Malaga City Guide

In Malaga you will find folklore, energy and all the romance of a flamenco dance during a sultry night. The Phoenicians, Romans, Moors and Christians have all left their traces in this busy metropolis, the sixth largest city in Spain. Enjoy traditional festivals, tapas bars and museums in this modern, vibrant city where the great Picasso was born and once called home.

Stroll through the winding streets of the old town of Malaga and you’ll see the Paseo del Parque, with its rows of palm trees, the historic ruins of the Roman amphitheatre and the monumental Cathedral of Malaga. Visit the Moorish Alcazaba Fortress where you can walk up a steep path up to the symbol of the city, the Moorish Castle, which offers stunning views over the Alboran Sea toward Morocco.

A major draw, not surprisingly, is the almost year round south Spanish sun. However, don’t try too many activities outside during the peak noon heat, as the sun can be uncomfortably hot. Instead enjoy a siesta, or nap, followed by lunch with adobo (fish marinated in wine), gazpacho (cold tomato soup) or pescaíto frito (fried fish).

Like everywhere in Spain, Malaga likes to start things very late, so you have more than enough time to visit one of the many cultural attractions in the city before the food and drink starts to flow. Two of these sites are the birthplace of Picasso (Picasso Casa Natal) at the Plaza de la Merced and the nearby Picasso Museum in Malaga.

Additionally, you can visit the over 30 local museums that are dedicated to art and history or you can attend a public presentation. While the afternoon sun starts to fade, enjoy the "living" statues in the public squares and get some retail therapy at the major shopping streets. If it’s festival season, enjoy the parades of Semana Santa during the Easter and the Feria de Malaga in August.

Malaga province is located on the Costa del Sol in Andalucia. Running along the city is more than 160 kilometres of Mediterranean coastline with long, sandy beaches - a pretty nice spot to sunbathe, enjoy a drink on the beach or get involved in some water sports. Malaga International Airport offers flights to all major cities in Europe and there are good connections from Malaga to Madrid and Barcelona via the high-speed trains.


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Torremolinos

Just to the east of Malaga is Torremolinos, a popular spot with beautiful beach, great for visitors wishing to discover more of the region. Still, many of Malaga’s key attractions are located within easy driving distance of Torremolinos, so it is a smart choice as a place to base yourself during your visit – especially if you’d like to base yourself away from the crowds.


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