Málaga is a port city on southern Spain´s Costa del Sol, known for its high-rise hotels and resorts jutting up from yellow-sand beaches. Looming over that modern skyline are the city´s 2 massive hilltop citadels, the Alcazaba and ruined Gibralfaro, remnants of Moorish rule. The city´s soaring Renaissance cathedral is nicknamed La Manquita ("one-armed lady") because one of its towers was curiously left unbuilt.
In the city center is the Picasso Museum, showcasing works of the famous artist, born in Málaga in 1881. There´s also the Fundación Picasso, dedicated to the study of the man.The city has many other museums including the Museo Carmen Thyssen, focusing on 19th-century Andalusian painting, and the CAC Málaga, exhibiting pieces by up-and-coming artists. Tapas restaurants and bars line the beachfront and harbor, serving fried anchovies and other regional staples, many reflecting a North African influence.