by Stuart Haggas
Malaga, Spain

This radiant city by the sea is enjoying a culture-led renaissance, while a nearby beach resort is establishing itself as one of Europe’s leading LGBT hotspots.

Malaga (Photo by ArtGate)

Málaga and Torremolinos resources

One of Spain’s busiest airports, Málaga is served by a host of international airlines including Delta, who operate non-stop flights from New York’s JFK during the peak May – September period. The airport is located between Málaga and Torremolinos, hence transfers via taxi to either destination are quick and inexpensive. There’s also an efficient local train service (Málaga Cercanias Line) that goes from Málaga Centro Alameda station along the coast to Fuengirola, with stops including the airport and Torremolinos.

For the latest updates about what to see and do in Málaga, visit www.malagatourismo.com

Room Mate Valeria, Plaza Poeta Alfonso Canales 5, Málaga. A stylish boutique hotel with 61 rooms with colourful striped décor, and a roof terrace with bar and swimming pool. Price range: $125 – $315*.

Room Mate Larios, Calle Marqués de Larios 2, Málaga. Art deco style boutique hotel with 45 rooms, piano bar and rooftop bar. Price range: $126 – $323. www.room-matehotels.com/en/larios/

Hotel Molina Lario, Calle Molina Lario 20, Málaga. Smart and contemporary-style hotel with 103 rooms and a rooftop swimming pool. Price range: $150 – $345. www.hotelmolinalario.com

AC Hotel Malaga Palaico, Calle Cortina del Muelle 1, Málaga. Part of the Marriott group, 4-star hotel with 214 rooms and a panoramic roof deck with swimming pool, restaurant and bar. Price range: $128 – $435. www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/agpmg-ac-hotelmalaga-palacio

Restaurante José Carlos García, Puerto de Málaga, Plaza de la Capilla 1, Málaga. Málaga’s first Michelin starred restaurant occupies a chic and modern space in the city’s redeveloped port. www.restaurantejcg.com

La Fábrica, Calle Trinidad Grund 29, Málaga. A new microbrewery, craft brew pub, restaurant and live music venue in the hip Soho neighbourhood. www.lafabricadecerveza.com

La Deriva, Alameda Colón 7, Málaga. A Spanish gastronomic restaurant in a stylishly renovated historical building in the hip Soho neighbourhood. www.laderiva.es

El Pimpi, Calle Granada 62, Málaga. An iconic bodega bar popular with locals and tourists, this rambling warren of rooms was formerly the stables for a neighbouring palace. www.elpimpi.com

Taberna Uvedoble, Calle Císter 15, Málaga. This sleek and modern twist on a traditional bodega bar serves gourmet tapas. www.uvedobletaberna.com

El Carmen, Plaza de la Merced 21, Málaga. A café-bar with outdoor terrace, open from breakfast till late, popular with the local LGBT community.

Celebrating Pride in Torremolinos Spain

Celebrating Pride in Torremolinos

Museo Casa Natal de Picasso, Plaza de la Merced 15, Málaga. The apartment where world-renowned artist Pablo Picasso was born is now a fascinating heritage museum. www.fundacionpicasso.malaga.eu

Museo Picasso Malaga, Palacio de Buenavista, Calle San Agustín 8, Málaga. This 16th century palace is now a museum displaying almost 300 artworks by Picasso, plus temporary exhibitions by other world-renowned artists. www.museopicassomalaga.org

Museo Carmen Thyssen, Calle Compañía 10, Málaga. This 16th century palace is home to a unique collection of 19th century Spanish masterpieces, from the personal collection of socialite and former beauty queen and actress Carmen Thyssen. www.carmenthyssenmalaga.org

Centre Pompidou Malaga, Pasaje Doctor Carrillo Casaux, Málaga. The first international outpost of the famous Parisian museum displays dramatic contemporary art in a dramatic new gallery space. www.centrepompidou-malaga.eu

State Russian Museum, Edificio de Tabacalera, Av de Sor Teresa Prat 15, Málaga. A former 1920s tobacco factory is now the world’s biggest museum dedicated to Russian art outside of Russia, an outpost of Saint Petersburg’s renowned State Russian Museum. www.coleccionmuseoruso.es

Museo Automovil y la Moda, Edificio de Tabacalera, Av de Sor Teresa Prat 15, Málaga. With a collection of almost 100 exceptional examples of classic cars, plus fashion and haute couture. www.museoautomovilmalaga.com

Alcazaba, Calle Alcazabilla, Málaga. A fortified Moorish palace in a prominent hilltop position in Málaga’s historic centre, with reflecting pools and gardens. www.malagaturismo.com/en/touristresources/detail/alcazaba/6

Castillo de Gibralfaro, Camino de Gibralfaro 11, Málaga. A medieval castle built in the 10th century with lots of historical ambience, its restored ramparts provide excellent panoramas of the city below. www.malagaturismo.com/en/touristresources/detail/castillo-de-gibralfaro/12

Melia Costa del Sol, Paseo Marítimo 11, Torremolinos. Smart and modern 4-star hotel with 540 rooms, two swimming pools, Thalasso spa, and prime location close to the gay beach. Price range: $80 – $295* www.melia.com/es/hoteles/espana/torremolinos/melia-costa-delsol/index.html

Hotel Ritual, Calle Brasil 2, Torremolinos. An adults-only hotel targeting an LGBT clientele, with 138 rooms, swimming pool, and nudist rooftop zone with infinity pool and bar. Price range: $59 -$130* www.hotelritualtorremolinos.com

Eden Beach Club, Paseo Marítimo, Torremolinos. An LGBT beach club and chiringuito, with sunbeds and parasols available to hire, and a food and beverage service.

El Gato Lounge, Paseo Marítimo, Torremolinos. Beachside bar and lounge popular with the LGBT crowd. www.elgatolounge.com

Codigo, Calle la Nogalera, Torremolinos. A popular gay bar with outdoor terrace. www.codigobartorremolinos.com

Eden Copas, Calle la Nogalera 4, Torremolinos. Lively gay bar with regular drag shows, plus an outdoor terrace. www.edentorremolinos.com

Ritual Copas, Calle la Nogalera 6, Torremolinos. A fun and friendly gay bar with outdoor terrace. www.facebook.com/ritualcopastorremolinos/

Men’s Bar, Calle la Nogalera 4, Torremolinos. Men-only gay cruise venue. www.facebook.com/mensbartorremolinos

Free Eagle, Urb. La Nogalera, Calle Danza Invisible 4, Torremolinos. Gay venue popular with the bear, leather and fetish fraternity. www.facebook.com/newfreeeagle/

Parthenon, Calle la Nogalera 715, Torremolinos. One of the oldest gay venues in Torremolinos, it remains a popular gay dance club and attracts a younger local crowd. www.facebook.com/parthenondisco

Aqua Club, Urb. La Nogalera, Calle Danza Invisible 710, Torremolinos. State-of-the-art venue, hosting regular gay circuit events and parties. www.facebook.com/aquaclubtorremolinos

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