Set on the Costa del Sol, Malaga is a city brimming with history, culture and contemporary energy. You can admire Picasso originals at world-class art galleries, explore ancient Roman ruins and devour tapas and wine at Michelin-star restaurants.
Things to do in Málaga
Malaga is famous as the birthplace of Pablo Picasso. Art aficionados flock to the Museo Picasso Malaga to view more than 200 original works. Highlights include portraits from his teenage years, cubism paintings and abstract sculptures. After touring the museum, enjoy a coffee at the on-site cafe.
The magnificent Catedral de Malaga has been watching over the city since the 16th century. It's topped by a 40-metre-high domed ceiling supported by beautifully carved stone columns. Guided tours offer a unique chance to climb up to the roof for panoramic city views.
Malaga's 11th-century Alcazaba offers a glimpse at Spain's Moorish roots. Entrance to the fortress is via a winding path shaded by lush palms, fragrant jasmine flowers and scarlet bougainvillea. Inside you'll find a wonderland of sun-dappled courtyards and bubbling fountains. Stroll along the stone battlements for sweeping views of the Mediterranean Sea.
For the best tapas on the Costa del Sol, snag a table at El Mesón de Cervantes. It treats patrons to a show-stopping menu of grilled octopus, lamb stew and mushroom risotto, which can be paired with top-notch Spanish wines. Save room for dessert at Casa Aranda, an iconic cafe that's been serving chocolate and churros since 1932.
Getting around Málaga
Malaga is best explored on foot, especially around the historic district, while local buses and taxis are available. Bikes are a great way to explore the city and the countryside. Trains run from the city centre to Malaga Airport in 25 minutes.