You will feel most welcome in Málaga – not only do the tourist signs inform you of the distinct welcoming culture of the city, but so do the faces and manners of the Malagueño people when you meet them. This modest sized Spanish city is now being compared to its grander cousins Madrid and Barcelona for art and cultural highlights; but the larger metropolis can’t compete when it comes to a friendly reception and welcoming service.
To those in the know, Málaga is not an airport destination but an historic city busting with mesmerising architecture, atmosphere and artistic attractions. It doesn’t bear the bling aspects of some other places on the Costa del Sol but it does have great beaches and dishes up all kinds of incredible food using ingredients from the region.
The historic city centre is so engaging, there’s a different era of architecture on every corner and down every side street. The 11th century Gibralfaro castle sits on a hill looking down over them all, peering over Baroque churches and Moorish architecture that mingles with Roman remains and 21st century structures.
Previously found further down the pecking order of must see Andalusian cities after Granada, Córdoba and Seville; in recent years Málaga has formed a deserved reputation as a cultural city destination that everyone should visit.
If art is your thing then Málaga is most definitely for you. The city’s beloved Pablo Picasso and his work created a great foundation to entice art lovers to visit and for other galleries to follow. The city also hosts the respected Málaga film festival, which promotes and honours Spain’s film industry every year.
Picasso Museum: houses a permanent exhibition dedicated to the development of Picasso’s work from the late 19th century until his death, and additional independent exhibitions throughout the year. The museum building itself is a piece of beautiful art in it’s own right.
The St Petersburg State Russian Museum: showcasing Russian art from the 15th to the 20th centuries in a converted tobacco factory at Avenida Sor Teresa Prat.
Pompidou Centre: recently opened to great fanfare in an enormous glass cube at the corner of Muelle Uno and Muelle Dos of Málaga’s newly renovated port.
Additional Malaga must do’s:
Alcazaba de Malaga: dating back to the 11th century this fascinating ancient citadel, built by Málaga’s past Muslim rulers, is reached via a steep twisting pathway of arches and towers.
La Concepción Botanic Gardens: La Concepción is a paradise of formal gardens and natural green woodland that was originally designed in the mid 19th Century and has recently been beautifully restored to former glories.
Antigua Casa de Guardia: a dining experience that should always be part of your Málaga city tour. You can take as long or as short as you like in this lovely old hostelry – there is little seating so get comfy standing at the bar whilst savouring the atmosphere and a Spanish tipple in the midst of dark old barrels and that special Málaga welcome from its staff and owners.
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