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About Malaga

A day tour of Malaga – A brilliant city in every sense!

With over 3000 years of history, Malaga is one of the most internationally renowned cultural destinations. To make the most of your free time we have put together some suggestions of how to spend a day in Malaga. Birthplace of artists such as Picasso, you can enjoy the beauty of the art on display in the numerous museums and admire the heritage from the Phoenicians, Romans and Arabs. Take time to sample the exquisite and varied gastronomy in the numerous bars.

A day tour of Malaga would start from the emblematic street Calle Larios, an important shopping area of Malaga, where the best designer shops are located, until you arrive at Plaza de la Constitution: the heart of the city´s old quarter. From there you can go west, along Calle Compañía to the Palace of Villalón (16th century), home of the Carmen Thyssen Museum Malaga. Now head East, and take Calle Santa María which brings you directly to the Cathedral. In front of the Cathedral is Plaza del Obispo and the Episcopal Palace (1762), a beautiful example of the baroque architecture of Malaga.

In Calle Cister, behind the Cathedral, you come out onto Calle Alcazabilla and find: The Alcazaba which, along with the Castle of Gibralfaro, is one of the city´s most important monuments. The Alcazaba is adjoined to the castle of Gibralfaro by a steep mountain pathway. The easiest way to access this fortress is by means of public transport, taking bus number 35 from Paseo del Parque. Next stop is the Roman Theatre, situated in Calle Alcazabilla at the foot of the Alcazaba. Now it´s time to take a break and try the varied, rich local gastronomy in one of the many establishments which are to be found in the old quarter of Malaga. You can then head north up Calle Alcazabilla, arriving at Plaza de la Merced where you enter into the Picasso route of Malaga including the Picasso Foundation and the Birthplace Museum, where original works of Pablo Ruiz Picasso are on display.

From Plaza de la Merced, you walk into Calle Granada, at the entrance of which the church of Santiago is found and where Picasso was christened.

Around 200 metres away and to the left, you arrive at the narrow street of Calle San Agustín where the Palace of Buenavista is located, home of the Picasso Museum Malaga. You come back to your starting point, Plaza de la Constitution and walk down Calle Larios again, which will be buzzing with commercial activity. Arriving at Plaza de la Marina you move West on the left side of the Paseo del Parque. This path connects the old quarter with the East side of the city and the seafront. It holds emblematic buildings such as the Aduana Palace (Customs Palace) location of Malaga’s Museum which holds the provincial collections of Archaeology and Fine Arts. Within the Park you can also find the former Post Office building of NeoMudéjar style (1923), current Rector’s Office of the University, the Bank of Spain of Neo-classic style (1933-36) and the City Council of Neo-baroque style (1911-19).

You then cross the Paseo del Parque and enter the Paseo de la Farola which comes out onto your next stop: The Lighthouse (1817), a quintessential symbol of the city of Malaga. From La Farola, you will enjoy breathtaking views of Málaga’s seaport and the city, to whose historical centre we will come back through the Muelle 1 (dock one), where Centre Pompidou Málaga is located as well as many shops, bars and restaurants. You continue your pleasant walk around Muelle 2, extension of Muelle 1, turned into a Boulevard and named El Palmeral de las Sorpresas (The Palm Grove of Surprises). This path will bring you back to your starting point filled with unique experiences. Enjoy!