Málaga, Spain

Málaga, Spain - 5 Reasons to Visit This City in Costa del Sol

On a recent trip to Spain, Málaga was finally on my itinerary.  I've always thought of it as a small port town, a place for large ships to park for the day.  I was so wrong as it's so much more than that!  Museums, Roman ruins, an impressive Cathedral, all so ready to be explored.

1. Picasso Museum

Admire Picasso's different artistic periods as you walk through the rooms showcasing his art mostly in chronological order.  It is a small museum with a nice courtyard conveniently located in the middle of the city.

2. Roman Theatre

These impressive ruins were discovered in 1951.  They date back to the 1st century BC, built by Emperor August.  Easy and free to visit by foot, you should also include a stop into the Alcazaba fortress and Gibralfaro Castle for some amazing views of the Mediterranean.

3. Málaga Cathedral

Stunning architecture that towers over the town. For a small fee, take the audio tour inside and learn about its past and art. You can visit the rooftop for views of the city but be aware, it's about 200 stairs to get up there.

4. Atarazanas Market

One of my favorite ways to mix in with the locals is to visit a market in the morning. What makes this particular market interesting is its history. It used to be a shipyard (atarazanas in Arabic). Make sure to notice the Moorish design in the entrance. It went through many transformations; a convent when the Catholics took over, and even a hospital. Unfortunately once it was turned into a market, most of it's original designs were removed with only the arch at the entrance remaining.

5. The Beaches

After you've had your fair share of history and culture, spend a day in one of the many beaches in the area. There are many options depending on what kind of activities you are interested. From snorkeling to sailing or to just bar hopping and sunbathing, we'll help you find the right spot.