It is for a reason that Malaga is called the capital of the Costa del Sol region in Spain. This awesome city boasts many places to see and things to do whatever time of the year you happen to come here. Ancient monuments, Andalusian culture, unique gastronomic tastes, top-notch beaches and golf courses – this is all about Malaga, but what should you do during your first visit?
See the panorama of Malaga from the walls of the Alcazaba fortress
Alcazaba is Malaga’s most impressive Moorish relic from the Islamic epoch, which includes the inner and outer citadel and overlooks the city and the bay. This view of Malaga and the surrounding landscapes is never to be forgotten.
Relive the siege of Malaga in Castillo de Gibralfaro
Castillo de Gibralfaro is another fortress on top of a hill overlooking the city. It was designed and used as a wartime citadel, which had been heroically resisting the siege in the 15th century until the last morsels of food were eaten.
Dream about the days long gone at the Roman Theater site
Located below the walls of the Alcazaba fortress, the Roman Theater helps you travel back in time. Some of its tiers remain undamaged and offer a clear picture of what the monument looked like about two millennia ago. This is a great place to reflect on your life and that of the European civilization as well.
Have a look at Pablo Picasso’s birthplace
Since Picasso was born in Málaga, every tourist wants to pay tribute to the famous artist. The best way to do it is to visit his Casa Natal, where an exhibition of his paintings can be discovered.
Visit the Cathedral of Malaga
This is the focal point of Malaga’s piety and religiousness. It took the locals 150 years to build the Cathedral, and they love it dearly, even though one of the towers was designed but never built! The Cathedral represents a mixture of renaissance and baroque styles, and its façade is one of the most recognizable of Malaga’s images.
Stroll in the La Concepión Botanic Garden
If you seek a refuge from the sun, visit Málaga’s La Concepión Botanic Garden, which is almost 200 years old and collects 2,000 different plant species from all over the world.
Shop like the locals do at the Atarazanas Market
Malaga’smain market is vibrant and always busy. Except reasonable prices and the true Andalusian spirit, you will be enchanted by the arches and stained-glass windows which are a piece of art.
Take part in a colorful festival in Malaga
Enjoy flamenco shows, bullfights, and street processions during the world-famous week-long festival, Feria de Agosto, which commemorates Malaga’s turn to Christianity in 1487.
Quench your curiosity in the Automobile and Fashion Museum
This is something special to everyone’s taste. Whether you are a boy or a girl, you will be inspired to visit this museum and see 100 beautiful cars from 1903 till now, or admire the haute-couture display of 200 attires.
Hide from the stifling heat in the Parque de Málaga
Once you come to this park, you will get surprised how cool it is under the trees. Enjoy the walkways and the ornate sculptures, the beautiful rose garden, and a cypress alley.
Spend a sunny day on Málaga Beach
Malaga’s waterfront belongs to the Costa del Sol and is frequented both by the locals and tourists. Amazing beaches, fondling waves, and lovely sandy bays are something you will long to experience.
Feel the taste of Andalusian cuisine
When in Malaga, you need to try a localdish that is symbolically representing the whole Costa del Sol region. According to a popular opinion, this is espetos, grilled sardine fish that is traditionally roasted on embers and can be enjoyed in all beachfront bars.