Visit Málaga and the Costa del Sol
Founded by Phoenicians in the 8th century BC, Malaga is one of the oldest European cities and was the first industrial city in Spain in the 19th century.
Surrounded between sea and mountains, its strategic location on the mouth of the Gualdalmedina river, on the Mediterranean and facing Morocco, makes it a commercial port and an essential stopover for cruise passengers and embarkations to the Maghreb. As for its international airport, it receives most of the planes landing in Andalusia.
Known since the 70’s as the last stop on the Costa del Sol road, Málaga has long been regarded as a city of passage and is undergoing profound change. Cinemas, exhibition halls, numerous cafés, restaurants and discotheques enliven the streets of the old centre and its nightlife.
Dominated by the Alcazaba, an ancient restored Muslim citadel, Malaga is also the birthplace of Picasso. Inaugurated in 2003, the museum opened in homage to the great master was the most visited museum in Andalusia from the first year of its opening.
With its many other museums scattered throughout the city, its buildings and gardens, a walk on the harbour, a mild Mediterranean climate and nearby beaches, and sunshine, Malaga remains a key destination on the Andalusian coast.
Monuments of Malaga
A city of art steeped in history, Málaga offers different places and ancient buildings to visit to discover this rich architectural and artistic past.
Alcazaba of Malaga
Built in the 11th century on the ruins of a Roman fortress during the reign of Badis Ben Habus, Berber king of the Taifa of Granada, the Alcazaba of Malaga is one of the most visited emblematic and historical monuments of the city.
Conceived to protect the city from the Christian kingdoms, it was also used as a residence for the governor of the city then after the Reconquista for several Catholic kings.
Composed of several walls and dominating the city and the Mediterranean from its hillside, it is connected by a long corridor protected by walls called “La Colacha” to the Gibralfaro Castle, built by Yusuf 1st to 14th century. The Alcazaba is situated on a site with numerous gardens planted with trees. Below, the remains of a Roman theatre are still visible.
Opening hours: open daily from 9:30 am to 8 pm, 8:30 am to 7 pm in winter.
Access: Calle Alcazilla, 2
Admission: 2.25 € (visit to the Roman theatre included), reduced to 0.30 € for students, retired children and supporters of the Málaga Citycard.
Visit Alcazaba and castle: 3,55 €. Free for all Sundays until 2 pm.
The Cathedral of Malaga
Affectionately nicknamed’ La Manquita’, the penguin because it is equipped with only one tower instead of the two planned, the Cathedral of the Incarnation has been erected on the remains of an ancient mosque of which there is only the Patio de los Naranjos, the garden of orange trees.
Its construction, begun on the orders of the Catholic Kings in the first half of the 16th century on plans by Diego de Siloé, was completed in the 18th century. Of renaissance and baroque influence, it has three naves and its unfinished south tower unbalances its facade, prompting a debate on the usefulness of completing its work.
Access: Calle Molina Larion, 9.
Opening hours: from 10 am to 6 pm Monday to Friday, until 5 pm on Saturdays. Open on Sundays for Masses and afternoons from 2 pm to 6 pm. Admission, including the museum of the cathedral: 5 €, 2 € in reduced rate.
Visit the Museums of Malaga
PICASSO MÁLAGA MUSEUM
This museum, the fourth in the world to be dedicated to Pablo Picasso, is housed in the Palacio de Buenavista, a sumptuous 16th century palace nestled in the heart of the old city of Malaga.
Sketch, engraving, sculpture, ceramics, painting, all the materials used for his prolific work are presented in an exhibition from the early 1920s to the 1970s.
The works proposed in the permanent exhibition, about 200, partly from the private family collection, offer a more intimate aspect of the grand master.
Temporary exhibitions, renewed every three months, or thematic exhibitions around Picasso and contemporary art are exhibited in adjoining rooms.
Access: Palacio de Buenavista. Calle San Augustín, 8.
Timetables: checkout closes 30 minutes before closing.
March – June: daily from 10 am to 7 pm. July – August: every day from 10 am to 8 pm.
September – October: daily from 10 am to 7 pm. November – February: daily from 10 am to 6 pm. Holy Week: every day from 10 am to 8 pm. Christmas: December 24 and 31 and January 5: from 10 am to 3 pm.
Closed on 25th December, 1st and 6th January.
Admission: 7 €, price reduced to 5 €.
MUSEUM OF HOLY WEEK
This didactic museum retraces what can be seen during Holy Week in Malaga. You can admire various objects in gold and silver, clothes or see different videos of the procession.
The Holy Week Museum is located in the former Hospital of San Julián, with a splendid patio built in 1699.
Access: Calle Muro de San Julián, 2.
Opening hours: Monday to Friday from 10 am to 2 pm and then from 4 pm to 6 pm on Saturdays from 10 am to 3 pm Closed on Sundays. Admission: 3 €. Children from 7 to 12 years old and retired: 2 €.
BIRTHPLACE OF PABLO PICASSO
Classified Historical and artistic monument of national interest in 1983, the house where Pablo Picasso was born on October 25,1881 at the N° 15 Plaza de Merced has been converted into a museum.
The Picasso Foundation has three exhibition rooms in which the painter’s life, means of expression and work are studied. Temporary exhibitions of contemporary artists from Malaga are also on display in this building as part of an architectural complex called Casas de Campos.
Access: Plaza de Merced, 15.
Opening hours: every day except public holidays from 9:30 am to 8 pm. Admission: Birthplace with audio guide only: 2 €. With temporary exhibition: 3 €.
POMPIDOU CENTRE OF MALAGA
The first extension of the Centre Pompidou outside France, the’ Cubo’ was created by Daniel Buren to house the new Centre Pompidou.
A half-buried rectangle surmounted by a multicoloured cube with a surface area of 6,000 m², it includes a vast 2,000 m² exhibition room in which a permanent exhibition from the Parisian museum allows visitors to admire about 80 works by great masters such as Picasso, Giacometti, Magritte, Brancusi, Chagall and others.
This permanent exhibition, to which two or three temporary exhibitions are added during the year, has five themes: metamorphoses, the body in pieces, the political body, self-portraits and men without a face.
Access: Pasaje Doctor Carillo Casaux. Muelle Uno, Puerto de Málaga.
Opening hours: every day except Monday from 9:30 am to 8:30 pm and from June 15 to September 15 from 11 am to 10 pm.
Admission for permanent exhibition: 7 € – 4 € in reduced price.
Temporary exhibition admission: 4 € – 2,50 € in reduced price.
Access to the 2 exhibitions: 9 € – 5,50 € in reduced rate.
MÁLAGA CONTEMPORARY ART CENTRE
Combining private enterprise and public service within the Municipality of Málaga, the Contemporary Art Centre is dedicated to the dissemination of visual and visual arts over a period from the last third of the 20th century to the present day.
The “Cac” is located in an old wholesale market, a historic building on the left bank of the mouth of the Guadalmedina River, a place that was once the border of the Muslim medina.
Inaugurated in 2003, it is characterized by its dynamism and the importance it attaches to the reflection, pedagogy and dissemination of contemporary art. This cultural space also has a bookstore and a café.
Access: Calle Alemania.
Winter hours: Tuesday to Sunday from 10 am to 8 pm.
Summer hours. June 21 – September 6: Tuesday to Sunday from 10 am to 2 pm and 5 pm to 9 pm. Free admission.
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