Malaga is an extremely attractive city in its own right yet its role as an airport city serving the Costa del Sol often means that it doesn’t get as many visitors as it deserves. The city is best known as the birthplace of Picasso and the museum in his name is one of the most visited attractions. If you’re looking for an easy excursion from your holiday resort then take the train to Malaga and discover this charming Andaluz city. You won’t be disappointed.
Right in the heart of the old town is the 16th century cathedral which was built on the site of a mosque. Notice how its southern tower is missing (it was never built) which explains why locals here refer to it as ‘La Manquita’ (the one armed).
Opening Hours Mon-Sat 10am-6:30pm
If you’ll be visiting the Alhambra Palace in Granada during your stay it’s well worth taking a look at Malaga’s Alcazaba first. This 9th century Moorish palace hasn’t been restored to display the beauty of the Alhambra but nevertheless is well worth a visit. It lies at the edge of the city centre just off Paseo del Parque. Take a look at the well restored Roman theatre next to the entrance.
Opening Hours: Tues-Sun 8:30am-7pm
Castillo de Gibralfaro
High above the Alcazaba next to the Parador lie the ruins of an ancient Moorish fortress. There is a path all the way up but the climb is severe. Malaga’s hop on, hop off bus tours stop there if the walk is too much for you. Inside there is an interesting military museum and the views across the city are spectacular.
Opening Hours: Daily
Museo Picasso Málaga
Web site: www.museopicassomalaga.org
Malaga has never quite made it onto the tourist map of Spain as most arrivals head from the airport to their Costa del Sol resorts. However, the opening of this museum in a 16th century palace near the artist’s birthplace is changing this trend. The museum is a little disappointing as most of Picasso’s best works in Spain lie in Barcelona’s Picasso Museum and in the Prado in Madrid. Picasso fans might also be interested in visiting the Casa Natal (Plaza de la Merced 15) where Picasso was born. Today it is the base of the Picasso Foundation and hosts temporary exhibitions.
Hours Tues-Sun 10am-8pm; Fri-Sat 10am-9pm