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All About Málaga
Located in Andalusia on the Costa del Sol, Málaga is Spain’s busiest port city, boasting iconic museums, gorgeous Mediterranean beaches, and a popular film festival that has transformed the city into a cultural hotspot. As one of the oldest cities in Spain, Málaga’s cobblestone streets in its historic center are wonderful to explore. Discover tapas bars and restaurants, eclectic shops and cafés, and even a Moorish-style traditional hammam spa. There’s a modern, edgy side to Málaga in the Soho arts district, home to funky bars and innovative street murals. Visitors flock here to enjoy Málaga’s dark sand beaches and cool blue waters; rent a beach chair and dine at a seaside café for the optimal Costa del Sol experience.
You’ll find the Museo Picasso Málaga here as the city is the birthplace of the legendary Spanish artist. The space houses more than 200 of his artworks. You’ll also find museums of contemporary artists, automobiles, and ethnography here, as well as a museum of glass and crystal.
The best time to stay in a vacation rental in Málaga
Thanks to its Mediterranean climate, there’s no bad time to rent an apartment in Málaga. Because the coastline of Andalusia is protected by mountains, the area has its own microclimate. If you love the beach and the sun, the summer months of June through August are the most desirable, as the temperatures are balmy and enjoyable. There are also some popular events here too, including the week-long Málaga Fair in August, with live music, fireworks, and a funfair. Fall brings cooler yet moderate temperatures. In September, the Luna Mora Festival, celebrates Andalusian culture and food. Winter temperatures in Málaga are cool and brisk, so don’t forget to pack warm layers. In February, the entire city comes out to celebrate Carnival. Spring offers warmer temperatures, and April sees La Semana Santa (Holy Week), celebrated with a number of elaborate religious processions throughout the city.
Top things to do in Málaga
This Roman Catholic cathedral was constructed between 1528 and 1782 but never completed. The second tower on this imposing Renaissance and baroque-style cathedral was never built, leading to it often being referenced as the “one-armed lady.” You can go inside and explore the lavishly decorated building’s 131-foot ceiling and two organs with more than 4,000 pipes.
Centre Pompidou Málaga
Málaga is packed with cultural venues. An offshoot of the famous Pompidou Center in Paris, Centre Pompidou Málaga opened in 2015. Located in the port and housed under an enormous colorful glass cube, the museum features works and rotating exhibitions drawn from the Pompidou’s modern and contemporary art collections.
Castillo de Gibralfaro
This giant 14th-century castle sprawls across the hillside over Málaga, offering panoramic views over the city. You can take a bus or hike up the winding path to the castle, where you can walk around the ramparts. Inside, explore several courtyards and buildings, including a mini military room.