If people are talking about Andalusia (Andalucia), they will think directly to Sevilla. While actually Malaga is also a gem that most people usually forget...
1. First thing first: communicate is hard if you don't understand basic Spanish.
I did learn Spanish a bit for a year and to be honest I forgot almost everything, after 3 days in Spain I just remembered some words (thanks to google) and finally can get my life a bit easier. The locals they speak English but not so many, even in some tapas bars they will prefer Spanish over English and sometimes you have to count on your body language just to order a food because you will never know the name.
2. Spaniards: souriants
I JUST LOVE HOW SMILEY AND FRIENDLY THE PEOPLE ARE. (note: even if you don't speak Spanish)
3. Sorry to be sounded so greedy but I just love how they put the electricity outlet here and there beside your table. Just bring your charger everywhere, you will survive.
4. Well not that survived, because usually they don't have wifi.
5. Make sure you download your offline map on your phone, or bought a map. I have to be honest that walking will be tiring because from one place to another is kind of far in Malaga but worth the view!
6. Be ready to change your meal time! While most people have breakfast around 9h, Spaniards have it around 10h30. Oh, never expect a lunch before 14h because they are most likely to be closed or just sell the breakfast menu instead. I'm not saying it's not good, I think food are really good there (also the price, me lovey), just pay attention at the first days because it might change your eating habit a bit. Also dinner would start a bit late!
7. Transportation system are a bit hard to understand. Even for someone who lives in Paris and used to mixed and complicated metro lines, I found it hard to understand the buses.
8. Malaga has metro/train to go to another city close by, but inside the city they mainly use buses.
9. If you don't like walking, you could grab a bike and enjoy your ride. If you can't ride a bike, make sure you bring your most comfortable shoes. The streets in Malaga are not flat (many stairs and narrow ones)
10. No Uber, sorry. You still can use my code for another city though. Get 5€ discount by using the code: g4ju8ue ;) happy to share it with you!
11. Weather are so-ah-mazing! Don't forget your sunnies, sunscreen and a full charged camera because you wanna snap every great moments you have there!
12. Locals use dark clothes! Not as dark as in Paris (if you realized how Parisians dressed), but if you come out with a super bright bling-bling here and there. Yeah, they noticed you directly.
13. So much Spanish beauty. If you've been to Barcelona before you might not see much real Spanish, but here. Wow I'm amazed!
14. People are so nice with the pedestrians, you don't have to fight to make them give you the way. Well they are so nice with people in general.
15. If you are solo traveling, I have to admit that I find it weird to go to a bar alone and spending time there. Because people usually go with their friends and already in a group, especially if you don't speak Spanish, no one really gonna approach you tho.
16. ONE OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL PLACE I HAVE VISITED IN EUROPE
17. Not to forget: Mijas (the third and last photo), a white village just one and half hour away from Malaga. So beautiful with white buildings and blue touch here and there. Reminds me a bit of Greece but one funny thing is, there is so many Japanese tourists. Don't really understand why but even the products they sell in the shops sometimes written in Japanese.
18. So artsy! You will never find beautiful street art like in Malaga, you will find it everywhere not only in the suburbs.
19. It is really safe to go by yourself, even for a woman. Even if you go back at 2am in the morning, walking around and no uber (perhaps local taxi) but still, it's still very safe. I got no catcall or anything like that, people are very respectful.
20. Everything is so cheap. My suggestion: go buy some tapas (seafood ones) here instead of the other cities, because it's so affordable, tasted so fresh and so much variety you could choose.