Malaga is a great mix of culture, heritage and stunning golden beaches that ensures there’s something for every type of visitor. Whether you’re visiting for the watersports and endless sunshine, the historic architecture or the amazing culinary offerings, you won’t be disappointed by the great range of activities to enjoy here. Here are five of the top activities and attractions that every visitor should experience when visiting Malaga.
Soak up the sun on the beaches
No list for Malaga must-dos would be complete without mentioning the fantastic beaches here. Malaga’s coastline is one of the most famous stretches of sun-kissed sea and sand in the world and has something for everyone, from quaint fishing villages and vibrant, glitzy locations, to quiet bathing spots and watersports. If you want to travel further along the coast, why not find a cheap car hire company at the airport to make getting around that bit easier?
Enjoy the culture at a museum
Moments from the house where Picasso was born (which is also open to the public) is the museum that houses the artist’s progress from the late 19th century to his death in 1973. It’s well worth a visit if you’re an art lover and there’s a charming courtyard café to relax in afterwards. If that doesn’t inspire you, there are over 30 other museums to choose from in Malaga, including the Pompidou Centre which is a striking glass cube with a range of permanent and temporary exhibitions.
Admire the view from the cathedral
Set on the site of Malaga’s main mosque is a beautiful cathedral that dates back to the 16th century. One of the towers was never completed so it has a unique lop-sided appearance that adds to its character. Inside, you’ll find carved choir stalls, 18th century organs, sculptures and paintings, as well as a mix of Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque architectural designs that can be found as a result of being built over such as long time period.
Drink at a roof-top terrace
Nothing says being on holiday like drinking a cocktail at a cool and breezy rooftop bar, and Malaga has plenty to make the most of. Some of the best ones can be found on the top of the city’s stylish hotels which are open to non-guests and offer great surrounding views. Not sure where to begin? Check out the ‘paradors’ in Spain – historic, state-owned sites which have been converted into unique hotels. The Gibralfaro Parador is an old Moorish fortress overlooking the city and coast, with a great rooftop terrace.
Check out the Alcazaba Fortress
Built in the 11th century, the Alcazaba fortress houses an archaeological museum with Roman mosaics and Moorish ceramics, as well as a maze of gardens, fountains and stacks of history to explore. Around the corner is La Manquita, a Renaissance cathedral, and above Alcazaba is the 10th century Gibralfaro castle. This is one of the top tourist attractions in Malaga and a must-see if you’re in the area.