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.
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.
Malaga Roman Theatre
It is located in the lower part of the Alcazaba, on a hillside. Take advantage of part of the natural rock formation and also stands on an artificial terrace to support the stands. The remains of this theatre were discovered in 1951 and remains in very good condition. It is particularly interesting to see it at night with everything illuminated and the castle presiding over the picture. It is one of the living symbols of the Roman footprint of the city. Next to it, there is a modern interpretation centre that will help you learn how you lived at that time and with what customs. When you finish, a very good plan is to go to tapas at Pimpi, one of the classics of the city, from whose terrace you can glimpse the Roman Theatre in front.