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Malaga Local Attractions

The main attractions of Malaga include the Alcazaba and the Castillo de Gibralfaro, featuring a fantastic view of the town and bay. The city presents a handful of excellent museums ranging from historic to modern arts that prove to be very popular. The cathedral and the churches, located in the centre of the city also attract many visitors.

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Alcazaba (Arabic fortress):

Alcazaba, Arabic Fortress, is a major landmark of the city. A Moorish fortification of the 8th century, was buit on a hill in the center of the city, in the middle of the 11th century for King Badis of Granada. Enter the Alcazaba through the Christ’s door, the Puerta del Cristo. Beside the entrance, there are ruins of a Roman theatre of the 2nd century. Some of the Roman materials were also used for the construction of the Alcazaba. Above the ruins is a steep path that makes its way to the castle crowning the Gibralfaro Hill. There is also an Archaeological Museum inside.

Next to the fortress lies the ruins of a Roman amphitheatre which is currently being restored.

Aquarium of Malaga:

The Aquarium of Malaga has many types of maritime recreations, with a variety of different sea species. Additionally, it as a section dedicated to the life at sea where you can find ships, models, and other fishermen tools.

Bullfighting Museum:

Here you can find different examples of bull fighting articles as well as an in depth guide about the history of bull fighting in Malaga and the rest of Spain.

Gibralfaro Castle:

This was built by Yusef 1 of Granada in the 14th century. The Gibralfaro Castle is a Moorish Castle connected to the Alcazaba by a curtain wall. The attraction is mostly known as being the place of the famous siege between the citizens of Malaga and the Catholic Monarchs. The Castle is on the top of a hill, and walking to the castle offers a real good view of the city and port.

Malaga’s Cathedral:

Built in between 1528 and 1782, Malaga’s Cathedral is a popular tourist destination. Influenced by the baroque styles and the renaissance, the interior is richly decorated with the 17th century choir stalls of mahogany and cedar wood.

Just next to the castle lies the Iglesia del Sagrano, the church with a unique rectangular shape.

The Picasso Home Museum:

The Picasso Home Museum is a public foundation established on the 26th February 1988 under the decision of the City Council. The building was built in 1861 and in 1997 it went through a series of renovations. Classic pieces of Picasso are on display, as well as ceramics and sketches.

Located in the center of the city and near the historic monuments, the museum is just a few minutes away from the Cervantes Theatre and is a part of an urban structure, the Casas de Campos.

During the restoration of the building, Roman and Phoenician ruins were found and these are displayed in the basement.

Casa Natal Museum – Birth place of Picasso:

This is situated in the Plaza de la Merced and is surrounded by the rest of Malaga’s historic attractions. The house was re-opened officially in 1998 to represent the work of Picasso and the memory of his existence. There is an extensive selection of Picasso’s work and information about his life and family. Furthermore the historic house acts as a Research Centre, in the attempt to gather as many artefacts about the artist as possible.

The museum is open from Monday to Sunday, with a small admission fee.

El Parque:

Constructed at the end of the 19th century, El Parque makes its way along the “Passeo del Parque”. Filled with beautiful tropical flowering trees and shrubs, the park contains some exotic species brought when Malaga was an important trading center.

Nerja Beach:

Nerja Beach is a long walkway over the rocks. There is also an extensive palm grove with a large massif, ideal for fishing.

Torremolinos Beach

Located in the center of Torremolinos, next to Playamar, Torremolinos beach is a popular beach among the tourists and the locals. The beach is well equipped with facilities and is ideal for family holidays.

Iglesia De Los Martires

This was founded in 1487 and devoted to the martyrs of the city. Baroque style interior is featured here which is aesthetically pleasing.

Iglesia de Santiago

Founded in 1490, this tall church comprises of mostly baroque style stunning interior and more importantly contains Pablo Picasso’s baptismal certificate.

Iglesia San Juan Bautista

This church was also founded in 1490, and features a baroque style tower which was added on later to it. Inside you can see the figure of the famous San Juan, the work of Francisco Ortiz.

Santuario de la Victoria

Built in 1487, this features the outstanding retable which lies on top of the main altar. Inside features a vault of the Beunavista family who rebuilt the church.

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