Málaga has a diverse culture. One way to explore that culture is to visit some of the sights.
There are many sights in Málaga. Most of the sights are located in the historic center of Málaga and in the immediate vicinity of the port. Others are a little further from the center, but are quite easy to reach by bus, train or metro. Many of the sights of Malaga have to do with the long and turbulent history of the city. For example, there are many sights throughout the city that can be directly linked to Moorish or Roman rule.
The best way to get around Málaga to see most of the sights and museums is to use the "Hop-On-Hop-Off Málaga City-Sightseeing". This is a bus that runs a regular route with 14 different stops outside the most popular attractions in the city. In this way, you save a lot of time and effort, so that you have time to get everything you want. Included in the ticket is an audio guide in English and a free entrance ticket to the music museum.
Around the eleventh century, this fortress, with the Arabic name Alcazaba, was built in a strategic location in Málaga. Because it is located on the Gibralfaro hill, it rises above the rest of the village and you have an unobstructed view of the harbor. The Alcazaba fortress was mainly built to protect the palace located within the defensive walls of the Alcazaba. Audio guide is available.
The beautiful and elegant Málaga Cathedral was begun in the 17th century, but was not completed until the 19th century. Construction was constantly stopped due to financial resources. It eventually got the nickname of the lame lady 'La Manquita Catedral de Málaga'. Clear baroque and renaissance functions can be seen in the building. Especially the choir and the gothic altarpiece in the chapel of Santa Barbara attract a lot of attention.
El Teatro Romano was designed by Emperor Augustus in the year 100. It is the oldest monument in Málaga, located at the foot of the famous Alcazaba fortress. A visitor center (Centro de Interpretación) next to the amphitheater contains historical information about the site, a few archaeological finds unearthed from the site, and audiovisual exhibitions of the area's excavation and restoration.
Málaga's central market is named after the building it replaced, an old Moorish shipyard that stood here for hundreds of years until 1868 when it was renovated and turned into a market. Inside you will find a Pandora's box of local and traditional ingredients. The locals use the market as their grocery store, but the market is also very popular with tourists due to the unique atmosphere and all the visual impressions.
'Plaza de Toros La Malageuta' is Malaga's bullring. The arena is located just outside the historic center of the city near the port of Malaga. The bullfighting arena was built at the end of the 19th century and is still used for bullfighting to this day. In the 'Plaza de Toros La Malageuta' you can also find a museum dedicated to the famous bullfighter Antonio Ordonez. Click hereif you want to experience a match.
'Palacio Episcopal' with its colorful facades is one of the most iconic buildings in Málaga. The Bishop's Palace is located on the same square as Málaga Cathedral. The colorful baroque façade of the palace is one of the most photographed objects in the city. The inside of the former palace is perhaps even more beautiful than the facade. There are beautiful ceiling paintings, several exhibitions and an inner garden that is open to the public.
As a beautiful shady resting place in Málaga, we can highly recommend taking a walk through the Paseo de España. Another common name for this park which was opened in 1897 is Parque de Málaga. The many palm trees and other exotic plants provide plenty of shade and atmosphere. There are also various sculptures and monuments to visit in the park. In the Jardines de Pedro Luis Alonso you can admire a sculpture of Biznaguero, and on the playground they are a bronze donkey called Platero.
The largest shopping street in Málaga is without a doubt Calle Marqués de Larios. For some, it is better known as Calle Larios. The car-free street is located in the historic center of the city of Málaga. During periods of very hot summer days, Calle Marqués de Larios is covered with white cloths. This way, you still have some shade while shopping. Well-known chains in Calle Larios are Desigual, Mango and Zara.