Malaga has been named as the best city for an urban getaway by Forbes magazine. This is a list that excludes capital cities.
The magazine said “Visit for yourself and you’ll soon see why the world’s eyes are turning to this stunning corner of Andalucia.”
The list included over 400 cities from 89 countries with Malaga taking the top spot.
The report was produced by the Premier Inn hotel chain and used Google search data for hundreds of destinations around the world.
The data suggests that Malaga is the most searched for alternative capital for a city break, amassing over 470,000 searches annually for ‘Holidays in Malaga’. The Costa del Sol city is known for its stunning beaches, lively and traditional culture and the vast array of food on offer.
Malaga has grown in popularity amongst those searching for a break in a less obvious location to visit this year.
Duncan Madden, a journalist with Forbes, said “Madrid is already overshadowed by its more famous coastal neighbour, Barcelona. But Barcelona is not the second city of choice, perhaps thanks to its reputation as a crazed tourist hotspot already bursting at the seams with visitors.”
Another reason for travellers moving to Malaga is “Malaga’s gorgeous beaches and free attractions like La Alcazaba and Gibralfaro Castle which are attracting people from far away. The birthplace of Picasso and home to the Picasso Museum (free on Sundays!), visit for yourself and you’ll soon see why the world’s eye are turning to this stunning corner of Andalucía.”
The province of Malaga has long been a popular choice for expats to settle in with the famous Puerto Banus, Marbella, and Benalmadena all being a part of this stunning section of the south coast.
Marbella remains as one of the most popular areas due to the many days of sunshine, proximity to both Malaga and Gibraltar airports, and the possible return on investment available from purchasing property in the area.