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Malaga city - capital of
Andalucia and a city of great history. Most tourists think of Malaga
as a place to fly into to start their holidays on the Costa del Sol, but
few actually take the time to explore this fascinating city.
The city is the birthplace
of Pablo Picasso, and is a cosmopolitan and attractive city – ranging from
modern streets and buildings, to the older narrow winding streets of typical
Andalucian buildings, with many seafood restaurants and tapas bar to relax
and rejuvenate during your tour of the city.
Located on the Costa del
Sol, Malaga is situated in a sweeping bay, with golden sandy beaches, and
is surrounded by beautiful mountainous scenery. Visit the port to see many
cruise ships visiting the city. The city enjoys over 300 days of sunshine
each year and benefits from the highest average temperatures in Spain.
Malaga has many attractions
for the tourist and here is a selection of the main tourist “must visits”:
A wide and modern boulevard
through the centre of the city with many smart shops and coffee bars and
well worth a stroll. You will see many human statues (or street performers)
– reminiscent of the famous Las Ramblas in Barcelona.
From Calle Larios, you can
take many of the smaller, narrow winding streets and plazas to view other
attractions of the city.
The Cathedral of Malaga:
A beautiful Renaissance cathedral
with a Baroque and beautiful façade – and well worth the visit to
this gorgeous piece of architecture. However, beware of the gypsies
haunting the entrance to the cathedral, who will try their best to take
a few Euros from you.
Birthplace of Picasso:
Close to the Cathedral is
the Plaza de la Merced – a huge square surrounded by restaurants and bars,
and including the house in which Pablo Picasso was born. Not much
to see in the house, but it is interesting to see photos of Picasso as
a child, and the clothing he wore when he was christened. No cameras
are allowed in the house – if they catch you they actually take your camera
and lock it in a locker until you are ready to leave! (I speak from
More interesting is the Museo
Picasso – which displays many of the fine works of this famous artist –
close to the Cathedral.
Further on you can visit
La Alcazaba – built during the Moors occupation of Malaga in the mid fifteenth
century. Fascinating architecture and definitely worth a visit.
The Alcazaba is on the hillside, and you can get some wonderful views from
An interesting note is that
there is a well preserved Roman amphitheatre in the grounds of La Alcazaba
– unfortunately as it is undergoing renovation, it is only possible to
view the ruins through the fence.
At the very top of La Alcazaba
is the Moorish Castillo Gibralfaro – with astounding views of the city
below and the surrounding areas. Right next door to the castle is
the Parador de Malaga Gibralfaro, one of the famous Paradores of Spain,
which also enjoys the wonderful views. Well worth a stay for at least
Calle Alameda and the
Running through the centre
of the city, and close to La Alcazaba are the beautiful botanical gardens
– a lovely and leafy place to relax and catch your breath (also just adjacent
to the Port of Malaga).
The main theatre in Malaga
is the Teatro Cervantes, which is where another famous son of Malaga once
performed – Antonio Banderas – and he still appears there from time to
Malaga has many excellent
restaurants, cafes and tapas bars where you can enjoy a variety of local
dishes, ranging from tapas to full menus. Most are very affordable
and offer Andalucian specialities including “pescaito frito”, a selection
of small fried fish including sardines and red mullet. Enjoy the
catch of the day and wash it down with a fine Spanish wine.
As Malaga goes to sleep during
the siesta period, this would be the perfect time to relax and refuel for
the late afternoon activities.
Incidentally, if seeing Malaga
with limited time, the Hop-On Hop-Off bus tour is a great option as it
takes you to all the main sights of the city in comfort... get on and off
as often as you like during the day.
In closing, Malaga is definitely
worth at least a day and a night of your visit to the Costa del Sol.
Tag it on to the beginning or ending of your holiday and you will not regret
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