Malaga is a briskly contemporary yet historic city that lies in the Province of Malaga, Spain, and is home to one of the major Spanish football clubs. If you’re planning to visit the city this summer, you have an array of beautiful tourist attractions to explore. From world-class museums to national parks to beautiful beaches, Malaga simply has something for everyone!
Getting around Malaga is fairly simple, they have a good public transport system and there’s plenty of places to rent a car. The main train station also has a regular service to all the surrounding areas, so it’s fairly easy to move up and down the coast.
Top things to do in Malaga
1. Visit the Museo Picasso
If you’re a history lover, a visit to Malaga would not be complete if you don’t explore the world famous Museo Picasso. The museum boasts a unique collection of an incredible 204 works, with 155 donated and the remainder loaned by Christine Ruiz-Picasso (the wife of Paul who’s the eldest son of Picasso, after whom the museum is named) and Bernard Ruiz-Picasso (Picasso’s grandson). It includes some stunning paintings of the renowned family, such as a heartfelt Paulo with a white cap (Paulo con gorro blanco), a portrait of Paul which was painted as far back as the 1920s. Make sure to tour the museum’s basement to see Islamic, Renaissance, Phoenician and Roman archaeological remains that were in discovered during the construction of the museum.
2.Explore the Fuente de Piedra Lagoon
Malaga boasts a wide selection of unique national parks which offer visitors pleasant views of the area’s fauna and flora. One such park is the Fuente de Piedra Lagoon which sits 19 Kms to the north of Malaga and is known for its wide variety of bird and being host to Spain’s biggest lagoon ( at 2.5 Km wide). On your tour of the park, you’ll get to see some of the 170 different bird species. The park’s lagoon has abundant aquatic fauna and boasts a huge flamingo population (in fact second after only the French) and is also the only area throughout Europe where the birds breed.
3. Go out swimming at the beach
During the afternoon, consider taking out the whole family to one of the popular beaches in Malaga. One is the Playa de la Malagueta, which sits just 10 minutes from the Paseo Pablo Picasso centre and is 1200 meters long. Boasting an award of the blue flag, the beach is always busy and is filled black sand. There are also restaurants & beach bars nearby where you can take lunch or a quick drink as you enjoy the water.
Another popular beach here is the Playa Las Acacias, which is always filled with sunbathers and swimmers, so make sure you get there early. The sand is grey and very fine, with facilities at the beach some of the best around. The 1200m long & 20m wide beach is divided into numerous sheltered sandy coves by rocky breakwaters.