When in Malaga, you’ve got to make time to take in some history. Gibralfaro Castle is a terrific place to start. This beautiful structure several centuries old will offer you an incredible look at the city below. You can roam about the walls of the castle down to the Alcazaba courtyard, where you’ll see beautiful gardens and fountains. One of the best times to stop by is towards evening when you can enjoy the sun setting in the west. Admission is free after 2 pm. If you plan to visit earlier, plan to pay €3.55 to visit both the castle and the courtyard. Don’t forget to stop by the Roman Theatre while you’re there. The stunning architecture is truly a sight to behold.
Pimpi Wine Bar
If you love wine, don’t leave Malaga without tasting one (if not many!) of the local blends. Pimpi Wine Bar is a great place to enjoy a few glasses while spoiling yourself with the delicious local cuisine. Visit in the afternoon or later on in the evening to sip a glass of the sweet local wine. You’ll find locals and tourists alike enjoying the vibrant ambiance of the restaurant. The colorful tiles, barrels, and photos of celebrity customers will certainly catch your eye. If you don’t manage to visit Pimpi Wine Bar, La Casa del Guarda is also a great option.
Malaga is known for being the birthplace of Pablo Picasso. It isn’t surprising, then, that there’s an entire museum created in his honor. Visit the Palace of Condes de Buenavista and admire the artwork showcased inside. A number of artistic genres are represented there. You’ll see Renaissance work with a nod to Moorish design restored in a Modern style. There will be plenty of paintings ranging from those done by masters and those whose artists are unknown. Even if you aren’t an art junkie, you’re sure to leave with a greater appreciation of it.
El Palo is Malaga’s fishing district. If you want a taste of a local favorite, be sure to stop by for some local espeto de sardinas, or grilled sardines. For something fried, try pescaito frito. You can find both at just about any restaurant or bar in the area. Grilled sardines are well-loved by the locals. They are usually served on a stick fresh after being grilled on the beach – perfect for a light meal or even a snack after a day in the sun. If you’re looking for something a little bit more formal, visit Palo El Tintero. This restaurant is known for its unique method of selling food – dishes that come out of the kitchen are auctioned rather than ordered from a menu!
Another must-visit in Malaga is La Manquita. It’s one of the defining monuments of the city that you can’t miss. The name “La Manquita” isn’t actually its original name. It was coined by the locals because the south tower was never finished, giving the cathedral the same lopsided look of a one-armed woman. The architecture is beautiful and you’ll enjoy the carefully-sculpted handicrafts of Pedro de Mena in the choir stalls.
Merienda time isn’t a place, but it’s still something you can’t miss while visiting Malaga. Merienda time takes place somewhere between 5 to 7 pm. It’s the time when the locals stop for a late afternoon snack. Most people eat their last meals at 10 pm or even later. Take part in their local tradition by taking a break and stopping for a snack. Visit Calle Larios, Granada Street, or La Merced and grab a coffee or maybe some churros. For something a little more extravagant, visit the AC Malaga Palacio Hotel and enjoy some treats along with the view.