Malaga is the capital of the Costa del Sol and one of the main cities in Spain
not only for its location and its international airport but also for its port and old town, for which it was declared a Site of Cultural Interest and a Historic-Artistic Site.
Malaga has a wide range of tourist attractions, in addition to its beaches, its climate, its varied gastronomy, a wide range of leisure activities and a large number of museums, which make it a cultural centre of reference in Europe.
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The main witnesses of Malaga’s Moorish past are the Gibralfaro Castle and the Alcazaba. At the Castle, we can enjoy views of the Port and the Cathedral.
Right at the foot of both we have the Roman Theatre, in the famous Alcazabilla street. This theatre has been refurbished to host shows, performances whose originality makes you want to come back again and again. It also has an innovative interpretation centre to learn about the life and customs of Hispania Romana.
A few steps away we find the Cathedral of Malaga or the Cathedral of the Incarnation, one of the jewels of the Spanish Renaissance. The different construction stages and styles make it a majestic Renaissance-Baroque Cathedral with a Gothic vocation.
Known by the people of Malaga as “la manquita”, when you visit it you will understand. Its construction began in 1528 and its works lasted 250 years. The cathedral building always surprises us by the lack of the south tower.
The temple is home to several artistic gems, including a work by Pedro de Mena such as the carvings in the choir.
Another place not to be missed is the Basilica of the Virgen de la Victoria, patron saint of Malaga, with its rococo dome.
The capital of the Costa del Sol has a wide variety of buildings full of charm, such as the Cervantes Theatre, the Palacio de la Aduana or the Plaza de Toros de La Malagueta. Also from the 19th century, the noble houses of Calle Larios, Alameda Principal and the Parque de Málaga are still standing.
The most important street in the city is Calle Larios, which culminates in the Plaza de la Constitución, where we have the Renaissance style Fountain of Genoa. From this point we can see the Pasaje de Chinitas, the Casa del Consulado and the Ateneo de Málaga, the old school where Picasso began to draw.
Near the museum we have Picasso’s Birth House, in a corner of the Plaza de la Merced, a very emblematic place for the people of Malaga and the church of Santiago, where little Pablo was baptised in 1881. The church was built on the site of an old mosque and has a Mudejar tower, originally conceived as a minaret.
Not far away, we have the Museo Carmen Thyssen Málaga, installed in the Palacio de Villalón with an exhibition of Andalusian painting from the 19th century with more than two hundred works in the permanent exhibition, making it the most representative of this type of painting in the country.
In the Port of Malaga itself, the Centre Pompidou of Malaga, which was the first to be created outside of France, is also worth mentioning. This space is dedicated to avant-garde creations, as is the Contemporary Art Centre of Malaga, housed in an old market next to the Guadalmedina river.
In the Port of Malaga we have Muelle 1 which is the commercial and leisure area not to be missed. International cruise ships come to this port because of the cultural attraction of the city, not to mention the large commercial traffic of goods and the regular lines that it also hosts.
With more than thirty museum spaces, the capital of the Costa del Sol has become a cultural reference point and of great interest to visitors.
Arriving at the Plaza de los Viñeros, we find the Wine Museum, which provides knowledge about the geography of wine, vineyards and their history in the province of Malaga to form the certificate of origin of Málaga and the certificate of origin of Sierras de Málaga.
The Automobile Museum, the Flamenco Museum, the Revello de Toro Museum among others, are part of this great cultural manifestation of the city of Malaga.
In the old Tabacalera you can visit the Collection of the Russian Museum, St. Petersburg/Malaga, made up of about a hundred works from the 15th to the 20th century.