If you’re looking for a fun-filled holiday, Malaga is one destination I certainly recommend. By visiting this city in southern Spain, you’ll have ample opportunity to take in world-class landmarks and soak up a little Mediterranean sunshine.
Although there is lots to see and do (in fact, there’s something for people of all interests, ages and budgets), it can often be difficult to make an exact decision on where to go. To give you a helping hand in ensuring you aren’t too overwhelmed, however, I’ve come up with a list documenting the top five things that I think Malaga has to offer.
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One place that I recommend you visit is La Taperia Delicatessen. Situated in the heart of the city close to popular attractions such as the Arabic baths, this tapas bar has been serving fantastic food and drink for more than 20 years.
Known for its impeccable service and good-quality cuisine, La Taperia Delicatessen offers classic tapas fare, including fried camembert and crispy goats’ cheese served with orange marmalade. There are three kinds of salad to choose from, including Russian and tropical, though if you want to really savour local cuisine I recommend you go for the traditional Malaga salad.
Once you’ve eaten at La Taperia Delicatessen, I suggest you take a trip to the nearby Picasso Museum. While there are plenty of great museums in Malaga, I don’t think any can top this establishment. Indeed, it is situated in the house where the iconic artist was born in 1881, so it is the ideal destination to gain an insight into his life and work.
As you might expect, the museum contains a wide selection of the Spaniard’s work – though it focuses mainly on the pieces he created between 1931 and 1971. Paintings, ceramics and sketches are all presented here, with Suite de los Saltimbanquis (which translates as the ‘acrobat suite’ in English) among the items on show.
In addition to containing a great range of art, the museum also exhibits several of Picasso’s personal possessions (as well as those of his parents) and works by contemporary local painters, including Diego Santos.
Malaga is awash with beautiful buildings, but I reckon that the city’s cathedral is truly stunning. Considered to be one of the best examples of Renaissance-era architecture in Andalusia, the church dominates the skyline, despite it not actually being complete.
Although work on the structure started in the 16th century, its intended design has never been fully realised. In fact, it’s commonly known as La Manquita – or the ‘one-armed lady’ – in reference to the fact that the southern tower has not been built and the main facade is unfinished. That’s not to say it isn’t worth seeing, though, with the 17th century choir stalls and baroque-style interior decor noted as two of its most eye-catching features.
As is the case with many other resorts in the Costa del Sol, Malaga is blessed with plenty of beautiful beaches. Among the best, in my opinion, is El Dedo. Stretching some 550 m, this golden sand beach is a popular spot among families, with its calm waters providing ideal conditions for swimming.
El Dedo is easily accessible for people with disabilities, while a number of restaurants are located nearby, meaning you don’t have to travel too far to grab a bite to eat after a few hours spent soaking up the sun.
Best hidden gem
Last, but by no means least, I’m going to look at what I reckon is the city’s top hidden gem – the English Cemetery. As you might have guessed from its name, this 19th century graveyard was established to provide a resting place for Malaga’s community of British expats.
Upon its creation, it became the first cemetery for non-Roman Catholic Christians to be situated in mainland Spain and, over the following years, has seen people from all walks of life buried here. These including Finnish author Aarne Haapakoski, Spanish poet Jorge Guillen and soldiers who died fighting in the second world war.
The cemetery was also visited by Hans Christian Andersen – who wrote The Little Mermaid, among other fairytales – in 1862 and it is said to be the Danish author’s favourite spot in the city.
These are just five of the best things that Malaga has to offer; if you’re planning a trip to the city let us know what about it appeals to you the most.