What things are there to see and do in Malaga?
There are many reasons to book a holiday to Malaga. With its position on the Costa del Sol on the southern coast of Spain, you will have plenty of opportunity to lie back and soak up the sun.
But working on your tan for your entire holiday could mean that you miss out on the wide range of things there are to see and do here.
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As Malaga is one of Spain’s largest cities, you can be confident that there will be something that appeals to you and this may certainly be the case if you enjoy finding out more about the history of your holiday destinations.
Founded some 2,700 years ago, Malaga has been ruled by the Phoenicians and the Romans, among other civilizations.
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Consequently, its rich past and history of occupation over the years means the city is awash with a variety of architecture that is well worth checking out.
One place you should be sure to visit is the 15th century Malaga Cathedral. Built on the site of a mosque, the church is locally known as La Manquita, which in English translates as one armed woman.
It had been intended for the cathedral to feature two bell towers, however a lack of financial resources during its construction meant that only one was built, resulting in the building appearing lopsided.
Malaga was once ruled by the Moorish empire and evidence of this can still be seen to this day if you visit La Alcazaba. Although some of the hillside fortress is no longer standing, parts of it – that date back to the seventh century – can still be seen.
The Iglesia de los Martires is among the other historic buildings you can see while on a tour of Malaga. Built in the 15th century, the church is dedicated to the city’s martyrs and features a baroque-style interior.
To learn more about the city’s past you should also stop by the Museo Arqueologico, or Archaeology Museum, where you can see a range of historic artifacts, including those dating back to Roman times.
Malaga is a great place for art lovers to visit, not least of all because it is the home of one of the world’s most famous artists – Pablo Picasso. Visiting the painter’s birthplace could provide you with a glimpse into the sights which inspired his work, some of which can be seen at Fundacion Picasso, a museum located in Plaza de la Merce.
Cartel Gallery and the Municipal Museum are just some of the other cultural institutions you can visit in the city, while the Centro de Arte Contemporaneo specializes in contemporary art.
If you’re feeling a little worn out by a morning spent sightseeing head to the Arabic baths that can be found in Malaga’s old Jewish quarter – Calle Tomas de Cozar. Here you can indulge in a range of health and beauty treatments, including massages and facials.
Malaga’s position by the coast means you are in the perfect place to sample delicious freshly-caught seafood, so be sure to head to one of the local tapas bars for a bite to eat in the evening.
However, Malaga is by no means the only place that you ought to visit while on the Costa del Sol. Why not take a trip to the town of Benalmadena? Here you can see fantastic marine creatures at the Selwo Marina theme park, before taking a walk through the old town district and looking at traditional whitewashed Andalusian homes.
Alternatively, you may want to visit Gibraltar during your Costa del Sol holiday. Despite its location in southern Spain, it is actually a British overseas territory. The world-famous Rock of Gibraltar, the Cathedral of Saint Mary the Crowned and the Napier of Magdala Battery are among its many attractions.
No matter where you go, you can be sure a holiday to Spain will offer you plenty of things to see and do.