An inspiring city with a clutch of architectural attractions, there’s a lot to be explored in Málaga. Learn about Spain’s Islamic past at the majestic Alcazaba Fortress Palace, while the museums shed light on the early years of Pablo Picasso, who was born here. Málaga truly has it all with sights ranging from scenic beaches and hikes to century-old castle structures, stylish harbours and excellent restaurants. Discover the manifold charms of Málaga as you walk on the sandy beaches, try a plethora of food at the restaurants, enjoy the singing and dancing in traditional Flamenco style while making memories that will last a lifetime.
Discover the best of Málaga with the ever-popular Museu de Picasso (Picasso Museum). The greatest artist of the 20th century, Pablo Picasso revolutionised the world of art. The 230 different works in the museum here offer a unique insight into Picasso’s developing style and are complemented by constant exhibitions of contemporary art.
Next on your list should be the Málaga Cathedral , situated in the city centre. Nicknamed “La Manquita”, it took more than 250 years to build this gorgeous church that was constructed between 1528 and 1782. While original plans had allowed for two towers- North and South, due to a lack of funds, only the former was built . Finely crafted in Renaissance and baroque styles, the notable 17th century choir stalls of mahogany and cedar wood were designed by Luis Ortiz.
Follow this with a lively evening at the Mercado Central , one of the most beautiful and lively markets in Spain . The mix of booths and restaurants here makes it a place you could easily spend hours at. The 260+ stalls here sell everything from sausages, cheese and fish to in-season vegetables, home supplies and more, including misshapen tomatoes, sliced and served with olive oil , chopped garlic and large purple onions that are mild and sweet.
Málaga boasts of as many as 15 beaches, with each one more appealing than the other. One of the most stunning among them is El Pedregalejo, located at about a 25-minute walk from the city centre. It is considered to be one of the trendiest neighbourhoods in the city for its wide range of restaurants. The beach itself is 1.2 km long and is an ideal place to spend a relaxing day and take a refreshing splash in the sea.
After indulging your palate at Mercado and relaxing at the beach, walk it all off with an adventure at Mount Gilbralfaro and the Alcazaba Castle. Built in the 11th century, the castle is a hallmark of Málaga’s past rulers. At the foot of the Alcabaza Castle is the Roman amphitheatre that is estimated to have been constructed in the first century A.D. under the dominion of Augustus. The theatre is a historical reminder of the Roman imperium in the region.
Very close to the beach and the castle is Avenida de la Aurora where Cafe Central is one of the oldest historic places to grab a cup of cof fee in Málaga ; La Canasta next door does well with its cakes and pastries too! A typical spot to sit-back and relax with friends and family on hot summer days. The Avenida is a great place for leisurely coffees and afternoon teas, with a lovely view of people from your terrace table.