Malaga, Andalusia is one of the oldest ports in the Mediterranean Sea and one of the most popular tourist destinations in the area. Along with magnificent historical monuments such as the Roman Theater, and the Castillo de Gibralfaro dating back to the 10th century, Malacca offers charming landscapes over the Costa del Sol with a magnificent Mediterranean climate.
If you are planning your next visit to Malacca, today we will present you the 7 most important places you should check out in this beautiful city. All you have to do once you arrive here to visit these sights and make sure you don’t miss out on shopping in the Andalusian-style shops in the centre, and eating in some of the most beautiful restaurants on the Mediterranean Sea.
- Alcazaba de Málaga and the castle of Gibralfaro
The Alcazaba de Málaga was built in the late 9th century and rebuilt in the 11th century on the ruins of a Roman fortress. Located at the top of Monte de Gibralfaro, this castle is designed with at least three defense walls circuits. Here you can see three very interesting defense towers, namely: Torre de la Vela, Torres Alhambra and Torre Del Homenaje.
Alcazaba de Málaga is actually a tourist complex that includes Alcazaba, the Roman Theater and the Gibralfaro Castle, which houses the Malaga Museum and the Museum of Fine Arts. The castle boasts an impressive collection of paintings belonging to local painters from the 19th century. Among them are works by Spanish artists Muñoz Degrain, Enrique Jaraba, Joaquin Sorolla and Salas.
The Archaeological Museum features Roman ruins and a collection of Spanish-Arabic ceramics. The Roman Theater is used today for many outdoor theater performances.
- Malagueta Beach
After visiting the Kasbah Castle and the Geberalfaro Castle you can easily go to one of the city’s beaches. The Malagueta Beach is often recommended as an excellent choice.
- The old center
If you take a stroll from Malagueta beach, you will find the harbor closeby – an animated area full of terraces and shops. Here you can buy a ticket for a boat trip or enjoy a few hours shopping or tasting local dishes and admiring the sea.
If you want to reach the old center of Malaga, continue in the direction of Marques de Larios. This is the most important pedestrian and commercial street in Malaga, at the end of which you will reach the old center. Within the narrow streets here you’ll find welcoming terraces and a lot of awesome tourist attractions.
Another important attraction that you should visit is the Cathedral of Malaga. Although its official name is “The Cathedral of Incarnation” (Catedral de la Encarnación de Málaga), it is known as La Manquita.
- La Conception Botanical Gardens
The “La Conception” Botanical Gardens were first created in 1855 and are among the most beautiful botanical gardens in Europe. It is a tropical paradise combining the simple beauty of classic gardens with exotic Mediterranean, tropical and subtropical flora, and unique plant species brought from all over the world.
The Jardin de La Conception offers a variety of wonderful landscapes in a 3-hectare area with unique romantic gardens, tropical plants and exotic flowers. These gardens are surrounded by a 23-hectare area with newly-built gardens or private exhibitions.
The Gonzalez-Andreu Garden owns 50 different plant species from distant areas such as the Solomon Islands, Polynesia, China, Japan, Australia, Brazil, and even Mexico. If you arrive here at the end of March, you definitely have to come here to see the Wisteria Tree, especially beautiful when it blooms.
Visitors can choose from a range of hiking trails, to make sure they do not miss the beauty of these gardens. One of them is called Around the World, where you’ll get to see plants from America, Asia, Africa and Oceania.
- Museo de Arte y Costumbres Populares
Malaga’s Popular Arts and Costumes Museum is a charming museum that you will discover in the old center of Malaga. Housed in a typical 17th-century Andalusian building, it has several architectural elements that reveal Moorish influences such as white-painted walls, Islamic paintings, and the way the gardens are arranged.
The Museum will introduce you to a world of crafting in this beautiful region. It showcases a wide range of exhibits from ancient cooking equipment and fishing gear to handmade ceramics and folk costumes.
- El Caminito del Rey
Also known as the King’s Road, is is located only 60 km from Malaga It is a road built between the mountains since 1901 in order to allow access to hydroelectric power plant workers. It got its name 20 years later, when King Alfonso XII attended the opening of the Conde del Guadalhorce Dam. From then until 2001, this road has eroded a lot and it has become a danger to anyone who tries to use it. It was closed to the public until 2015, when it was rehabilitated to be safe for all those wishing to explore the surrounding areas of Malaga.
- One day trip to Gibraltar
If you arrive in Malaga and have the time, Gibraltar is an awesome place located 140 km from the city of Malaga. It is a small peninsula of about 7 square kilometers with 29,000 inhabitants. The land has been disputed throughout history by both the Spaniards and the English, mainly due to the Strait of Gibraltar, which has a width of 13 km, an important strategic corridor for all vessels passing from the Mediterranean to the Atlantic.