Some of the Top Highlights Not to Miss in this Andalusian City
Shining in the Spanish sunshine along the Costa del Sol is the Andalusian city of Málaga. Once upon a time, it was considered a lesser counterpart of the Andalusian capital of Seville, but has emerged over the past century and a half with a new identity closer to that of a cooler, more free-spirited little sister. The very essence of Málaga emanates with artistic expression, natural beauty and a pursuit of the great joys in life. But the town also has a seriously fascinating side, a history of Moorish and Roman rule and a point of military interest with its pivotal positioning on the Iberian Peninsula.
If you can tear your gaze from the spectacular vistas that sweep along the beaches here, you’ll find a wealth of cultural riches and delights that will move this Spanish gem to the top of your travel list. Here are some of the must-see spots for your visit to Málaga.
Alcazaba – One of the largest Moorish fortresses in Andalusia, its name is Arabic for “citadel,” hailing to its origin under Málaga’s Islamic era in the 11th century. Its position at the base of Gibralfaro hill and its representation of remarkably preserved Arabic military defenses and innovations of the time make it one of the city’s most impressive sites.
Pablo Picasso’s Birthplace and Museum – A wonderful homage to the city’s most famous son, this museum showcases some of Picasso’s most important works of the 20th century, as well as insights into his life in Málaga and his creative process.
Gibralfaro Castle – Set atop the hillside adjacent to Alcazaba, this is the place for sweeping views over the city, its fortresses, harbor, beaches, bullring and Roman Theater below.
Málaga Cathedral – A relatively young addition to the artistic architectural landscape of the city, this 19th century church is a regal representation of the renaissance and baroque styles that were once prominent here with grand columns, pillars and stone reliefs.
Ataranzas Market – This central market is the heart of daily culture here and a wonderful place to take in the local scene. Wander the stalls for fresh produce, cheese, cured meats and local honey. Enjoy tapas and a glass of sherry or cruzcampo under the market’s glass canopy in the colorful light of the stained glass window.
La Malagueta Beach – Of the 16 beaches along Málaga’s coastline, this distinctly urban haven is a unique highlight thanks to its proximity just outside the modern Muelle Uno. Nearby are an array of artisan shops and eateries to enjoy local specialties, like skewered sardines and other seafood.
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