From Picasso to Tarta Malagueña – Malaga’s Top 5 Cultural Attractions!

Everywhere you go, always take the weather with you – unless you’re from the British Isles, you would be unanimously hated. Anyway, you need not worry about disrupting the climate in the perpetually sunny port city of Malaga – residing in Spain’s Costa del Sol this vibrant little settlement is the birthplace of Picasso, langoustine gazpacho and some pretty darn impressive Moorish architecture. To help you get to grips with the plethora of activities on offer – here are our top five cultural destinations within this golden city.

 

Picasso Museum

 

 

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Regarded as one of the most influential artists of the 20th century, few would fail to recognise Pablo Picasso. His vibrant cubist pieces revolutionised the art world, particularly his redefinition of the human form. Like him or lump him, you’ve got to respect his worldwide notoriety. Originally from the port city of Malaga, this colourful city provides a perfect reflection of his primary palette – head to the Museo Picasso Malaga to get a beautiful insight into the city that inspired one of the artistic greats.

 

Alcazaba de Málaga: An Old Moorish Castle

 

 

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It’s hard to miss the grandiose castle teetering in the hilltops of Malaga – the Alcazaba was built by the Hammudid dynasty in the early 11th century to serve as a very swanky pad. Of clear Arabic influence, the perfectly symmetrical mosaics and impressive fountain clad courtyards are second to none. Keep an eye out for graceful multifoil arches and unbelievable ocean views. MTV – this a real crib!

 

La Concepcion Jardin Botanico

 

 

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A luscious and tropical addition to the sunny city of Malaga is the Jardin Botanico-Historico La Concepcion. This 23-hectare manicured garden is full to the brim with trees and plants from all corners of the globe. Waltz down the palm flanked sidewalks before marvelling at the plethora of gorgeous water features. A short cycle from the centre, bag up some gazpacho and spend the day dangling your toes into the frond fringed ponds.

 

Mercado de Atarazanas

 

 

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A true representation of 19th-century Malagan architecture with graceful arches and stained-glass windows, Mercado de Atarazanas is a place where locals and out-of-towners come together in blissful food based harmony.Drift through the canary yellow aisles, sampling the freshest of Spanish produce. Be sure to get your hands on some espeto (barbecued sardines), before polishing off a delicious slice of Tarta Malagueña, an authentic sweet treat made of apricots and fruity wine.

 

Centro de Arte Contemporáneo

 

 

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The Centre of Contemporary Art in Malaga is housed in a 1920s minimalist wholesale market. Upon entry, its high ceilings, cubic spaces and linear structure makes for a very satisfying curatorial display. With pieces and installations from the likes of Louise Bourgeois, Olafur Eliasson and Damien Hirst – it’s not only the setting that’s impressive. Enter for free and immerse yourself in international and local talent!

 

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