Malaga, Spain

Visiting Andalusia – The City of Málaga

Ana Barreto

Ana Barreto

Hi! I'm Ana, also known as Travellight.
I'm Portuguese, live in Lisbon and I'm a travel addict!
I've been traveling since I was a teenager and I've been around the World a few times already.
This is my attempt to share with you my experiences and the knowledge I've collected after more than 20 years of non-stop traveling. Hope you like it!
You can read more about me here.
Ana Barreto

Hello fellow travelers!  I love visiting Spain and today I want to tell you about one of my favorite Spanish cities: Málaga!

MalagaAlthough this is the sixth largest city in Spain, when we walk through the streets, it seems like we are visiting a small and charming town that enchants us with its history, color and culture.

I promise you, Málaga is like a beautiful gift that you’ll love to unwrap!

There is so much to see, taste and feel…  Picasso was born here (as well as António Banderas 😜).  In terms of culture alone – there are numerous museums, exhibitions, installations of plastic artists in the streets and beautiful murals painted on the walls.  The nightlife is lively and there are plenty of good restaurants to eat and drink.

Malaga, SpainAnd, as if all of that weren’t enough, during the day you still have the beaches.  Even in the Winter time – they are really nice to walk around.

MalagaMalaga is known to have more than 300 days of sunshine per year.  I believe that’s true because at the end of last month, when I visited, I enjoyed a wonderful and sunny weekend.  16 degrees celsius in January is not bad at all!

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The city center is rich with historic heritage.  Everywhere we find interesting buildings and sites that portray the cities past glories and memories.

The Cathedral is beautiful and has extraordinary interiors.  Because of a very long period of construction (about 200 years), the Cathedral incorporated various styles, from Renaissance to Baroque and Neoclassical.

I was told that the original plan was for the Cathedral to have two large towers, but the money for the construction “ended” and only one was completed, hence it is known to locals as “La Manquita” (the one who has only one arm).

Other impressive sites worth a visit are: the Roman Theater – with 2000 years behind it – it is the oldest monument in Malaga;  the Alcabaza – a huge and well preserved Muslim fortress from the 6th century; and the Gibralfaro Castle, built in the fourteenth century to protect the fortress that at the time functioned also as a Palace.

For those who like to taste good wine, Malaga is a seductive city that does not disappoint.  Traditional taverns such as Antigua Casa de Guardia and Bodega El Pimpi are an icon in the cultural and social life of the city and one of the best places to try the sweet wine made from Moscatel grapes and produced in the region since the time of the Romans.

MálagaAs I said before Malaga is the birthplace of Pablo Picasso, and there are two museums in the city that honor him:  the Picasso Museum, located in the Mudéjar de Buenavista Palace, shows Picasso’s progress from his youth until his death in 1973, and the house where Picasso was born and raised on Merced Square, that displays items of his everyday life, as well as photographs, documents and the works of his father (who was also a painter).

Another must-see museum is the CAC (Contemporary Art Center).  It has free entrance and a very interesting permanent exhibition.

As a temporary exhibition CAC is currently showing a retrospective of the work of Mark Ryden, an amazing North American pop surrealist painter, that I personally adore.

The central market of Malaga (Mercado Central de Atarazanas) is also worth a visit.  It was inaugurated in 1879, after having been built on what was once a naval repair yard and later a Christian hospital.  In 2008, it was remodeled.

It has stunning ceilings and a large stained glass window at the entrance. Inside, as in any market – we find an explosion of colors and smells, with fresh fruits, cheeses and sausages that awake our taste buds and increases our appetites.

MálagaPaseo de España – a park linking old Malaga with the new Malaga – offers a beautiful walk through exotic plants and colorful birds.  The parrots are very noisy but they are also very pretty to observe.

Finally I have to mention the Port of Malaga – one of the oldest in Europe.  Today the port has become a center for recreation and commerce with shops, restaurants, ice cream parlors and bars lining up in front of the bay, where residents and visitors can sit to enjoy the sun.

MálagaTwo architectural pieces that stand out in the port of Málaga are the Pergola designed by the architect Jerónimo Junquera and a colorful cube, part of the Pompidou Center.

Hope you liked this virtual tour of Málaga!


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