Top Places to visit in Malaga
Malaga is one of the most exciting cities in Spain. The range of activities is endless, from food tours to architectural wonders, we explore the top places or attractions to visit in Malaga.
The Cathedral of Málaga is a Roman Catholic church known as “La Manquita”& Cathedral de la Encarnacion de Málaga in Spanish. It is situated in the city of Málaga in southern Spain. It was built between 1527 and 1782 on the site of a former mosque, Aljama. The Malaga Cathedral interior has influences with Renaissance and Moorish style walls. A famous and most visited place in Malaga which offers stunning carpentry work by Pedro de Mena, cathedral garden, view from top and many more to explore.
Alcazaba is an Arabic word means citadel, it is one of the city’s historical monuments and is much visited tourist attraction in Malaga because of its history and beauty. It is an ancient Moorish fort located above the sea near Mount Gibralfaro, one of the most important Muslim made building in Spain. It consists 110 main towers with a well ‘Airon’ at a depth of 40 meters which was used for the water supply for the residents.
Gibralfaro Castle crowns the city and best depicts it as the city’s main fort was built in 14 centuries. It is 130-meter high hill situated near the old town, here Alcazaba Museum also situated. Gibralfaro castle was made purely for military purpose. There are fountains and channels along the way to keep the water funnel everywhere in the palace complex. It offers stunning views from its top of the sea, with the old town Malaga.
Picasso Museum Malaga
Picasso Museum is one of the famous visited places in Malaga, a birth place of the most influential artist of the 20th century. This museum has a very fine collection of Picasso’s works, and provides overview of various periods of his life. It also includes a lot of sketches that he did for larger paintings that you often saw in other museums. A must visited place in Malaga if you are in city.
Playamar on the Costa del Sol, also known as Retiro beach. Best and great quality beach in Malaga where you can eat or have a drink at very good prices and with a very good atmosphere. You can enjoy music in sunlight, sailing or diving, pedal boats, sunbed and other water sports. If you rise early you will see the most beautiful sunrises of the coast like a magical and mythical.
Payas del Palo Beach
Payas del Palo is one of the many beaches along the Malaga coast. Covered in dark sand, has a moderate tidal swell. El Palo beach is one of the coastal areas where you can experience an event known as “La Ola del Melillero” (Melilla Wave), due to the sudden rise in sea level developed. This beach has many restaurants specialized mostly in seafood. A clean and affordable to spend holidays.
Málaga Alameda Park
Alameda Park is one of the City’s oldest and the most beautiful spots you can visit in the city. In 1876, the great construction project of Malaga Park was designed to use land from the sea to build this wonderful Alameda park of around 30,000 m. This is one of the main locals and tourist attraction of Malaga that features gardens, abundant subtropical vegetation, numerous monuments, statues, fountains which made it the true heart of Málaga. Also, a famous picnic sites for Kids as it offers 8,000 square foot playground with a castle, swings, slides.
Crocodile Park, Malaga
The Crocodile Park is actually a park full of Crocodiles, it has more than 200 of the crocodiles from small to big ones. Well, a good place to visit for animal lovers if you we are in Malaga. These creatures are awesome, you may seen them in zoos but not closely, so this park allow you to see so many, so big and too close. A good place to visit although a little bit costly to visit.
Montes de Malaga Natural Park
The Montes de Malaga Natural Park has beautiful refreshing landscapes situated very close to the town of Málaga in the hills, 5 km north and almost 5000-hectare wide. Montes de Malaga Natural Park is considered the “green lung” of the city. Here you can see fox, mongoose, badger, genet and birds like different species of eagles and other birds while hiking or riding a bicycle. Camping is also main activity here.
Carmen Thyssen Museum
Carmen Thiessen Museum is an art museum in the city of Malaga Span. The main focus of the museum is 19th-century Spanish painting, mainly Andalusian, which is based on the collection of Baron Hans Heinrich Thiesen-Bornemisza’s third wife, Carmen Severeva. You will be able to experience the old history of Spanish culture, along with some magnificent artwork. There are three floors where Interesting collections spread across. Check out the collection of Museum –https://www.carmenthyssenmalaga.org/coleccion
Things to do in Malaga
Located on the Costa del Sol, Spain, Malaga is famous city with rich history, culture and great food. Let’s find out the top things to do in Malaga for your first trip.
Sea Life Benalmádena
Sea Life Benalmádena is an aquarium located in Benalmádena in Andalusia, Spain owned by Merlin Entertainments. It is one the biggest aquarium and best place to discover many creatures with hands on experience. Explore almost every colorful fish like clown fishes, starfishes, hermit crab, darting seahorses, to sea turtles and sharks. A visit to the Sea Life Aquarium is an unforgettable experience in Malaga. You can check timing and pricing of Sea life aquarium here – https://www.visitsealife.com/benalmadena/en/
Hiking the river Chillar (Nerja)
The Chíllar River is a river in the east of the Province of Málaga, Spain. Hiking or walking the river Chillar is best thing to do in Malaga but its little challenging, so be prepared to get wet. It is a wonderful experience, not only for hikers, but also for those who want to enjoy nature, however be careful when walking this route because you might hurt yourself. Also, the amount of water you are going to see in a river or waterfall depends on what season you are going to come in.
Roman Theater Alcazaba
Roman theater Alcazaba in Malaga known as El Teatro Romano in Spanish. It is one of the oldest monuments of the city which state the old culture of Malaga. Travel back to the days of Augustus, learn the rich history of the theater. It was discovered in 1951 after being underground for several centuries as it was built during the empire of Augustus. The theatre has a radius of 31 meters with three main stands and gateways that lead into the it.
Walk along the Muelle Uno in Malaga
Muelle Uno is situated next to the Málaga port, one of the biggest open-air shopping centers in Malaga. It has more than 50 shops and restaurants. You can buy clothes, accessories, shoes, jewelery, home decortion items and many more things. Muelle Uno offers some of the best views of sea and city’s main attractions, making it ideal for shopping and hangout destination. Various cultural activities available to visitors during summers.
Visit the Pompidou Centre In Malaga
The Pompidou Center is opened in 2015 in Malaga is showcasing gallery for the Georges Pompidou National Center. There is a multicoloured cube building that exhibition the extraordinary Ghost, by Kader Attia, depicting rows of Muslim women bowed in prayer and created from domestic aluminium foil and many more. In addition to this exhibition, Pompiduo centre organises temporary exhibitions and a full program of cultural activities including dance, performance, art.
Mercado Central de Atarazanas
Mercado Central is an amazing place for food lovers and if you are food wanderer. Go there to get fresh vegetables, fruits, fish, meats, whatever you can think of. It is also definitely worth visiting to see all those different types of food. There are some restaurants inside the market that serve really tasty food. So it is definitely worth trying out some of the delicious dishes there with people are so accommodating and nice too! It is a great place to stock Spanish spices, Sangria and so on.
La Concepción Botanical Garden
One of the surprises that Malaga offers for travelers is La Concepción Botanical Garden. Established in1855 by the Marquises of Casa Loring in Malaga, one of the most beautiful gardens in Europe. It is a romantic garden with winding pathways, ponds, and waterfalls. There are more than 25,000 plants of about 2,000 different species of which 90 are palm trees, 200 are native plants and the rest are tropical and subtropical.
Calle Marqués de Larios Street
Marqués de Larios Street is long pedestrian-only Marquess de Livers Street in the historic center of Malaga. It is the 5th most expensive street and the city’s major shopping destination in Spain. Here you can find almost every expensive and branded stuff from clothing to accessories. Larios street is very versatile and beautiful place to walk and shopping. Decorated with Marble and shedding with awning for the comfort of shoppers in sunny weather.
Restaurant Vino Mio
If you are visiting Malaga and want an amazing food? Then Vino Mio restaurant offer much more than a tasty meal. The only restaurant in Andalusia where you can enjoy the amazing food while watching a live famous Flamenco show. The Vino Mio restaurant offer many special food like kangaroo and crocodile meat and cocktails. This unique combination of artistic and culinary pleasures makes Vino Mio a delightful dining experience.
Feria de Agosto
Feria de Agosto is annual city fair in Malaga held in August. It is a week-long street party with lots of flamenco and ‘fino’ (sherry). The fair is reminiscent of the city being re-conquered by Isabella and Ferdinand in 1487 and traditionally lasts a week from Saturday to Sunday in the third week of August. This beautiful fair is concentrated around Malaga’s main street that is Calle Marques de Larios.
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