As the New Year approaches, it’s time to start making resolutions and, at least, attempting to stick to them. Why not make 2018 the year of adventure?
Spend the next 12 months exploring cities you have never visited before and see sights you have always wanted to. There is no better place to start than the cosmopolitan Spanish city of Malaga. Perched on the glamorous Andalucían coastline this is a destination simply dripping in charm and somewhere artists, philosophers and the rich and famous can call home.
So you’ve picked Malaga for your next city break, what do you need to see and do? We’ve got the lowdown right here.
Visit the historical sites
Such is the majesty of Malaga, it can be a little difficult deciding where to go first. Let’s start with the city’s numerous historical sites.
Perched high up in the hills overlooking Malaga’s bustling port is the famous Alcazaba. Dating back to the 11th century, it has provided the focal point of the city for generations and has survived invasions and sieges. Today, you can venture to the summit and enjoy excellent views over the region and visit the adjoining Roman theatre.
Not far from the Alcazaba and the Castle of Gibralfaro is the visually stunning Cathedral of Malaga. This towering church has been a part of Malaga since 1782 and blends Renaissance and Gothic architecture and provides a nod to the city’s intrinsic link with art.
Become an art hipster
As a place that Pablo Picasso called home, it goes without saying that Malaga has a strong bond with the art world. See the work of the man himself at the Museo Picassco Malaga which ranges from his early work in the 19th century right up to the more modern pieces prior to his death in 1973.
Even the setting of the museum is a work of art, surrounded by beautiful Andalucían architecture. However, if abstract, modern art is more your bag then head to the port to marvel at the Centre Pompidou Malaga.
The most visionary artists of the 21st century have submitted work to this colourful building including the permanent exhibition of ‘Ghost’ by Kader Attia – an installation depicting rows of Muslim bowed in prayer and made entirely out of aluminium foil.
Devour the delicious food
Think Malaga, think tapas. The city rivals messrs Madrid and Barcelona when it comes to the wealth of cuisine you can sample. Taste freshly caught seafood, succulent meats and extravagant local specialities in some of the best restaurants Andalucia has to offer.
Swing by Maricuchi on Pedregalejo beach to taste the catch of the day with huge sharing platter of prawns and clams, indulge in cheap tapas eats at the Malaga staple of La Cosmopolita and try the legendary hot pork rolls at Meson Cortijo de Pepe. If you’re looking to broaden your gastronomic horizons then choose the award-winning Jose Carlos Garcia where you can enjoy tasting menu of Mediterranean fusion food.
Who needs to go to Barcelona or Madrid when you have perfection right here?
Sample the unique nightlife
Once you’ve chowed down on the food, you’re going to need something to wash it down with. Luckily, Malaga is home to one of the most vibrant nightlife in Spain with every taste catered for across the city.
Fan of live music? Well, whether it’s jazz, funk, soul, salsa or even punk you’ll find it at the legendary ZZ Pub. Looking for a bar with a view? Then head up to the top of Terraza Larios and drink cocktails while gazing over the city’s skyline. And you’ve not come all this way to not drink in Picasso’s favourite bar, so pay a visit to Antigua Casa Guardia – one of Malaga’s best loved spots since 1840 and serves the most delicious wine.
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