Tourists with their map in hand walking down Larios street, perhaps in search of the Cathedral, the Roman Theatre or the different museums in Malaga located in the historic city centre. This is an already more than common everyday image in Malaga: Visitors exploring the city, ready to discover it fully.
Among the most visited landmarks in Malaga are the Alcazaba-Gibralfaro monument, the Roman Theatre, the Centre for Contemporary Art, the Picasso Museum, the Thyssen Museum and the Cathedral. In the province are outstanding the Cave in Nerja, the Plaza de Toros in Ronda, the Dolmen in Antequera and the Natural Park Torcal.
During the first six months of the year, the Arab fortress and castle exceeded 318,000 visits. Thus the Alcazaba-Gibralfaro remains the most popular monument of both the city and the province. Also in the first half, the CAC Malaga has welcomed in its installations over 196,000 art lovers. This figure also reflects the participants to various cultural activities of the centre.
The Roman Theatre received 194.461 visitors from October 2010 to September of this year. The Picasso Museum received about 82,000 tourists during the summer. 189,000 people toured the Palacio de Buenavista in the first half of the year.
The painter Pablo Picasso, fundamental icon of the city, also has in his birthplace in the Plaza de la Merced one of the most visited places. From January to June, nearly 56,000 people enjoyed the exhibits housed in its rooms.
In the province of Malaga and according to 2010 figures, the most popular monument is the Nerja Cave. Discovered in the town of Maro in 1959, the cave received last year 380,100 visits. With a little less flow but also within the cultural top ten stood last year the Plaza de Toros in Ronda, which welcomed 323,000 visitors to the premises of one of the most monumental and ancient bullrings of Spain.
Further follow the dolmens of Antequera with nearly 80,000 tours and the Natural Park Torcal in Antequera, whose visitor centre received in 2010 nearly 30,000 people. This little list serves as a reminder of the virtues of Malaga that won´t leave indifferent those coming to enjoy the many attractions that the city and the province have to offer.