Here is my guide to what’s on and where to go this summer.
The August FestivalIf you’ve ever fancied attending a bull fighting match or learning how to flamenco dance, here’s your chance. Those who would rather sit and drink vintage sherry and eat tapas will also love this festival.
Taking place in the third week of August, Feria de Malaga is one of the biggest festivals in Andalusia; if you can time your holiday with the event I would thoroughly recommend it. Be sure to catch the opening day celebrations when impressive fireworks illuminate the sky and there are vibrant parades with music and dancing.
The Picasso MuseumMalaga was the birth place of Picasso, and the town thus pays homage to him with a museum in the city. Nestled at the heart of the old town between cathedral, castle and fortress, the museum is housed in a beautifully restored old building.
Some of Picasso’s most famous works can be found here along with sketches that offer an insight into the artist’s processes and inspirations. You can also enjoy the temporary exhibitions and learn all about Picasso’s turbulent life.
Overlooking the city from a hilltop, this thousand year old Moorish fortification is Malaga’s most famous landmark and is the best preserved fortress of its kind in the whole of Spain. Built to defend against pirates who travelled over the ocean from Africa, there are stunning views out over the city and sea from the ramparts.
Columns, towers, fountains and dungeons can all be explored with well-preserved sections giving a sense of the fort’s former magnificence. This mini city is a great place to spend the day, wandering between walled gardens and atmospheric courtyards.
The Arabic Baths
Once you’ve finished seeing the sights, there are also plenty of ways to relax in Malaga. One of the most enjoyable is the Arabic Baths where you can wind-down and rejuvenate in the traditionally decorated stream rooms, baths and fountains. For extra pampering, try a Turkish Massage or some aromatherapy treatments.
The Old TownStroll around the old town and visit the house where Picasso was born, Casa Natal. There are an abundance of elegant churches, historic houses and atmospheric courtyards in this area and a scattering of interesting art galleries and museums between.
When you’re done walking, enjoying the cuisine of Malaga is one of the city’s greatest pleasures. Coffee with chocolate and churros (dipping doughnuts) is a decadent Andalucian breakfast not to be missed, and the city boasts some of the best tapas bars in Spain. In the evening, enjoy a fresh seafood dinner in one of the atmospheric restaurant courtyards of the old town.