Often lost in the shuffle of more renowned tourist spots such as Barcelona, Madrid, and even Ibiza and the Canary Islands, the city of Malaga is truly one of Spain’s greatest destinations. Located in the south of the country, right on the Mediterranean Sea, it offers the tantalising combination of urban history and modern relaxation, all in one place.
Frankly, despite the allure of Spain’s more well-known destinations, I can’t recommend Malaga highly enough to international travellers. But to give you a clearer picture of the city and the area around it, here are 10 things to do on holiday there!
1. Check Out The Roman Theatre
The same is true of some other major Spanish cities, but there’s a gorgeous Roman Theatre right in the middle of the town. Built like a miniature coliseum, it quite naturally calls to mind gladiator battles of old, though bull-fighting and theatrical performances are more realistic nowadays!
2. Tour The Picasso Museum
Many who travel to Malaga are unaware until they arrive that the city was actually the birthplace of famous artist Pablo Picasso. The Picasso Museum, therefore, is effectively the best place in the world to view the artist’s work, with well over 200 original Picasso pieces on display.
3. Go To A Wine Bar
It wouldn’t be a Mediterranean paradise without great wine, and in this regard Malaga certainly doesn’t disappoint. The city is home to a number of picturesque wine bars with top-notch selections. El Pimpi is one such venue that is frequently mentioned among the city’s best attractions. Lengthy bar halls, wide arch doorways, climbing plants, and iron gates combine to make up a wonderful atmosphere, and naturally the wine is terrific.
4. Visit Costa del Sol
More or less the Spanish equivalent of the French Riviera, Costa del Sol refers to the Mediterranean coastal area in the south of Spain. As British Airways advises here in a set of tips for travellers headed to Malaga, it’s actually just a quick drive from where you’ll be staying. Their information on travel to Malaga recommends a car rental so as to enable a visitor to check out all of the wonderful beaches in short range of the city, and this is certainly one of the best perks of the whole area.
5. Tour The Alcazaba
Officially a palatial fortress, the Alcazaba is one of the most fascinating structures in a city full of historic destinations. It was built in the 11th-century and still stands in remarkable quality, situated more or less above the rest of Malaga.
6. Get Some Great Seafood
Great seafood is expected in Spain, especially in a city right on the Mediterranean, and once again Malaga won’t disappoint. Sardines are particularly popular at area restaurants, but a busy and impressive culinary scene in town keeps fresh, incredible seafood of all kinds on popular restaurant tables.
7. Take The Bus Tour
To a lot of travellers, a city bus tour might not seem like the best way to spend time. Often, such tours are slow moving, packed with tourists, and not worth the price of a ticket. But in Malaga, the Hop-On Hop-Off Tour is well worth it. For starters, it ends whenever you decide to get off the bus. But the additional benefit is that Malaga is a very easy city to enjoy visually thanks to beach views and an impressive amount of ancient architecture.
8. Visit The Cathedral
The Cathedral, officially known as The Manquita, is actually an unfinished building. But it’s still among the most striking attractions in Malaga, and it’s certainly easy enough to take an hour or two for a close-up look.
9. See The Botanical Gardens
La Concepcion Botanical Gardens are among the most beautiful attractions in the Malaga area, though they’re technically located a short distance to the north of the city. A write-up in the Sunset Beach Club might say it best: “enjoy an exquisite collection of plants and flora from all over the world.”
10. Engage With The Locals
The Spanish population generally has a reputation as relaxed and somewhat fun-loving, and these traits can be amplified in the seaside location of Malaga. For some travellers, engaging with locals is one of the best parts of a vacation just about anywhere; and in Spain, it’s certainly worth it to make this a priority!