Handpicked by a Malaga Local Expert, we bring you our guide to 'Top 5 Places To See in Malaga'.

La Alcazaba de Málaga

The Alcazaba fortress and palace is one of two stone castles that dominate the skyline of the old city. It's hard to miss connecting as it does with the Castillo del Gibralfaro, the main Moorish stronghold higher up, forming a stone fortification that stretches over a kilometre up the steep hill. In old Málaga the sea lapped at the walls of these castles and they were ideally placed to defend the...

Birthplace of Picasso Museum

Pablo Picasso was born in Malaga. It has taken until 2003 to fully honour his legacy and fame in his birth town and this small but interesting mini-museum doubles as offices for the foundation that carry on his work. The tall elegant house on the corner of the square is where he was born in 1881 and where he lived until 1884. It houses works and personal objects of the artist and his family, a spe...

Museo Picasso

The Picasso Museum of Malaga is the flagship of Málaga's cultural offering, and is a symbol of it's regeneration and outward-looking modern philosophy, part of a city whose culture and history make it one of Europe's premier destinations. It is a fitting renaissance for the city that gave birth to possibly the world's greatest and most influential artist, Pablo Picasso. He was born in the city on...

CAC Contemporary Art Museum

The superb modernist structure on the banks of the Rio Guadalmina on the edge of the historic old town is now the Centro de Arte Contemporaneo. Opened in 2003, it added, along with the Picasso Museum opened the same year an important capacity to the cultural offering of Malaga. Originally built as a wholesale market in 1927, the old function of the building can be clearly seen in its structure. In...

Mercado Central de Atarazanas

Málaga's central market is named after the building it replaced, an old Moorish shipyard that stood here for hundreds of years until renovated in 1868. The main entrance to the market hall is the original arch from that time, though much renovated. Inside you'll find a Pandora's Box of produce, most of it local and traditional. There are three main areas, those of meat, seafood and fresh produce....

Antigua Casa de Guardia

This extraordinary small bar with its old barrels and dense yeasty fruity aroma is Málaga's most iconic bar by a clear mile. Founded in 1840 by a leading winemaker and vintner, Don Jose de Guardia, they even received a royal warrant from Queen Isabel II to provide wines. Mr Guardia relinquished control of the bar in 1865, but all subsequent owners have respected the original name and indeed have ...

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