On the shores of the Mediterranean, in the middle of a bay surrounded by mountain ranges, the Andalusian city of Malaga boasts a spectacular location. Renowned for its excellent climate and proximity to the Costa del Sol beaches, the city is also the birthplace of Picasso and one of the oldest cities in Europe, founded by the Phoenicians in 8 BC.
Take one of our cheap flights to Malaga and discover a city where relaxation, history and culture live together in perfect harmony. Malaga is a real melting pot of cultures and houses Phoenician, Punic, Roman and Arab remains, making it one of the few cities in the world with such an extensive superposition of past civilisations’ footprints in such a confined urban area. Its old town is home to contrasting monuments, such as the Roman Theatre, the Alcazaba, the Cathedral and the Jewish Quarter. Some are situated on Mount Gibralfaro and its surrounding area, like the Muslim Castle, which was built on top of a Phoenician site by Yusuf I in the 14th century and today crowns the mountain. At the foothills of Gibralfaro, you will find the Alcazaba, a significant palatial fortification from the Muslim era. Further north on this hillside is the 1st century Roman Theatre, which dates back to the reign of Emperor Augustus. The Renaissance Cathedral of Malaga, with incorporates elements of Baroque architecture, the classical Baroque Episcopal Palace and the Neoclassical Aduana Palace complete the journey through time and styles that this city has to offer. Two of Malaga’s must-see places are Picasso’s Birth House and the Malaga Picasso Museum, which houses 285 works by the brilliant painter.
If you wish to partake in Malaga’s ‘good life’, be sure to have a glass of wine in the hundred-year-old Antigua Casa Guardia tavern, or visit the city between the second Friday of August and the Sunday of the following week, when they celebrate the Malaga Festival, their big summer event. By day, fireworks, horses, flamenco costumes, music and sweet wine fill the city, and by night, the Cortijo de Torres district is a hive of nocturnal activity, where visitors can immerse themselves in the true essence of an Andalusian party.
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