Malaga is surely not the most exciting place to visit during a holiday. For a day or two though, it does hide some pretty things to see. It’s a fairly small city and even if you go during the summer, the usual touristy feeling you can find in most cities is almost completely absent, making it a pleasure to just sit down and watch.
To have everything within walking distance, stay at the Hotel Venecia on the Alameda Principal, one of the main roads, full of shops and next to the central market: open in the morning Mondays to Saturdays it sells all kinds of vegetables, fresh fish, and delicious fruits perfect for a snack. The Paseo del Parque is right next to the hotel as well, with beautiful flowers, fountains and statues that still show the old presence of Moors in the city.
The cathedral is very pretty from the outside: the inside is too, although it’s nothing magnificent, but the ticket is only 4€, audio guide included, so you might want to take a look. Plaza del Obispo, right in front of the cathedral’s main entrance has a few bars/restaurants ideal for lunch and dinner: try the “pil pil prawns” at La Taberna del Obispo, delicious Spanish specialty. El Pimpi (Calle Granada, 62) is the place to go to taste incredible wine; for a coffee try the Lepanto (Calle Larios, 7) and for a quick ice-cream go next door to Casa Mira, where the white chocolate flavour is simply mouth-watering.
…the view of Malaga is stunning…
The Alcazaba in Malaga (Calle Alcazabilla) is another reminder of the old rulers of the city: with its walled precincts, the gardens and the Nazari Palace it is a nice example of Moorish architecture. If you manage to get to the Gibralfaro (the easiest way is to get bus n° 35, from the Avenida de Cervantès, to avoid walking from the Alcazaba) the view of Malaga is stunning: you can see everything, from the Plaza de Toros to the beach.
The most important thing to see though is the Picasso Museum: born in Malaga in 1881, Picasso is the main source of pride in the city. The permanent collection is made of 155 works (paintings, drawings, sculptures…) while the temporary exhibition changes from time to time and can be related to Picasso or to some artists with similar views. I’ve never been a great fan and the exposition did not change my opinion (one thing I did learn though: Picasso is definitely not for children!), but the visit is worth it, because it clearly represents what he is famous for.
…the perfect refuge if the city’s too hot.
The thing not to forget in Malaga is the student ID: the Museo Picasso Malaga’s reduced fees are half the normal price (4€ for the combined ticket), while the Alcazaba’s entry price is only 1,20€. And if you do end up being bored, a quick walk and you’re at the beach: clean and not too crowded, it might be the perfect refuge if the city’s too hot.
Images courtesy of The Malaga Tourist Board and the Picasso Museum