Malaga, a port city located in Andalusia, an autonomous community in southern Spain, is on the Costa del Sol coast of the Mediterranean. Due to its contiguousness to the Costa del Sol coast, Malaga is a large tourist destination. From Malaga, other popular Spanish cities such as Sevilla and Cordobe can be reached by car, bus or train.
The city offers several museums, streets on which visitors can shop, beaches, top-notch seafood restaurants and a busy nightlife.
As Malaga is the birthplace of the artist Pablo Picasso, a popular destination for visitors is Picasso’s birth house, located at the Plaza de la Merced 15. Currently, the home is the location of the Foundation Picasso. The actual Picasso museum, another favored destination, is found at the Palacio de Buenavista at Calle San Augustin.
One of the most prominent buildings in Malaga, the cathedral located at the plaza de la cathedral, is built on the location of a Malaga mosque. The building’s construction began in 1528 and halted in 1783 due to a lack of funds. It is still incomplete, earning the Spanish name “la manquite” (the missing). Visitors will notice the several different styles of architecture, due to several centuries of construction. This cathedral is considered one of the four most important cathedrals of its kind.
One of the nicest areas in Malaga, the harbor area offers a park and a pathway, which leads visitors from the plaza de marina to the city’s bullfighting arena. In addition, the harbor is near the base of the castle de Alcazaba. Alcazaba was completed in the 14th century and is largely destroyed, save some ruins in which two museums are located. The archeological museum displays discoveries from the greek and gotic centuries and the Museo de la Ceramica shows mainly pottery. Also within the confines of the castle, guests can find the old 1st-century Malagan Roman theatre.
West of Malaga’s cathedral is the city’s market area, with several small off-streets and footpaths. The market hall, which is just beyond an arresting marble door, is full of the goods Malaga has to offer. Flowers, fish, seafood and vegetables are all offered in the market hall, and just beyond the hall, there are several available bars and restaurants.
The La Concepción botanical gardens have something for any interested in botany and plantlife. Officially open to the public since 1994, the gardens have a tree and plant museum, thousands of birds in residence, 400 different types of tropical and subtropical plants and a panoramic view of the entire city at the end of the Canarian Palm Tree Walk. To make sure all visitors receive the most comprehensive information about the plant life, there is a tour of the gardens available, which is based on 34 categorized areas of interest. Each species of plant is labeled with a placard indicating name, species and origin, and throughout the tour, visitors will be able to view plants from all over the world, including Mexico, India, China, Japan, Java and Formosa