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Your Perfect Trip to Malaga: What You Should See
The capital of the Costa del Sol, Malaga is a vibrant city and fantastic holiday destination but before you go, make sure to plan what you want to see and do during your stay, so you don’t miss out on everything Malaga has to offer.
If you’ve got your plane tickets, ordered an airport transfer, booked the hotel, and planned your holiday wardrobe, then all that’s left is to make a list of places you want to see! Here are some suggestions for a perfect trip to Malaga.
Malaga is the birthplace of the famous artist Pablo Picasso, and the Picasso Museum in Malaga celebrates his art and honors his legacy, covering almost 80 years of his work. The Museo Picasso Málaga is a must-visit for art lovers and an opportunity to view his early results.
Other museums to visit during your Malaga trip include the modern art gallery Centre Pompidou Malaga and the Wine Museum, where you can learn about grapes, different types of wine, and how it’s produced, and yes, a complimentary wine tasting is included!
Malaga has a spectacular cathedral built in Renaissance, Gothic and Baroque styles. The cathedral was built between 1528 and 1782, and the original plan was to have two towers. However, lack of funds meant only one was ever completed. This is the origin of the cathedral’s nickname, ‘La Manquita,’ meaning ‘one-armed.’
When visiting the cathedral, make sure you also see the beautiful gardens; these are free to visit and contain a monument to civil war victims. There is also a tiny museum – Museo al Aire libre de la Cathedral de Malaga and a café. If you’ve got a head for heights, you can even take a guided rooftop tour in English or Spanish – but you’ll need to climb two-hundred steps first!
Malaga Roman Theatre
The Roman Theatre in Malaga, Teatro Romano, can be found in the city center and dates back to the 1st century AD. The remains were hidden until 1951, but today you can view the stands, orchestra, stage, and several columns and sculptures.
The Alcazaba Malaga is a stunning fortress built in the 11th century. Built on the slopes of the Gibralfaro mountain in Malaga, the Alcazaba overlooks the port, and with its elegant gardens and mazelike walls, it’s well worth a visit.
The city’s Art District is Soho Malaga, an energetic, Bohemian neighborhood famed for its incredible street art that turns the streets into a living gallery. As well as admiring the urban art, you can also visit the theatre – Teatro Soho Caixa Bank, eat at one of the many delicious restaurants, do a spot of shopping at the neighborhood’s independent stores and on market days, visit the open-air ‘Made in Malaga’ market for locally sourced and crafted wares.