Located in Andalucía in the south of Spain and part of the Costa del Sol, Málaga makes for a great summer destination. To North Americans, the weather in Southern Spain in the middle of April tends to feel more like the height of summer (we were really lucky and didn’t experience any rain). Spend your time on the beach, exploring the city center, and hiking up to the Alcazaba for panoramic views of the city and its impressive port.
We stayed about a 15 minute bus ride east of the city center in Pedregalejo. As we were visiting during Semana Sanata (Holy Week) this was ideal as we didn’t have to deal with the crowds during the daytime. This neighborhood was recommended to me by a local and has a great mixture of beaches and waterfront restaurants (as well as a great mixture of Spanish and non-Spanish tourists and residents).
Things to do and see:
- Malaga Cathedral – Also known as La Manquita (The One-Armed Lady) due to its unfinished south tower, this beautiful renaissance cathedral is one of the main focal points when viewing the city center from the Alcazaba.
- Alcazaba (citadel) – The Alcazaba is a palatial fortification located above the city and it is the best preserved of its kind in Spain. Built in the 11th century, a visit to The Alcazaba boasts a thorough history lesson (The Spanish took the citadel from the Moors during the siege of Malaga in 1487) and beautiful views of the city.
- Roman Theater – Located at the base of The Alcazaba, The Roman Theater is a great option if looking for something free to do in the city!
- Plaza de la Merced – A cute little plaza in the city center and home to Casa Natal de Picasso (Picasso’s Birthplace & Museum).
- The Sea Port – Malaga’s Sea Port is impressive and in recent years has been newly outfitted with shops and restaurants. Take a stroll through the diverse gardens all the way to La Farola (a uniquely female lighthouse).
- Hotel Malaga palazcio – The hotel has a rooftop terrace that looks out over the port and is not too outrageously priced.
- Calle Granada – One of the main arteries of Malaga’s city center, during the day this street is the perfect place for shopping and ice cream while at night it is alive with the buzz of those enjoying tapas and drinks.
After (or during) a night out on the town be sure to try a campero (a take on the panini) and/or the stuffed baked potatoes!