Malaga has a lot to offer. 90 % of those who land at Malaga airport are usually traveling further up or down along the coast. They miss a city full of history and that has been the key important port and trading center in the Mediterranean since way back in history. You can take the tourist bus that has a hop on and hop off system and wander around a bit when you like. There are 13 stops with the tourist bus and they are all marked. Everything from exhibits, tapas bars, nightlife, beaches, shopping, bullring and Castillo de Gibralfaro (the old fortress) which towers behind Malaga, it is here where you can see the whole city and out to sea. You may want to consider taking the tourist bus up. The Alcazaba is below the Castillo de Gibralfaro and it has a fantastic view, with many small oases in the great palace/fortress. In Malaga there is a large food market a large hall with a huge selection that fresh foods like fish, chicken, pork, beef and olives to name a few. The old town of Malaga is very nice to walk around in.
In Malaga you should check out the tapas bars in the side streets that run off from the main street called Calle Larios. Here you will find some of the best tapas dishes and specialty assorted fried fish dishes. Yummy! In Spain you usually eat dinner between 9pm to 10pm. El Pimpi is a very popular tapas restaurant.
Malaga is the birthplace of both Picasso and actor Antonio Banderas .
Approximately 10 min by bus or taxi to the east of Malaga you will arrive at a small fishing village called Playa Pedregalejo. Here you will find many restaurants and tapas bars and the prices are not a deterrent either. This is a very cozy, quiet and authentic place that we often go to when we are in Malaga, so a glass of wine or a beer at one of the beach bars is something to consider.