Pablo Picasso is very present in Malaga. The best example of this is the Picasso Museum, founded in 2003. Also, there is the House-Museum of the painter. For culture lovers, it is especially advisable to visit the Carmen Thyssen Malaga Museum. This museum underlines the importance of Andalusian artists in Spanish painting of the twentieth century.
On a regular walk through the historic centre, you can enjoy the historical monuments such as the cathedral, an excellent example of an Andalusian Renaissance temple; the Alcazaba, an Arab palace-fortress from the tenth century; or the Roman theatre. The most famous festivals of the city are the Easter week and the Malaga fair. The first party has been proclaimed an internationally recognized tourist party and the second in August ensures a lot of party fun on the streets of the city.
Golf lovers can indulge themselves here because Malaga has thirty golf courses scattered throughout the province. Some of these golf courses are among the best in Europe. In the city, you can also enjoy a day at the beach. You have busy city beaches, such as La Malagueta, but also less crowded, such as the beach of Guadalmar. The coast is also ideal for water sports. The interior of the province contains various natural parks, such as the Los Alcornocales-Sierra del Aljibe Natural Park, the Los Montes de Málaga Natural Park or the Sierra de las Nieves Natural Park.
The Mediterranean flavours
The gastronomy is very varied due to both the marine and agricultural products.
The most famous dish on the coast is the so-called “pescaíto frito” (fried fish), although rice with seafood, monkfish with potatoes and the pasta oven dish are also typical of the region. The soup has a prominent place in the kitchen of Malaga, with specialities such as the gazpachuelo (soup based on potatoes and mayonnaise) and the gazpacho or the ajoblanco (cold soup with almonds, oil, garlic and grapes). These dishes go perfectly with the wines from the region. Desserts include sweet potato (grilled or in syrup), olive oil cakes or raisins from la Axarquía.
Malaga is ideal to discover with children. You will find many pedestrian zones and gardens in the historic centre. You can also enjoy a beautiful day at the beach in the city itself. Some of the city’s museums, such as the Picasso Museum or the Carmen Thyssen Museum, organize art activities for the whole family. In the neighbourhood of Malaga, you will find a large number of options for children. In Benalmádena, for example, there is the Tivoli World amusement park and two information centres on marine fauna, the Selwo Marina and the Sea Life aquarium. Torremolinos has a theme park dedicated to crocodiles (Cocodrilos Park) and the Aqualand water park; in Fuengirola, you can visit the modern zoo Bioparc Fuengirola. And all these attractions are half a drive away.
Malaga historical centre is an ideal place for a day of shopping. For fashion stores, go to Larios Street and the surrounding area. Many of these streets are also pedestrian zones, which makes walking much more pleasant. You will also find a large number of traditional cafés here to relax. The shopping centres are another option. The two best known of the city are the Málaga Plaza and Larios Centro. Just outside the centre, you will also find the Factory Outlet and the Plaza Mayor shopping centre.
The city combines its business meeting facilities with all that the Costa del Sol has to offer, making it one of the most sought after tourist destinations in the world. The city contains a first-class hotel infrastructure: this is not without reason the province in Andalusia with the largest hotel capacity. In addition to the various spaces for organizing events, the modern and versatile Congress and Exhibition Center are particularly important, with its Mediterranean-inspired design. The city can be easily reached from the main European capitals in a few hours, thanks to the international airport, which is only 8 kilometres from the city centre.
The nights of Malaga are animated. The evening starts with restaurants and pubs scattered throughout the historic centre. If you want to dance later, you can go to the streets that lie between the squares Constitución, San Ignacio or la Merced and the street Echegaray. You can fully enjoy yourself in avant-garde occasions, exclusive clubs, discotheques for LGBT or even in a real nineteenth-century palace that has been converted into a nightclub. The Malaga surroundings also offer nightly entertainment, especially during the summer months. Some of the most popular places include Marbella, Fuengirola, Torremolinos or Banalmádena.