Malaga is one of the best known destinations for holidays in Costa del Sol. This grand Andalusian city is the capital of the Costa del Sol and a cultural centre for those who want a bit of history and culture along with their sun, sea and sand. The city is an eclectic mix of old and new. It has a vibrant buzzing nightlife, avant garde art scene and a well restored and interesting historic core. For holidays in Costa del Sol that are about more than just the beach, Malaga could be a great option.
Malaga was founded by the Phoenicians in around 770 BC and many notable monuments and archaeological remains in the city tell the story of its long and proud history. There is evidence of the different cultures that have dominated this part of the world, Phoenicians, Romans, Arabs and Christians, throughout the city’s historic heart and if you are interested in architecture then you will not be disappointed with the sheer diverse range on offer – from the ancient monuments of the town to its most modern additions. Malaga is a painting created by many artists and yet the whole somehow works together – appropriate, since Malaga is the birthplace of famous artist Pablo Picasso.
Malaga has more than enough to keep anyone entertained on holidays in Costa del Sol. First of all, there are the historic attractions: the Alcazaba of Malaga – a mediaeval Moorish palace with breathtaking views, the Castle Fortress of Gibralfaro, a Roman amphitheatre, an iconic 16th Century Cathedral, the list goes on… There are also a great many fascinating museums throughout the city, detailing elements of its history and cultural heritage and celebrating the city’s most famous sons.
Art lovers will find plenty of enticing galleries and events. There is a museum dedicated to Pablo Picasso and a Centre Pompidou Malaga, opened in 2015.
Of course, these holidays in Costa del Sol always come back to the same thing – the glorious sunny, coastal location. Malaga may be a cultured and interesting city but it also offers beach bliss – several urban beaches and many more close at hand give many options for coastal relaxation or recreation. Historic parks and gardens offer plenty more chances to enjoy the Spanish sunshine.
Malaga has a great mix when it comes to shops, with chic boutiques and international chains intermingled with quirky and unique family owned stores and independent businesses. Marqués de Larios is Malaga’s swankiest shopping street. For a more Andalusian and authentic experience, be sure to swing by Malaga’s Atarazanas Market for fresh food at fantastic prices.
Food and Drink
Speaking of food, Malaga has plenty of it and what they have is excellent quality. There is all the usual international fare and traditional Andalusian food as well. While enjoying time in Malaga, you can enjoy such local specialities as Gazpachuelo Malagueño, a seafood soup, a range of fried fish, and espeto, sardines done simply on a beach barbecue. If you want a sweet treat, Tarta Malagueña is a raisin and almond-topped cake that is lovely with a glass of sweet Malaga wine – another local speciality.