Warm, sunny Malaga might be on your radar as the gateway to the Costa del Sol, but there’s so much more to this vibrant city. With a wealth of history, vibrant culture, and of course, outstanding weather, there are endless reasons to spend a weekend in Malaga. Here are some of our top places to go and things to do on a city break to Malaga!
Where to go in Malaga
Perhaps Malaga’s best-known historical site, La Alcazaba is a fortress which dates back to the 11th century. It was built during the Moorish occupation of the city and reflects this influence architecturally. The city experienced economic prosperity during this time, which allowed the Moors to construct such an elaborate and ornate castle. Most recently renovated in the 20th century, La Alcazaba is open to the public and a must-see spot in Malaga.
This elegant cathedral is not only an important religious site, but also a national landmark. The Malaga Cathedral is a stunning example of Spanish religious art and history since its construction began in the 16th century.
In addition to its ornate facade and breathtaking golden ceiling, the cathedral is home to two enormous organs, of 4,000 pipes each. These instruments date back to the 18th century and are still frequently used in services. You can also check out the Cathedral Museum on your visit, which details much fo the Cathedral’s fascinating background.
Castillo de Gibralfaro
The Gibralfaro Castle overlooks Malaga and the sea, situated on the 130m-high hill, Mount Gibralfaro. The castle was built in the 14th century to protect the Alcazaba. The castle connects to the Alcazaba via a fortified walkway, the Coracha. Not only will a tour of this formidable castle be a great way to learn more about Malaga’s history and culture, but it’s also the best place to enjoy incredible views of the city and beyond.
Also known simply as the “Mercado Central,” no visit to Malaga is complete without spending some time at this lively market. With stalls offering fresh seafood, produce, and other goods. The market has recently been refurbished as well, with an artistic, modern design and stunning stained-glass windows. The Atarazanas Market is also located in a great part of Malaga, surrounded by quaint shops and tapas restaurants to explore after your market visit.
What to do in Malaga
Visit the Picasso Museum Malaga
World-famous painter, Pablo Picasso, was born in the city of Malaga in 1881. Now the city is home to a museum dedicated to one of the country’s most renowned artists. Here, you can peruse Picasso’s work from various points in his life and admire his evolving style. There are over 280 original works by Picasso in the museum’s collection. The museum is located inside the elegant Buenavista Palace, as well as 18 other historic buildings in the city’s Jewish Quarter.
Explore the Roman Theatre
Malaga is one of the world’s oldest cities, founded around 770 BC by the Phoenicians. Therefore, many different empires have claimed the city and influenced its history and development. The Romans inhabited Malaga from about 218BC to the end of the first century.
The ruins of the Roman Theatre near the Alcazaba serve as a fascinating example of what ancient Malaga must have been like during this time. The theatre was in use for two centuries before falling into disrepair. Now, the site has been excavated and is open to the public from Tuesday through Sunday each week.
See the Port of Malaga
The oldest continually-operating port in Spain, the Port of Malaga is a busy international seaport in the city. One of Malaga’s iconic areas, the port is home to a variety of activity, from docking cruise ships to a small fleet of fishing vessels. The city may even get its name from the port, given that fish was salted on the first dock, and the Phoenician word for salt closely resembles the city’s original name, Malaka.
The port offers great access to the city’s beaches, as well as numerous recreation areas for sailing, surfing, and paddleboarding. You can also take boat tours of the coastline from the Port of Malaga.
Where to Stay in Malaga
Salles Malaga Centro Hotel
Just a short stroll from the heart of Malaga, this hotel boasts an excellent location in addition to many great amenities. There is an on-site restaurant as well as several great local eateries in close proximity. You can relax and enjoy the sunset over the city from the hotel’s luxury rooftop pool, or lounge in your comfortable and sophisticated room. Guests can take advantage of WiFi, room service, and air conditioning in public spaces.
Suite Novotel Malaga Centro
Situated right in Malaga city centre, guests are only a short walk away from Malaga’s tapas trail and the picturesque Old Town. Overall, this hotel is modern, with a sleek design and high-quality amenities. Rooms are outfitted with high-speed internet and flat-screen televisions. For even more convenience, the hotel is located just a 10-minute drive from Malaga Airport and 5 minutes from the AVE Train Station.
Are you ready to spend your next weekend getaway exploring beautiful Malaga?