Travel Guide to Málaga

The Capital of the Sun Coast

For the poet Vicente Aleixandre, Para el poeta Vicente Aleixandre, it seems as a city hanging from the mountains before sinking into the sea. The malagueñan capital is a great tourist destination on an international level. The beaches, architecture, and museums are reason enough to visit. Discover the history and the best places to see in this city, on our travel guide to Málaga.

Plan Your Escape to Málaga

This city has a huge interest from both travelers looking to learn about culture and beach lovers. Among the large number of atractive sites to see in Málaga, the Cathedral of Incarnation and the alcazaba stand out the most. This splendid location also offers an amazing gastronomy and a broad range wine sector, with several wine yards. The places mentioned in this travel guide to Málaga will take up an entire weekend.

For the ones that want to escape from the urban environment, just a few kilometers from the city you can find Málaga´s Montes Natural Park. This is one of the many places you can be active in a destination. Even closer, in the urban area, there is a bird sanctuary in the mouth of the Guagalhorce river. On another note, another option in our travel guide to Málaga is visiting the historic Vélez Málaga area.

Enjoy good restaurants and the best hotels, take a look at where to eat and where to sleep in Málaga. This will allow you to make the most out of this travel guide to Málaga.

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Next on our travel guide to Málaga, the places to visit.

Your first stop on this travel guide is to visit the Marchis Manuel Domingo Larios (1899) memorial. Located on the street named after him. Marchis Manuel Domingo Larios was one of the most important figures in the city’s development. Next, we recommend going through the park and when leaving the cathedral turn left. Going left, you will climb up Gibralfaro Mount. Here you will find some ruins belonging to Abd al-Rahman I’s Fortress-Castle (8th century). It was built upon prior ruins, which were later rebuilt in the 13th century and enlarged in the 14thcentury. Up next on our travel guide to Málaga, Gibralfaro’s Interpretation Center. Explaining the history of the place and its incorporation into the Crown of Castile, until Alfonso XIII granted it to the city.

A good next stop for this travel guide is the Archeological-Alcazaba Museum. These are the only Muslim remains (11thcentury) built using limestone blocks alternated with bricks. The fortress was surrounded by a double walled enclosed and protected by towers, housing a beautiful palace inside. The alcazaba and the castle are connected by the Coracha, a zigzagged track protected by the visible walls. On the Alcazaba’s side you will find a Roman theater from the 1st century (we can still see its proscenio, its 15-meter orchestra, its 16-meter cavea, and the vomitorium or access gates).

Nest stop on our travel guide, the Encarnación’s Cathedral (16th-18th centuries). It is an unfinished work that mixes different artistic styles. The interior can be highlighted by the chorus, containing 42 sculptures made by Pedro de Mena and two organs from the 18th century. You can also visit the Cathedral Museum. The building shares Los Naranjos Courtyard, a little garden which remains from the Jewish Quarter. Also, with the Sagrario Church(15th-18th centuries). Its Gothic-Elizabethan style façade leads to Santa María street, facing Santo Tomé’s Hospital.

In the Bishop’s Plaza we see the beautiful Episcopal Palace (16th– 18th centuries), a conglomeration of several buildings of different shapes and styles. Redd and yellow colors predominate the main façade.

Constitution Plaza, created in the 15th century, is located at the end of Larios Street. The center contains a fountain, where a pillory was placed in the past. There, one can find the Consulate House (Economic Society of the Friend of Paris) from the 18th century and the Chinitas Café (a former tablao, which is now a textile store).

On the corner of Granada and Santiago streets, we find the Santiago Church. This is where Picasso was baptized. The church was opened in 1490, enlarged in 1545, and remodeled in the 18th century.

At the end of Granada Street you will find Merced’s Plaza. It is known as being the place in which General Torrijo Obelisk (1842) was shot by his partners in San Andres’ Beach. It was in one of the country houses of the plaza where the famous painter Pablo Ruiz Picasso was born on October 25th1881. Following Pallete Street, you can visit the Cervantes Theater (1870), which shows a classic façade from that time period.

A bit farther on this travel guide is the Virgen de la Victoria Sanctuary. The place where King Ferdinand Catholic’s encampment was located in 1487. The current temple stands out because of it´s top, the plastering decorations, and the image of the Dolorosa by Pedro de Mena. Others include the crypt, the niche, and the Buenavista’s Counts Pantheon. It is decorated with skeletons, skulls and other macabre figures.

Regarding museums on our travel guide, most of them are located in the city center. We highlight the Carmen Thyssen Museum. Installed in Villalón Palace (16th century), shows the most complete 19th and early 20th century Andalusian painting collection in Spain. Including Zuloaga, Sorolla, Casas, Iturrino, and Julio Romero de Torres. The Contemporary Art Center (CAC) is a dynamic and innovative place that aims to be a center open to reflection and artistic proposals. One can also enjoy an artistic tour through the work created from the 50s to present day. Now, Museum of Picasso in Málaga. A space installed in Buenavista Palace, where more than 200 works are displayed. Most of them donated by Christine and Bernard Picasso, the artist’s daughter in law and grandson. This was done in order to fulfill Picasso’s dream and fascinate the public.

To conclude this section of our travel guide, if you just want to have a pleasant walk, we recommend wandering through the Farola’s Walk. This is located on the foot of the Alcazaba.


Plaza de Toros en Málaga
Catedral de Málaga
La encarnación

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36° 40′ 0″ N, 4° 29′ 0″ W


Sevilla 219 km, Valencia 620 km, Madrid 544 km

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