Attractions in Malaga
Cathedral of Malaga
Catedral de Malaga is the city’s largest and most important church. The impressive cathedral was begun as early as 1528. The cathedral also has a museum worth seeing. Open all week except Sundays.
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Opening hours are 1000 to 1800, except Saturdays where it closes at 1700.
The Roman theater in Malaga
This is Malaga’s oldest building and dates back to about 100 years before the birth of Christ. The ruins were discovered and excavated in 1951.
Alcazaba and Archaeological Museum of Malaga
Alcazaba is a Moorish castle that dates back to the 11th century and gives its visitors the best view of the city. The castle is located in beautiful surroundings, and you will also find the archaeological museum here. Opening hours for the latter are Tuesday to Sunday from 0930 to 2000. On Mondays the museum is closed. The address is Calle Alzabilla 2.
If you visit Alcazaba you must also visit the palace of Gibralfaro which was built by Yesef I in the 1300s. Here is also a reasonably large exhibition of weapons and armor.
Open from 0930 to 2000 all summer and two hours shorter in winter.
Pablo Picasso is known throughout the world and Malaga was the artist’s birthplace. Of course, you create a museum here. You will find more than 150 drawings, sculptures and paintings by Picasso at the Palacio de Buenavista Museum in Calle San Agustin 8.
Opening hours are from 1000 to 2000 every day except Fridays and Saturdays where it is open one hour longer. Closed Mondays. Expect about NOK 50 in entry money.
Pablo Picasso’s home
In the street Plaza de la Merced 15 you will find the house where Pablo Picasso grew up. The house has been transformed into a museum and a number of objects and the reconstruction of rooms and study rooms give you a lot of good information about Picasso’s life and work.
Open daily from 0930 to 2000
Santuario de la Virgen de la Victoria
Just off Plaza de la Merced you will find the magnificent church of Santuario de la Virgen de la Victoria which began in 1487. You must definitely take a walk into the church to see the large paintings and the magnificent altar.
Open all days except Mondays. Opening hours are 1000 to 1400 and 1700 to 2000.
Tourist in Malaga
The tourists mainly come to Malaga to enjoy the beach life along the Costa del Sol. One of the best beaches is La Malagueta beach, but also El Palo beach and Pedragalejo beach are popular.
At La Malagueta Beach you will also find La Farola, a lighthouse that was built as early as 1817 and is still in operation. There is also beach on the beach east of La Malagueta, and it is not at all foolish to kill time by strolling along the beach. Many restaurants and bars you will also find on your way.
Otherwise, a regular tourist excursion is the trip up the hillside of Gibralfaro Castle to enjoy the best views of Malaga. The castle is also close to the Muslim palace Alcazaba. The walk up to Gibralfaro is a bit of a climb, and good footwear is recommended. Absolutely an exciting outing for the kids as well.
At the top is a museum waiting inside the castle, (costs entrance fee). Also, there is a simple kiosk selling drinks. It is good to know on a hot summer day.
On the way up you will get a great view of the Plaza del Toro with the city’s famous (and probably also notorious) bullfighting arena. In Andalucia, this is still a tradition that is maintained.
Many tourists also visit Pablo Picasso’s house and the museum dedicated to him. The Jewish Quarter and the Roman Theater are other tourist winners in the Old Town. For it is in the historic center of the city you will find the most. It also includes dining and nightlife in general. Take time for a stroll down the Paseo del Parque (see photo first in the article) which offers a lovely promenade to the harbor and the city’s commercial center.
For example, you can walk up the park and along the harbor down. The east side of the harbor promenade has plenty of tourist restaurants where everyone should be able to find a dish they like. The question is just whether the traveling companion can agree on the same eatery?
In the evenings it is not stupid to combine food and drink with a show in traditional Spanish dance, and then preferably Flamenco. Such shows are to see several places. A popular flamenco restaurant is Amargo in Calle Ramón Franquelo, 3. It is located in the old town, just a few hundred meters west of Plaza de la Merced
Festivals in Malaga
Every month, one or more major festivals take place in Malaga. The largest of them all is in August and is called Feria de Malaga. It is a fiesta where you celebrate loudly and with style.
Let’s also mention the November Jazz Festival which attracts international sizes and the April Film Festival which has been held in Malaga since 1998 and is one of the most important in Spain. February is the month of carnival, so if you like to dress up and party, then it is an excellent month to visit Malaga.
Tourist offices in Malaga
You will find tourist offices in several places in the center of Malaga. For example, you have a large tourist office at Plaza de la Marina, ie at the beginning of the seafront promenade and just a stone’s throw from the Parque de Malaga.
You also have a tourist office at Plaza de la Juderia. The latter place is just off the famous El Pimpi (bodega) and the entrance to the castle of Gibralfaro. Furthermore, in this place you will find the ancient Roman theater.