Malaga, the second largest city of Andalusia, has developed in recent years into a popular tourist destination. In the past tourists just used the large airport to travel to the Costa del Sol or Andalusia, but only a few visitors made a trip into the city. That has changed now. In the city centre, the old houses have been completely renovated, inviting for a pleasurable stroll in the historic part of Malaga, among squares and Museums. Numerous bars and restaurants invite you to a tapas tour and in the narrow streets there is a lively atmosphere.
The cityscape is dominated by the Moorish Alcazaba fortress, the fortress of Castillo de Gibralfaro and the great Cathedral de la Encarnacion. Of course, there is also a museum dedicated to Malaga´s most famous son, Pablo Picasso.
For less interested in culture, there are some gorgeous beaches of Malaga, after all, the city is the capital of the Costa del Sol. Nature lovers will enjoy a visit to the hinterland, where are located charming white villages surrounded by gorgeous nature.
The Port of Malaga
Malaga’s harbour was used already 3,000 years ago by the Phoenicians as a trading port. It is not only commercial and fishing port but also the second largest cruise terminal in Spain. Reason enough to further expand and modernize it. The plan also offers cultural and recreational activities for tourists and the people of Malaga. The port will probably evolve into another main attraction of the city. Its location is perfect for this, as the entrance is located just directly opposite the old town.
The Palm Garden of Surprises
In the wake of the recent modernization of the port was inaugurated the “Palmeral de las Sorpresas” – in English the Palm garden of Surprises – just next to Pier One. In the area were planted 420 palm trees, 400 other trees and more than 7,000 plants. Visitors can stroll on a trail along the plants and use a wide range of cultural and leisure activities.
Holidays in Malaga
The tourist infrastructure around Malaga is excellent. Whether in the city centre or in one of the many coastal towns such as Marbella, Fuengirola and Torremolinos there is a great range of hotels, from the fine 5-star hotel and golf resorts to small, cheap pensions. Those who prefer to spend their holiday in privacy can rent an apartment on the Costa del Sol. In any case, you should book a rental car to explore the surrounding area of Malaga.
And until your next holiday in Malaga, the city surely will have more sights to offer!