The Province has all the ingredients to make anyone’s perfect holiday destination. Málaga, a city of culture in the heart of a tourist’s paradise.
The province of Málaga has been attracting holidaymakers for several decades and has been chosen by thousands of people from all over the world as the perfect place to live. Not only does the province lay claim to the bustling tourism industry along the Costa del Sol, but also to a great city full of surprises and unexploited inland beauty.
Málaga is both a commercial city and port, which for many years has had a population of over half a million inhabitants and enjoys one of the best climates on the European continent.
The traveller wishing to explore the city of Málaga can begin his journey with the Alcazaba, recently reopened after extensive restoration work. Very nearby he will find the ancient Roman theatre and, not too far away, the modern square of La Merced where Picasso was born. Within its many walled areas the Moslem castle encloses towers (at one point in time there is said to have been more than one hundred), patios, ponds and passageways. The visitor will enjoy the gardens and the view of the city, the busy port and the distant Blue Mountains.
Buildings of interest include Málaga’s city hall, the old customs office, and the bullring, all not too far from La Malagueta beach.
The cathedral, one of the best examples of Spanish Renaissance architecture, is a very harmonious building despite the fact that one of its two planned towers was never finished. To the right of the cathedral we find the Sagrario which boasts a magnificent gothic-Elizabethan façade.
The Gibralfaro, an old Arab fortress, also offers fantastic views from a high vantage point.
The visitor is advised to gently stroll through the Passageway of Chinitas, gardens and squares and visit its baroque churches such as the shrine of the Virgin de la Victoria; stopping now and again to contemplate the elegant towers, such as the Mudéjar tower of Santiago. Also, a walk along the promenade to breathe the sea air is a must.
Among the city’s newer attractions are the shrine that Picasso’s birthplace has become the museum of his works and several parks and gardens, full of sub-tropical species from all over the world.
The beautiful climate all year round means that any time is good for a visit. However, two specific dates do stand out: Semana Santa (Easter week) which is distinctive here with its long processions and secondly the August ‘fiestas’.
Málaga operates an open top bus tour, with a ‘hop on, hop off’ system, with the ticket lasting 24 hours. One of the best ways to see the sights.
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