. Malaga as a holiday destination is so often passed over by tourists on their way to the hip hangouts of Morocco or to the flashy fun of the Costa del Sol. It’s seen as something of a stop over point or a place to make a connection, but is actually a city rich in cultural heritage, lively with nightlife and full of interesting things to see and do. Among the many attractions of sightseeing in Malaga are the Picasso museum and a Moorish Castle, as well as some excellent shopping and eating out opportunities. You can also hire a car in Malaga and cruise around the city’s streets to get from one tourist spot to another, or drive out of the city to nearby attractions like Fuengirola beach or the Costa del Sol golf courses.
Sightseeing in Malaga is likely to take a couple of days (minimum) as there’s plenty to take in when it comes to local history and tourist spots – and that’s before you even get to the shopping! Malaga’s Arabic fortress is one of the city’s major architectural landmarks and was built in the 11th century for King Badis of Grenada. The fortress was built on a hill in the middle of the city and if you can make it to the top there are spectacular views to be had. Similarly popular is Malaga’s cathedral which was built between 1528 and 1782 and is richly decorated inside. There are a number of other churches that are worth a visit in Malaga, including Santuario de la Victoria and Iglesia San Juan Bautista where you can see the figure of the famous San Juan by Francisco Ortiz. El Parque is also a popular spot and is – as you might expect from the Spanish name – a park, filled with exotic flowers and tropical plants, many of which date back to when Malaga was an important stop on many exotic trading routes.
Picasso was born in Malaga and as a result the city is overflowing with his influence and style, which makes it a great place to get to know more about the artist. The Picasso Museum is a public foundation and you can see some classic Picasso pieces as well as early sketchings and some ceramics. You can also visit Casa Natal Museum – the building in which Picasso was born – which has an extensive display of his work and information about his life and his family.
Another popular tourist spot that has a real sense of history is the bullfighting museum. Although you can still go and see a live bullfight in Spain, if you’re interested in the subject but a little less interested in seeing it live, the museum is an informative way to spend some time learning about the history and traditions of bullfighting in Malaga and Spain. Finally, there is the Malaga Aquarium, which has a fine selection of fish and other underwater species. There is also a special section dedicated to ‘Life At Sea’ where visitors can learn about local fisherman and their traditions and history.
Once you have exhausted the sights and sounds of Malaga, there’s plenty more to see in the local area. Simply hire a car from one of the local Malaga car hire companies and head out to other tourist destinations like Torremolinos beach or the 13th-century fortress of Alhambra at Granada.