Today, the attractions of Málaga are the most interesting places of the Mediterranean resort. A whole collection of architectural and historical monuments belonging to different eras can be seen by tourists visiting the resort with a guide or on their own. The latter is much more convenient – there is no time limit.
Top 10 attractions in Málaga
Ancient Malaga is a jewel located on the Mediterranean coast of Spain’s Costa del Sol, in the southern part of Andalusia. Its history goes back more than 2,700 years. In different periods of its existence it belonged to the Phoenicians, the Visigoths, was under the rule of the Roman and Byzantine empires, the Arab rulers of North Africa.
Historical and architectural attractions of Málaga include the Alcazaba, a fortress built on the slope of Mount Gibralfaro during Muslim rule. The construction of the structure dates back to the 11th century. Stone-limestone was used to build the fortress. Because of the material’s instability to salt water, the fortress began to decay after three centuries. In the 14th century the walls were strengthened with ordinary stone.
At the top of the mountain is a palace of the same name from the same era. The mayor of the city lived there. Tourists are impressed by the precautions taken to protect the mayor. To get from the Alcazaba fortress to the palace, one had to go through three circular fortifications and eight securely locked gates. To repel enemy attacks on the walls of the fortress built towers with loopholes.
For a long time the fortress and the palace of Alcazaba were in a derelict condition and attracted few vacationers. At the beginning of the last century, restoration work was begun, and today the historic monument is visited by thousands of tourists every year.
One of the most beautiful architectural structures is the cathedral, built and consecrated in the 16th century in honor of Our Lady of the Incarnation. The temple has been recognized as a Renaissance gem located in the province. The cathedral is the second tallest building in Andalusia.
The two-tiered structure, built in the Baroque style, delights with its sophistication. The towers, arched windows, and entrances with marble doors are striking in their grandeur. The interior furnishings are no less interesting. When walking around the historical sites of Málaga, you should definitely visit the unique architectural monument of the Renaissance.
Pablo Picasso Museum
Among the city’s many museums, the exhibit dedicated to its native Pablo Picasso is one of the most popular. It should be made clear at once that there are two museums of the artist in Málaga. One displays his work from the private collections of Picasso’s relatives; the other houses a house museum. Tourists are more interested in unique paintings, which today are considered some of the most expensive in the world.
The museum is housed in an unusual 16th-century palace, which intricately intertwines elements of Moorish, Castilian and Italian culture. The museum collection contains about three hundred paintings and sculptures of the artist from different periods of his work. Documentary materials about the artist’s life are interesting. You can learn more about Pablo Picasso himself by visiting his house-museum.
The city’s first university was founded in 1968 and admitted its first students in 1972. Originally there were only two faculties. Today it is one of the most prestigious universities in Andalusia and Spain. In addition to its educational and scientific activities, it attracts the interest of tourists. The rectorate of the university is located in the building of the old post office, which was erected in the early twentieth century and is a monument of architecture of that period.
In the Rector’s Office there is an exhibit telling the history of the building. Including a fragment of a fortress wall built by the Phoenicians. It was discovered during the excavations that preceded the construction of the building.
Another historical site on the tourist map is the ancient Roman theater. It was discovered in 1951 during construction work. The excavations were fully completed in the 1990s.
The construction of the structure dates back to the 1st century BC. According to scholars, it was intended for theatrical performances before the 3rd century AD. After the reconstruction, the Roman theater has been used for six years for mass theatrical events.
St. Sebastian Minaret
This structure – a three-story quadrangular tower – at first glance, is not architecturally valuable, but in historical terms, it combines two eras in the history of the city: Muslim and Christian.
The original site was a mosque, and the tower served as its minaret. Later the main building was destroyed and St. Sebastian Church was built in its place. The temple also did not survive, but the minaret, which served as a bell tower, even today is a reminder of the unique pages of history.
Mercado de Atarazanos Market
It is impossible to know the soul of the Malays without a visit to the central market of Mercado de Atarazanos. When choosing what to see in and around Málaga, you should definitely look here. Life is boiling here in the morning, there is a brisk trade. But tourists are attracted not only by the bustling shopping aisles. The building itself, built in the 19th century, is of interest.
The market was built on the site of an old shipyard, so its name is translated as “the place where ships stand.
A huge glass stained-glass window depicting ships, mounted on the pediment of the building, reminds us of the distant past.
Decs Irish bar
During the self-guided sightseeing of the city, be sure to take a short break. In Benalmadena, located on the outskirts of Málaga, there is a cozy Irish bar. From here you have a wonderful view of the city.
Hospitable atmosphere, the possibility of ordering a real English breakfast attracts holidaymakers and locals here.
La Concepion Botanical Garden
On the outskirts of the resort is the most unusual place – La Concepion Botanical and Historical Garden. It was created at the end of the 19th century in their manor by the marquises of the Loring family. Today the house is closed to the public. You can only see it from the outside and visit the patio.
The garden has more than three thousand different trees from all over the world. Several fascinating routes have been developed. The park features original fountains and sculptures. The botanical garden is equipped with several viewing platforms, which allows you to admire the unique views.
Church of Iglesia Nustra Señora de la Victoria
After the period of Byzantine rule, Malaga came under the rule of the Castilian crown. After three months of unsuccessful defense, the city was taken over by the Christians, and a Christian church was erected to commemorate the event in 1487. Two centuries later it was built again, now in the style typical of Catholic churches and consecrated in honor of the Virgen de la Victoria, patroness of Malaga.
The interior furnishings of the Andalusian Baroque church, the richly and beautifully sculpted altar with the Virgin Mary and the tomb of the Counts of Buenavista, decorated with skulls and bones, are of interest.
Video overview of the sights of Malaga
When traveling to Spain, be sure to include Malaga in your itinerary. Its attractions cannot be reliably described or photographed. They are worthy of attention.