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10 things you must do when you study Spanish in Malaga

Studying abroad is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that will enrich you as a young individual. If you are one of those who have chosen Malaga as your next study abroad destination read these 10 things you must do when you study Spanish in Malaga.

Malaga beach

1. Hang out with the locals

If you want to get to know the people in Malaga, which are known to be very friendly and cheerful, you must go out and spend your free time with them. You can do this by heading to Mitjana Square located in the old town centre. The best time to do this is at 11 pm. You will be amazed by the people there and by the hospitable atmosphere which you are most definitely going to feel. Hanging with the locals will make you feel like you are one of them.

2. Grab a towel and head to the beach

Use some of Malaga’s 300 sunny days and head to one of its beaches such as Playa Las Acacias, Playa de la Malagueta, and Playa de la Misericordia. Lay on the dark-brown sand and relax while sunbathing on the pristine beaches and cooling in the crystal blue sea waters. Moreover, by going to the beach you will get both a chance for hanging with the locals and a chance to meet new people from all over the world. When you go back home besides bringing all your new knowledge, you will also bring an amazing bronze tan and new friends.

3. Visit the old town

Feel the magic of Malaga by visiting the old town where you will enjoy getting lost in its maze of tiled pedestrian streets covered by attractive iron balconies. Walk on its hidden streets and discover Malaga’s shops which will give you an unforgettable shopping experience. Take a break and enjoy tea or coffee in one of the mesmerizing bars, cafes, and little tea houses. While spending a day in the old town don’t forget to see the plazas such as Merced, Constitucion and Uncibay.

4. Enjoy a day in Conception Botanical Garden

Get away from the city crowd and come to Conception Botanical Garden where you can relax by immersing yourself in the lush vegetation while walking the serene paths that will lead you to the delightful fountains and the splendid tropical and subtropical gardens. Grab a book and spend a relaxing day surrounded by nothing but nature.

5. Go to the old fishing district of El Palo

Discover the flavour of Malaga by going to El Palo and eating grilled sardines (espeto de sardinasor) or fried fish (pescaito frito) in any beach bar. These are considered to be the most typical dishes in Malaga.

6. Malaga’s cathedral

Malaga’s cathedral, called la Manquita, was founded in the 15th century. Since the south tower was never finished, the locals call it “one armed woman”. Enter in it and admire the intricate details of its interior design.

7. Picasso Museum

This museum is a must-see for those who want to immerse themselves in culture. Picasso Museum, which has been restored in Modern style, offers more than 200 paintings, re-workings and early academic studies. Want to see the remains of Phoenician Malaga and traces of Roman architecture? Head to the basement and admire the history of Malaga.

8. Enjoy the best view of Malaga

Parador de Malaga Gibralfaro offers you the best view of Malaga. Admire the sunset while sitting on the terrace of the Parador Hotel sipping sweet Malaga wine.

9. Malaga’s lungs

If you feel like hiking go to the Montes de Malaga, which is only a few kilometres away from the city centre. There are countless hiking trails and picnic spots where you can admire nature. The replanted pine forest that overlooks the city is often referred to as Malaga’s lungs.

10. Nightlife

Finally, the most attractive part for every student - the nightlife. Malaga is abundant with student clubs and bars playing loud music from dusk to dawn. If you are more of a cocktail type of person head to the rooftop terraces where you can find many designer cocktails in subdued neon lighting. Whatever you choose to do, Malaga nightlife won’t disappoint you.

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Damian breen
Damian Breen Managing Director

Damian spent some 22 years living and working in various different countries in Africa and the Middle East, for several different leading international airlines, in senior country and regional manager roles.