Malaga is the gateway to Costa del Sol. Last year, more than 16.6 million passengers passed through Malaga. However, for vast majority of them, the final destination was not Malaga but one of the beach resorts of Costa del Sol.
On its own Malaga at least deserves one full day. While beaches are principal attractions of all towns in Costa del Sol, Malaga also has its museums. In fact, Málaga has become a ‘City of Museums’ with more than 30 museums including the popular ones like Franxe’s Centre Pompidou museum, Thyssen Museum, Russian Art museum and the Automobile & Fashion Museum.
As a fitting tribute to Malaga’s most famous son, Picasso, Malaga has its own mile of art where impressive museums like the Pompidou, Picasso Museum and the Centre for Contemporary Art, and the Carmen Thyssen Museum.
A definite must-do at Malaga is to stroll along the Old town. The historic neighbourhood houses ancient monuments such as the Alcazaba, Cathedral and the Roman Theatre as well as the Picasso Museum. Arguably, the top sight at Malaga is the Alcazaba, built by the Hammudids in the 11th century. The Malaga’s Alcazaba is a Moorish architectural wonder that predates Granada’s Alhambra. The old town is also home to many small restaurants serving traditional Malaga cuisines such as fried fish and porra.
In all of Costa del Sol, Malaga offers the best accommodation options ranging from expensive hotels, budget hotels, hostels and short term vacation rentals. If you do not have access to a car, Malaga will be your option as a base to explore all of Costa del Sol.