Piece for Passport Magazine | Malaga’s New Dawn

Have you explored the food scene in Malaga?

As you’ll probably know, this port city in the Costa del Sol used to have a pretty undesirable reputation. Tourists would pass through it on their way to more appealing parts of the southern Spanish coast. It wasn’t really a destination you’d consider for a city break, or summer holiday, let alone a foodie holiday.

Fast forward 10 or 20 years ago and Malaga has reached a new dawn. The food scene in Malaga has exploded and is made up of quality tapas joints, vermouth bars and upscale restaurants. You’ll even find a food festival and all sorts of lovely bakeries and churros shops to drop into for breakfast.

To share the new, revived Malaga, I wrote a piece for Passport magazine by Monarch Airways, explaining the many reasons you should take a trip to Malaga – especially in the month of May.

The feature is no longer available online, so I have featured it here.

Have a read and tell me what you think. And why not check out the following blog posts I’ve written on The Travel Journo on Malaga here:

A sunshine city break in Malaga with Airbnb

Eating our way around Malaga: A foodie’s guide

…plus, a piece I wrote for the Huffington Post here

A New Dawn for Malaga

copy of feature in Passport magazine on the food scene in Malaga


With more frequent flights to Málaga, get ready to explore Spain’s sixth largest city – an emerging destination for arts, culture and enticing Andalusian cuisine.

The Food Scene in Malaga

Thanks to a surge in regeneration, it’s a new era for Malaga. Fast becoming one of the hippest European destinations, the Málaga Gastronomy Festival will return this spring with a riot of chef appearances, exhibitions and workshops. As the picturesque Plaza de la Marina turns into a hive of activity, highlights include culinary talks from bread making ‘wizards’ Javier Marca and Iban Yarza. It’s also the perfect time to hit up one of the 400+ restaurants that surround the Plaza de la Constitución – the city’s main historic square – and feast on tapas and pescaito frito (deep-fried fish) and sample aromatic Andalusian wines. malagagastronomyfestival.com

Firm Favourites

The Picasso Museum takes you on a journey through the late artists’ collections of art, while The Picasso Birthplace Museum showcases his early photos, ceramics and sketchbooks from his first 10 years of life.

The Alcazabra fortress houses beautiful landscape gardens and ornate Moorish architecture. A steep hike up to Gibralfaro castle is worth it for the hilltop views.

El Pimpi is among the city’s oldest restaurants and hosts lively entertainment, overlooking the Roman amphitheatre.

Casa Aranda Malaga is great for morning coffee and traditional churros.


A 20-minute drive takes you to Benalmádena. Visit the Butterfly Park, Tivoli World theme park. The Selwo Aventura safari park in Estepona (90km) is great for families and three great waterparks can be found in nearby Torremolinos (9km).

For stunning Moorish architecture, the Alhambra palace and fortress (160km) is still a firm favourite and the beautiful Andaluz city of Ronda (100km) draws in visitors to the 18th Century Puente Nuevo bridge, which runs spectacularly high over the breathtaking El Tajo gorge.


The family-friendly Ferris wheel is one of the city’s best attractions and young football fans can follow the careers of Andalucían footballers at the Málaga CF Museum with exciting VIP tours. Interactive stations and 400+ musical instruments make for an exciting day out at the Museum of Music.

When to visit Malaga

Spring and autumn are perfect times to visit. The Málaga Gastronomy Festival takes place in April and May and showcases the best of the food scene in Malaga. Temperatures in August can reach into the 30˚Cs but it’s a great time to see the flamenco dancers and street fiestas of Málaga ‘Feria’, the city’s Fair.

Recently opened in Malaga

2016 saw the opening of St Petersburg State Russian Museum and new pop-up exhibitions at the waterfront Pompidou Centre draw in the crowds. The Museum of Fine Arts and Archaeology – a new addition to the Museum of Málaga – also opened its doors.


This post is part of the collection of features that I’ve had published in the press across a variety of magazines and websites. If you’re interested to see my full journalism portfolio, visit the In The Press section of this website. If you would like to get in touch regarding my food, lifestyle and travel writing, please email Lucy_McGuire@hotmail.co.uk

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