Malaga Stag Weekends and Hen Parties
Ok, time to stop messing about. If you’re going all the way to Spain for your stag-do, then you might as well go in all guns blazing. Dubbed the capital of the Costa del Sol, Malaga is proper Spain. Where the golden sand of the Malaguetta beach contrasts with the bloodstained sand of the Maestranza Bullring. Where the beautiful, dark-eyed Malagueña girls demand real men to grab their attention.
Where cuba libres are mixed with more rum than coke. Where the nightclub crowd heads home at sunrise and is rested and supping shandy in a beach-bar by mid-morning. If you can manage to keep pace with the locals, Malaga guarantees a legendary Spanish stag weekend. The only question is, do you have the cojones to take it on?!
Having been around for the best part of three millennia, Malaga has been home to the Phoenicians, Carthaginians, Romans, Moors and Christians, so expect a stag with a side-serving of local culture. The history of Malaga is a big ol’ book but there are plenty of empty pages to write your own chapter of mythical stag adventures. By day, consider Malaga your adventure playground of pleasure.
Here in the big city, the menus come in Spanish first and English second, so get that Castillian lisp revved up and get stuck into some of the most delicious Mediterranean grub you’re ever likely to try. Needless to say that with so much sun, the locals are experts on serving up an ice-cool beer (or six), and the old town’s ancient taverns and terraces will ensure that you never go thirsty. The beach is buzzing (and there’s more sexy local skin on show than Northern European Pirelli bellies). Here, you won’t have to worry about choosing between beach relaxation and city excitement, because in Malaga you’ve got both!
Then there’s the question on every stag organiser’s lips- what to do in Malaga? Well, really the question is, how much can you fit in?! Jet skiing, parapenting, gorge walking, La Liga football, go-karting, deep-sea fishing, bullfighting, golf, mountain biking…the list goes on and on. And the great thing is, it’s all nearby! Finally of course, there’s the outrageous nightlife (trust us, you won’t be disappointed!) It’s time to turn all the dials up to eleven and set the controls for the centre of the (Costa del) Sol. Welcome to the wild and wonderful world of Andalusia’s second city.
Getting to Malaga…and getting away
Unless you are sailing in with the Aga Khan or Sean Connery (unlikely), you’ll definitely want an airport transfer, as Malaga airport is a good distance away up the coast. Malaga airport transfers take all of the pain out of arriving and getting to where you are staying, and make you, the organiser, look pretty damn fine, at least for the first 20 minutes until you all revert to type…
One of the benefits of a Malaga stag do is that you really don’t have to waste precious party time on getting to the action area. Malaga airport is only 8km from the city centre, so in the time it takes to stash away your passport and rip the stickers off your luggage, you’ll already be arriving at your accommodation. The standard way to get into town is on the train (Malaga Aeropuerto to Malaga Centro Alameda), which takes about 20 minutes. However, to get the stag-wagon rolling, why not get this sorted early bells by requesting our super smooth airport transfer and we’ll have your wheels waiting for you right outside the airport exit gates. And if you really want to impress the crew, you could even book a limousine or hummer and we’ll have you rockin’ into town like a bona-fide Malagueño Mafioso, glass of Spanish bubbly in hand!
Hen do or Stag weekend in Malaga – is it right for you ?
Do Book for Malaga if:
- you are a “bigger is better” kinda’ person
- fancy a stag with a Spanish twist and some local culture
- are an energetic bunch (there are so many things to do in Malaga!)
- you enjoy city buzz and beach time
- want “Britain with sunshine”
- prefer a compact destination
- aren’t a city type
- are the retiring type
Malaga by day – beaches, what to do and where to visit
Every year on the Costa del Sol there are over 300 days of sun (somewhat more than in Grimsby, Gateshead or Glasgow), so get those swimmers on and make the most of Malaga weather!
Recommended Beaches – Malaga
Playa La Malagueta
La Malagueta is the city’s most accessible beach so it is perfect if you are looking to squeeze in a couple of hours of tanning time. You can stroll here in 15 minutes from the city centre so no forward planning is required. Waltz up, grab a sun lounger and stretch out! Restaurants and chiringuitos (beach bars) will keep you well-fed and watered.
Playa de la Misericordia
Also a city beach (this time on the Western side of the city), the Playa de la Misericordia sits beside the residential district of Huelin. If you fancy a beach afternoon then this place is ideal. There are plenty of sporty types to challenge if you fancy getting a sweat on (joggers, rollerblade, beach-volley, football). However, you won’t be alone if relaxation is all you’re after. When you’re belly starts a rumblin’ be sure to try the grilled sardines (bbq’ed on sticks over hot coals) and wash them down with a few tercios of San Miguel (it’s the local beer of Malaga!).
Playa Los Alamos
If you plan on spending a whole day on the beach then consider heading to Los Alamos. A popular choice with locals, it’s a 15 minute ride on the train (towards Torremolinos). With acres of soft sand and a huge range of restaurants and bars, you’ve got everything you need for a day out. When you are suitably toasted, simply hop back on the excellent train service to get back to Malaga for the evening revelry.
Daytime in Malaga
Don’t leave your itinerary as bare and embarrassed as a naked stag tied to a Spanish lamp-post. There is a huge range of things to do in Malaga, so check out our dedicated activities page and devise a killer itinerary for your group.
Benalmadena is characterised by its tourist souvenir shops, Puerto Banus is renowned for its designer boutiques. Malaga, on the other hand, simply does the lot!
Being substantially larger than anywhere else on the Costa Del Sol, Malaga offers the widest range of shops anywhere on the coast. In the heart of the old town, the impressive Calle de Marques de Larios – and adjoining streets – should be first stop on your shopping expedition. There are some seriously upmarket places on this beautiful boulevard so even if you don’t purchase any pricey shoes, jewellery or designer clothes, you’ll still enjoy looking around and trying things on.
If you want the full range of Spanish high-street shops then the most logical choice is the air-conditioned Vialia shopping centre. Here you’ll find Zara, H&M, Bershka and other international labels. Also, an interesting shopping experience can be had by visiting the Spanish institution that is the Corte Inglés. This classy department store is huge and sells just about about everything. Look out for it’s distinctive green logo as you walk down Avenida Andalucia, beside the river.
Needless to say, finally, that if you have a sudden urge to own a large inflatable crocodile (or anything else inflatable for that matter – this is a hen weekend after all) then you’re desires can soon be satisfied. We may be in the city, but this is still the Costa del Sol. Rest assured that you can easily find all the fake designer sunglasses, risqué beach-towels and emergency sun-cream that you’ll need.
Revving-up your weekend!
Once night falls then you can easily charge around the nightspots of Malaga city centre like a Spanish toro bravo – that is to say, on foot. However, for maximum enjoyment we highly recommend adding some serious horsepower to your weekend. How about cruising around town a champagne-ladened stretch hummer or limousine? Sometimes people ask us why getting from A to B requires some sexy wheels. Well, once you’ve felt the pure, exhilarating joy of passing champagne around the back of a luxury vehicle with the tunes pumping and the laser lights flashing in synch, you’ll understand where we’re coming from. Nothing says “welcome to the stag/hen experience” quite like clambouring into the back of some seriously bling VIP transport. Driver, pump up the volume! Woo-hoo!
Malaga Nights – Bars and Clubs
They say that the first words that Steve McMannaman leaned when he signed for Real Madrid were “cúbreme” (cover me), as Michel Salgado bombed past him down the wing. Well, in Malaga the first words that you are going to learn are chupito, cubata and “no puedo más! (shot, long drink and “I can’t take any more!”). It’s wild out there, so hold onto your sombreros.
Malaga – Top 5 Bars
El Pimpi – You can’t visit Malaga without pimping it up in El Pimpi! Despite the suggestive name, this isn’t a strip club (we’ll show you that later), but one of the most characterful bar-restaurants in Malaga. Set in an huge old 18th Century house, the interior space is lined with huge oak barrels (formerly filled with the famous local Malaga wine), all signed by Spanish celebrities. Unless you’re a reader of “Hola!” magazine you probably won’t recognise most of the names. However, with a little searching you can find the barrel of one of Malaga’s most famous sons, Antonia Banderas! Even if you’re not a fan of Puss in Boots, an afternoon of beers and tapas here is a must.
Alquimia – For shots and shooters (and let’s be honest, no stag weekend would be complete without a few quick ones down the hatch), then you have to drop by this place. Think of just about every flavour that exists, and then put it in a shot of vodka. Bingo, you have Alquimia! There’s tequila for the hardcore, and bizarre flavours like Tabasco and “Gold” for the intrepid. The best thing? Before 12:30, the shots are just €1.00 each (Malaga 1: 0 London!).
ZZ Pub – this place is a sweaty little bugger, but we promise in a good way! There’s no fancy décor to be seen (well, unless you consider Led Zepplin posters fancy décor), just good ol’ fashioned rock music and a friendly crowd of drinkers and music lovers. Most night’s of the week there is live music too. We agree, it’s kinda strange coming to Spain and seeing specialist covers bands play Beatles, Stones, Pink Floyd and Hendrix tunes, but -as Jimi himself might have said – it’ cool, man.
Morrisseys: Malaga is one fine city. However, there’s no city in the world which isn’t made better by having a cracking Irish bar with a reliably poured pint of Guiness. This place, located in the heart of the city centre, is where to come when you need a jar or two of the black stuff (with or without a dram of Jamiesons thrown in).
La Tortuga – If you’re looking for a beach bar then this one comes highly rated. Located just off the sand in the Pedregalejo beach area, the tunes here are fresh and the super-strong, fresh mint mojitos will keep you going all day long. Indeed, a beach day in Pedregalejo is a great idea in the summer; as well as the Tortuga to keep a warm buzz of alcohol flowing through your veins, the beach-front promenade is stacked with excellent restaurants.
Malaga Clubs – Our Pick
Liceo –The real uniqueness of Liceo comes from the 200-year-old walls that the venue resides in. This really is a hell of a setting for a nightclub. With two floors of funky coolness, Liceo is popular with Malaga’s young, international crowd. You’ll find plenty of English speakers (though not all of them will necessarily be English) making for a comfortable and vibrant party atmosphere. Also, we LOVE the balcony over the dance floor.
Sala Moliere – What can we say about Sala Moliere? It’s just does exactly what you want a nightclub to do. Expect big tunes, bigger drinks and a mixed Spanish-international crowd. Job done.
Sala Gold – This one is especially popular with the ladies. With frequent 70’s disco nights, there is plenty of opportunity for some Travolta leg-popping and an extended sing-a-long to Abba’s greatest hits. As the crowd gets going, you’ll also find the DJ mixing in plenty of modern commercial hits. Position yourself directly below the disco-ball, throw away your inhibitions and get into the groove…
Sala Wenge – Ready to go toe to toe with the local party-fiends? This place is a legendary local venue where they play pumping house every night until six in the morning. Let the barman freepour you an extra-large cubata. Then it’s time to throw some serious shapes to those pumping beats.
Bubbles – This new kid on the Malaga club scene has quickly built up a reputation as one of the coolest places in town. The owners of this place have loads of fresh ideas (like 100 copas for the first 100 ladies in the door, girls’ make-up nights before the party starts, live musicians, professional dancers), and the result is a fun and dynamic venue that is as fizzy and zesty as your gin and tonic.
Don’t get us wrong, there is plenty of excellent international cuisine available in Malaga, but if you ever had an opportunity to tuck into some tip-top Iberian grub, this is it! Be brave and add some paella, squid, chorizo and jamon serrano onto your menu! The following are tried and trusted group-friendly restaurants recommended by our guides.
Tapeo de Cervantes – Named after the Spanish equivalent of William Shakespeare, the Tapeo of Cervantes is as Spanish as restaurants come whilst still being accessible and totally welcoming to visitors from all over the world. Whether you want to go the tapas route with olives, cured ham and manchego cheese, or go all out for paella, fish or meat, El Tapeo de Cervantes does the business.
Vino Mio – If your big weekend in Malaga has you jumping around with excitement then how about a kangaroo fillet steak for dinner? If that’s too exotic then worry not – Vino Mio has one of the most varied international menus in town, including some great vegetarian options (not always easy to find n this part of the world). Since the kitchen is open, you can even see your meal being made (if you’re not distracted by the in-house flamenco show that is…)
Las Patios de Beatas: Leave the pints aside for the afternoon, it’s wine time! This place has almost 500 different wines in its cellar, so you can tuck into a taster menu of tapas in traditional Andalusian style. As the name suggests, there is an ample patio at the centre of restaurant. With your belly full and your palette seduced by the grapey goodness, lean back and admire the dramatic stained glass ceiling.
La Reserva 12: This is what Spanish gastronomy is all about. Fresh ingredients, the Mediterranean diet and generous splashings of full-bodied vino tinto. Tuck into some succulent solomillo (steak) or freshly-caught fish. When locals are eating this well you can see how they puff away on Camels all day and still live to be 95! With its three floors of elegant dining and private group space, La Reserva 12 is an ideal choice.
Restaurante Al-yamal: As you may or may not know, Malaga was in Moorish hands from the 8th to 15th centuries and even today is doused in Arabic culture. Little wonder then to find this absolute pearler of a restaurant serving outstanding North African cuisine. With the ambient music, Moroccan décor and sweet smell of mint tea, you might start to imagine that you’re in Marakesh, not Malaga! Tuck into a monstrous bowl of mixed cous-cous and you’ll be perfectly set for the night of drinking and partying ahead.
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