6 March 2023

Malaga Film Festival

Every March, Malaga city centre gets yet another glamorous makeover when the Festival de Málaga, Malaga’s much-loved film festival and 11-day celebration of Spanish-language cinema, commences its annual run. Over 200 films are shown at spectacular venues across the city – including Teatro Cervantes, Cine Albéniz and even the Picasso museum – with Calle Larios and Calle Alcazabilla serving as both a red carpet and an exhibition space. The star-studded opening night, historically attended by the biggest names in Spain’s film […]
6 March 2023

The 4 best bookshops in Malaga (and 1 in Fuengirola)

The vibrant, diverse landscape and culture of Malaga and its surrounding area has long attracted visits from great authors seeking inspiration, including the likes of Ernest Hemingway and Hans Christian Andersen, who wrote in his travel memoir In Spain, published in English in 1870, that “in none of the Spanish towns have I been so happy, so entirely at home, as here in Malaga”. Nowadays, Malaga is full of places to sit for a while with a good book, whether […]
6 March 2023

Librería Códice

Librería Códice is everything that comes to mind when you hear the words “second-hand bookshop”: piles and piles of well-loved books, organised according to a cryptic system that only the owner truly understands, and that classic old book smell. This bookshop is one for the true booklover, offering a wide selection of the best novels from various world literatures, curated by the helpful owner, Rogelio, as well as books on poetry, art and cinema. There’s also a good chance of […]
6 March 2023

Casa del Libro

One of Spain’s largest bookshop chains, Casa del Libro, has a store on Calle Nueva, which has three floors of brand-new books in every genre imaginable, including a great selection of English books on the third floor. They stock a few well-known classics, as well as offering the best new and trending releases from contemporary authors. There’s also a reading area, so you can try your choices before you buy. Can’t find the exact book you’re looking for? No problem – […]
6 March 2023

Librería Luces

Librería Luces is an independent bookshop on Malaga’s Alameda Principal. Founded in 2003 by Pilar Villasana and José Antonio Ruiz, they have worked hard ever since to reignite Malaga’s passion for the written word. And their mission has been a success, as Librería Luces now counts itself as one of Malaga’s main cultural hubs. The store hosts events such as book launches, signings and readings, which are advertised on their website, and has been influential in bringing back Malaga’s Feria […]
5 March 2023

Re-Read Librería

This Spain-wide chain of second-hand bookshops has a store on Calle Victoria, just off Plaza de la Merced. Unlike a typical second-hand bookshop, the books in Re-Read are neatly organised and displayed beautifully according to genre and author, so that upon first entering the store you may think you’ve found yourself in another of Spain’s big commercial bookshop chains. What sets Re-Read apart, though, is its affordability. As founder Nicolás says, “The concept behind Re-Read is very simple: to offer […]
23 February 2023

Julian’s Books (Fuengirola)

A short coastal train ride away from Malaga’s city centre is the beach town of Fuengirola, a popular destination for summer tourists and British and Scandinavian expats seeking a warmer climate and slower pace of life. There’s a large international community here year-round, and it’s just as common to hear English, Finnish or Russian spoken in the streets as it is to hear Spanish. Founded by one of these expats back in 1966, Julian’s Books is a real gem, hidden […]