I think that the city of Malaga in southern Spain is very overlooked as a short break destination. Most people fly into Malaga Airport and then head straight to one of the coastal resorts such as Fuengirola, or Torremolinos. However, it’s possible to combine the excitement and culture of the city with the beach in Malaga.
Magalueta Beach is close to the city centre. It’s an attractive long beach with facilities such as fitness circuits, cafes and toilets. You can choose to walk along the prom, or go to down onto the sand.
You can take a cochero around the city’s main attractions. The main pick up points are at the Cathedral and at the Piazza Marina end of Malaga Park. The 45 minute circuit costs around 30 Euro for up to 4 passengers.
The famous artist Pablo Picasso was born in Malaga and you can see some of his work at the Picasso Museum. A free guided tour in English is included in the ticket price, on Wednesdays at 11.30.
The Alcazaba is a Moorish fort with gardens, fountains and great views over the city. If you visit on a Sunday afternoon after 2pm it’s free to get in.
Malaga Cathedral dates from the 16th century. However, the money ran out during construction meaning only one tower was built, leading to the nickname “one armed lady”.
Malaga Park was constructed in the 19th century and is full of pleasant shady spots, unusual plants and bushes and tiled fountains. There’s a kid’s play area and an auditorium for outdoor concerts. Although I visited Malaga at the end of September, it was still around 30 degrees Celsius, so I was glad to find somewhere cool in the middle of that day.
The Roman Theatre was only discovered in the 1950s during a construction project. It’s free to enter.
It’s free to get into the Contemporary Arts Centre (CAC). You’ll find a selection of modern art here including paintings and sculptures. There’s also a lovely cafe.
Posted : Friday, January 7th, 2011 at 13:47
Karen Bryan is the founding editor of the UK based, multi author Europe a la Carte Blog which features Europe travel tips about the best places to visit in Europe.