Malaga City Guide

Malaga City in Spain has been welcoming cultural tourists for a few years now, since the Picasso Museum opened its doors in 2003. What was once just a quiet town in the Mediterranean coastline a couple of decades back, now enjoys the same perks and attention that other cities in Andalusia have been capitalizing on for years. But setting aside the usual climate and environment that you’ll be able to experience in any other Spanish city, Malaga is different. Malaga is slowly taking a modern twist while still keeping its old heritage intact. Malaga is now ready to be explored for its art, architecture and soul. The best time to visit Malaga is during the summer months when sea breezes make their way to the inland to bring comfort to all those wanting escape the heat. The temperature is generally warm and comfortable, reminiscent of the perfect summer day. The winters can bring on the cold, fortunately not to the extremes since the Malaga Mountains create the perfect barrier against the frigid temperature. History and art is alive and well in Malaga with the many historical landmarks that you can trek to on your holiday. Just by observing the many landmarks that are scattered all over the city, you’ll be able get a clearer idea on their history and legacy. The Spanish tradition is very much evident, so as the Moorish influences that has become part of their landscape. Not to mention the scenic view of the seas that you can get a glimpse of once you climb up to the towers and forts of the Moorish castles overlooking the port. The Malaga center is not just a place to go to for a magnificent view, but it also has the quaint atmosphere of simple living that the locals regularly experience. There is so much shopping to be done here with the many local boutiques and designer labels to choose from. From traditional garb to handicrafts, and even religious items, many items can be readily bought from the shops at the commercial malls such as the El Corte Ingles. Just make sure to take note of the different shops’ operating hours as some still abide by the custom of closing up for afternoon siestas and Sundays. If you’re a religious type of person, then you should not dare miss visiting Malaga on an eater or Christmas one year. At the Plaza de la Constitución, you’ll be able to experience how Semana Santa (holy week) is celebrated by the locals, with processions and different forms of celebrations abound. The plaza is also the focal point for Christmas celebrations when a giant tree is erected and different Christmas decorations and ornaments deck all corners of the city. If you happen to arrive at a religious event, then consider yourself lucky as partaking in any event can be considered as a once in a lifetime experience. If you want to see the sights of the city, you can easily do so by getting on an official Malaga tour bus and enjoying the one hour bus tour of the different important parts for only 15 Euros a pop. What’s more, it also comes with a free bus ride to the premier botanical gardens so that you can have a relaxing good time after a tiring day of exploring Malaga.


Santiago de Compostela