Cities such as Málaga have been blessed with so many attractions that it is difficult to squeeze them into two days, but if you organise your time well, you can meander through the streets at leisure with no chance of missing the most interesting sights. Start off with a stroll through the historic quarter, the very streets that witnessed the early years of Pablo Picasso.
Visit this genius’s home and museum for an insight into how his childhood in this city came to influence him. Carefully select the museums you want to visit, as there are several so important that it would be difficult to leave them for another time. The city’s architecture (with its splendid Alcázar, Gibralfaro Castle and Cathedral) should also be included in your itinerary.
Apart from art and architecture, Málaga is characterised by its pleasant atmosphere, its unfailingly lively squares, its terraces, bars and superb restaurants.
Itinerary day 1
Calle Larios is Málaga’s most emblematic street, and it’s a good place to start familiarising yourself with the city. In this historic shopping thoroughfare (which opened in 1891) can be found all the big national and international brands. The street provided a link between the city and the port.
Museo Carmen Thyssen Málaga
Located in the Palacio de Villalón, this museum has a permanent collection of over 200 works, and is considered the country’s most complete collection of nineteenth-century Andalusian paintings. Julio Romero de Torres and Eugenio Lucas Velázquez are just two of the artists whose works are exhibited here.
This fortified palace, built between the eleventh and fifteenth centuries on the hill of Gibralfaro, was where the Moorish rulers lived. Three rings of walls are discernible, together with the keep and three palaces. Take the time to wander through the archaeological exhibition hall and the gardens.
Itinerary day 2
This theatre, along with the Alcazaba and the Gibralfaro Castle, is the finest archaeological complex in Málaga. Built during the time of Augustus I (first century BC), it remained in use until the third century AD. Consult the cultural programme to check whether your visit coincides with a performance here.
Guided Food Tour
Discover the most interesting parts of the city center while tasting the best local dishes on this food tour. Enjoy local cuisine with fried anchovies, Manchego cheese, Jamon Iberico de cebo, tortilla de patatas, wine, and more.
The port of Málaga
Set sail aboard a catamaran with a crew at hand and embark on a journey of relaxation. Travel seated or lying on the mesh net while you admire the coastline of Malaga on board this spacious catamaran.