For lovers of both history and culture, Malaga in Spain is a destination that has a huge amount to offer. Explore ancient Roman and Phoenician ruins – both examples of the city’s Moorish foundations which can be visited with The Spain Event. Scintillating Baroque-style churches and shining examples of modern architecture will thrill those who are not too distracted by the numerous art galleries and museums around the city. This city is ever evolving into one of Spain’s premier tourist destinations.
It is in the centre of the city that the visitor will come across the works of one of the city’s most famous citizens – Pablo Picasso. Many of his greatest works are housed in the Museo Picasso Malaga, which traces his career from the end of the 19th century until his final works prior to his death in 1973. The museum can be found in the ‘Palacio de Buenavista’ only a short distance from building on the Plaza de la Merced (which itself is a museum) that Picasso called home during his formative years. Here one can usually experience a number of temporary exhibitions of art from artists active at the same time as Picasso – there’s also a great shop for souvenirs and a cafe for refreshments.
Pro hint: The museum is tremendously popular and the wait for tickets can be time-consuming. It’s far better to book online. This also gets you fast access without the hassle of negotiating security.
Enjoy Learning about the Cathedrals Rooftops.
The foundations of the fascinating cathedral in Malaga were laid in the 16th century, where the old main Mosque used to be. The cathedral owes its somewhat eccentric appearance to the fact that one of its towers was never completed. The number of years that it took for the cathedral to reach completion (such as it was) means that the architecture is a unique blend of Renascence, Gothic, and Baroque influences. Visitors should be sure to view the magnificently carved choir stalls and the two organs, manufactured in the 18th century. Other highlights include the sculpture by Pedro de Mena and a wonder Alonso Cano artwork.
Pro hint: Get a guide to allow your insight into the wonderful domed roofs of the Cathedral. The 200-step climb is worth the incredible views of the city. Tickets can be bought at the Palacio Episcopal and access times vary depending on the season.
Set Aside Some Time to Visit Andalucía’s Largest Museum.
For many years the wealth of architectural and fine art in Malaga languished without a place to call home – however, with the renewal of what was once the city’s customs building (built in the 18th century) the wait for a permanent home is finally over. The museum is impressive not only for its collections – but also for its sheer size. Over 2,000 archaeological pieces allow visitors an in-depth experience of the history of this Spanish region. The exhibits include Moorish ceramic work, Roman sculptures, a Corinthian mask made in the sixth century BCE and a number of other fine artworks.
Pro hint: Don’t lavish all your attention on the exhibitions. Glance upwards to stare in wonder at the ceiling, where 6,000 tiles depict scenes from Malaga. Then take a stroll in the courtyard where the Palm Trees provide welcome shade.
Experience Moorish History.
Travel to the top of Mount Gibralfarowhich overlooks both the sparkling sea and the city itself and you will find Alcazaba. This is one of the best-preserved landmarks. It provides the visitor a greater insight into its Moorish past. Although Malaga has its roots as a Roman city, (proof is in the columns, which were recycled from Roman ruins) the Alcazaba was erected in the 11th century when it was used as both a fortress and a palace by the ruling class. The fascinating museum on the site has some wonderful examples of both Roman mosaics and ceramic work from the city’s Moorish artisans.
Pro hint: The climb to the summit provides perhaps more exercise than is necessary on a vacation. Choose the lift option instead. The entrance to the lift can be found on Calle Guillen Sotelo, which is behind the Ayuntamiento.
Enjoy the Vibrant Malaga Culinary Scene.
The city’s main market, the Mercado Central is the beating heart of a vibrant culinary scene. It should be on the bucket list of every visitor. The market can be found in a 19th century building constructed from wrought iron. It is packed with stalls laden with fresh produce that ranges from jamon, seasonal vegetables, and only the freshest of seafood. This is the perfect place to sit and enjoy a meal of Tapas while simply absorbing the ambiance of Malaga. The opportunity to enjoy fresh grilled fish should also be part of the experience.
Pro hint: There is a hidden secret in the market – the architectural masterpiece that is the Moorish arch, which is part of the Southern facade. This 14th century architectural masterpiece stood between the city’s harbour and its heart. Yusuf of Granada commissioned it, along with the city’s other great arch – the Alhambra’s Puerta de la Justicia.