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Things to Do in Malaga

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Malaga, commonly referred to as the 'heart' of the Costa del Sol, is a popular tourist destination in southern Spain. Its interesting culture and impressive city centre make it a highly visited destination for people of all ages, offering the perfect mix of traditional Spanish charm and modern class.

For a delve into its historic centre, you can visit the Alcazaba - a well-preserved, 11th-century Moorish fort - the Gibalfaro Castle or Malaga Cathedral, whose interior shows the carvings of celebrated Spanish sculptor Pedro de Mena. Malaga also boasts an impressive selection of museums, from the famous Picasso Museum to the new Carmen Thyssen Museum - and there is even a fancy wine museum - but Picasso is unsurprisingly the main tourist attraction here, with the official heritage site 'Casa Natal', Picasso's birthplace, situated in Plaza de la Merced just a short walk from the Picasso Museum.

Malaga Centre is also a shopper's paradise what with the enormous El Corte Ingles and the pedestrianised high street, known as 'Larios', which is lined with national and international shops including designer labels, international chains and classy boutiques.

You can also find plenty of top-classbars and restaurants that offer a range of Spanish and international delicacies and are always lively and full of atmosphere. Wandering down the typically Spanish narrow streets you'll find a choice of small cafes or tapas bars for a proper taste of Spain.

Malaga has a lively and vibrant night-life all around the city, from the main city centre down to the port. As a university city, you will find bustling bars and clubs filled with local students most nights of the week. There are also other bars specialising in things like salsa or jazz to cater for different tastes and moods.

The annual Malaga fair (Feria), held in August, is a festive celebration that fills the streets with fireworks, flamenco and fiestas. 'La Malagueta' is the impressive bullfighting arena that hosts a selection of fights as part of the celebrations at this time of year.

Other places of interest include Malaga's city park along 'Paseo el Parque' and, for football fans, Malaga Football Club's Rosaleda Stadium, which is easy to reach and holds its own museum too.

With such a vast selection of activities and vibrant atmosphere, it is no wonder that Malaga is such a popular destination among visitors to Andalucia.

Looking for a great place to stay? Check out our pick of the best hotels in Malaga.

For more information on the options for car hire at Malaga Airport with Espacar, please contact us via e-mail at info@espacar.es or call 952 792 935.

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