Looking for the perfect mix of old-world European charm and tropical beach relaxation for your next vacation abroad? Look no further. Malaga embodies all of the rich European history and architecture you desire, while being conveniently nestled on one of the most beautiful, sun-soaked coastlines in the world. Whether you have been planning your trip to Malaga for months in advance and just need to round out your itinerary, or you are still in the initial vacation planning stages looking for further information on destinations, Auto Europe has the travel resources you need!
Below you will find a comprehensive list of Malaga's top sites and attractions: from ancient cultural landmarks, to relaxing family-friendly outings.
Widely considered as the most well-preserved Arabic citadel in all of Spain, Alcazaba Castle is a must-see location when visiting Malaga. Built in the early 11th century, the castle, bordering an ancient roman theater, contains lush verdant gardens and ramparts offering one-of-a-kind views of the city below. Admission is €2.00 EUR per person, but if you happen to be visiting on Sunday, admissions are free after 2:00pm.
Many museums throughout Europe and the United States have Picasso pieces as part of their collections, but none even begin to rival the excellence of Museo Picasso Malaga. Not only is Malaga the birthplace of Pablo Picasso, but the museum is home to over 285 unique works from the artist, chronicling his lifetime as a world renowned master of multi-media art - from cubism and collage, to constructed sculpture and stage design. Make sure to take a day-trip to the Picasso Museum, a bastion of Malaga's cultural identity and history, sure to engage even the most art-skeptic of visitors. The Picasso Museum easily makes our list as one of the top things to do in Malaga.
Built between 1528 and 1782, and located within the limits of what once were medieval Moorish walls, the Cathedral of Malaga sits as a proud representation of Malaga's deep-rooted ancient history. Both outside and inside are designed completely in Renaissance style, characterized by ivory pillars, a heavily detailed fašade, and an epic collection of multi-era artwork donning the interior walls. Beautiful stained-glass windows are spread throughout the entirety of the cathedral, and the north tower affords visitors breathtaking views of the city from all angles.
Tucked away in the center of Malaga, sits the ancient Roman Theater, an incredibly well-preserved, Colosseum-esque structure, dating back to 1st century BC. All the surrounding walls, and stone arena seats are in good condition, providing tourists with a unique glimpse into the past. Only recently discovered, and subsequently excavated in the early 1950's, the Roman Theater gives visitors a chance to experience history like never before, as they walk the ancient grounds, basking in the glow of Malaga's storied, cultural pastimes.
For those travelers eager to hit the beach and soak up some sun on Malaga's iconic coastline, the Playa de La Malagueta is the ideal beach. Less than a 10 minute walk from most downtown Malaga hotels, Playa de La Malagueta is easily one of the most postcard-worthy, picturesque beaches in all of Spain, and its convenient location affords all visitors unfettered access to its sandy shores. A variety of restaurants, street vendors, and parasol rentals line the beach, perfect for a relaxing afternoon in between other site-seeing excursions.
Being blessed with both stunning white-sand beaches, and lush green mountains, one would think that Malaga couldn't get any better, but it does. This ancient Spanish city is home to one of the largest, and most comprehensive, botanical gardens in all of Europe, boasting a large variety of tropical and subtropical flora, intertwined with serene walking paths and ornate fountains. Entrance fees range from €3.00 EUR - €6.00 EUR, a small price to pay for access to the garden's beautiful and tranquil setting - don't miss out: it's one of the most popular things to do in Malaga.
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