Known to many as the capital of the Costa del Sol, Malaga is more than a seaside city. You can learn about Spain’s Islamic past at the majestic Alcazaba fortress-palace, while Pablo Picasso was born here, so there are museums that shed light on his early years.
Malaga is one of the oldest Mediterranean seaports. The landmarks reflect the city’s checkered past — ruins of a Roman theatre, a 10th-century Moorish castle built on the remains of a Phoenician lighthouse, the 13th-century Alcazaba, and a beautiful Baroque basilica. Besides history, Malaga offers the stunning scenery of the Costa del Sol and great weather combined with culture and a beautiful stretch of beach. Leafy palm trees line the seaside promenades, and tropical vegetation flourishes throughout the city.
Malaga Cathedral: From the Plaza de la Marina, the Calle Molina Larios leads into the Old Town, which is dominated by the cathedral. With its twin-towered facade, this grandiose 16th-century building stands on the site of an earlier mosque. Visitors are dazzled by the finely proportioned interior and sense of spaciousness. After visiting the cathedral, spend time exploring the Old Town, a tangle of narrow medieval lanes and quiet squares. Many of the atmospheric streets are lined with quaint boutiques, cafes, and atmospheric tapas restaurants.
Museo Picasso: Pablo Picasso was born in Malaga, and his childhood home is full of family photos and personal items. Follow it up with a visit to the Museo Picasso, which, despite a smallish collection, reveals the artist’s extraordinary versatility, and hosts excellent temporary exhibitions. One of the greatest twentieth-century artists, Picasso is Malaga’s most famous son (tied with Antonio Banderas). Get an insight into his early life at his birthplace, and admire the range of his works in the excellent Museo Picasso.
La Concepcion Botanical Gardens:La Concepcion Botanical Gardens were created in 1855 by the Marquis and Marchioness of Loring. These exquisite grounds are filled with vibrant Mediterranean, tropical, and subtropical flora. Plant species found in the gardens come from all over the world. A collection of several different gardens, La Conception offers an exceptional diversity of landscapes. The Historical Gardens cover three hectares of romantic-style gardens filled with unusual species, tropical plants, and exotic flowers. Surrounding the Historical Gardens are 23 hectares of new gardens with special exhibits such as Plants of the Region and Around the World in 80 Trees.
Roman Theatre: This pocket-sized first-century Roman theatre was discovered in the 1950s and has been thoroughly restored. Beautifully set on a hillside, with the walls of the Alcazaba zigzagging behind it, it’s a gorgeous spot to catch one of the summer performances held here. A rare survivor from Roman Malaga, this small and perfectly formed theatre was in use until the third century AD. The sleek little interpretation centre offers a glimpse into life under the Romans.
Mercado de Atarazanas: From the Alameda, side streets lead north to the Mercado de Atarazanas, the town’s historic marketplace. Just the entrance is worth seeing in itself. This horseshoe-shaped Islamic gateway dates to the 14th century and is the only remaining part of the old Moorish shipyard. Enter the spacious market building to find a bustling scene of vendors selling fresh fruits, vegetables, fish, meat, and cheese. The morning, when fresh fish arrives, is the liveliest time to visit. Another area for shopping and snacking a few blocks away is the Calle Marques de Larios, a street lined with many clothing shops, jewellery boutiques, shoe stores, confectionery shops, and cafes.
Whatever you like to do, Malaga has something for everyone and all ages. Malaga city is a fantastic blend of both modern and traditional, from the 11thcentury Alcazaba Fortress standing proud above the city, to the impressive new marina complete with its trendy bars, restaurants and shops.
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