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Travel Advice and Information for the best use of your rental car

With flights to Malaga airport being such great value, it's a popular starting point for many holiday makers looking to hire a car and drive to their resorts along to the Costa del Sol.
Even though many people choose to travel through this beautiful city, others are discovering the charms Malaga has to offer, both in history and night life.

For those looking for a little history and culture Malaga has some great places to visit. From its wealth of museums and its many churches and cathedrals to the Plaza del Toros (bullring) and the Alcazaba. With parts dating back to the 700's, the Alcazaba (meaning 'citadel'”or 'fort' in Arabic) has stood proudly as a key landmark for Malaga over many centuries, and is surrounded not only by beautiful gardens but is also neighbor to the old Roman amphitheater.

Further up the Gilfrabo hill sits the remains of the Castillo de Gilfrabo, a castle once held under siege by the citizens of Malaga for three months. The ruins of this old castle stand majestically and is a perfect end to your trip to the Gilfrabo hill.

Architectural beauty
For those looking for more architectural beauty in Malaga the La Manquita cathedral is one not to miss. Built between 1528 and 1782 this wonderful building was constructed almost on top of the site of a former mosque.
Intended to be built with two towers, funding problems meant the cathedral was never completed to plan. Known to some as Malaga's unfinished cathedral it is more affectionately known as La Manquita, which translates to 'the one armed woman'. Inside of La Manquita there is influences of both the Renaissance and Baroque styling shining through, with the fine 17th century mahogany and cedar wood carved choir stalls you don't have to be a expert in architecture to enjoy its beauty.

Malaga was also home to one of the greatest artists to ever live and now to the museum dedicated to his work. Born on October the 21st 1881, Pablo Picasso is world famous, not just for paintings (such as the Garçon à la pipe), but also sculpture work, drawings, ceramics and for pioneering the cubist style. With many great pieces of artwork on display on long-term loan to the museum, regular exhibitions show the many aspects of Pablo Picasso's work.

For fans of museums it is also worth checking out the Museo Municipal (the city museum), the Museo de Artes y Tradiciones Populares (Museum of Arts and Popular Traditions) and for fans of music the Museo de la Musica (Museum of Music).

Family Fun
For a more fun based day out, Malaga is in no short supply of activities, for everyone from families to those looking for more nocturnal pursuits. Families can enjoy trips to the local zoos, safari parks and aquariums, or for those looking to be in the water themselves there are some great aqua parks that are fun for all ages and a great way to cool down on a hot day.

For the sportsman, Malaga has helped contribute to the Costa del Sol's reputation for world class golf and will not disappoint those looking to take advantage of this.
Not a fan of golf? How about booking another kind of car for the day? Go-Karting may not strictly be done with a car, more a 'cart' we admit, but is an experience guaranteed to get the adrenaline going!

When the sun goes down, if your looking for a great night out, there is no end of places to visit and the Spanish know all about a good night out. With many bars and clubs to choose from going on late into the night, Malaga's friendly atmosphere will ensure this is a place you'll want to visit again.

Other Sites of Interest
If you fancy taking a drive outside Malaga to make the best of your car hire, you are really spoiled for choice, with many destinations a short drive down the Costa del Sol including such places as the cosmopolitan Marbella with its fashionable shops and fantastic harbor, Torremolinos, Fuengerola or a day trip down the coast to visit the famous rock of Gibraltar.
Alternatively, a day trip inland to Rhonda provides a great way to see some of the beautiful mountain landscapes of Spain as you drive along the cinematic windy mountain roads. Once in Rhonda you will get to see the amazing 300ft high bridge that crosses the Tajo River which helped hold out many invading forces and once gave Rhonda the title of the 'impregnable city'. This picturesque town is one not to miss, with un spoilt back street's giving a great feel of tradition, not just through it's shops and houses, but also its people.


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