Málaga, a charming city on Spain’s sun-drenched Costa del Sol, is a delightful blend of history, culture, and seaside relaxation. As the birthplace of Pablo Picasso and a gateway to Andalusia’s rich heritage, Málaga offers a wealth of experiences that cater to a wide range of interests. In this blog post, we will guide you through some of the must-see attractions and activities that make Málaga a top destination for any traveler.
- Wander Through the Historic City Center
Málaga’s historic city center is a fascinating maze of narrow streets, bustling squares, and beautiful architecture that begs to be explored. Wander through the lively Plaza de la Constitución, marvel at the stunning Málaga Cathedral, and visit the Picasso Museum to discover the city’s most famous son’s artistic genius. Be sure to stop at one of the many tapas bars to sample some delicious local cuisine.
- Explore the Alcazaba and Gibralfaro
Málaga’s Moorish past comes to life at the Alcazaba, a well-preserved fortress that dates back to the 11th century. Wander through its beautiful gardens, admire the intricate architecture, and take in the panoramic views of the city and the Mediterranean Sea. Just above the Alcazaba, you’ll find the Gibralfaro Castle, another impressive Moorish structure with breathtaking views.
- Relax on Málaga’s Beaches
With miles of sun-kissed coastline, Málaga offers ample opportunities to enjoy the sand and surf. The popular La Malagueta beach is just a short walk from the city center, while the more tranquil Pedregalejo beach offers a laid-back atmosphere and a taste of local beach culture. Be sure to try some freshly grilled sardines, a local specialty, at one of the beachside chiringuitos.
- Discover the Soho Art District
Málaga’s burgeoning art scene comes to life in the trendy Soho district, a vibrant neighborhood filled with colorful street art, contemporary galleries, and innovative restaurants. Take a guided street art tour to learn about the area’s transformation and the international artists that have contributed to its eclectic mix of creative expression.
- Visit the Atarazanas Market
For a taste of local life and culture, head to the bustling Atarazanas Market, a lively indoor market housed in a beautifully restored 19th-century building. Browse the colorful stalls offering fresh produce, seafood, meats, and cheeses, and sample some delicious regional specialties at one of the tapas bars within the market.
Where to stop for a lunch?
If you are looking for a place to stop for a meal in Malaga, there are many great options to choose from. Some of the best restaurants in Malaga according to TripAdvisor include Nakara El Palo, Dynamit, Vino Mio Restaurant, La Barra de Zapata, and Sibuya Urban Sushi Bar Malaga. For a more local experience, you might want to check out El Pimpi, a tapas bar that is well-known for its classic tapas of boquerones en vinagre (anchovies in vinegar) and sweet wine from Malaga called moscatel. If you are looking for traditional food, you might want to try Espeto de Sardinas, the most famous dish in Malaga, which is sardines that are beautifully cooked and popular in Andalusian cuisine. You can find it at chiringuitos, or beach bars, all over Malaga and Costa del Sol. Another great option recommended by a local is La Antxoeta, which offers high-quality market products and daily recommendations from chef Pablo Caballero.
Our Malaga Tips
Pez Lola – Great restaurant in center – https://goo.gl/maps/uFvBfY4vjJ3np4Fm8
Next Level Specialty Coffee – https://goo.gl/maps/WeUqUWixbECzHTur6
Empanadas Malvón – https://goo.gl/maps/PW6YCd6gk1dN8drs6
Where to go next? Granada & Alhambra!