This charming seaside city is often overlooked as a cultural hub but it has a lot to offer the curious visitor. Besides popular beaches such as La Malagueta, it has two fascinating hilltop fortresses in the Alcazaba and Castle Gibralfaro that go back to the city’s Moorish days. Malaga is the birthplace of Picasso and it has several museums and galleries including the Museum of Glass and Crystal and the Museum of Popular Arts. Both of these give a flavour of how everyday life used to be.
If you’re into churches there’s plenty to explore including the Cathedral known as “La Manquita”. Enjoy a night of sizzling dance at the Kelipe Centre of Flamenco Arts, and chill out among the plantlife of La Concepcion Botanic Gardens. Ancient history is on view in the Roman Theatre and there’s great shopping opportunities at Atarazanas Market and the newly redeveloped port.