malaga attractions

Málaga lies on the Costa del Sol in Andalusia, a region in southern Spain. Owing to its location, it has a warm climate and some of the warmest winters in Europe. For those intending to visit Málaga, consider booking between April and November, outside the summer months, when the average daily temperature is above 20 °C, and the waters of the Mediterranean Sea are particularly inviting. The most obvious touristic attractions of Málaga are its sun-kissed beaches but remember to explore the numerous palaces, churches, gardens, museums and art that are also in abundance in the city. Here are the top Malaga attractions of artistic and historical importance:

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In the shade of the Cathedral (image by J.Browers/Unsplash)

Historical attractions in Malaga

Málaga has a long and colourful history. Founded under the name “Malaka” by the Phoenicians as far back as 770 BC, and later ruled by the Romans and Arabs before becoming a requisition of the Spaniards, the city hosts remains from eras spanning 3,000 years. Attracting history enthusiasts interested in Ancient Carthage, Roman, Arab and the Spanish of the Middle Ages, Málaga is something of a sweeping museum across time. Evidence  of Málaga’s rich history can be viewed at the Museo de Málaga.

History buffs will also love the various monuments such as the 11th century Alcazaba Citadel (with its towers and gardens – there’s also a stunning view across the bay from here), the 14th century Gibralfaro Castle and the Roman Theatre in the old inner city. The Málaga Cathedral, with its Gothic, Renaissance and baroque influences, is also an impressive attraction whilst at the Palace of the Marqués de Valdeflores, visitors have the opportunity to explore the exquisite interior of the home of an 18th century aristocrat.

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Malaga Cathedral (image by E.Berti/Unsplash)

The birthplace of Pablo Picasso

Málaga is also the birthplace of world-famous artist, Pablo Picasso. Tourists can visit the Museo Picasso Málaga, which is located in the artist’s childhood home in Plaza de la Merced and displays nearly 300 works donated by members of Picasso’s family.

Picasso in Malaga (image courtesy of Landahlauts)

This museum joins the ranks of a number of institutions dedicated to the city’s artistic pursuits, including (but not limited to) the Carmen Thyssen Museum, the Fine Arts and Archaeology museum: Museo de Málaga, and CAC Málaga (museum of modern art).

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CAC Malaga (image by Quino/Unsplash)

After a day at the beach or exploring the city, sit down with a glass of sweet Málaga wine. Made from local Pedro Ximénez and Moscatel grape varieties, you’ll soon find yourself packing a bottle for your journey home.

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