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Málaga’s Cultural Renaissance

Things to do in Malaga

This southern Spanish port city, part of the Costa del Sol as well as part of the wider region of Andalusia, in many ways offers all the favourable and quintessential components of the wider country into one location: a historic centre, gothic architecture, beautiful beaches, luscious greenery, warm Spanish hospitality, bright and sunny weather and, of course, glorious tapas. Málaga is Spain at it’s finest.things to do malaga

Often referred to as “the capital city of Andalusia”, although officially this title belongs to Seville, Málaga is fast becoming the most visited city in the South. Recent regeneration projects and new developments, including the opening of a number of quirky museums and galleries, trendy hotels and gourmet restaurants, as well as a new leisure and shopping complex seem to have done the city’s popularity wonders. things to do in Malaga

These newer features combined with the older and more established hotspots mean there’s plenty to keep visitors and residents occupied. Things to do in Malaga

Magical Málaga: Art, Architecture and More

As the birthplace of Pablo Picasso, Málaga holds a special significance in the art world and as such is the location of a personalised gallery. Museo Picasso Málaga holds 285 works, including so
me very early pieces from the famous cubist phase, as well as some of his last paintings from the 1970s.

In keeping with Málaga’s artistic history there’s now a new art district known as SOHO, which provides an alternative edge to the city. Here you’ll find many new galleries and art spaces along with bohemian cafes and shops. The area is always buzzing with creative types and interesting cultural events and activities are often held here.

However, if you prefer more classical art and architecture then take a walk around the city’s historic centre, which showcases its rich and diverse history. There are monuments from the time of the Roman occupation, such as the Roman theatre; Moorish style buildings, most evident in the Alcazaba; and churches, like the Cathedral of Málaga, in the more traditional “Spanish” architectural styles of gothic and baroque.

If you’ve never been to Granada’s Alhambra, then you are in for a serious treat, Málaga’s Alcazaba offers a taster. This 11th century Moorish palace has been well restored and the architectural features along with the onsite museum provide an interesting insight into an influential period of the city’s past history.

But Málaga isn’t all art and architecture; there are plenty of green spaces and parks to be enjoyed too. Paseo de España, just outside the city in Alameda, with its stretches of palm tress and exotic tropical plants offers a peaceful refuge from the busy city. There’s also the Jardín Botánico La Concepción, located just 4 kilometers outside of the city, a tropical forest near the shores of the Mediterranean.

There are also some great beaches within easy reach of the city, if you want a more chilled day – with Playa de la Caleta, Playa de la Malagueta and Playa del Campo de Golf being some of the most popular.things to do malaga

Of course no trip to the Andalusian region would be complete without experiencing its internationally revered food. Gazpacho, pescaíto frito (fried fish), Iberian ham, slow cooked beef (Pringá) and potato omelet are just a few of the regional specialties that can be enjoyed in many of Málaga’s restaurants. Or act like a true Andalusian and enjoy a few tapas dishes with a glass of local wine or sherry whilst visiting one of the city’s colourful bars.

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1) Where to Eat – Bodegas El Pimpi things to do in malaga

One of the city’s most famous and busiest restaurants El Pimpi is a Málaguthings to do in malaga enian institution. Fill your belly with tasty tapas whilst overlooking the Roman Amphitheatre on the terrace or soak up the quaint, rustic Andalusian décor and the ever-buzzing atmosphere inside. Try the Salmorejo, a thick, chilled tomato soup complete with ham and quail egg garnish, or the seafood paella with generous offerings of fresh squid and clams. There are weekly flamenco nights and the walls are filled with photos and autographs of some of the restaurants’ famous past guests including the Picasso family, Antonio Banderas and Tony Blair.

Calle Granada, 62, 29015 Málaga
+34 952 22 54 03
elpimpi.com

2) Where to Get Your Cultural Fill – Picasso Museum

Don’t miss the incredible chance to see Pablo Picasso’s work in his hometown. Located in the Palacio de Buenavista, a few minutes away from the house where Picasso was born, the museum charts the artist’s life and work from the late 19th century until his death in 1973 and offers one of the most complete ranges of his original work. In addition to the outstanding permanent collections, there’s always at least one temporary exhibition worth a look.

Palacio de Buenavista, Calle San Agustín 8, Málaga
+34 952 127600
museopicassomalaga.org

3) Where to Stay – Hotel Molina Lario

Situated in the heart of Málaga’s old town, a short walk away from many of the main attraction’s, this exclusive hotel offers the height in luxury – boasting an award-winning restaurant, stunning contemporary hotel rooms and a rooftop pool. A perfect retreat following a hard day’s sightseeing!

Calle Molina Lario, 20, 29015 Málaga
+34 952 06 20 02
hotelmolinalario.com

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