It is true that the most attractive things about Málaga are its beaches, the sun, the atmosphere, the fun and the blue sea. But this city has much more to offer. In Málaga you can find the best of all worlds: beaches with golden sand, a historical centre full of tourist attractions and green areas where you can get lost and breathe pure air.
In total, Málaga has 11 districts: Centre, East, Ciudad Jardín, Bailén-Miraflores, Palma-Palmilla, Cruz de Humilladero, Carretera de Cádiz, Churriana, Campanillas, Puerto de la Torre and Teatinos-Universidad. I assure you that you will not be bored, as you will not lack places to visit.
Here we will recommend the most popular districts so that you can select some in case you don’t have a defined plan yet. However, there are many more places on the outskirts of Málaga that are worth visiting.
This is the area of Málaga that you must visit. It is the neighbourhood with the most tradition and where you can enjoy both the beach and very important historical sites in the city. Moreover, it is famous for its aesthetics and atmosphere. You will be able to find historical places like:
In this area you will be able to observe the true and ancient essence of Malaga, leaving the beaches aside for a moment. The famous Larios street is the centre of this area and is a commercial reference in the city. You can also enjoy the atmosphere during the day in the bars, terraces, and at night in the pubs and discos. Moreover, in the historical centre of Málaga you can find the main tourist attractions, such as the Cathedral, the Picasso Museum, the Alcazaba or the Málaga Park. It is a great place to stay, since you will be right in the centre, but at the same time near the beaches.
Ancient Phoenician city, this place in Malaga offers a green landscape with a forest of pines and eucalyptus. There are different routes to explore the mountain, but whatever it is, it will offer you the best views of the city. You can also visit the Gibralfaro Castle and the Gibralfaro Viewpoint, although the Gibralfaro Mountain is full of viewpoints. The Castle was built to house troops and to protect the Alcazaba, which is just a few minutes’ walk from the Gibralfaro Mountain.
One of the main streets of Málaga is part of this neighbourhood, Victoria Street. If you visit it, you will be able to see some historical monuments such as the Museum, the Basilica and the Royal Sanctuary of La Victoria. They were built after the conquest of the Catholic Kings and the Sanctuary houses the image of the city’s patron saint, Our Lady of Victory. If you decide to visit the Museum, the entrance fee includes the crypt of the Counts of Buenavista, the Patron Saint’s dressing room, the room with the Virgin’s historical belongings and a visit to the interior of the Basilica.
Something that makes this district of Malaga very special is that the famous artist Picasso lived there. It is a neighbourhood full of culture, whose main tourist attraction is the Teatro Cervantes (Cervantes Theatre), worth visiting. You can visit the page if you want to book tickets for any show; there are many to choose from and it is a unique opportunity: https://www.teatrocervantes.com/.