Malaga is known as the capital of the Costa del Sol. This Andalusian city on the shores of the Mediterranean has a fascinating cultural and historical heritage. Malaga, the birthplace of Picasso, has transformed itself in a spectacular city with new art galleries, a beautifully redone port area and miles of beautiful sandy beaches.
Best Of Malaga
After a sunny day at the Malagueta urban beach, Muelle 1, a sea-side promenade full of shops and restaurants is perfect for a sunset walk to La Farola, the lighthouse that is a symbol of the city.
The Cathedral of Malaga was built around 1530 on the remains of an early Almohad mosque. The structure has a Latin-cross plan and one tower and the choir is an excellent 17th-century Spanish Baroque example with 42 sculptures carried out by Pedro de Mena. There are also two organs that have over 4,000 pipes and are still in good working condition. One thing you should not miss is the rooftop tour. From the hand railed walkways you can see the tops of the domes that protect the roof, offering a magnificent view of the city.
Gibralfaro Castle sits on a hill overlooking Malaga city and it was built in the 14th century to house troops and protect the Alcazaba, a moorish palace built in 1050 AD. The tour of the Alcazaba and Gibralfaro usually starts at the Alcazaba where you can buy a ticket that gives entrance to both. The Alcazaba, although a little smaller, is as beautiful as the one in Granada, with formal gardens and water features that make it a really charming place. A zigzagging path will take you up to Gibralfaro Castle where you can enjoy a 360 degree panorama of the city and the bay. Tickets are 5,50 € but there is a free tour every Sunday at 2 pm.
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