Looking down on Malaga from it's place high on a hill, Gibralfaro Castle is probably Malaga's most imposing attraction. This castle is located beside another of the city's famous places of interest, a Moorish fortress called the Alcazaba.
Malaga is world-renowned as the birthplace as Pablo Picasso. Many of the city's attractions share some link to this famous artist, who was one of Malaga's most well-known citizens. While here, you can visit Picasso's birthplace, as well as the huge museum in the city centre which houses a large number of his works of art.
Some museums in the city are free, with the Museum del Patrimonio Municipal and the CAC Malaga being two of the most popular ones. You can also walk through the beautiful Parque de Malaga and the impressive Santuario de le Virgen de la Victoria at no charge.
And you can't forget the beach. The sandy stretch in La Malagueta is probably the most popular, with beach bunnies and sun seekers heading there to enjoy the sun, sea and sand.
along Paseo del Parque, Malaga, Spain
Created towards the end of the 19th century, the Parque runs along Malaga's own Park Avenue, 'Paseo del Parque'. Filled with palm trees and exotic plants, some of which were brought here from as far away as Cuba, this city park also has lots of winding paths you can stroll along to take in the greenery. There are lots of benches too, along with play areas and a café.
C/ Alemania S/N, Malaga, Spain
The Centre for Contemporary Art in Malaga is well worth a visit. All of this museum's works of art are displayed in the large, open-plan exhibition hall in the ground floor. The exhibits change regularly and showcase some of the top names in modern art, both nationally and internationally.
Open Tues-Sun 10am-2pm & 5pm-9pm, closed Mondays; admission free.
Plaza Santuario S/N, Malaga, Spain
The Virgen de la Victoria church, not far from Plaza de la Merced, was built in 1487 and is one of the city's most impressive religious buildings. Huge paintings and other works of art can be seen all around the church. Notable features include the huge alter and the angels statues holding the light fixtures.
Open Tues-Sun 8am-1pm & 4pm-8pm; admission free.
Paseo de Reding 1, Malaga, Spain
From the ancient to the contemporary, Malaga's municipal heritage museum displays a selection of artefacts, painting, books and statues from the city's history. Some of Picasso's ceramic work is on show here. The three floors of exhibits give visitors a greater insight into the workings of this city, both past and present.
Open Tues-Sun, 10am-8pm, closed Mondays; admission free.
Muralla Plaza de la Marina s/n, Malaga, Spain
A visit to the Interactive Museum of Music is a fun way to spend some time in Malaga. You can try out a huge number of different instruments from violins to bongos, and much more. As well as the interactive aspect of the museum, you'll also find lots of video installations covering music and instruments from all over the world.
Open Mon-Fri 10am-2pm & 4pm-8pm, Sat/Sun 11am-3pm & 4.30pm-8.30pm.
Plaza de la Merced 15, Malaga, Spain
Just on Plaza de la Merced, the house where Picasso was born is now home to a foundation which studies his works of art. There's a museum open to the public over a couple of floors of the house, where you can see things like a replica of a studio room, family photos, ceramic works Pisacco created, and even some of this baby clothes. It's an interesting look at certain aspects of Picasso's work and family life.
Open Mon-Sun 9.30am-8pm; admission €1.00.
C/ Molina Lario 9, Malaga, Spain
The construction of Malaga's most important religious building began around 1528, and while it was originally going to be a Gothic cathedral, it's actually mostly in the Renaissance and Baroque styles. Inside you'll see some very impressive stained glass, as well as a lot of different religious artefacts. From the high domed ceiling to the statues and paintings at the various alters, this church is very ornate. There's a museum upstairs too, which showcases ancient books, crosses, chalices and more.
Open Mon-Fri 10am-6pm, Sat 10am-5pm, closed Sundays; admission €3.50.
Palacio de Buenavista, C/ San Agustin 8, Malaga, Spain
The work of Pablo Picasso, one of the world's most famous artists and one of Malaga's most prominent citizens, is celebrated throughout this large museum. All the different galleries are spread over two floors, constructed around an open courtyard. The galleries themselves feature white walls and lots of space between each exhibit. Paintings, drawings, sculptures and lithographs from all periods of Picasso's career are on how here. Overall, around 155 of Picasso's pieces can be seen here.
Open Tues-Thurs & Sun 10am-8pm, Fri/Sat 10am-9pm, closed Mondays.
C/ Alcazabilla 2, Malaga, Spain
The Alcazaba is a Moorish fortress dating back to the 11th century. Inside the fortifications, you can climb up onto the walls that look out over parts of the city. Attractive water features and beautiful landscape gardens are two more reasons why the Alcazaba is well worth a visit. Malaga's Archeological Museum is now housed here too.
Open Tues-Sun 9.30am-8pm, closed Mondays; admission €2.
Camino de Gibralfaro s/n, Malaga, Spain
Dating back to the 14th century, Gibralfaro Castle was built by Yusef the 1st. The castle ramparts are extremely impressive, looking out and down on the city of Malaga from a great height. You can take the bus up to the castle, but walking allows you to experience the amazing views on the way. The interpretative centre inside the castle walls is filled with historical displays, including weapons and armour.
Open Summer 9.30am-8pm, Winter 9.30am-6pm; admission €2.