Malaga Rooftop Terrace Bars
Malaga city has one of the best combined offerings for visitors: great beaches, excellent tapas bars, good shopping, superb museums - so what better way to round off a day of culture, eating out and walks along the seafront than with a "gintonic" on a rooftop terrace?
Many hotels and hostels in the city now boast these wonderful bars with fabulous views and lively atmosphere, and you can even find one in a museum. Most have a contemporary feel, with sleek furniture, wooden decking and glass walls, for optimum vistas of the city.
Here is our guide to the best rooftop terrace bars - they're all open to non-guests, so head up for an evening of admiring the cathedral, port and Mediterranean Sea from a bird's eye view. Most are open from April to September, while some remain open all year round, with reduced hours for example at weekends only.
Alcazaba Premium Hostel, Alcazabilla 12
One of the most recent openings, this buzzing multi-level terrace is located next to the Roman theatre, and also has a restaurant, Batik. The view of the Alcazaba opposite, as you may guessed from its name, and Gibralfaro castle, floodlit at night, are spectacular. It's also next to Antonio Banderas new penthouse apartment - star-spotting factor is highest around Semana Santa in March/April and the Starlite Festival in July/August.
Hotel AC Málaga Palacio, Cortina del Muelle 1
Great cathedral views from this large terrace, which was the pioneer in Malaga, and remains one of the best. Also one of the highest, which means it gets breezy, so take a jacket or shawl. Popular meeting point during the Malaga Film Festival in March. Has a restaurant and swimming pool. More on the hotel.
Hotel Molina Lario, Molina Lario 22
This seasonal terrace of the stylish hotel, on the eighth floor, is more sheltered than the AC Malaga, and hosts concerts and other activities, mostly in summer. Has a small swimming pool. More on hotel
Hotel Room Mate Larios, Marques de Larios 2
Perfect for events and parties, this terrace is overlooks the city's most famous shopping street, Calle Marques de Larios - Malaga at is most elegant. Hip monochrome furniture, stone walls, mosaic-tiled bar and night-time entertainment with DJs make it a top choice. More on the hotel.
Hotel Sallés Málaga Centro, Marmoles 6
Outside the city centre, by the river Guadalmedina, this split-level seasonal terrace with wooden bar and tented sofa area is frequented by a young crowd and organises concerts by indie bands. Has a small swimming pool. More on the hotel.
Chinitas Urban Hostel, Pasaje Chinitas 2
Great cathedral views from the terrace of this friendly hostel, located near the beach, at the bottom of Calle Larios, with activities during the summer months.
Museo Taurino-Colección Juan Barco, Plaza del Siglo
Small, little-known terrace above new museum in the old Patronato Turismo Costa del Sol building, ideal for a quiet drink.
Oasis Hostel Malaga, San Telmo 14
Located close to the Thyssen Museum, this hostel has a plant-filled terrace with a wooded-roofed bar, and looks over Los Martires church. Well-priced with a fun atmosphere, it offers concerts, exhibitions, performances and a house DJ playing Arabic tunes.
Hotel Soho Bahia Malaga, Somera 8
In the heart of the super-hip Soho barrio, famous for its avant-garde graffiti, this new hotel with its bold décor (fabulous colourful façade) has a new terrace called Soho, featuring a futuristic white bar and shaded tent areas. It is just three minutes from the Malaga's modern art museum CAC (Centro Andaluz de Arte Contemporaneo).