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Spanish sunshine, cubed

Spanish sunshine, cubed

Just two and a half hours by train from capital Madrid, Malaga is a sub-tropical respite from the frenetic capital and the gateway to the beachy playground known as the Costa del Sol. With over a half million people, Malaga doesn’t exclusively depend on Europeans seeking sunshine. This is a bustling, coastal commercial center that has many museums and monuments – including two dedicated to Malaga’s most celebrated hijo.

Malaga is the birthplace of Pablo Picasso – and is on display at the Casa Natal. Located on the Plaza del la Merced in the heart of the historic center, exhibition rooms detail his early years at this home built by his father. In 1998, the historical building was taken over by the Picasso Foundation and was officially re-opened by the King and Queen of Spain. The home includes personal family mementos, prints and ceramics, a library and research center.

The area surrounding the birthplace is encircled by other Malaga monuments, like the 11th century Alcazaba. This Moorish fortification created for the King of Granada is the best-preserved alcazar, or "citadel," in Spain. Next to the entrance are the ruins of the Roman theater, dating to the 1st century. Today, excavations are being carried out to discover more Roman relics.

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If you want a great overview of the city before, perhaps, setting off for the beach, the Malaga Hop-on, hop-off City Sightseeing Tour will be worth your while. With 15 stops, hop-on and off this open-air double decker bus at will. If the warm Spanish sun is shining, you may just want to work on your tan from the top deck.

Check out the incredible view from the Gibralfaro Castle, built by a Cordoban emir in the 8th century. Visit the 16th century cathedral, affectionately referred to as, La Manquita – or loosely interpreted as "one armed woman." Head to the newer Picasso Museum with 12 halls of permanent galleries including sketches, ceramics and paintings. Stroll on the Calle de Larios, a pedestrian street noted for its unique marbled patterns. The shops and restaurants here stay open until the wee hours – perfect for that midnight tapas snack.

Ready to hit the beach ? All the playas are an easy cab or bus ride from the city center : La Malagueta, Pedregalejo, Midericordia are where the locals come to relax and play. Just west you’ll find the exclusive beach towns of Marbella and Puerto Banus, where you may find Antonio Banderas hanging out on a yacht dock.

Thanks to the high-speed AVE and RENFE trains, you can also easily reach Andalucia. See the Mezquita of Cordova in just one hour. Dance with castanets in Seville in two hours.

See the sights, then head south to Spain’s sol. Warm and inviting, historic and artistic, there’s no chance Picasso’s Blue Period could be created here, unless of course, his eyes were toward the sky.

Malaga station(s)

Trains are convenient way to reach any town and city in Europe. All main towns have a railway station, while major cities have more than two railway stations. Nearly all railway stations are located in the city centre. Check our map to locate railway station(s) in Malaga.

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Granada to seville & madrid to malaga Rail Pass?Wife and I will need to train from Granada to Seville on July 11, and then from Madrid to Malaga on July 16. Does it make sense for each of us to get a Rail Pass for these trips?

Pauljay57 | 18 March 2001 complete | 6 Comments
Group booking hello, we are a group of 11 traveling to spain in august 2018. we would travel by AVE train from madird to malaga. how ever, it shows on the website that maximum 9 tickets can be booked. how do we book tickets for all eleven together? thank you (...)

jay mehta | 18 March 2006 complete | 3 Comments
What are the reservation fees for a round-trip journey in spain? When using a Eurail Spain Pass, is the reservation fee shown charged on both segments of a roundtrip journey? For example, I used your website to find the fee for a trip from from Malaga to Cordoba and it showed $14. Is that for the entire trip? (...)

Diane Sanderbeck | 18 February 2025 complete | 3 Comments
Is there an extra charge to take renfe trains in spain? traveling from barcelona to malaga Do we have to pay extra for Renfe trains in Spain? I see that there is a cost of $14 per person from Barcelona to Malaga.

Mark Sneed | 18 February 2026 complete | 4 Comments
Toledo to malaga Is it possible to go directly via train? We are traveling in September 2018 and I would like to travel by train.

Pam Bowman | 18 January 2002 | 1 Comments

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Customer reviews

  • Erkan Otag’s experience |
    "Excellent "

  • Train Madrid Malaga return |
    "We took another train journey from Madrid to Malaga and return and I have to say it is the most comfortable way to travel. We find the service clean, punctual and above all the staff friendly. We would recommend this to flying or driving. "

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    Fast and fun |
    "From Malaga to Madrid to watch football at Santiago Bernabeu the train was superb. Travelled turist-class and were satisfied with that. Verry good seats. Never been in trains over 300 km an hour. Fun ! "

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    Totally First Class |
    "This is the first time I was travelling first class on Renfe and I must say it was quite an experience. The breakfast was wonderful and so was the ambiance of the coach, which includes the soft, spacious seats. Since a lot of tourists use these trains, I would suggest Renfe offer up a few English newspapers along with the Spanish papers. "

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    Enjoyable Experience... |
    "I had forgotten how nice it is just to sit back and not have to buckle that seat belt and put seat upright. For short trips the train beats the plane and with the bus station right there in Malaga,very convenient. "

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    Excellent Service  |
    "Excellent service from Rail Europe. I appreciated the billing in Indian Rupees. The service by Renfe was excellent. Well connected and equipped stations. Trains were dot on time and coaches very comfortable "

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    good travel |
    "We enjoyed very much,excellent ,comfortable trip "

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    Great Way to discover Spain |
    "It was great fun experience to travel to Madrid using the Rail Way...It was great seeing the country side of Spain... It very clean, seats are very comfortable, for sure I will use the train for my next travel. It's worth the value for money. Great staffs, and very easy booking online and checking in at the gate... "

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    Trip from Madrid to Malaga |
    "I am impressed with the transport system and we were very pleased to learn that our train fare included the metro to the airport. Thank you for being so efficient. "

  • renfe |
    "The train was fast, comfortable, and clean. The Staff was friendly. I really missed the wifi.... :( "

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