Málaga, what to do?
Málaga, what to do? Well, a lot. Málaga is a bustling port city, forty minutes drive from Finca Las Nuevas. From the centre, you can walk straight onto the beach which gives the city an extra dimension.
Málaga is a multifaceted city with plenty to do.
The city centre was transformed years ago into a car-free area, with stately buildings restored to their former glory. This makes it great to wander around the old town.
But the harbour area is also a nice place to have a drink, marvel at big yachts or grab a bite to eat.
We could write pages about all there is to do in Málaga, but we’ll limit ourselves to a few tips.
Alcazaba and Gibralfaro
The Gibralfaro, a castle and fortress towers high above the city. It’s quite a climb up via a zigzag path. But the climb up is well worth it, as you get great views over the port and city in return.
Even if you don’t want to visit the museum, it is nice to enjoy this view for a while. This Moorish defence work has a rampart that you can still walk over.
A little lower on Mount Gibralfaro is the Alcazaba, a kind of miniature Alhambra with beautifully decorated walls.
Malaga and fine museums
Should it be a day of bad weather or you want to take a break to cool off, visiting a museum is a good idea. We found the Carmen Thyssen Museum very nice. There is a nice exhibition of Spanish masters and paintings with Spanish scenes.
A visit to the Picasso Museum should not be missed. You might want to buy a ticket for the Picasso museum online, to avoid the long queue.
This famous Spanish artist was born in Málaga. This blog describes a route memory of Picasso
There are also some great museums for children in the centre of Málaga. You can read more about them in our ebook.
shopping in Málaga
Calle Larios is the biggest shopping street in Málaga. From the port, through the Tourist info, you walk straight into this main street towards the city centre. The big chain stores can be found on this street.
We advise you to visit the smaller alleys, where you will find nice little shops.
Tip: unlike the big shops, these shops keep siesta hours, so they close between two and five and often also on Saturday afternoons.
Fun market halls in Malaga
Visiting Malaga in the morning? Then visit the fun indoor market ‘Mercado Central de Atarazanas’. This colourful market has several stalls selling olives, herbs, nuts and dried fruit, in addition to various fruit, vegetables and fish stalls.
On a shoestring in Málaga
On Sunday afternoons, many cultural attractions are free to visit, including the museums mentioned above but there are many more.
Times vary a bit, some sights are free to visit from two o’clock others from four in the afternoon.
Parking in the city centre or going by train
We always find it convenient to park the car at Muelle Uno. This is a spacious and large car park by the port.
From the car park, you can stroll or go to the beach in no time. And through a beautiful park full of tropical plants and trees, you can walk straight into the centre of Málaga.
If you don’t feel like going to Málaga by car, you can get on the train in Cártama to Málaga- Alameda station. You’ll then be in the city centre in 15 minutes.
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