Malaga has been named the best tourist destination in Spain for 2023 by Condé Nast Traveler magazine, one of the most prestigious honors in the world of travel.
Elisa Pérez de Siles Calvo, Malaga’s first deputy mayor, accepted the prize during a gala event organized by David Moralejo, Condé Nast Traveler Spain’s head of content. Greta Fernández hosted the spectacular gala, which featured a special performance by Christopher Lund, and recreated an environment inspired by the grandeur of majestic villas and hotels of the Mediterranean at Madrid’s Quinta del Duque del Arco de El Pardo.
The awards, which recognise excellence in the travel industry based on the votes of its readers, highlighted Malaga as “the city where everyone wants to live. Its ideal size, its almost three thousand hours of sunshine a year, its excellent connections with the rest of Spain and Europe, its commitment to technological innovation, its extraordinary cultural offer, its environment… the reasons are as numerous as the smiles on the faces of locals and tourists along Calle Larios, the Pasaje de Chinitas and the Palmeral de las Sorpresas. Add to this a hectic calendar of hotel openings, such as the Only You Málaga, and gastronomic openings”.
Readers choose between three finalists proposed by a jury made up of professionals from the cultural, tourism, and arts sectors, who select the candidates each year in the categories of ‘Best National Destination’ and ‘Best International Destination,’ as well as in numerous types of hotels, both national and international, according to Malaga city council representatives.
At the same event, in the ‘Best Resort’ category, an award also went to an iconic complex on the Costa del Sol. The Puente Romano Beach Resort, located in Marbella, was chosen at an event in which the award for the best urban hotel went to the Rosewood Villa Magna, Madrid; the Getaway Hotel, to Belmond la Residencia, Mallorca; the New Hotel, to Villa Le Blanc the Gran Meliá hotel, Menorca; the Design Hotel, to The Madrid Edition, Madrid; the Gastronomic Hotel, for Royal Hideaway Corales Resort, Tenerife; the Winter Hotel, for the Val de Neu, Baqueira Beret, Lleida; and Hotel for Relax and Leisure, for Fariones, Lanzarote. The SO / Sotogrande, Cadiz, was awarded in the Health, Sport and Wellness category, and the CN Sustainable & Eco Traveler award went to Wave of Change, Iberostar.
More than 500 people attended the event, where David Moralejo, Condé Nast Traveler’s head of content, stated that “the magazine continues to go from strength to strength, with numbers that have positioned it as the fastest growing publication in the market.”
Condé Nast Traveler, he says, is “the only magazine in Spain that specializes in travel and hotels from a cultural perspective, always linked to luxury and lifestyle.”