Colloquially dubbed as the unofficial capital of the Costa del Sol, Malaga City is well-known for its quirky museums, delightfully pedestrianised centre and innovative restaurants. Another huge selling point for visiting Malaga City are its beautiful beaches, both the family-friendly El Palo and the man-made La Malagueta have an enticing stretch of sand suitable for any holidaymaker visiting the area. With showers to wash off your sandy feet, sun-loungers to rest your sleepy head on and parasols to protect your precious skin, there really aren’t many reasons to ever leave the solace of Malaga City’s beaches – especially when there’s also a copious amount of restaurants and bars to satisfy your needs!
If culture is the name of the game then Malaga City is an absolute world-beater. The opening of the Picasso Museum in 2003 served somewhat as a rebirth for the city and introduced it to the world stage of quirkiness and originality. Having been born in this very city, the Picasso Museum is a perfect encapsulation of everything this coastal resort has to offer. There are 12 halls dedicated to permanent exhibitions and they include such classic pieces of work as ‘Mother and Child’ and ‘Portrait of Paulo with white hat’. In addition to these fixtures there are also many temporary exhibitions which change seasonally, so be sure to check out the museums webpage for more information.
In addition to the Picasso Museum there are at least 30 more museums within Malaga, making it the most of any Andalucian city, and there are plenty of new ones opening all the time. Whether its wine you’re interested in, 19th century paintings or something like archaeology or glass, you will be well catered for in this culturally varied city.
In addition to these amazing museums, there are lots of historical monuments dotted around the city. The Malaga Cathedral was built between 1528 and 1782 and although it was originally intended as a two-tower structure, funding was lost, and it is now affectionately known as La Manquita, or ‘the one-armed woman’, but no matter the number of towers it has, it is a sight you will never forget. There are roman influences throughout the city and this is best exemplified by the city’s oldest monument El Teatro Romano. Situated in the cultural heart of Malaga, this beautiful theatre was bombed during the Spanish civil war and despite it looking a little worse-for-wear, El Teatro Romano serves as one of the most beautiful history lessons you’re ever likely to receive.