Shopping in Malaga: the ultimate winter blues antidote

Malaga’s mild climate makes it the ideal place for a relaxed city break.
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With the UK currently besieged by grey skies, there’s no better way to banish the winter blues than by jetting off somewhere hot and sunny and indulging in a spot of retail therapy. Booking a cheap flight is easy, with plenty of airlines – including Monarch – offering affordable fares to top sunny destinations such as Malaga, on the Costa del Sol. With its mild winter climate and great range of shops, this Spanish hotspot is the ideal place for a relaxed city break.

For chic restaurants and designer concessions conveniently located under one roof, look no further than Malaga’s El Corte Ingles. This fantastic department store can be found throughout Spain, and offers a wide range of clothing, homeware and furniture. High-end brands are sold here as well as good, lower-priced clothing ranges. The well-stocked supermarket inside is also worth a visit, as it’s the ideal spot for picking up authentic Spanish fare to take home and enjoy.

The Centro Commercial Malaga Plaza is a gleaming modern shopping centre that houses 54 stores. The indoor palm trees provide a relaxed atmosphere and the kids’ play area will keep young ones entertained whilst you shop. It’s located just a short distance from El Corte Ingles, so why not make a day of it and visit both in a single trip?

Alternatively, make the most of Malaga’s sunny weather and shop outdoors on the pedestrianised Calle Marqués de Larios, the main shopping street in the city centre. Historic buildings line this busy street and you can find well-known upmarket fashion and shoe shops as well as a range of quality Spanish clothing lines. All budgets are catered for, with both high street offerings and designer goods available.

Paella at the Food Market

Paella at the Food Market

Finally, if you’re looking for tradition and culture whilst you shop, then pay a visit to Malaga Central Market, where you can stock up on Spanish delicacies and take a break for lunch in one of the surrounding cafes.

Affordable flights to Malaga with Monarch are now available from just £38 per person, ensuring you’ll have plenty of spending money left to indulge a serious shopping session. Monarch’s scheduled flights to Malaga depart from London Luton, London Gatwick, Manchester, East Midlands and Birmingham airports. To find out more about Monarch‘s cheap flights to destinations around the world, visit

Last modified: December 27, 2020

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