A weekend guide to Málaga
Visiting the Costa del Sol is definitely worth it. Málaga is full of history and youthful energy that proudly acknowledges its multi-layered past. Pablo Picasso's birth town has changed a lot over the past years and has a lot to offer since then. Besides half a dozen new art galleries, the impressively and radically rethought port area and the art district called Soho, Málaga is also a hot spot for delicious food and drinks.
Sounds good, right? Here are 5 places you don't want to miss when travelling to the most southern city of Spain!
1. Museo Picasso
When visiting Picasso's birth city, you can’t miss the Picasso Museum which is located in one of the most beautiful streets of the whole city - Calle San Agustín. With more than 200 pieces, the museum provides a good overview of his work.
The collection shown in the museum includes some highlights like sculptures, several sketches and a painting of Picasso's sister Lola, which he painted when he was only 13 years old.
2. Catedral de Malaga - La Manquita
You can not leave Málaga without paying its cathedral a visit. It’s the most famous monument in the city that can impress with its eye-capturing Renaissance architectural design. The cathedral is the tallest cathedral in Andalucia and therefore seeable from almost every point in the city. It’s pretty easy to reach since it’s located in the city centre, next to the well-known Plaza del Obispo, one of the most frequently visited squares of Málaga.
3. Alcazaba and Castillo de Gibralfaro
Another must-see attraction in Málaga is the Alcabaza. It is a Moorish fortress and palace complex located above the city. From the orange grove-lined paths and the water gardens to the view over the rooftop terrace of Antonio Banderas, the Alcazaba has a lot to offer. Work your way up the hill of Gibralfaro to the castle and enjoy the views. There are a lot of great spots to take beautiful holiday pictures and see the city from above.
4. Málaga port
Málagas port is an international seaport also known as a pretty popular fishing spot. Since it was renovated and turned from a normal port into Mediterranean Marina, it is a really great scene for walking and having lunch close to the water. At the innovative Pier 2 (Muelle Dos), you can find small cruises, hundreds of palm trees, gardens, fountains and play areas. As you continue walking, you arrive at Pier 1 (Muelle Dos) where pleasure boats and yachts moor. The port is perfectly located - right next to the historic city centre.
5. Food markets
Make sure to visit some of the food markets to taste delicious regional cuisine. Mercado Central de Atarazanas is the place to go. This busy market is located in a historic building, which fuses 14th-century Moorish architecture with 19th-century industrial design. There you can choose from a variety of colourful farm-fresh fruits and vegetables, fish and meat, and hundreds of different olives.
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