Malaga is one of Spain’s most underrated cities. Many alight at the airport en route to one of the tourist resorts nearby, however this city, which also happens to be the birthplace of one Pablo Picasso, has fascinating scenery, pretty beaches, and plenty of shopping opportunities.
Malaga contains many remnants of its Moorish past, amongst them the Alcazaba, an 11th century palace which is now home to the archaeological museum, and the Castillo de Gibralfaro, a 14th century fortress. Both are situated atop Gibralfaro Hill, therefore expect beautiful views of the port.
There is also baroque architecture in the shape of the cathedral on Calle Molina Lario, which is missing its eastern bell tower and is therefore known as ‘La Manquita’, meaning ‘one-armed woman’.
Naturally, there are various tributes to Picasso in Malaga. His birthplace is now a museum called Fundacion Picasso, however the Museo Picasso Malaga boasts a larger collection which was donated by his daughter-in-law. The latter museum is housed within the 16th century Palacio Condes de Buenavista.
There are plenty of leisure opportunities, you can spend time on the beaches in Malaga or head to quieter ones at the nearby villages which are accessible by bus, and Marbella and Puerto Banus are a short distance away too.
For a spot of designer shopping, head to Calle Marques de Larios. While you’re in Malaga make sure you sample some of the lively nightlife – although this being Spain, don’t bother heading to a bar until beyond midnight.