Malaga Alcazaba Moorish Castle

The Moorish fortifications of Alcazaba

Beaches, Mediterranean sun and quality vino: these are the things for which Malaga is, best known. This famous Spanish port town has a lot more to offer than that, though, as we discovered on our trip last summer. In fact, attractions and historic sites make it the perfect location for combining beach life with culture. If you get the option, Malaga airport transfers are quick and easy, and it would be a shame not to explore the city before you head out to your chosen resort.

Here is my guide to what’s on and where to go this summer.

The August Festival

Malaga Feria

Feria de Malaga

If 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 Museum

Malaga Picasso Museum

Picasso Museum features a number of the artist's works

Malaga 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.

The Alcazaba

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 Town

Malaga Pablo Picasso Birth House Casa Natale

Birthplace of Pablo Picasso

Stroll 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.

Photo Credits: alcazaba, Feria del Rosario, Picasso Museum, Picasso birth house

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7 Responses to A Summer Guide to Malaga (Spain)

  • I would love to see the August Festival, the tapas, the music and especially the flamenco… How fascinating the whole atmosphere must be! I am not too much into bull fighting, but maybe I would also go to one of those too, just to see how it is…

    • Mark H says:

      I love the festivals as well. BUllfighting is a cultural and historic Spanish activity. I have seen one and was uncomfortable the entire time but the crowd support is striking.

  • Mary B. says:

    I think the August festival is interesting, I love to watch bullfighting (I haven’t see one yet) and the birthplace of Picasso.

    • Mark H says:

      I found my one bullfight very uncomfortable but Picasso is exceptionally popular wherever he is displayed.

  • Spencer says:

    I love Malaga when I went there! I thought it was an awesome place. Really loved the food too.

  • Goold says:

    Well you warned me the food would be even beettr in Part 2 and I agree! YUM!, for the paella and churros both!! Especially the churros! Are they like a doughnut -pastry type thing? Looks like they may be squeezed out of something to form a long tube? in a circle??? I’ve heard of them but never seen (or had) any. Man, that would be just EXCELLENT with my breakfast and coffee right now!! (c:

    • Mark H says:

      Churros are the Spanish doughnuts typically piped through a tube and eaten for breakfast with coffee or hot chocolate. They tend to come in lengths rather than in circles.

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