Soñando Sunday: Málaga
Transport options to arrive: Plane, Train, Bus or Car
- Málaga is home to one of Spain’s most popular airports (AGP) and so domestic flights are generally economical, as are all other transportation options
Recommended time of year to visit and length of visit: Year-round, perhaps a nice escape from colder weather in other locations during May or October (when the temperatures still tend to be nice enough to visit the beach!)
Fun Fact: Málaga is known by most for its beach—but it has history too! Aside from its famous Moorish and Roman ruins, Málaga is also the hometown of world-renown painter Pablo Picasso and the Hollywood star Antonio Banderas!
Top Three Must-sees:
1. Alcazaba and Castillo de Gibralfaro: Dating back to the eleventh century, the fortress and castle that stand out prominently in the Málaga skyline are not to be missed! Start out exploring the alcazaba (fortress) than trek the winding upward path to the castillo. Don’t forget to stop at the look-out point for an amazing view of the port and city. FREE entrance Sundays after 4pm
2. Muelle Uno and La Malagueta: Málaga’s port is home to Muelle Uno (Pier One), which is full of options when it comes to boating, entertainment, and fine dining. Continue along to the other side of La Farola (the famous lighthouse) to discover Málaga’s most popular beach, La Malagueta. Teeming with tourists, it is not necessarily the most relaxing beach, but it is sure to provide hours of sun and entertainment.
3. Plaza de la Merced: Perhaps not a main sight you’ll find in the guidebooks, Plaza de la Merced is a happening square full of fun bars and restaurants that serve food throughout the day. The area is a favorite for young artists and creators as Picasso’s childhood home is located in the northwest corner. The mercado has been recently renovated from its traditional layout into a more modern meet-up place that serves wine, craft beer, and tasty food into the night hours.
One thing to drink: When in Málaga one simply must try the sweet Málaga virgen wine and there’s no better place to have it than the famous El Pimpi restaurant. With its lively Andalusian atmosphere, decorations, and perfect location you are sure to enjoy this restaurant and bodega. While you’re at it, consider trying the Cartojal as well—it’s the official drink of the Málaga feria.