Málaga is a large and beautiful port city and the capital of Málaga province. The central city has more than half a million inhabitants, and the entire metropolitan area over one million inhabitants. Culture is thriving here with lots of museums and other cultural events to visit. Malaga is best reached by train from Fuengirola.
When you get off the train at Malaga Centro, about 50 minutes from Fuengirola, you are almost at the shopping district located just off the Plaza de la Constitución and around the streets of Calle Larios.
Malaga’s top 10
- Hop-on Hop-off buses, the best way to see Malaga is on the tourist buses. The buses stop at all the sights and you can hop on and off the buses as often as you like during the day. It also includes a guided walk around Malaga.
- The food market, Mercado Central de Atarazanas
- Pablo Picasso, art museum
- Pablo Picasso, childhood home
- Hammam al Andalus, a fantastic Arabian bath
- Museo automovililistico, fine car and design museum.
- El Teatro Romano, 2000-year-old ruin that is a fully functioning open-air theater
- The Pompidou Center in Málaga is the first to be located outside France and houses some of the most famous artists of the 20th and 21st centuries.
- Castillo de Gibralfaro, above the city rises a hill on which is located the famous Moorish castle Castillo de Gibralfaro dating back to the 10th century. The castle is a cultural icon for Málaga and is, among other things, a motif on the city’s flag. From here there is a magical view of Málaga city and the waves of the Mediterranean and the castle’s associated fortress. You can get up to Gibralfaro with Málaga’s tourist buses, or walk or maybe a taxi.
- Art and culture, Malaga is referred to as a city of culture and is therefore very worthwhile and educational for those interested in Spanish culture with a wide range of attractions.
Pablo Picasso was born in Malaga and here you can visit the Picasso Museum with various exhibitions and his home Museo Casa Natal de Picasso. Outside this museum he sits as a statue in the elegant Plaza de la Merced a few hundred meters from the art museum.
Pablo Picasso was born in Malaga on October 25, 1881 and died in Mougins on April 8, 1973. He was a Spanish painter and sculptor and creator of Cubism along with Georges Braque.
He is considered one of the greatest painters who participated in the various artistic movements that spread across the world and inspired other artists.
Mercado Central de Atarazanas
The Mercado Central de Atarazanas food market is a must visit if you like good food. The market hall itself with its various stalls closes around 3pm but the restaurants and tapas bars stay open until late.
El Teatro Romano
El Teatro Romano, as the locals call the theater, was used in the time of Emperor Augustus. After construction workers found this 2000-year-old ruin in 1951, careful restoration has transformed it into a fully functional open-air theater. This is the oldest monument in Málaga city and one of the few Roman ruins remaining in Andalusia. A complete archaeological excavation revealed a theater dated to the first century BC.
Museum Centre Pompidou
Down in the harbor is the Centre Pompidou art museum
Fantastic museum housing over 90 vintage and modern cars. Located in Málaga’s old tobacco factory built in 1927, the museum has high ceilings and tall, narrow windows, carefully transformed to showcase the best aspects of cars. From ‘horse and carriage’ cars to Swarowsky crystals covering the bonnet of a Rolls Royce, all the major brands such as Bugatti, Ferrari, Bentley, Jaguar and Mercedes are represented.
This museum is about the car as an object of fashion, art and glamour. There are also accessories such as hats, vintage sunglasses, designer scarves and leather luggage that complemented the cars.
If you have money to spare, you can also rent one of the cars for a day with a driver.
Hammam Al Andalus
Hammam Al Andalus is located in the old town and not far from the Picasso Museum. This is a restful place for hot and cold baths and massages surrounded by elegant Arabic architecture. Treat yourself to an extraordinary spa experience.