Malaga City
Axarquia, Costa del Sol, Andalucia, Spain


The map and key to facilities below are a guide to just some of the myriads of Malaga Citys cultural sites. This magnificent city is easy to explore on foot. For those living and holidaying on the Costa del Sol, who have yet to explore the ancient and modern magic of Malaga City, our hot tip is to drive to the port area and park in the underground carpark opposite. From here its just a short stroll to the pedestrian shopping centre, Roman Theatre, Arab fortresses, Picassos birthplace and museums, the Cathedral, port with floating disco/restaurant galleon, beaches, numerous wonderful bars and restaurants with multi-national cuisines, theatres, parks, bull ring and lots more. Once in town, to venture a little further, or uphill to the fortress of Gibralfaro, take a taxi (very cheap), bus or horse-drawn carriage.
 Malaga´s Fortresses Fortresses   Picasso´s Malaga Picassos Malaga   Arabic Malaga Arabic Malaga   Malaga´s Art Galleries & Museums Art Galleries   Malaga´s churches and cathedral Cathedral & Churches
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Malaga Northwest

Malaga Northeast

Malaga Southwest

Malaga Southeast

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Malaga Centre

Malaga´s FortressesMalaga´s Fortresses:

2) The Arab Fortress of Gibralfaro with its spectacular panoramic views over Malaga City. From here you can walk down to
1) The Alcazaba Fortress
then on to the Roman Theatre
Roman Theatre
and pedestrian city centre
Calle Larios

Picasso´s MalagaPicasso´s Malaga: Malaga City was the birthplace of one of the great geniuses of the 20th century. The influence of Pablo Ruiz Picasso
Pablo Picasso
pervades the city where you can visit:

1) The Colegio de San Rafael, the private school where Picasso attended from 6 years old.
2) The house Picasso was born in
Picasso´s birthplace
, in Plaza de la Merced, home to the Picasso Foundation.
3) The Santiago Church in Calle Granada where Picasso was christened. His parents and paternal grandparents were married here and his two sisters, Dolores and Concepcion, were also christened here.
4)The Picasso Museum, known as the Family Museum since the efforts of two of his heirs were crucial to its creation. 155 of the exhibits were donated by these two family members (including oil paintings, sculptures, engravings, sketches and ceramics). This museum covers all of Picasso´s styles and periods and boasts an area of more than 8,000m2 located in the heart of Malaga´s Jewish quarter, centred around the main 16th century building of Buenavista Palace.
5) The San Telmo School of Fine Arts, where Picasso´s father taught technical and decoraive drawing. Now home to Malaga´s Athenaeum.
6) The Institute of Secondary Education in Calla Gaona, where Picasso sat exams to gain entrance to La Coruna Institute.
7) La Malagueta Bullring
Malaga Bullring
which provided the young artist with one of the most common subjects of his early sketches and oil paintings and played a role in Picasso´s subsequent fascination with the world of bullfighting. Works such as The Yellow Picador (1889) and drawings of bullfighting scenes were inspired by this period in his life.
Arabic MalagaArabic Malaga: The Province and City of Malaga were host to Arabic domination, the coastal setting providing a privileged location for sea trade. The cultural heritage left behind by the Arabs remains rich and extensive. The Arabic legacy, responsible for new crops, farming techniques and irrigation systems, can also be witnessed in the multitude of Tearooms and Hammans (steam baths) so prevalent south of the Mediterranean in north Africa.
1) Teteria Zouk, Calle Garcia Briz 3, Malaga City
2) Teteria Al, Calle Alcazabilla 12, Malaga City
3) Teteria Alcazaba, Calle San Agustin 21, Malaga City
4) Teteria el Haren, Calle Andres Perez 3, Malaga City
5) Teteria Baraka, Calle Horno 10, Malaga City
6) La Teteria, Algarrobo Pueblo
7) El Hammam Bano Magico, Tomas de Cozar 13, Malaga City (tel +34 952 212 327). Website -
8) Marina de Nerja, Carretera Malaga-Almeria 289, Nerja (tel +34 952 527 113)
Or, taste whetted, you could wip across the Med to Morocco! Take a Ferry from Malaga City, Algeciras, Tarifa or Almeria.
Malaga´s Art Galleries & MuseumsMalaga´s Art Galleries: Across the length and breadth of Malaga Province, a wealth of Art and Cultural Centres are available to supplement and compliment the traditional 4S´s holidays. A mere few in Malaga City are:

1) The Museum of Contemporary Arts, Calle Alemania s/n (tel +34 952 120 055). More than 400 permanent exhibitions of contemporary, avant-garde works including paintings, sculptures and photographs from the 19th century. Some of the most important figures in the world of contemporary art have and do display their work here. One of the most visited museums in Europe!
2) the Museum of Popular Arts, Traditions and Costumes, Pasillo de Santa Isabel 10 (tel +34 952 217 137)
Opened in 1976 in the heart of Malaga City, this museum houses a collection of ethnographical exibits that depict the evolution of civilisation in Malaga Province.
3) Malaga Interactive Music Museum (MIMMA), Muralla Plaza de la Marina s/n (tel +34 952 210 440)
One of the finest exhibitions of this type anywhere in Europe. With more than 300 musical instruments spanning all eras, cultures and civilisations. What makes this centre VERY special is the ability to interact with most of the exhibits on show.
4) National Airport and Air Transport Museum
Airport and Air Transport Museum
, Malaga Airport (tel +34 952 048 176)
Housed inside and out of Malaga´s 1948 airport terminal, this venue has more than 3,000m2 home to items from all of Spain´s airports, centred on air travel, its history and evolution. An unusual, eye-catching exhibition which features fullscale aircraft and a retrospective look at the history of aeronautics.
5) Science Centre, Avenida Luis Bunuel 6, Malaga City (tel +3 952 070 481)
Science and technology are the absolute stars of this show! Vistors can carry out experiments in laboratoties and take an in-depth look at the Solar System in the Planetarium.
Malaga´s churches and cathedralMalaga´s Cathedral and Churches: The City of Malaga has an ecclesiastical heritage spanning centuries of architectural styles. We note just some that you will spot when wandering around the back streets and shopping centre.
1) The Cathedral
Malaga Cathedral
(tel 952 215 917)
Located in the historical and artistic centre within the confines of the Arabic wall that once stood here. Close to the city´s main park, it also has its own gardens and an orangery. Malaga´s cathedral is known locally as La Manquita (old one-armed) alluding to the fact that one of its towers is missing.
2) Iglesia de los Martires (1500-1800), next to a square with the same name.
The church owes its name to the wishes of the Catholic Monarchs, recognising the worship of two local martyrs, St Ciriaco and St Paula. The building is a fine example of Andalucian Baroque.
3) Iglesia San Felipe Neri (1700), Calle Cabello 20
This church was erected on the same site as a former chapel built by the Count of Buenvista.
4) Iglesia de San Pablo, Calle Trinidad 35
5) Iglesia de Santiago
Iglesia de Santiago
(1500-1700), Calle Granada
One of Malaga´s oldest churches, with a Mudejar tower and built on the site of a former mosque. The font in which Pablo Picasso was christened is preserved.
6) Iglesia de San Juan, Calle San Juan 3
7) Iglesia del Sagrario, Calle Santa Maria 22
8) Iglesia San Agustin
Iglesia San Agustin
(1600), Calle San Agustin 7
part of the former San Agustin Convent. The highlight of the interior are alternating arches and fluted Corinthian pilasters.
9) Iglesia Santo Domingo, Calle Cerrojo 1
10) Iglesia del Santo Cristo de la Salud (1600), Calle Compania 4
A fine example of Spanish Mannerist architecture and Malaga Baroque.
11) Santuario de la Victoria (1500-1700), Calle Plaza del Santuario (tel +34 952 252 647)
Inside there is an exquisite crypt which houses the tomb of the Count and Countess of Buenavista.
12) Abadia de Santa Ana (1600), Calle Cister / Pasaje de Santa Ana (tel +34 952 216 971)
The Santa Ana Abbey houses a religious art museum.
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