Malaga is one of the larger cities of the famous Costa del Sol on the southern coast of Spain. This region on the shores of the Mediterranean Sea is blessed with year-round sunshine, hence its name the Sun Coast. The city has a history dating back 2,800 years, making it one of the oldest cities in Europe, and it is now the sixth-largest city in Spain. It is a destination that has always been full of energy, but over the years, this city has really come to life. While the history is still present, new art galleries and restaurants have turned it into the place to be for people of all ages.
When you arrive in Malaga, you are not going to know where to begin your adventures. While you may be tempted to hit the beach, we recommend a walking tour to see many of the historic sites. The Malaga Cathedral should be at the top of your list, despite the fact that it is still yet a work in progress. Add in stops at Alcazaba, the Gibralfaro Castle, and the Roman Theater and you will have a wealth of newly found information to share when you return home.
If that history is not enough, then you may want to consider doing a little museum hopping. The Picasso Museum is a must, because it is filled with more than two hundred pieces of his work. Out of the other twenty plus museums, past visitors have fallen in love with CAC Museum, the Pompdou Museum, and the Malaga Museum.
Exploring the region is easy thanks to the major trunk routes that head east and west along the coast and north from Malaga to the rest of cultural Andalusia and elsewhere in Spain. Cordoba is an easy two-hour drive to the east of Malaga and when you arrive, you should consider stopping at the Mosque-Cathedral, the Alcazar of the Christian Monarchs, and the Roman Bridge.
Marbella is not as far from Malaga and it is known for its charming qualities. The Puerto Banus beach is perfect if you want to spend a little time relaxing while watching the yachts out in the water. You can also shop in high-end stores, like Gucci, and wander through unique boutiques before grabbing a drink at a local coffee shop.
Back in Malaga, you may require a little downtime. The perfect location for this is the Botanical Garden, or La Conception. These gardens were designed back in 1855 and you will enjoy wandering around each individual section, including the one with eighty trees from around the world.
If you didnt make it to the beach during your stay, you simply must stop at Malagueta Beach for at least a few minutes before it is time to board your plane back home. A selfie with the infamous Malagueta sign and sinking your toes in the sand should be enough to make you say that you will be back again one day soon.
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