Top Attractions & Things to Do in Malaga
A stronghold of the Muslim era dating back to the 11th century, La Alcazaba is built on the remains of an old fort of Phoenician-Punic origin that served as protection for the commercial port.
It is located high on the hill of Mount Gibralfaro and so offers panoramic views of Malaga and the old city.
La Alcazaba of Malaga is one of the best preserved Moorish buildings, and witnessed the passage of Moorish civilization in Andalucia. It has over 100 towers, including La Torre de la Vela near La Plaza de Armas where you can see almost the entire city.
Gibralfaro Castle is named after a beacon of Phoenician origin built on the mountainside by Abderrahman III. Later, the current fortress was built on its ruins in the XIV century.
The Castle and Alcazaba of Malaga are connected through a passage joined by two towers.
Nowadays the towers can be visited, and from them you get a fantastic panoramic view of the city centre and on clear days you can even can see the coast of Rif (North Africa) and the Strait of Gibraltar.
- Roman Theatre
The Roman Theatre is a 1st century BC building built by Emperor Caesar Augustus in the Roman city of Malacca.
The Roman Theatre remained hidden for centuries until it was discovered in 1953 when they began the construction of the new palace gardens and library files.
It is located in the heart of the historic centre of the city of Malaga, next to the Cathedral and near the Castle of Gibralfaro and Alcazaba.
- Picasso's Birthplace - Museum (Fundacion Picasso)
Malaga was the birthplace of the famous painter Pablo Picasso in 1881. The building that was once his home in the Plaza de La Merced is now a historic and artistic heritage monument and headquarters for the Picasso Foundation.
- Tivoli World
Only 15 km away from the capital, located in the town of Benalmadena, if you're looking for something to do that's fun for both children and adults do not miss the Tivoli World Amusement Park, the oldest theme park on La Costa del Sol.
At Tivoli World you can enjoy the many attractions - particularly if you want to release some adrenaline at the scary 'Pasaje de Terror'.
After having some fun on the rides and attractions, you can relax by strolling through the gardens or by trying the different cuisines of the restaurants inside the park.
- The Cathedral
Malaga's cathedral was built on top of a former Great Mosque, after the recapture of the town in 1528. The cathedral combines different styles - from its Gothic foundation, and Renaissance facade to its Baroque towers - because the construction lasted several centuries due to lack of funding.
- Sagrario Church
The Sagrario church is located next to the cathedral, and likewise it was built in the late 15th century on the ruins of the Great Mosque. The church is situated in the historic centre on Santa Maria street and features an Elizabethan Gothic-style gate and an impressive altar.
- Santiago Church
Dating back to 1490, the Iglesia de Santiago is the oldest church in Malaga. The church, which is located on Calle Granada, combines both Moorish and Gothic styles and has a beautiful Mudejar tower. Picasso was baptized in this church in 1881.
- Palace Marqués de Valdeflores
The Palace Marques de Valdeflores is an 18th century residential building situated in calle Carreterría. This building gives us an impression of the life of the aristocracy of the late 18th century in Malaga. The three-floor building has a central courtyard surrounded by a gallery where the walls are decorated with Moorish mosaics. Inside the palace are an outstanding the main staircase and its balustrade, both in marble.
- Bishop's Palace (Palacio Episcopal)
The Episcopal Palace, situated close to the Cathedral of Malaga, is a complex of buildings of different styles which dates back to 1762. The main building has a high quality front entrance built with marbles of different colors; inside is the outstanding private garden of the bishop decorated with tiles from the 18th century. Along with the Cathedral and the Plaza del Obispo, it is one of the most beautiful of Malaga's attractions.
- Customs Palace (Palacio de la Aduana)
The Customs Palace was built in 1788 to manage the traffic of the port. This neoclassical building in the style of the Italian palaces of the 17th century is located near Malaga Park in the historic city centre.
- The Town Hall (Ayuntamiento)
The town hall of Malaga is a beautiful neo-Baroque style building with Art Nouveau details of the early 20th century. Situated on the park promenade, between the port and the old town, it's surrounded by gardens and other landmark buildings and is home to the Malaga city council.
- The House of the Consulate (Casa del Consulado)
The Casa del Consulado is an 18th century building located in the Plaza de la Constitución in the Old Town. This building (declared an historic monument) is situated very close to Villalon Palace which is the home of the Thyssen Museum in Malaga.
- Malaga Bullring
The Malaga Bullring is located in La Malagueta, near the Malaga Park, the Old Town and in the shadow of the Gibralfaro Castle. This Mudejar-style bullring dates from 1876 and has capacity for an audience of 14,000 people. Bullfights are held in August with the best bullfighters. These dates are the same as the popular Malaga Fair, which creates great excitement among fans of bullfighting.
As you can see there are many attractions and things to do in Malaga - but there are also many more we did not write about here.