Top 10 places to visit in Málaga
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Málaga is a coastal Mediterranean city in the seaboard of Andalusia, where the sun shines the whole year around. Perhaps that´s why the region is called "Costa de Sol" (Sunny Cost). We give you a guide on top 10 things to do in Málaga, the most famous and prominent places which are a must!
1. Gibralfaro Castle, the Alcazaba and Roman Theatre. One of the main tourist attractions in Málaga is this complex of historic buildings. The view from the 14th century walls of Gibralfaro Castle offers up a stunning introduction to the city skyline. From there you can walk along the wall that connects the castle with the gardens, fountains and beautiful courtyard of the Alcazaba. Not only is it a great sunset stop, but a lovely place for a Sunday afternoon stroll, as after 2pm admission is free. Finally, don’t miss the Roman Theatre, built by Emperor Augustus and rediscovered in 1951. Nowadays, it shows open-air performances (admission is free).
2. Try the sweet Málaga wine. There are two great places to visit in Malaga’s old town if you want to try the best local wines or eat the most authentic local cuisine. The atmospheric wine bar, Pimpi, is a treat in the afternoon or late evening for a glass of sweet Andalusian wine. It’s typical old Málaga, full of ancient tiles, barrels and signed photos of the celebrities who have visited over the years. Another favourite spot is La Casa del Guardia or ‘The Guardhouse’ which is the oldest tavern in Malaga.
3. Picasso Museum is a must! Pablo Picasso was born in Málaga, and there’s a museum dedicated to him in the Palace of Condes de Buenavista, a building with an incredible blend of styles: Renaissance decorated with Moorish elements and restored in a Modern style. Inside, you can see more than 200 paintings, early academic studies and re-workings of old masters by one of the greatest painters of the 20th century. While you’re there, peek into the basement which has remains of Phoenician Málaga (7th century BC) and traces of Roman architecture.
4. The Manquita - Málaga’s cathedral is a much-loved symbol of the city and essential to any Malaga sightseeing tour. Founded in the fifteenth century on the site of a mosque, its nickname, used by all locals, means ´one armed woman´, because the south tower was never finished. Legend claims that the funding for the cathedral´s completion was donated to the colonists’ cause during the American War of Independence. If you go into the cathedral, take a look at the intricate details of the figures sculpted within the choir stalls, crafted by Pedro de Mena
5. Pier I Port of Málaga is a wide space which opened in 2011 and has amazing views of Gibralfaro Castle and Alcazaba. It’s a magical place at night, with bars, restaurants, shops and ice cream parlours. You can walk all the way to the end, where it joins the Malagueta area, and finish up with cocktails and tapas on the promenade - try "El merendero de Antonio Martin", with its views out to sea, and you might end up staying for dinner! Discover more delights on the Costa del Sol, with our guide to the best places to visit on the Sunshine Coast.
6. Conception Botanical Garden is an oasis of peace in the city, this green space is the perfect place to visit in Malaga to take a breather amongst lush vegetation, winding paths and ornate fountains. It also has one of the most magnificent tropical and subtropical gardens in Europe. Admission is €5.20, and for this you have the option of taking a guided tour – highly recommended, as the garden has a great history and the guides are an absolute delight.
7. Mingle in Mitjana Square. The people of Málaga are known for being open, friendly, cheerful and hospitable, and it´s worth heading out in the evening to see just how true this is. The best place to go in Málaga by night is Mitjana Square in the old centre of town, which is packed with people and energy, no matter what day it is. Some of the city´s most popular bars and clubs are around this area, including Malafama. Just show up and have fun!
8. La Malagueta Beach is a very large human made beach, you can access it via the Pablo Picasso promenade whose bars and restaurants are busy day and night. It has a view of the fishing area where you can see fishermen untangling their nets. There are a number of beach bars (Chiringuitos) offering a selection of drinks and tapas. This beach is the closest to the city centre located to the east of the port. You can swim in the summer or just have a stroll in the winter. During the hight season it can get kind of busy, but do not forget that there are many other beaches down and up the coast!
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