Who spends his holidays in the Costa del Sol and wants to savour a little more the Spanish way of life in the south and discover its history, culture and monuments can plan a day trip to Malaga, which is just a few minutes by car from Malaga airport, the capital of the province. Among the narrow streets of the old town and the nearby sea promenade there are many things to discover that will make you enjoy even more one of the most popular holiday destinations:
- The recently opened Thyssen Museum is the newest of the attractions in the city. The museum contains the art collection of the Baroness Thyssen adding to the wide and increasingly diverse cultural offer in Malaga. The Museum is located in the Palacio de Villalon, a restored 16th century noble palace in the centre of the capital.
- The other probably best known Museum is the Picasso Museum with a collection of over two hundred works installed in the Palacio de Buenavista that constitutes a tour through all stages of Picasso´s art. The route following the footsteps of the great painter born in Málaga includes as well his birth-house museum.
- Who wants to enjoy beautiful views over the city and the bay, plus take a close look at the old Arab fortresses, can visit Gibralfaro Castle and the Citadel situated on a hill top.
- At the foot of the Alcazaba,within walking distance, is situated the Roman theatre discovered in the 50´s the last century.
- If traveling with children, the Aquarium is a highly recommended visit; it is located in the port of Malaga, within walking distance of the Old Town.
- To enjoy a cold beer or a glass of wine with a delicious snack (Tapa) the best place is the historic centre of Malaga and the ancient fishing quarter, full of taverns, bars and fine restaurants.
- In the beach bars of La Malagueta, Pedregalejo and El Palo beaches are served sardines, fried fish and colorful salads accompanied by local wine; all of the above mentioned are definitely worth a try as Malaga gastronomy is famous for is fresh and tasty products.
- And talking about food… coffee belongs very much to the southern Spanish culture; being Malaga the leader with up to eight different ways of preparing coffee. Thus, at mid-morning or in the afternoon is the best moment to sit in a street terrace of Larios street, where is located of the most traditional establishments of the capital: the Café Central. Savour your coffee and some typical sweets and watch the people walking by.
- And what about the beaches in Malaga? The capital of the Costa del Sol has 14 km of coastline with a total of 16 beaches, most of them urban and very busy during the summer months. La Malagueta, Pedregalejo or San Andres are the most accessible ones, but there are also charming, hidden coves in rocky places, such as Baños del Carmen or Peñon del Cuervo.
- The Historical Botanical Garden La Conception is a tropical garden, one of the finest in Europe. It is located just five kilometers from Malaga city and we can reach easily with our Malaga car hire. Here we can admire pavilions, fountains and romantic houses from the late 19th century, in addition to providing a panoramic of the capital of the Costa del Sol.
As you see, there a quite a few nice options to spend a pleasant time in Malaga; the Costa del Sol has far more to offer than just fine beaches and 320 days of sun a year.