Malaga’s modern and overdeveloped neighbour of the Costa del Sol could not differ more greatly from a historic and atmospheric city that exudes an air of Mediterranean majesty. With its port-side swagger, gastronomic sophistication and rich architectural appeal, Malaga is sure to surmount the expectations of every traveller. After the sun sets, Malaga bursts into life like a supernoval, imploring visitors to enjoy the effervescent and energetic scene; sample tantalising tapas in one of the city’s authentic taverns, sip fruity sangria in a bustling bar and dance till dawn in one of the impeccably chic clubs.
Malaga’s eclectic skyline reflect the architectural and artistic diversity of this static city; a vertiginous vantage point from which panoramic vistas can be enjoyed in the Castillo de Gibralfaro, a flagrant fortress that echoes Malaga’s Islamic and illustrious past. Ascend the scenic Paseo Don Juan de Temboury to reach this legendary landmark and be sure to peruse the captivating collections of the castle military museum.
Malaga boasts one of Spain’s most significant artistic collections that pays homage to the country’s most renowned export. The Museo Picasso has a stunning selection of 204 works by prominent painter Pablo Picasso, many of which offer a rare insight into his personality. Portraits of his family compliment abstract aesthetics while alluring archaeological excavations are stored in the basement.
Occupying an outstanding location in Malaga’s quaint cathedral quarters, El Refectorium is a refined restaurant that emphasises the rich and robust flavours of traditional Spanish tapas. Signature specialities include roasted cod with chickpeas and Iberian ham croquettes, dishes which are sure to delight and dazzle. (Calle Postigo de los Abades 4, 29015 Málaga, Spain)