MALAGA City Guide | Spain | Travel Guide

MALAGA City Guide | Spain | Travel Guide

The south of Spain is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world, thanks to vast sandy beaches and endless sunny days. Malaga lies at the center of the southern Spanish coast, one of the most popular cities in Costa del Sol.

The best thing about Malaga is that it offers something to everyone, whether they’re interested in history or parties.

From tours of Moorish castles to day trips to Marbella for its fabulous nightclubs, the best things to do in Malaga can appeal to anyone. Apart from the beaches and the parties, the Spanish city is also famous for its impeccable art scene. It is the birthplace of Pablo Picasso, and it’s got a couple of museums to prove it.

Whether you want to sip cocktails on the beach or explore all the Moorish castles in Andalusia, Malaga is a destination worth considering. And this guide to the best things to do in Malaga will help you plan the perfect itinerary!

Malaga city is a fantastic blend of both modern and traditional, from the 11th century Alcazaba Fortress standing proud above the city; to the impressive new marina complete with its trendy bars, restaurants and shops.

The best beach of the city is Playa de la Malagueta which is around 1.3 km long and is just a few minutes walk from the city centre, it has loads of reasonably priced places to eat and drink along the beach and the ‘chiringuitos’ (beach restaurants) offer some excellent locally caught seafood.

The museum of Pablo Picasso is in a beautiful 16th century building called ‘Palacio de Buenavista’ just a few minutes walk from the cathedral.

Malaga was Picasso’s birth place and the museum houses over 200 pieces of his revolutionary  art work donated by Picasso’s family members as well as some temporary exhibits of one of the greatest artists of the 20th century.

The Roman Theater, dating from the 1st century AD. Right in the historic center of Málaga is this massive and well restored monument. You can see it from the plaza or (even better) walk on the walkway for free.

Towering above the Roman Theater, is the Alcazaba fortress, Málaga’s best example from when the city was under Moorish rule starting in the 11th century. With gardens, fortified walls, and small palaces within the complex, the Alcazaba is our #1 “not-to-miss” site in Málaga!

On top of it, is one of the most visited castles in Spain, the Castle of Gibralfaro. It was constructed by the Moors in the 1300s, just about a hundred years after the conquest making it one of Spain’s later Moorish monuments. There are great views of Málaga city from the castle and grounds.

Back down in the city center, just around the corner from the Roman Theater and Alcazaba is Málaga’s small Judería (old Jewish neighborhood). Plans are in the works to open a Sephardic history center, which will undoubtedly put Málaga on the map of the best places to see Spain’s Jewish history.

It wouldn’t be a proper Spanish city without a towering cathedral, and Málaga has that of course too. Malaga’s cathedral was constructed in the Renaissance style between 1528-1782. It is open to visitors and is one of our favorite cathedrals in Spain.

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