Málaga used to be known as the “gateway” to the Costa del Sol, but nowadays it really is the perfect city for a weekend getaway. From backstreet tapas bars where you can sample all the best Spanish cuisine to the famous Pablo Picasso museum, you will no doubt find yourself planning a packed itinerary to see as much as posible during your stay here.
Just a few of the must-see spots in Málaga are:
- The catedral, known as “La Manquita” (The one-armed woman) due to the fact that a second tower was promised but never actually built! The two-hundred step climb to the top will definitely be worth it as you will be astounded by the beautiful panoramic views of the city.
- Calle Larios, Málaga’s main street filled with designer shops and stunning light displays if you’re visiting during the holiday season or carnaval.
- The Mercado Central, where you can not only shop for fresh produce but also grab some food from one of the many stalls in this indoor market located in the heart of the city.
- Plaza de la Merced. Grab a drink and watch the Spaniards go about their daily life in this beautiful plaza.
- The Picasso Museum and the Pompidou. These museums are a great way to get out of the Summer heat if you are visiting during the warmer months and will surely have a piece of stunning artwork to suit any and all artistic tastes, from the famous Málaga-native Pablo Picasso paintings to the more contemporary expositions of the Pompidou.
- The Alcazaba castle and Parador Gibralfaro lookout point. Located on the East side of the city, the castle is a hallmark of Málaga’s Moorish past. Make sure you climb the hill to the lookout point for more panoramic views of the city and don’t miss the Roman Amphitheatre located below the Alcazaba.
- The Hamman Al Andalus thermic pools. Feeling like winding down after a long day of sightseeing? Visit this Moorish-styled spa for a relaxing few hours and pamper yourself and then head to a rooftop bar for a sunset cocktail.
- Muelle Uno. This sleek marina is just a short walk from the cathedral and Calle Larios and boasts an array of designer shops and huge yachts owned by the rich and famous. Think of it as Málaga city’s version of the famous Marbella Puerto Banús.
- Lastly, make sure you spend and afternoon on one of Málaga’s many beaches if the weather is nice enough, and sample an espeto – sardines on a stick! – in one of the many chiringuitos or beach restaurants, and maybe even go to a flamenco show in the evening for a spectacular show of Spain’s world-renowed dance style.