Malaga is a beautiful resort located in the south of the Iberian Peninsula, surrounded by sea and mountains. One of the sunniest cities in Europe is located on the Costa del Sol ("sunny coast"), which is famous for its wonderful beaches and recreation areas. Malaga is loved not only for its ideal conditions for beach holidays but also for its many unique attractions. Ancient Arabic fortresses and Roman theater, majestic cathedrals, fascinating museums, magnificent parks — you can explore the paved streets of Malaga forever. Not surprisingly, this southern city has become the birthplace of Pablo Picasso, fiery flamenco dance, and amazing Malaga wine.
Districts of Malaga
In Carretera de Cádiz district, you will find the Avenida Pacífico zone, which is ideal for families with small children. In addition to comfortable beaches, this part of the city has many playgrounds, sports zones, and parks.
For those who love the bustling nightlife, the Teatinos area is the perfect place. There is a university, nightclubs, and dance floors, tennis courts, and swimming pools.
Sandy beaches, ancient fortresses and cathedrals, unique museums and colorful parks, bullfighting arena, and colorful markets — ancient Malaga has prepared an incredible amount of amazing attractions and entertainment for its guests. It is hard not to be confused by the diversity of beautiful places if you have not drawn up a tourist route plan in advance.
In the III century B.C., the city was under Roman authority. During their rule, they built a Roman theatre, extended the seaport, and paved roads in Malaga. Trade and agriculture were developing. The fall of the Roman Empire led to the decline of the city. Malaga suffered from numerous raids by militant tribes.
In the V - VII centuries, the city was invaded by Visigoths, then Byzantium, then — again the Kingdom of Visigoths.
After the Arab conquest in the VIII century, Malaga began to expand, and new fortress walls grew around it. Thanks to the construction of a large number of irrigation systems, agriculture, winemaking, and viticulture developed at a rapid pace. The city is famous for producing silk, glass, weapons, and ceramics.
In the XV century, Malaga was part of Castile.
During the Civil War of the XX century, the city became the base of the Republican fleet. But Francisco Franco won in Spain and established a dictatorial regime until 1975.
Despite the Franco regime, the whole country, including Malaga, is rapidly increasing its economic potential. The city is becoming a favorite resort of the British and Germans; the number of emigrants is growing fast. The resort business is actively developing, new hotels, shops, and entertainment centers are being built.
The city, with its rich ancient history, snow-white beaches, and lush parks, attracts millions of tourists, who are fascinated by its extraordinary charm from the first minutes they see it.
Before the trip, you should calculate the approximate budget that you will require for the travel:
The best time to visit Malaga
If you want to see a colorful Spanish carnival, come to the city on February 3. During the week, you can see picturesque carnival processions, musical performances, floral battles, and competitions of the disguised people in the main streets and squares. And the carnival ends with the traditional "fish funeral" ritual.
Fans of grandiose fun and colorful fairs gather in the city in the middle of every August. At this time, the town hosts the Feria de Agosto festival. For nine days and nights, the city turns into a vibrant fair with traditional celebrations, concerts of orchestras, and shopping pavilions. The townspeople and guests enjoy the incendiary flamenco, appreciate the local cuisine, and buy original souvenirs.
Public transport in the city is represented by metro and buses. There are also suburban trains. The subway consists of two lines; the cost of a single trip is €1.35. Buses move around the entire city. There is route number 1 in the center of the town. The price of the ticket for a single trip is €1.3. If you plan to travel a lot by bus, buy a pass for ten trips called Transbordo. It costs only €8.3. Bus tickets are sold at newsagents and tobacco kiosks, as well as at the driver.
There are 15 beaches within the city limits. One of the most popular beaches is Playa de la Misericórdia. Playa de San Andrés is perfect for families with young children as there is a playground there. Locals usually choose Playa de la Caleta, which is called the cleanest beach on the coast. Kitesurfers love Playa del Campo de — San Julian. And those who want a smooth tan, head to catch the rays of the sun on Playa de Guadalmar, a nudist beach.
Make sure you visit the city's wine cellar. There you can taste 21 kinds of fragrant, potent Malaga wines. It is in the heart of the town, so it is easy to find.
What should a tourist do in Malaga?
Many tourists come to this city to relax on the sandy beaches and swim a lot in the turquoise waters of the Mediterranean Sea. But if you want to get an unforgettable experience of the wonders of ancient Málaga, it is worth walking along the popular routes of other travelers.
- Stroll around Plaza de la Constitución, the main square in the city. This is the historic heart of Malaga, where all the major holidays and festivals are held. The square is surrounded by the beautiful XX century mansions and overlooks the Augustinian monastery. Sit in the coolness of one of the oldest fountains in Europe — Fuente de Génova. The marble Genoa Fountain, installed in the XVI century, is a unique example of Renaissance architecture.
- Admire the majestic Cathedral of Málaga. Construction of the main church of the city began in the XVI century and had been lasting for over 200 years. As a result, you can see the elements of several styles in the architecture of the building — Gothic, Baroque, Classicism. According to the project, the cathedral was supposed to have two towers. But they could not build the second one for several centuries, so the temple was nicknamed "one-armed". The elegant Baroque facade, doors with marble columns, unique sculptures, and rare icons — the cathedral amazes with its incredible beauty.
- Visit the legendary Spanish fortress of Alcazaba. The monumental defensive fortification of the city was erected in the XI century. It consisted of three rings of walls with jagged towers, and a secure gate. If you want to see how the Alcazaba has changed in its appearance, visit the archaeological museum located on its territory. If you get tired, you can relax in the shade of orange trees near charming fountains and ponds.
- Walk the ancient steps of the Roman Theatre. The grandiose structure was laid in the I century B.C. Pay attention to the remains of the amphitheater, where the audience sat, and the orchestra — a round platform for performances. You can also see a changing room for actors, which was called a scena.
- Find out what real Spanish corrida is. One of the most popular places in town is the Plaza de Toros de La Malagueta. The Neo-Mudéjar building was erected in the second half of the XIX century. Check out the unique exhibits of the Museum of Corrida, located within the walls of the Plaza de Toros. Among the displays, you can see paintings by Goya, Picasso, Dali, Velasquez, as well as clothing and accessories of the toreadors.
- Visit the world-famous museum of the master of painting, Pablo Picasso. It is located in the magnificent Buenavista Palace. It contains almost 300 works by the great artist in the styles of post-impressionism and cubism.
- Come to admire the collection of rare cars at the Museum of Automobiles. Its unique display leaves no one indifferent: the first steam car, a black Rolls-Royce decorated with real Swarovski crystals, or models with the tuning of the famous Sonia Delaunay. There are ten expositions in the museum; each of them is dedicated to a specific theme. At a small fee, you can take a photo in front of a vintage car.
- Have a rest in the favorite place of both citizens and guests. Malaga Park is an amazingly beautiful garden, which is laid out, taking into account the local landscape. There are more than five thousand species of plants growing in it. Elegant decorative elements, luxurious fountains, playgrounds for young tourists, cozy, secluded corners have made the park a bright local attraction.
- Admire the majestic ocean liners and white yachts in the city port. It is one of the oldest ports in the Mediterranean Sea, which can accommodate large cruise liners. Paseo del Muelle Uno is a favorite promenade for citizens located along the harbor.
- Buy juicy fruits and local delicacies at the famous city market of Atarazanas. The market building, made in ancient Moorish and modern styles, is located on the seafront. The assortment of local merchants amazes with its variety and flavor. Here you can find everything that is grown and caught in Malaga.
- Try the national dishes of Andalusia. Local cuisine is known for its large number of seafood dishes and wide use of olive oil. Try fried fish fritura, tspetones de sardinas (small sardines cooked on bamboo skewers), pinchos morunos (pork barbeque). Sweet tooth will love the Arabic cake "Bienmesabe Antequerano" (with almonds and pumpkin marmalade), almond and honey biscuits. Don't forget to order the excellent sweet local Malaga wine.