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MALAGA: What to see…

Malaga Cathedral…

 

This dates back to the 16th Century, on the site of the former mosque (where only the Patio de los Naranjos survives from that time). With high domed ceilings, and a large tower where you can take in panoramic views once you walk up the 200 stairs, it’s a must-see on your trip to Malaga.

 

You can appreciate the beautiful architecture of the building, that took 200 years to build, as well as all the history provided inside the cathedral’s museum.

 

Alcazaba…

 

Malaga’s Alcazaba can provide a great taster of the famous Alhambra in Granada. With so much history and beauty behind the building, this should be a must-visit while in Malaga. The entrance is next to the Roman amphitheatre, from where you can follow the paths through the greenery of palm trees, jasmine fragrant bushes and orange trees to the restored Moorish palace-fortress from the 11th Century.

 

Picasso Museum…

 

Art fan? This is a definite one for you if so. The museum has a 204-piece collection donated and loaned by, Christine Ruiz-Picasso, the daughter-in-law of Picasso, and his grandson Bernard Ruiz-Picasso. They include some spectacular family portraits, including the Paulo con gorro blanco, which is a painting of Picasso’s eldest son in the 1920s.

 

 

Gibralfaro Castle…

 

Another site full of historic significance is the ramparts of the Castle of Gibralfaro, located on a hill over-looking the city. Built originally in the 8th Century and then reconstructed in the 14th Century, it was used as the main port for the emirate of Granada, as well as acting as a lighthouse and military barracks too. A military museum is also based there. Try arriving by the scenic Paseo Don Juan de Temboury, from the south of the building, which is a path that winds through garden terraces with views to the city.

 

Malaga Summer Fair…

 

This is a nine-day fair in mid-August, which begins with fireworks and is one of Andalucía’s most spectacular fairs. There’s plenty of tradition involved, with flamenco and “fino” (dry and straw-coloured sherry). The majority of the fair’s activities are based in the city centre.

 

Malaga Museum…

 

The museum is popular for its archaeological and historical sections, which have reproductions of paintings found in caves in Nerja and the impressive 1.7m sculpture of a Roman soldier from the 2nd Century. There are also Moorish art pieces, which represents a large part of Spain’s history, as well as a fine-arts sections of 19th and 20th Century paintings.

 

With Malaga being such an important tourism city, it has a lot to offer. As well as these important, historical site, it also has great gastronomy, inviting beaches and a great range of shops for everyday life and souvenirs. This year, make sure Malaga is your getaway choice…

 

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