If you're planning a holiday on the Costa del Sol, you'll need to book flights to Malaga, as the city's airport is the main hub that serves this popular region of Spain. The airport itself is located just 8 km outside the city centre and boasts excellent transport links to other destinations on the Costa del Sol.
Monarch Flights operates several routes to Malaga from the UK, with flights available from London Gatwick, London Luton, Birmingham, Manchester and East Midlands airports. So, no matter where in the UK you're based, you shouldn't be far from somewhere that offers cheap flights to Malaga.
Why fly to Malaga?
One of the reasons why Malaga - and the Costa del Sol - is a popular choice for British holidaymakers is that it's easy to get to. The average flight time from London to the Spanish destination is approximately two hours and 40 minutes, while from northern airports like Manchester it takes closer to three hours.
The province of Malaga is blessed with 160 km of beautiful coastline that's dotted with busy tourist resorts, vibrant cities and sleepy Spanish villages. This means it caters to all kinds of travellers and with cheap flights to Malaga available, you can arrange a trip that suits you without breaking the bank.
Of course, another reason to travel to Malaga is for the weather, with the Costa del Sol receiving an average of 300 days of sunshine annually and basking in warm year-round temperatures (between 25 and 30 degrees C in the summer and rarely lower than 14 degrees C in the winter).
From Malaga airport, it is easy to get to the likes of Marbella, which is served by regular buses, Fuengirola, which is connected via rail, and Torremolinos, which can be reached by taxi.
Top resorts near Malaga
Malaga has a lot to offer travellers, such as fascinating historical and cultural sites, beautiful beaches, excellent restaurants and vibrant festivals. However, there are many more destinations on the Costa del Sol that are worth exploring - we've singled out a few of the best below:
• Torremolinos - Torremolinos is great for families as it's got fantastic beaches, exciting theme and water parks, a wide range of sports facilities and historical and cultural attractions within its old town. There is a great selection of family-friendly hotels, too, while parents will certainly be glad that it's not a long drive from the airport, either.
• Marbella - Marbella is renowned for being something of a luxury holiday destination and its high-end marinas filled with amazing yachts certainly enhances its reputation. As well as its star appeal, it boasts some beautiful beaches, outstanding restaurants and a number of world-class golf courses. Marbella's historic quarter, meanwhile, has retained much of its authentic charm and is a delight to explore.
• Nerja - For a more peaceful break on the Costa del Sol, head east of Malaga to the lovely town of Nerja. There are wonderful coves and bays right next to the traditional town, which is home to a collection of landmarks that are worth exploring. One of the other highlights here is the Caves of Nerja, which is a system of nearly 2 km of subterranean chambers that feature amazing rock formations, as well as a number of cave paintings dating from the Paleolithic period.