Malaga may not be as popular as Costa del Sol’s resort towns and its other tourist destinations but it does have a lot to offer as well.
Malaga International Airport has made the town to appear like a transit point and the majority of visitors hardly bother to sample its beauty. But what remains unknown to many is that Malaga City is so attractive, very Spanish and as old as the majority of Costa del Sol’s towns.
There are plenty of exciting things you can do here and what’s more, the majority of them are pretty much free.
The Picasso Museum
This beautiful museum sits where Pablo Ruiz Picasso was born. Picasso was a painter, ceramicist, printmaker, sculptor, playwright, and poet of Spanish origin. He remains popular to this day due to his unmatched passion for art. At this museum, you will come across about 285 pieces of his works donated by his family members, in addition to a collection of other pieces of art. Entry is free only on the last Sunday of each month.
Alcazaba & Castillo de Gibralfaro
Gibralfaro is so popular in Malaga mostly because of his image in the city as well in the province’s flag and seal. Castillo de Gibralfaro is a magnificent castle perched on a hill that overlooks the port and city of Malaga. The castle dates all the way back to the 10th C. Alcazaba, on the other hand, takes you back to what Moorish heritage looked like. It was constructed around 756-780 AD to protect the city from pirates. Both places are free to enter only on Sunday afternoons.
Montes de Malaga
Montes de Malaga is a natural park not too far away from Malaga City. Besides the dense pine forest, the park comprises water courses, small valleys, Aleppo pines, and a plethora of Flora and Fauna. It also has hills where you could go hiking with your family, not to mention picnic spots and a couple of traditional restaurants. The park remains a popular weekend destination for many of Malaga’s residents and visitors as well.
At the heart of Malaga city is the Atarazanas Market which dates all the way back to the 14th C. Before it became a market, the place was originally a ship builder’s yard. Atarazanas is an Arabic name and Moors are believed to have been the first settlers here. Other its rich historical origin, the market is the perfect place to find all types of local produce from fish to olives to fruits and vegetables, name it. You can walk here anytime between 08:00 hrs and 14:00 hrs except on Sundays.
Just like every other resort town in Costa del Sol, Malaga too boasts of numerous beautiful beaches. Playa Las Acacias, Playa de la Misericordia and Playa de la Malagueta are the most popular. At the beach, you will find several facilities such as restaurants, children parks, and beach bars. You can take your adventure further by visiting the neighbouringpedregalejo beaches where you can sample plenty of entertaining things together with your family.
Beach La Malagueta
Playa de Pedregalejo – Las Acacias
Peñon del Cuervo
Playa de El Palo
Playa de la Misericordia
Puerto Banus Beach