It is a city originally founded by the Phoenicians in the 8th century B.C. and therefore it retains that footprint in its list of monumental attractions. In fact, Malaga is one of the oldest cities in Europe. The most reliable proof of this is its set of fortifications, walls, towers and archaeological remains of the Alcazaba, the Gibralfaro Castle and the Roman Theatre. A monumental conglomerate that will transport you to another era and allow you to have a sensational view of the city.
You should also contemplate the Cathedral and its roofs for an extensive visit, as well as its historic Central Market of Atarazanas and its unique and renowned bullring of La Malagueta, today converted into a symbol of leisure and gastronomy in this city full of charms, monuments and points of interest.
Alcazaba, the monumental attraction of the city
Palatial fortification, imposing and stately, that rests on the foot of Mount Gibralfaro whose castle culminates in the picture. Despite its immensity, it is seen that in its origins even the surface was doubled. From this palace, one of the most attractive monuments of Malaga, you can see one of the best views of the city, a complete panoramic view of the port and the Cathedral. Inside, it goes up as we stop contemplating its beautiful Nasrid gardens and its taifa. This magnificent and huge work culminates as we said with the Gibralfaro Castle that presides over the mountain.
Gibralfaro Castle, the city at your feet
It forms with the Alcazaba a fortified and walled complex that descends down the hillside that is named Gibralfaro. Of Phoenician origin and currently not connected to the Alcazaba palace, so you have to trace the route on foot or by car to the top, if desired. Representations of the time of the Catholic Monarchs are promoted above. From the top of the Castle there are great views, the best in the city. In the visit you make, you will find a museum to know the history of the fortification, as well as you can visit its walls and towers.
Cathedral, unique from the outer face
Popularly known as La Manquita and also as the Cathedral of the Incarnation, it is a majestic building with a rather unique exterior image as if it were wonderfully unfinished. In fact, it is also literally and not metaphorically because some parts were left unfinished due to lack of budget. It combines different styles and is a reference site of Malaga. Inside, different artistic recesses of different backgrounds and influences cohabit. It is one of the most important and symbolic monuments of the city, those that you have to visit yes or yes during your stay in the City of the Sun.
Museum of Russian Art in Malaga
Located in the south of the Mediterranean coast, Malaga is known to be one of the most acclaimed tourist destinations. The charm of its historic centre, its gastronomy, its history and its incredible beaches with a coastline of 160 kilometres, make this city a tourist attraction. But if you want to know more about the city and live a different experience, you should know that Malaga, under the motto City of Museums, is one of the cities with more museums in its historic centre, being a cultural reference not only in Andalusia, but throughout Spain and is on its way to open a gap in the European panorama. Specifically, we can find 40 authentic museums, among them the Museum of Russian Art which will introduce you to another reality full of a magnificent and different culture and extensive history. In this article you will find all the relevant information for your visit to the museum.
Bullring of La Malagueta, gastronomy and culture
It is one of the most renowned places in the world of bullfighting. There also the future bullfighting figures are forged in its Bullfighting School. It imposes nothing more to see it and it is an attractive place to visit, you like this tradition more or less. And in addition, another reason to drop by the bullring of La Malagueta is the amount of high standard gastronomic sites around its round surface. In this way, gastronomy and culture embrace in a special place, a new leisure space very suitable and oriented for the most gourmets. In summer, many shows are held taking advantage of its dimensions and its symbology in the city. An epicentre of culture and leisure without a doubt.
Roman theatre of Malaga
Malaga has its most significant exponent of the Roman city of Malaga in its theatre. It is a playful and political building, ideal for the staging of power and social hierarchy. Built next to the port and at the foot of the hill, which has made it of mixed construction. It takes advantage of part of the slope and an artificial harrow is erected which allows the installation of bleachers. Its dimensions and characteristics are very similar to those proposed by Vitrubio, a classic model very similar to those Betica. It was built by Augustus and used as a theatre until the 3rd century. It was used for cemetery in the 5th and 6th century, and later supplied with its materials for the restructuring of the Alcazaba. After remaining hidden for a century, the theatre was discovered in 1951 and complements the cultural offer of Malaga.
The Caves of Nerja
In the westernmost part of the Axarquia of Malaga, we find a village more than 42,000 years old. Its name comes from the Arabic Narixa, which means abandoned fountain. This area stands out for being the second residence of many British people who are looking to spend their retirement on the Costa del Sol, where they live the best summers and enjoy an overwhelming tranquility. But, apart from the sun and the beach, very close to the historic center of this town we find the ideal place for speleologists and nature lovers, the caves of Nerja. Here, paintings that could constitute the oldest images of cave art in the history of mankind appeared. Read on to find out more about this fantastic discovery that took place in the middle of the 20th century.
Located about 9 kilometers from Benalmadena, in the province of Malaga, we find this original and beautiful construction, today not well known to tourists, but that gradually became one of the biggest tourist attractions of Malaga. Want to know more about Colomares Castle? Well, read on.
El Caminito del Rey of Málaga
Malaga has always been characterized by being the capital of the sun and the square, the center of the Costa del Sol which receives millions of visitors every year and leaves the best taste in your mouth for a spectacular holiday. But does Malaga only offer this type of activity? The answer is a resounding no. Less than an hour’s drive from the city of Malaga we find an impressive natural setting. El Caminito del Rey (The trail of the King) has become one of the greatest attractions for outdoor sports lovers in recent decades. Join us to get to know this unique place in Spain in the best way possible through our guide to the Caminito del Rey.
Natural Park of Montes de Málaga
The Montes de Málaga Natural Park is the closest protected area to the capital of the Costa del Sol. This park has almost 5,000 hectares and is in the hills 5 km north of Malaga. This park belongs to the capital of the Costa del Sol and to the towns of Casabermeja and Colmenar. This park is the green lung of the city and is surrounded by the Guadalmedia river basin and its tributaries and streams. The hills of the park have a height of 80-100 meters above sea level. In this park you can find many species of mammals, birds, and plants. So, if you want to spend a day enjoying nature, this is the best place.
Andalusian Centre of Contemporary Art in Malaga
The CAC Malaga, a historic building declared of cultural interest, located in the old Wholesale Market of Malaga. It is located on the left side of the mouth of the Guadalmedina River. It is an initiative of the city council with the aim of disseminating and reflecting on the plastic arts and contemporary art. Its main activities include exhibitions, conferences, publications, workshops and seminars. A centre open to all kinds of artistic and cultural proposals. The exhibition hall is one of the largest in Spain, with more than 2,400 square metres. It has more than 400 of its own pieces and those on loan from institutions. Some 130 exhibitions have been held with great names such as Tony Cragg, Alex Katz, Roni Horn, Art & Language, Jaume Plensa, among many others.
The Alcazaba of Antequera
The Alcazaba of the city of Antequera is located on the top of the Malaga hill of the medina of Islamic origin in the area. Although believed to be of Roman and Visigothic origin, the Alcazaba is first documented in the 11th century by Semuel ibn Nagrella, a Jew dedicated to poetry during the Almohad reign. During the 8th century, the Islamists occupied this low-protection building in the area until the beginning of the Caliphate between 912 and 1016, when these fortresses were reinforced as a defence and the enclosure that surrounds it was created.
Collegiate Church of Santa María la Mayor
This is a building of great importance located in the upper area of Antequera, next to the Alcazaba, which makes it one of the most beautiful corners of the town and a must-see if you are visiting this city in the province of Malaga. It is considered to be the first Renaissance church in Andalusia, standing out for its proportions and the quality of its design. To learn more about the churches and monuments that surround the city; from OwayTours we recommend you to visit our Free Tour about Malaga; which will make you fall in love with the capital of the Costa del Sol. In the Royal Collegiate Church of Santa María la Mayor there are both Gothic and Renaissance elements, which makes for a magnificent example of a mixture of styles that will transport you to another century. Its large façade, characteristic for being made of ashlar stone, reflects this church as one of the key pieces of Andalusian architecture.