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Malaga is one of the most touristic cities in Spain. Not only that, it is also one of the oldest in Europe. But… Why is it so famous?

Well, despite being a city popularly known for the sun, the beach, Malaga’s gastronomyThe historic center of Malaga, the monuments and culture, is one of the main charms of this city. For this reason, we present some of the best plans and places to visit.


Visiting the historic center of Malaga

The historic center of this city has a lot of history. It is an area made up of pedestrian streets, so you can walk all over the center.

Strolling through the old part of the city will not leave you indifferent, this area offers many possibilities. Among them leisure activities, cultural visits, restaurants, stores, flamenco shows, monuments, museums… It is a perfect area to learn a little more about the past and history of this city. Its antique but colorful decoration and architecture will leave you totally amazed.


Larios Street

This street is the most popular and the central axis of the historic center. It is also where there is more social, commercial and economic activity, and a meeting point for many. If you like shopping, you can’t miss it, as it is full of fashion and boutiques. In addition, during the hottest months of the year and with more tourism, this street is filled with color and music.


The citadel

The Alcazaba is a Muslim fortress from the 11th century. It is the most visited monument in Malaga and one of the best preserved buildings in the city. It is located on Alcazabilla Street, above the Roman theater of Malaga.

It is considered the little sister of the Alhambra in Granada, because it also has a small palace in the upper area. In addition, in its gardens and courtyards, you will feel like you are in medieval times.


Gibralfaro Castle

This castle provides one of the best views of the city and the sea. Along with the Alcazaba, it is one of the best preserved monuments of defensive architecture in Spain. From the center of Malaga you can take 30 minutes walking. If you don’t want to walk too far, the best way to get to Gibralfaro Castle is by bus.


The cathedral of Malaga

The Cathedral of Malaga, Nuestra Señora de la Encarnación is another of the monuments that can be found in the historic center of Malaga. It is a Renaissance cathedral and is located next to the AC Malaga Palacios hotel.

This cathedral was left unfinished, one of its towers is missing. For this reason, it is also known as “la Manquita”. If you are going to visit the cathedral, don’t forget to go to one of its roofs, from where you can enjoy incredible views of the city.


Picasso Museum Malaga

Malaga has a wide range of museums, one of the most famous and visited is the “Museo Picasso Malaga”. In it, you can find a complete collection of the artist.

There are only three Picasso museums in the world, so this is a must-see if you visit the city. It is the most visited museum in Andalusia. It is located on San Agustin street, a few meters from the main entrance of the “Bodegas el Pimpi” and the cathedral.


Atarazanas Market

This historic market, located in the center of the city, is known for its wide range of stalls and stands. It is very typical to taste some tapas in the bars located at the gates of the market. Besides being very economical, they are also delicious… You can’t leave without trying them!


Going out for tapas in the historic center of Malaga

You can’t leave Malaga without tasting their tapas. Malaga is one of the best cities in Spain for tapas, so it is a very typical gastronomic plan.

The good weather is the reason why in Malaga there is always an atmosphere in its terraces, you can enjoy them at any time of the year.

The most popular areas for tapas are Calle Bolsa, Plaza de la Judería, Plaza de la Constitución and Plaza de la Merced. All of them offer a large number of bars, cafes, restaurants and terraces where you can go for tapas or go out for a drink.


Flamenco Show

You already know everything you can see and do in the historic center of Malaga. However, Andalusia is also well known for its flamenco culture. If you come to Malaga and you would like to see a Flamenco show, we have a very interesting proposal for you.

At Alegría, Flamenco y Gastronomía you will be able to enjoy every day incredible flamenco shows created by some of the best singers and dancers of today. In addition, it is only a 15-minute walk from the historic center, the best plan to do after visiting the center. Do you want to experience flamenco at its best? If so, we are waiting for you at C. Velez Malaga, 6, Malaga-East.

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