Sun, sea, beaches, a city with restaurants, theatres, lots of culture and a historic city centre. Malaga has it all, apart from skiing facilities, but even for that you only have to drive two hours by car to reach the most southern ski slopes of Europe on the Sierra Nevada in the province of Granada.
Say Malaga and most people will think of Pablo Picasso or Antonio Banderas, both born in this vibrant city at the Costa del Sol. That’s why the Picassomuseum is considered one of the highlights of the city. But this place has a lot more to offer that varies from the downright quirky to two thousand year old sites.
Below my personal five highlights:
1. The Gibralfaro & Alcazaba & Roman theatre
The best view of the city you will find on the top of Mount Gibralfaro. A strenuous climb up the hill will reward the visitor with a spectacular view over the harbour, the surrounding mountains and the historic centre.
The Alcazaba is a Moorish fortress with typical elements like fountains, patios, gardens and lookout towers. From the fortress descending to the city will lead through the ruins of the castle of Gibralfaro, at the bottom is the well preserved Roman theatre.
2. The British cemetery
The oldest non-Roman Catholic Christian cemetery on mainland Spain truly a landmark. Established in 1831 on the initiative of the British Consul in Malaga when he found out about the local custom of the Catholic citizens to bury Protestants at night in an upright position on the beach where the human remains where left to the mercy of wild dogs and the sea. Many of the graves are ruined by the ravages of time and overgrown with jasmine and bougainvillea. Enter at your own risk, it is worth it.
3. The marina (Muelle)
The modern harbour is a relatively recent addition to the city. This used to be a dreary place used for transhipment. Now it is transformed into an elegant complex with a marina, promenade, botanical gardens, a large shopping area and terraces with views of the Cathedral and the Alcazaba.
Probably the best restaurant in town is José Carlos García, it has a Michelin star. The eatery is located in the harbour at Muelle uno.
4. Botanical Garden
La Concepción is a 150 year old botanical garden founded in 1857 by the Marquis of Casa Loring. Over 1000 different species of plants and trees from around the world grow in the park.
A heaven of peace but still close to the hustle and bustle of the city.
5. Museo Automovilistico
The car museum in Malaga has an extraordinary collection of classic cars. This place is something special. The restyled building is a converted tobacco factory, the old-timers are pimped with Swarovski diamonds, painted in bright colours and other bells and whistles.
For fashionistas, there is a vintage fashion collection with pieces from Chanel, Dior, etc.
Stefania van Lieshout lived and worked most of her adult life overseas. She moved from her home country the Netherlands to the United Kingdom, subsequently the Middle East, Far East Asia and Russia working in Finance Management positions mostly in the Oil- & Gas industry before she decided to settle in Malaga (Spain) where she started her own company.
Tulipán Relocations offers a full range of relocation and immigration services to both corporate clients as well as individuals moving to Malaga and the Costa del Sol.
Furthermore she blogs in her native language (Dutch) about her travels in- and outside Spain on her personal website