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Posted 20 Sep, 2014 | 2 Comments
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The city of Malaga is located in the southern region of Andalucia, in Spain. This city has many cultural attractions, and a short ride away visitors will find several beach towns and resorts worth exploring.

Walk around the city center.

Visitors will be able to walk around the city center, which is filled with many historical buildings, cathedrals and museums. The Alcazaba fortress is located on Mount Gibralfaro. From this place visitors will be able to enjoy views towards the city of Malaga. The fortress was built on the remains of a Phoenician fort that protected the commercial port. It has more than a hundred towers, including the famous La Torre de la Vela. The fortress has its own main square, the Plaza de Armas, and several palaces.

The Gibralfaro Castle is another one of the city’s symbols. This castle was partially built by the Phoenicians. The castle is connected to the Alcazaba by a passage between two towers. The towers have views towards the city center.

Another one of the city’s symbols is the cathedral. The cathedral was built on the grounds of a mosque and has a baroque tower, Gothic foundations and Renaissance facades. There are many historical churches located near the city center, including the Gothic style Sagrario Church and the Santiago Church, built in the Moorish Mudejar style.

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The city has several ancient palaces, including the Palace of the Marqués de Valdeflores, which is decorated with Arab mosaics, and the Palacio Episcopal, located next to the cathedral.

Tour The Museums

The Picasso Museum is one of the city’s main museums. The painter Pablo Ruiz Picasso was born in this city, and his house has been transformed into a museums dedicated to the painter and his many masterpieces. This museum is located in the city center, in the Plaza de La Merced square.

Spend An Afternoon In A Theme Park

Near the city there are many theme parks and water parks. Tivoli World is located near Benalmadena. This amusement park has many attractions and roller coasters. The is a water park with several swimming pools and water rides located near the town of Mijas.

Visit The Nearby Towns

The nearby cities of Benalmádena and Fuengirola are beach resorts filled with hotels, pubs and seaside restaurants. Benalmádena has a castle and plenty of bars, pubs and restaurants. Fuengirola has several golden-sand beaches and is filled with clubs and shops. For a quiet village with beautiful scenery, check out Estepona and Ronda.

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El Embarcadero Benalmádena” by Bjørn via Wikimedia Commons.

Near the city visitors will find the traditional Andalusian pueblos blancos, white villages with cobbles streets and whitewashed houses. The traditional town of Nerja is one of these villages, known for its caves. These ancient caves have many stalactites and stalagmites, and are one of the must see natural landmarks in the region.

A short ride away from the city visitors will find the town of Marbella. This jetset town has many boutique stores, restaurants and yacht clubs. Some of the best hotels on the Costa del Sol are located here, and most have their own private pools. Visitors will be able to explore the town and its port, Puerto Banus, which is filled with yachts. There are several beaches in this town, including the El Faro sandy beach.

Enjoy The City

Malaga is a beautiful and enchanting place to visit, with rich history, delicious food and unique culture. Make your way there and use this guide to make the most of your visit.

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