Often referred to as the ‘capital of the Costa del Sol,’ Malaga is a stunning tourist destination in its own right. Home to a choice of fascinating museums, including the Museo Picasso Malaga, quirky tapas bars, the Atarazanas Food Market and great shopping on Calle Larios, this vibrant city is well worth a visit.
A Creative & Cultural Heritage
Malaga is compact and easy to manage; full of beautiful churches, elegant buildings restored to their former glory after a busy renovation programme and a stunning array of museums and galleries. Day visitors from the Costa del Sol explore the city streets alongside tourists from the big cruise ships, which are now a familiar sight moored in the harbour.
As well as a cultural and creative heritage you will also find chic boutiques and top-name shops rubbing shoulders with traditional bars – including the city’s oldest tapas bar on the Alameda serving sherry out of huge barrels – and shops selling flamenco dresses and festive wear for feria time, as well as ancient hardware shops selling paella pans and other household items.
At the heart of the city, and just a few minutes’ walk from the bustling port area with its glitzy restaurant and shopping area Muelle Uno, is Calle Larios – Malaga’s answer to Bond Street, with leading footwear stores, clothes shops and jewellers.
Malaga’s most famous son
For Malagueños, the words culture and art are interlinked with the name of Pablo Picasso. He was born in Malaga and the city pays fine homage to its artistic son. The house where he spent his early childhood is open to the public and can be found on the corner of Plaza Merced. But the real gem is the Picasso Museum, which is housed in a sympathetically-converted old palace just a few steps from the cathedral. His children donated more than 200 of his works, which are on permanent display, and the museum is regularly refreshed by temporary exhibitions. Archaeological remains unearthed in the basement revealed Phoenician, Roman and Arab occupation.
A wide choice of museum, gallery and theatre experiences have put Malaga firmly on the cultural map, and its importance as a culturally-rich city was firmly cemented by the arrival of the magnificent Carmen Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum in the restored 16th century Villalón Palace, just a few steps from the top of Calle Larios.