I say this every time I travel, but I could seriously move to Malaga…I mean for real for real! The atmosphere is very peaceful, and the city is rife with creatives and artists that just want to enjoy life. I am here for all of it!
I was there with my fiancee to attend a wedding, but in between events we tried to cram as much as we could into each day. There were a lot of good recommendations (thanks Pinterest) on things to do, and we wanted to see what there was to see!
1. Malaga Big Wheel – This attraction is a 229 ft-high ferris wheel located in Malaga port, near the city centre. It is known as Europe’s largest itinerant ferris wheel, and gives you insane views of the city and the Andalusian mountainside. They even stop at the top so you can take photos!
2. Castille de Gibralfaro – This is a sight you’re gonna have to work for! The castle sits on the top of a hill, that takes about 45 minutes to hike up. You can take sight seeing buses up instead, but the quiet walk through nature and the view on the way up were worth it to me. (And I felt like a ninja warrior after completing it!) The castle dates back to the 10th century, and has view of the city that are unmatched.
3. Catedral de Malaga – There are few things that make me speechless and this cathedral was one of them! I literally walked around inside with my mouth open, because there are no words for how gorgeous the structures are! It was constructed between 1528 and 1782 and has been impeccably maintained. Make this a first stop when you get into Malaga, you will not regret it!
4. Picasso Museum – It is a little known fact that Pablo Picasso was born in Malaga, but he is celebrated with pride there! You can see Picasso prints sold on the streets and in gift shops, but the museum is truly worth a visit. The building the museum sits in is also part of the charm. The Buenavista Palace was built in the 1500’s and has been maintained over the years to show off the unique architecture. Seeing Picasso’s works up close is definitely worth the trip, buy a print to take home!
5. Muelle Uno/Dos Port – Malaga is a port city, meaning it has direct access by cruise ships and yachts. With over 700,000 passengers arriving on Malaga’s shores from 220 different cruise liners, it is now one of the most important ports in Spain. Now open to the public, it has cafes, restaurants and bars that you can enjoy with a waterfront view! While there we took a boat ride from the port that lasted about 1.5 hours with gorgeous views of sunset! We then took a walk on the Palmeral de las Sorpresas which is lined with palm trees and a waterfront view. Both Muello Uno and Dos are located minutes from the center of the city, so you can walk into the action pretty quickly!