The Seven Wonders of Malaga

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Malaga in southern Spain is viewed by many travellers as a mere stepping-stone to the hedonistic delights of the Costa del Sol. In fact this is a sophisticated city steeped in culture and history which is well worth seeing. There are cheap Malaga flights with a number of low cost providers including EasyJet and Ryanair. You can then choose from all sorts of public transport, taxis and car hire to travel to the city centre. With that in mind here’s a look at the seven wonders of Malaga which should be seen before leaving.

1) The Pablo Picasso Museum

Picasso is the most famous son of Malaga and the bright colours and strong definition of the city certainly had an effect on his unique cubist art. Visiting the museum gives you plenty of information about Picasso’s life as well as showcasing the most comprehensive collection of his artworks. Over 200 pieces also include sculptures and drawings as well as famous paintings. While some classics, such as the Guernica painting, are missing there are other timeless pieces like Mother and Son. Always cheap to enter, you can get into the Pablo Picasso museum for free on a Sunday.

2) Malaga Golf

This part of Spain has built up a reputation along with its neighbour Portugal as home to some of the world’s top golfing destinations. Clear skies and carefully thought-out courses mean that your Malaga golf holiday is likely to be both challenging and relaxing at the same time, so these two ingredients combine to make an unforgettable trip.

3) The Old Town

Like many European cities, Malaga is divided between an old and a new town. The old town is very pleasant to walk around with cobbled streets creating an intimate feeling. The main landmark is a 16th century cathedral while the Calle Larios is the shopping thoroughfare. The architecture is very well preserved and mostly dates back to two different eras, Moorish and Baroque. Enjoy tapas in charming squares and appreciate the attention to detail.

4) Nerja Beach

Opt for convenience and you will find yourself in the central beach La Malagueta, but with rental car you can head out to much prettier beaches which are also less crowded. Nerja is probably the jewel in the Malaga crown because this isolated cove feels like a hidden gem. Arrive off-season and if you are lucky you could have it to yourself with only some dolphins in the water for company.

5) Atarazana Central Market

Not only is this large market an excellent place to buy all kinds of bric-a-brac and holiday souvenirs but it also has some amazing food. Pick up freshly caught fish, Spanish olives and Rioja wine for your own attempt at tapas, a picnic or a beach barbeque. This is the place that the locals come to do their shopping and it doesn’t disappoint, while the market is also aesthetically pleasing with a blend of old and new architecture.

6) Malaga Holy Week

Malaga Holy Week is an ancient festival which has drawn visitors from all over Spain for hundreds of years. They celebrate Palm Sunday with a procession of thrones and floats which are designed to remember the life of Jesus. Religious dress is adorned and candles are carried, making quite a spectacle. Don’t travel to Malaga in Easter if you are planning on a quiet holiday.

7) Gibralfaro Castle and the Alcazaba

Probably the most impressive landmark in Malaga, this hillside castle gives incredible views of the Mediterranean Sea and the city below. It was founded many centuries ago by the Phoenicians and Gibralfaro is a variation on a Phoenician word which means “Rock of Light.” A walk around the castle will also leave the sweet smell of Eucalyptus trees in your memory. Entry is free on Sundays, otherwise it costs 3 Euros to see the castle and walk through the Alcazaba gardens.

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