Málaga, the beautiful Andalusian city, has long been unknown unlike other cities like Sevilla or Cordoba. However it is now becoming the destination of choice for many. The city, also known as capital of Costa del Sol is full of sunshine and is very popular with young people, fashionistas and beach lovers, as well as those more interested in the rich history of the city. Málaga is a welcoming destination rich in culture.
The city is going through an ongoing big renovation project so there are lots of work happening, but nothing major to inconvenience your trip. These work means that there is a change in the aesthetic of the city. The combination of the old (e.g centro historico) and new (port) works well together.
Why not add Málaga to your travel bucket list? Here’s why you should visit!
- Centro historico – Wander around the historic centre and enjoy what Málaga has to offer. The area has retained its Moorish architecture. Walk along Calle Larios and you will find yourself surrounded by a large number of shops, bars, terraces and and also nightclubs if you’re out late. The area is also the place for shopping with clothing shops and handcrafts..
- Admire Málaga’s architectural and historic heritage by visiting the Roman theatre of Málaga. It is the oldest monument in Málaga and is situated at the bottom of the Alcazaba fortress.
- Discover Alcazaba, its beautiful garden and Castle of Gibralfaro. The Alcazaba of Málaga is an ancient fortress used to protect the province from invasions. It was also used by many kings and both Muslims and Christians. The Alcazaba was built in the eleventh century. It is a must-see and overlooks the city of Málaga. Although the Castle of Gibralfaro, located on the hill of the same name, appears to be a natural extension of the Alcazaba, these two buildings are quite distinct. This castle was built on the site of an ancient lighthouse from where its name Gibralfaro. You can visit both Alcazaba and Gibralfaro for 3,55€.
- The Cathedral of Málaga is another stop in your itinerary, being very close to both Alcazaba and the Castle of Gibralfaro. It is beautiful at night as well with all the lights.
- If you are a cultural tourist, you will be pleased with the choice of museums to visit in Málaga. Museum Carmen Thyssen holds spanish painting, mostly andalusian. The paintings are part of Carmen Thyssen-Bornemisza’s own collection. It’s impossible to visit Málaga without stopping by the Picasso Museum. The Centre Pompidou Málaga, opened in 2015 is also worth a visit if you like modern art (it’s a branch of the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris).
- Mingle with the locals at Atarazanas Market and admire the impressive stained glass windows. The market is definitely a feast for all senses (eyes, ears, nose and specially mouth!). The scent is the first thing that hits you as you enter and see all sorts of food, each in their own sections: fruits and vegetables; fish and meat. Stop by one of the many tapas bars outside the market to sample the freshness of the food.
- Take a stroll at the Port of Málaga and enjoy the many restaurants, shops and art galleries on offer. Walk down Paseo del Parque, a promenade that runs alongside a grand park with many palm trees and statues to the harbour. A boat tour around the harbour is also possible.
- Hit the beaches. As well as its cultural and architectural beauties, Málaga offers kilometres after kilometres of beautiful sandy beaches. Whether you are there for “farniente” or family friendly beaches, you will be spoiled for choice. Have a go at Malagueta, Torremolinos, Benalmádena or Playa de la Caleta.
- Shopping – Málaga is a fashionable city so obviously has lots of shopping district. Calle Larios as mentioned above is one of the main shopping street. However if you like shopping centres or department stores, you also have the choice. El Cortes Inglés, Málaga Plaza, Vialia or Plaza Mayor (situated between Malaga and Torremolinos, it is very close to the airport)
- Bonus…Sun all year around!
This is first of my posts about Málaga. This is more of an overview of what you can see and experience in Málaga, the second part will focus on food!
As always, thanks for reading. What do you think of Málaga? See you next week!