A visit to the historic coastal town of Málaga should not be missed when you are holidaying at Holiday Mountain. The bustling city of Málaga has a lot to oﬀer for a day. In this article we would like to share the most beautiful sights of Málaga. Here we can describe things like tapas tours, wine tasting, exploring the old town, shopping and visiting the beach, but it is much more interesting to discover the real Málaga.
Botanical garden La Concepción in Malaga
If you drive from Holiday Mountain to Málaga (via the A-45) you cannot miss it: the impressive botanical garden La Concepción in Málaga. Here you can admire as many as 2,000 plants and trees, some of which are more than a hundred years old. The diverse flora includes palm trees, fruit trees, aquatic plants and cactuses that come from all over the world. In addition, the botanical garden is home to a large number of bird species. The section “Around the World in 80 Trees” shows the visitor a unique collection of trees and shrubs representative of the five continents. Given its location on the north side of Málaga, the botanical garden La Concepción is very suitable as a starting point for a day trip to Málaga.
Alcazaba – imagine yourself in Moorish and Roman spheres!
Alcazaba (meaning citadel in Arabic) is a palatial fortress at the foot of Gibralfaro Hill. It is often cited as one of the most iconic sights of Málaga and the best-preserved Moorish fortress palace in Spain. When the Alcazaba was built, it was one of the most important defensive buildings in Málaga. It was built at a time when the Arabs ruled southern Spain and Portugal. Málaga was an important city in Moorish Andalusia thanks to its coastal location and busy harbor. Discover the remains of the brick walls that cling to the hill and see the fortified gates adorned with columns. Stroll through the Arabian gardens with beautiful alleys full of bougainvillea, jasmine and honeysuckle and enjoy the beautiful view of the city and the harbor. Besides the fortress that houses several palaces and patios, you will also find the ruins of the Teatro Romano.
Visit the Picasso Museum Málaga.
Málaga is not only the birthplace of Pablo Ruiz Picasso, but also oﬀers a wonderful collection of his works. The Museo Picasso Málaga is located in the center of the old town, near the Plaza de la Merced, where Picasso was born. It shows a selection of Picasso’s work from the late 19th century until his death in 1973. The more than 200 works oﬀer a unique insight into his developing style and are complemented by constantly changing contemporary exhibitions. The Buenavista Palace itself, which houses the museum, is a wonderful example of Andalusian architecture.
A little piece of Paris in Andalusia
The Center Pompidou Málaga, housed in a large and colorful glass cube, is a little piece of Paris in Andalusia. The museum is the first of the Pompidou brand to open outside France and consists of three sections: one with a collection by Georges Pompidou National Center of Art and Culture featuring 20th and 21st century art, a second space dedicated to temporary exhibitions and a third with workshops for children. If you are in Malaga and you love art, Center Pompidou Málaga is a must.
Explore El Mercado Central de Atarazanas, the market of Málaga!
The central market in Málaga is one of the best locations in the city to experience local life. A visit to the market gives you a glimpse into the abundance of products that this region of Spain has to oﬀer. Nice detail: the central market halls were shipyards until the 14th century, after that the space was used for the storage of weapons and as a barracks and military hospital. Today it is home to one of the most vibrant and exciting environments in all of Málaga. The market includes hundreds of stalls selling fresh Spanish fruits and vegetables, fish, meat, cheese, olives, nuts and spices. The market can be overwhelming for a tourist at times, but don’t worry: there are plenty of small tapas stalls to grab a bite and a drink and enjoy the real life in Málaga. El Mercado Central de Atarazanas is located between the historic city center and the port of Málaga. The market is closed on Sundays.
Are you also coming to enjoy a holiday in Andalusia?
Andalusia is easily accessible by both car and plane. Various airlines fly to Málaga almost every day. If you come by car, take the exit A-45 towards Sevilla / Granada. Come and enjoy a holiday in Andalusia. We look forward to welcoming you at Holiday Mountain!