MÁLAGA - Explore the city ...
Explore Málaga, the city with so much to offer! It has beautiful beaches, fantastic shopping, a multitude of bars and restaurants and many cultural attractions from the cathedral to the varied and diverse museums. Where else can you find all of this in one city!
The main marble paved shopping street in Málaga is Calle Larios which is situated just off the main tree lined avenue, the Alameda. There are other smaller streets and squares radiating off this which give the area a distinctive atmosphere of its own. With a mix of small trendy boutiques, designer shops, high street stores along with tapas bars and simple to chic upmarket restaurants surrounded with old carefully restored buildings it is a pleasure to take a stroll here and enjoy the area.
Eating & Drinking
Food and drink of every kind from the small tapas bars, "teterias" Moorish tea rooms, "chiringuitos" restaurants situated on the beachfront as well as restaurants of every quality through to those with Michelin stars. You will find them all in Málaga!
Calle Larios is a good place to start by branching out into the smaller streets around it. You will find many different kinds of bars and restaurants here to enjoy here. If you head to the beachfront in the El Palo area, situated a little further east along the coast, you will find many of the typical beach restaurants, the chiringuitos. These serve the fresh fish dishes typical of this area from the local delicacy of barbecued sardines (un espeto), alongside a myriad of fish choices and of course the wonderful, colourful paella! Everything tastes fresh and delicious and generally these restaurants are excellent value for money.
A very new area to the city is Muelle Uno which is situated in the port area. This is a contemporary complex of upmarket bars and restaurants situated along the waterfront with yet more shops and things to do ...
The Cathedral, is known as "La Manquita", the one armed woman because only one of the two towers originally planned were built. Construction began in 1528 but the building was not completed until 1782. The beautiful interior has Baroque and Renaissance styles along with beautiful mahogany and cedar wood choir stalls.
The Alcazaba (The King's Palace)
This, the best preserved Moorish fortress in Spain, is the most important landmark in the city being built on the hillside overlooking the city, the port and the sea. It was originally built on the site of a Roman fort around 756AD as a defence against marauding pirates and was then later rebuilt starting in 1056 AD. Restoration work started in 1933 and is still ongoing today.
It is an interesting place to spend an afternoon where apart from the fortress, you may also visit the small Archaeological Museum, beautiful gardens with patios and fountains and Roman ruins.
Picasso Museum - This museum opened in 2003 and is housed in the 16th century Buenavista Palace (Palacio de Buena Vista). The Picasso exhibits date from his earliest works in 1892 right through to 1972. All of these exhibits have been donated by Picasso's family. It was always Picasso's dream that a museum would be opened in the city of his birth. Museum Picasso, C/San Augustin 8, 29015 Málaga.
Museo Casa Natal - Fundacion Picasso. The house where Pablo Picasso was born on 25 October 1881 is situated in the Plaza de la Merced, 15, Málaga.
The Carmen Thyssen Museum - This museum opened in 2011 in the 16th century palace, Palacio de Villalon. It is now home to around 230 permanent exhibits from the owners personal collection, of mainly Spanish works, amassed over many years. There are also additional temporary exhibitions throughout the year. Calle Compañia 10, 29008 Málaga.
Museo Automovilistico de Málaga - This museum was opened in 2010 in the old tobacco factory (Fabrica de Tabaccos) and houses a large vintage car collection reputed to be worth over 25 million Euros. Avenida Sor Teressa Prat 15, 29003 Málaga.
CAC Málaga - This modern art museum (Centro de Arte Contemporáneo), located in the Soho de Málaga, is situated in an old wholesale market which now makes a fabulous huge warehouse space in which to exhibit a collection of over 400 permanent exhibits which have been loaned by private collectors. There are also further temporary exhibitions, guest lectures, courses and workshops. Calle Alemania s/n, Málaga.
The Museum of Popular Arts & Customs - This small museum is located on the site of a former 17th century inn (Meson de la Victoria) and showcases the old customs and traditions of the local area. Pasilla de Santa Isabel 10, Málaga.