What to see and do in Malaga
One of Malaga’s most obvious attractions is its 14km stretch of beaches. The beaches are within easy access of the city and are generally closed off from main roads by wide esplanades, perfect for walking on when the sand just doesn’t appeal. There are a total of 16 beaches along the Malaga coastline, with the most popular being La Malagueta, San Andrés, La Misericordia, El Palo and San Julián. Each of these have great services, facilities and beach bars from which you an enjoy an ice cold beer on a hot day and watch the world go by.
Malaga old town has several historic sites of interest. One of the main historical and religious places to visit in Malaga old town is the cathedral. Malaga cathedral’s full title is Nuestra Señora de la Encarnación (Our Lady of Incarnation), however, in Malaga city it is known more informally as the Cathedral, or catedral in Spanish. Work began on the cathedral in 1530 and it was completed in the 17th century. With a wealth of carvings, Gothic and Renaissance styles and two wonderful organs, it really is a must-see place to visit.
Gibralfaro castle and the Alcazaba
The castillo de Gibralfaro was constructed in the 14th century to protect the Alcazaba, the Arab fortress built in the 11th century to defend the town by Badis, King of the Berber Taifa of Granada. Materials from the Roman ampitheatre were used to build the Alcazaba. There are still excellent remains of the Roman theatre today which are also worth a visit. The castle and Alcazaba’s enviable location overlooking the sea still boast amazing views today. Once considered one of Spain’s most impregnable castles, it played a key role in the Catholic Kings reconquest of Spain, it is a fascinating place to visit and perfect for those who like to explore historical sites at their own pace.
The Picasso museum
Born in Malaga in 1881, Pablo Picasso is known worldwide for his groundbreaking art, and perhaps his most famous masterpiece, Guernica. Located in the Buenavista Palace, the museum has 233 works in its collection which spans 11 rooms. An artist of many disciplines, he is one of Malaga’s most famous sons and a trip to Malaga old town would not be complete without a visit to this museum.