terms of the basics when it comes to organizing a self drive tour of Malaga, they are as follows: the Spanish drive on the right so make sure you ve got that firmly into your head before you get behind the wheel; you ll need to take your driving licence and your passport with you for most

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companies; and if you intend to hire a car whilst in Malaga, make sure your insurance covers this as many don t.

Some of the sights you shouldn t miss on your self drive tour of Malaga include the Picasso Museum and the house he was born in, which have works of art by the artist as well as information on his family life, the Malaga Cathedral, the Moorish ruins of Castillo de Gibralfaro which overlook the city, and Alcazaba Moorish palace. Just outside of the city, there are a number of shopping malls that are a little harder to get to if you re on foot but within easy reach for anyone with a car. Plaza mayor Centro Commercial is particularly popular and can supply you with everything from an iron or a new outfit, to a night at the cinema or drinks at the nightclub on the premises.


is in a prime spot when it comes to Spanish beaches as well as its own strip of sand, the town is within easy reach of some of the best beaches the Costa del Sol has to offer. You can drive from Malaga to Torremolinos in around twenty minutes, or head to Marbella which is another 40km on.

Aside from the beaches, there are many other places near Malaga that are drivable to and from in a day and well worth a visit. You could take a trip to the picturesque whitewashed village of Mijas Pueblo nearby, or the 328-foot deep El Tajo gorge. There s also Seville where you can exchange your car briefly for a horse drawn carriage and take a tour of the city, as well as seeing some traditional flamenco dancing. If you re interested in the local delicacies, you can drive the Ruta del Aceite (olive oil route) that goes through Jaen to Granada, where you can also visit the gypsy caves, the historic baths, or to and the historic Alhambra Palace.

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