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Málaga has a lot to offer: more than 3,000 years of history and many unsurpassed experiences that will remain forever in your memory. The city is among the cultural and leisure destinations with the greatest international reputation, thanks to a unique array of historical monuments left behind in this land by Phoenicians, Romans and Arabs.
The breeze and the sun, seasoned with delicious aromas of the sea and jasmine, will make you fall in love with Málaga upon your arrival. Its leisure options are very diverse and so there is something for all tastes, although, since the weather is nice, a simple stroll through the city makes it worthwhile to visit. Don't forget to mark in red on your schedule all the opportunities offered by a city where magic becomes reality every day at dawn.
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The complex of fortifications consisting of Gibralfaro Castle, whose origins go back to the Phoenecian era, and of the Alcazaba ("the Citadel"), an Arab fortress built in the 9th century, extents along a hill. Inside is an oasis of peace and quiet where leafy vegetation and lovely water canals demonstrate once again the excellent taste of the Arabs when it comes to building and choosing a protective enclave for their constructions.
Dedicated to the Incarnation, the Cathedral of Málaga is popularly known as “la manquita” ("little one-arm") since one of the towers was never built, thus giving it the appearance of having only one arm. It was built between 1528 and 1782, a stretch of time long enough to reflect the transition between architectural styles, with a very peculiar exterior aesthetic and an interior that harbors structures and alcoves ranging in style from Gothic to Renaissance. Visitors will be surprised by lovely choir stalls and the almost tangible calm of the atmosphere within the temple.
The majority of the streets in the center of Málaga are for pedestrians only, which allows visitors to get lost while they search for a surprise around every corner. The historic district is bordered by the parks and the seaside promenade to the south, Gibralfaro Castle and the Alcazaba to the east, and by the river to the west. Would you like to take a look at the shops, have an ice cream and photograph spots of unsurpassed beauty? This is your place!
Marqués de Larios Street, also known as Málaga's Fifth Avenue, is one of street with the most personality in the city. It owes its name to the Marquis of Larios, a prominent Malagan businessman who founded the street in order to promote commerce in the city. Today it is a pedestrian avenue where you can view the most exquisite display widows of fashionable shops, which share space with traditional ice cream parlors. Larios Street is perfect place to see and be seen. A route that you must not miss on your visit to the city.
If you start from Calle Larios, you can reach Calle Alcazabilla, where you can journey through 3000 years of history in scarcely 250 meters, or take a photo at the mermaids' fountain at Plaza de la Constitución. By contrast, if you visit Plaza de la Merced, you can enjoy a stop on the path in the shade of its leafy trees. There is no better place to take the city's pulse!
If you are interested in art, you should not miss the Picasso Museium, where you can view the exciting work of the Malagan artist. A visit to Málaga's Automobile Museum is also worthwhile, where you will find a collection of almost one hundred classic cars; also worthwhile is a visit to the Carmen Thyssen Museum, with works of romantic and custombrist style in the lovely setting of Villalón Palace, from the 16th century.
If you would like to see Malaga in a completely different way you can contract a visit on bicycle or segway. This excursion will delight children and the most adventurous visitors.
The best plan is to stroll through the center of Málaga without a map and without a watch. This is the only way to discover the city's loveliest hidden nooks, such as the gate of Atarazanas Market, restored from the Arab shipyards ("atarazanas") where ships were repaired; the colorful buildings of the Archiepiscopal Palace and Saint Augustine Church; the tower in mudéjar style of St. James Church or the charm of Pasaje de Chinitas. A surprise around every corner.
Málaga's historic center offers a wide variety of bars and restaurants, with a large selection of "tapas" and typical dishes. Another option is to visit the old fishermen's quarter of Pedragalejo, next to the beach, to enjoy the delicious local dishes on its terraces.
Set aside time for contemplating the exquisite panoramic views from the walls of the Alcazaba and from the lookout of Gibralbaro castle. At your feet you will see nothing less than the city of Málaga in all its splendor. If you go at dusk, it will be an image that you will never forget as long as you live.
Now that you are familiar with the highlights of this marvelous city, choose from among our 4- and 5-star hotels in Málaga, and come visit it in person!