In Malaga nearly everything is within walking distance in or around the “Centro Antiguo”. Wherever you look, you are reminded of the city’s rich heritage – founded in 900 B.C. and forged by Phoenicians, Greeks, Carthaginians, Romans, Visigoths and Arabs.
Malaga’s most famous inhabitant, Pablo Picasso, was born at Plaza de la Merced in 1881. Picasso’s life and work is still present in most places and the citizens of Malaga are proud of their son. The opening of the Museo Picasso in 2003 was a hit and has made the city flourish culturally.
Next to the museum, the visitor can find both the Roman theatre, an Arab castle and, not far away, is the bull fighting ring. CAC, with its international contemporary art, is located on the other side of the old town. The Plaza Episcopal is adjacent to the Cathedral and has occasional exhibitions, often of high quality. Teatro Cervantes offers a wide range of concerts, dance and musicals.
This beautiful museum from the 16th-century is a must for all visitors to Malaga, young and old. Thanks to the grandmaster’s daughter-in-law, Christine, and grandchild Bernard, the museum boasts a collection of nearly 200 works of art. Just a stone’s throw away, at Plaza de la Merced, the house where Picasso was born, is also open to the public.
Museum of Glass and Crystal
The Museum of Glass and Crystal features a private collection of more than 3,000 pieces of glass. The pieces come from different epochs. Here you can also find pictures and furniture.
Bodega El Pimpi
You have not been to Malaga if you have not been to Pimpi, at least so it is said. Pimpi is the most typical place in the city with photos of celebrities, hundred-year old posters and wine barrels on the walls. Here you can drink wine from the province and eat tapas in historical surroundings.
Good to know
Buses from Malaga bus station at Paseo de los Tilos go to, for example, Marbella, Estepona, Granada, Córdoba and Seville. The train station is right next door. It is easiest to catch the suburban train which runs between Malaga and Fuengirola in the centre, subway next to the post office on Avenida Principal.
You can catch city buses on Alameda Principal or Paseo Parque. Tickets are purchased on the bus.