This beautiful museum from the 16th-century is a must for all visitors to Malaga, young and old. Thanks to the grandmaster’s daughter-in-law, Christine, and grandchild Bernard, the museum boasts a collection of nearly 200 works of art. Just a stone’s throw away, at Plaza de la Merced, the house where Picasso was born, is also open to the public.
Alcazaba and Gibralfaro are military forts dating from the period of Arab rule. There is a palace inside the walls with a beautiful garden and spectacular views. The Roman theatre just beneath was built during the first century A.D. and has been restored and renovated after many years of neglect.
Malaga Contemporary Art Centre is located in the heart of the city and displays modern art. Its aim is to promote visual art from the 20th and 21st century. The art centre offers an innovative program with a wide variety of activities and permanent exhibitions.
Malaga has kilometres of beautiful sandy beaches to offer the tourist. All beaches are situated along the Promenade of Pablo Ruiz Picasso which is lined with restaurants and bars. The most popular beaches are La Malagueta and La Caleta. Both of the beaches provide facilities like showers, toilets, sunbeds and so on. On La Malagueta you will also find a children´s play area.
The Alborania Museum was created 1989 with the aim to get more knowledge of the marina life as well as to make the visitors aware of the need to protect the marine environment. There are two main areas: the exhibition/research area and the workshop/classroom area. In the exhibition hall you will find underwater grotto, sharks, giant squids, fishing boat and all the instruments required for navigation and much more.
Buses and taxis should not be underestimated, but the best way to experience Malaga is to get on a bike and see the sights with wind in your hair. Enjoy the freedom of the ride and appreciate a different perspective of this beautiful city. Rent a city bike with your transportation card or use one of the firms offering long-term bicycle rentals: B2M
At Restaurante El Chinitas you can savour Spanish food in Spanish surroundings. Here you can choose everything from shrimps in garlic, and gazpacho, to rabbit stew. The name is taken from the original café-theatre “El Chinitas” which was frequented by the poet Federico García Lorca, among others.
You have not been to Malaga if you have not been to Pimpi, at least so it is said. Pimpi is the most typical place in the city with photos of celebrities, hundred-year old posters and wine barrels on the walls. Here you can drink wine from the province and eat tapas in historical surroundings.
Spain’s department store colossus is both loved and hated, but successfully performs the main task of the department store, which is to offer most things to most people. Designer fashions, their own low and medium-priced lines, enormous perfumery and make-up departments, leather goods in all price ranges, toys, children’s clothes, art materials, food and delicatessen, home furnishing devices, garden furniture, a tobacco department with humidors etc. However, the best thing about El Corte Inglés is the service. The staff is always friendly and helpful, garments are shortened and taken in at no cost and without a murmur. And the customer has the unlimited right of return upon production of a receipt.
For those looking for a gift, a souvenir, or something good to eat, a visit to Mercado Central Atarazanas is recommended. Here you can buy meat, fish, fruit, vegetables, olives, nuts, spices, cheese and pork all at reasonable prices. Apart from this, the market is a delight for the eye.
Those wanting a slightly more exclusive souvenir can buy a fan in one of the specialised shops on Calle Nueva, but there are souvenirs to be found all along the coast. Choose between everything from slogan T-shirts and little figurines to holiday bracelets. Visit the markets for inexpensive items.
Málaga-Costa del Sol Airport is located approximately 10 kilometres from the city centre and offers good transportation along the entire Costa del Sol. It is easy to get to Malaga by train, bus or taxi. The train takes 10 minutes and the bus 15 minutes to half an hour. Both bus and train depart every half hour. Taxis are available at the airport: Radiotaxi +34 952 040 804 Unitaxi +34 952 333 333
Spain can be visited visa-free for up to 90 days by citizens of Australia, New Zealand, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Malaysia, Israel, UAE and most countries in America. If you are unsure whether or not you need to apply for a visa, we recommend contacting the embassy or consulate in your country. International (non-Schengen) travelers need a passport that is valid for at least 3 months after the end of their intended trip in order to enter the Schengen zone. Citizens of Schengen countries can travel without a passport, but must have a valid ID with them during their stay.
Buses from Malaga bus station at Paseo de los Tilos go to, for example, Marbella, Estepona, Granada, Córdoba and Seville. The train station is right next door. It is easiest to catch the suburban train which runs between Malaga and Fuengirola in the centre, subway next to the post office on Avenida Principal. You can catch city buses on Alameda Principal or Paseo Parque. Tickets are purchased on the bus.