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The capital of the Costa del Sol.

Under the watchful eye of the Gibralfaro Castle this fun, busy city stretches out, full of beautiful areas such as the historical centre, the new port area and the promenades.

As the capital of the Costa del Sol, it is one of the most important tourist destinations in Spain thanks to its climate, beaches and wide selection of cultural attractions.

For over two millennia, past important civilisations such as the Phoenicians, Greeks, Carthaginians and Romans found Malaga to be a privileged spot to set up trade routes, thanks to the strategic location of the port.

What to see

  • The Alcazaba Citadel ( 8th-11th centuries) is one of the biggest Moorish forts in Andalusia, as well as being one of the city's hallmarks.
  • The Gibralfaro Castle ( 14th century) and the Alcazaba Citadel are linked by a wall and offer the best views over the city, opening out to the port and promenade. The Roman Theatre, bullring (known as La Malagueta) and the historical city centre extend out below the Gibralfaro.
  • The Cathedral is in the heart of the city ( 16th-18th centuries), also known as “La Manquita” for its unfinished right tower. The beautiful Renaissance church has an interesting set of chapels with fine examples of Andalusian religious imagery. Other churches worth a visit in the old town include Santiago ( 15th-18th centuries) with its Beautiful Mudejar tower, Los Mártires, the Sagrado Corazón and the Santo Cristo de la Salud.
  • Historical Malaga is home to many typical spots worth a visit. For example, the façade of the Town Hall, dating from the early 20th century, or the Plaza de la Merced, overlooked by the monument to Torrijos and where the Pablo Ruiz Picasso's birthplace is located. A tour of the old town must include the busy Pasaje de Chinitas, Calle Granada or Calle Larios streets - the main thoroughfare of the old town.
  • The city also has large green spaces such as the Park, the Gardens of Puerta Oscura and Pedro Luis Alonso, and the Historical Botanical Gardens of La Concepción.

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Malaga Museums

Head to Malaga and discover why it has become a mecca for art and culture, housing some of the most important and attractive museums in Spain. With a total of 36 museums, many are located in the two square kilometres of the old town, between the sea and the port.


Tourist Information Office

  • Paseo Antonio Machado, 12, 5ª Planta, torre B. 29061 - Málaga.
  • e-mail: Malaga Turismo

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