Attractions Malaga

Malaga is a Spanish port city located on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea. The main attractions of Malaga are concentrated in its historical center: the Alcazaba, the Cathedral of Malaga, the ancient fortress of Gibralfaro, the Church of the Holy Martyrs, the Church of John the Baptist, and the Picasso Museum.

Of greatest interest for tourists are the remains of the Gibralfaro fortress, which is on the top of the hill of the same name, and the Alcazaba fortress, which is nearby. One of the important attractions of Malaga is the Pablo Picasso Museum located in the Buenavista Palace. It houses a collection of paintings by the famous painter who was born in Malaga.

Picasso Museum Málaga

In Malaga, the Pablo Picasso Museum (Museo Picasso de Malaga) is located in the Buenavista Palace, in the Jewish quarter of Malaga, near the house where the artist was born. In Spain, this museum is one of six dedicated to the great painter, it presents all the periods of Picasso, from the famous “blue period” to the stage of surrealism.

Initially, the Buenavista Palace, where the museum is located, was a royal residence. It was built in 1530 by order of Diego de Casaglia, the ruler of Malaga, half a century after the conquest of Malaga. Then this palace changed many owners and, finally, in 2003 it became a museum.
The collection of the Picasso Museum is very rich: about two hundred paintings, from his earliest works to the most recent paintings, written in the spirit of surrealism. Almost all the paintings were donated to the museum by the artist’s relatives and friends, most of the paintings from their collections were donated by the grandson and daughter-in-law of Pablo Picasso.

Address: C / San Agustin 8, 29015 Málaga
Opening hours: from 10:00 to 20:00 (Friday and Saturday until 21:00 h.). Closed Monday.
In July and August, the museum is open on Mondays from 10:00 to 20:00.

Catedral de la Encarnación de Málaga

The Cathedral in Malaga (La Catedral de la Encarnación) is a ten-minute walk southeast of the Church of John the Baptist and also 10 minutes from the Church of the Holy Martyrs in the southwest. This cathedral is the main Renaissance gem in all of Andalusia. It is located within the old fortress walls and, together with the Gibralfaro fortress and the Alcazaba, forms a large architectural ensemble.

The cathedral was built between 1528 and 1782, according to the drawings of Diego de Siloé. The cathedral façade is designed in the Baroque style and is divided into 2 tiers. In its lower part, there are three arches, inside of which there are doors with marble columns. The outer doors are decorated with medallions with the faces of the patron saints of Malaga, Paula, and Kyriakom, and the central entrance is decorated with a medallion showing the scene of the Annunciation.

Address: C / Molina Lario 9, 29015 Málaga
Opening hours: Friday to Monday – 10:00 am to 6:00 pm
10:00 a 17:00 on Saturday

Catedral de la Encarnación de Málaga


The strong and high walls of the Alcazaba were built in the 11th century and still adorn the city, being one of the most interesting architectural monuments not only in Malaga but also in Spain as a whole. The Alcazaba is located on the seaside hills, it still attracts attention from a distance with its grandeur and picturesque appearance, from its peaks there is a beautiful view of the large port and the entire Malaga bay with beaches and hotels.

According to ancient Muslim sources, the Alcazaba was erected by order of the Berber ruler of Granada, Badis ben Abus, between 1057 and 1063. For the construction, marble and columns with capitals from the nearby Roman theater were used. The Alcazaba in 1092 was occupied by the Almoravids and the Almohads in 1146.

To get to the most elevated part of the palace, where the city mayor or qadi lived (in Muslim countries, this is a judge who administers justice according to Sharia law), you would have to overcome 3 levels of ring fortifications, as well as 8 fortified gates. Additionally, the walls were protected by battlement towers and loopholes. All these fortifications protected not only the inhabitants of the Nasrid Palace (the last ruling Spanish Muslim dynasty) but also all the townspeople who lived inside the city walls. The towers were reconstructed several times (before and after the Christian conquest of the city).

There is also an archaeological museum in the fortress, where models of the Alcazaba are presented before and after numerous restorations, ceramics of the Moors and Spaniards, as well as various ancient values ​​that were found among the Roman ruins.

Address: Avinguda Diagonal 209-211.
How to get there: Glories metro station (line 1), tram or bus

Here you can find more information about Alcazaba…


The Malaga Gibralfaro Castle

At the beginning of the XIV century, a powerful fort was erected on Mount Gibralfaro (height 142 m), which received the same name, translated from Arabic Jabal Faro means “lighthouse on the cliff”: once upon a time, there was a Phoenician fortress with a lighthouse. The fort was intended to protect the Alcazaba fortress, located just below the mountainside, it was connected to the Gibralfaro castle by a special transition.

The Gibralfaro fortress (Castillo de Gibralfaro) is fortified with two rows of zigzag walls (called coach) – with towers and battlements. The internal dimensions of the fortress allow 5 thousand soldiers to be freely accommodated here. A very beautiful pine alley leads to the castle, the fort is surrounded by gardens with many eucalyptus and cypresses, orange and pomegranate trees, focuses, and olives. From the Gibralfaro castle, you can see not only the whole of Malaga and its bay, you can even see the Strait of Gibraltar and the African mountains of the Reef.

It should be noted that the Bottomless Well, which was cut into the rock in the Arab era, has a depth of about 40 meters, there are two bakeries, several springs, modern fortress turrets, and the building of an old powder flask, now it houses a concert hall.

Address: Paseo de Reding, 1.29016 (Málaga)
Opening hours: In the summer from 9:00 to 20:00. In winter, from 9:00 to 18:00.

Casa Consistorial

The town hall building (Casa Consistorial) was built from 1912 to 1919. In Malaga, it is deservedly considered one of the most beautiful works of modernists. The Town Hall is a splendid example of the neo-baroque style with a few touches of art nouveau.

Inside the building is a wonderful plenary room and a mirror room. In 2010, Pedro Luis Alonso’s garden, which is located opposite, and the town hall itself were declared a historical-cultural monument, created by the famous architect Fernando Guerrero Rosado Strachan. The walls of the building are decorated with sculptures of sailors, fishermen, and merchants. The spacious halls of the City Hall house collections of paintings by contemporary postmodern artists and outstanding painters of the last century.

Address: Av. Cervantes 4, 29016 Málaga

Casa Consistorial

Teatro Romano de Málaga

At the foot of the mountain where the Alcazaba is located, on Calle Alcazabilla in Malaga, is the Teatro romano de Malaga. It was completely accidentally discovered in 1951 when work was being carried out in the House of Culture, as it turned out, it was built right on top of the theater. In 1994, the House of Culture was demolished and the Roman Theater was excavated.

The theater was built in the first century BC. e., at that time Malaga was part of one province of the Roman Empire, it was called Far Spain. The theater was built under Octavian Augustus and was used until the 3rd century AD. NS. During the Muslim rule, the theater was used as a quarry for the rebuilding of the Alcazaba: the columns and capitals of the theater were used as mountings for horseshoe-shaped arches at the gate of the Alcazaba.

Address: C / Alcazabilla 8, 29012 Málaga
Working hours: from 10:00 to 18:00. Day off – Monday

Plaza de Toros “La Malagueta”

The huge bullring (Plaza de Toros “La Malagueta”) is a famous place in Malaga. It was built in 1876 by the Spanish architect Juaquin Rucoba in the neomudejar style. The arena accommodates about 9 thousand visitors.

The Plaza de Toros is featured on every second souvenir postcard. As a rule, the bullfighting season starts in spring, during Holy Week, and then continues until the end of September. To avoid the tedious queues under the scorching sun, it is best to book your tickets online in advance.

The price range always varies depending on the importance of the event. The location of the seats is also of great importance – a ticket to a grandstand in the shade, for example, will cost twice as much as a seat on the sunny side.

Address: Paseo Reding 8, 29016 Malaga
Working hours: Monday – Friday from 10:00 to 13:00

Torre Malaga

Episcopal Palace

In Malaga, the Episcopal Palace (Palacio Episcopal) was built in the 18th century. The Baroque building consists of many passages, endless balconies, and staircases. The greatest interest in visiting this palace will be aroused by all fans of the history of religion because today the diocesan museum of spiritual art is located here.

The erection of the first episcopal palace between 1500 and 1525 was attributed to Bishop Diego Ramirez Villanueva de Aro. But soon this palace seemed too small, and already in 1541 another bishop, Fry Bernardo Manrique, ordered to rebuild a new palace on the street, which is now called Santa Maria.

Address: Pl Obispo 6, 29015 Malaga
Opening hours: Tuesday from 14:30 to 20:00,
Wednesday – Saturday from 10:00 to 20:00,
Sunday from 10:00 to 14:00.

Malaga Palacio Episcopo

Jardin Botanico-Historico “La Concepcion”

The Botanical Garden (Jardin Botanico-Historico “La Concepcion”) in Malaga belongs to the English type of gardens, it has more than one and a half centuries of history. More than 3 thousand species of tropical plants grow here, they were collected from all over Spain and brought from India, Mexico, Japan, and Australia. All the plants in the garden are provided with special signs with their names, country of origin, age – so that you can easily find out what is where.

This parkland began to be created in the 19th century by Amalia Eredia Livermore and her husband Jorge Loring Oyarsabal.

Address: Cmno Jardin Botanico del 3, 29014 Málaga
Opening hours: Monday to Friday from 8:00 to 15:00.

Jardin Botanico-Historico "La Concepcion"


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