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Malaga: Sun, Scenic Views, and More!

For our birthday week, we decided to soak up the sun in the enchanting city of Malaga, Spain. Now, Spain has always been a foodie's paradise, especially when it comes to the delightful world of tapas, not to mention the fantastic drinks and the glorious sunlight. But here's a little tip from our sun-kissed hearts: if you want a more comfortable experience, consider visiting in the winter or spring. Don't get us wrong, though—summer is a stunner in its own way too!

Now, let's dive into the must-do activities that made our Malaga getaway unforgettable:

Castillo de Gibralfaro:

Whether you Uber it, catch a bus, or prefer the scenic route by car, this castle is a showstopper. We went on Sunday during the free entrance window, and it seems like many other tourists had the same idea. Warning: there are stairs, but fear not, you can go at your own pace. Even when I was pregnant, I conquered the castle, ruins, and soaked in the breathtaking views. Plus, there's a cool museum inside to escape the heat. That provides you with information that is worth viewing and also if you are looking to quench your thirst. You can find a vending machine with water inside the room.

Malaga Cathedral:

A stroll from the city center takes you to this architectural marvel. The pricing varies based on your package preference—cathedral, cathedral + cathedral’s roof, or just the cathedral’s roof. We went all in for 15 euros per person. The cathedral itself is a feast for the eyes, with detailed sculptures and artwork in every nook. And if you dare to ascend to the roof, brace yourself for some stair-climbing cardio. The view from the roof of Malaga is magical as you can see each landmark special to Malaga. I would say that the stairs are worth it for the view and the guide allows you enough time to take pictures on the roof and to simply enjoy.

Alcazaba Teatro Romano:

Nestled in the historic center, a walk to this gem is highly recommended. There is a bus or a lift if the weather isn't cooperating (or in my case, I could not walk up the hill with the heat and my nausea so we took the lift). The lift can be found on the side across from he City Hall. Sundays offer free entry after 2:00 PM, and trust us, it's worth it. The courtyard, ponds, and gardens are a serene escape, offering a panoramic view of Malaga that's straight out of a dream.

Pompidou Centre:

Art enthusiasts, this one's for you or even if you do not enjoy art. Opened in 2015, this museum boasts works by legends like Marc Chagall, Francis Bacon, and Pablo Picasso. The immersive and interactive exhibits inside are a treat for the senses. Plan to spend at least an hour exploring the varied art, from paintings to sculptures. Pro tip: Check out the pamphlet for info on current and upcoming exhibits.

Port of Malaga:

For a stunning view, head to a castle, the cathedral rooftop, or any other rooftop in Malaga. The port's beauty is unmatched, with a glimpse of the Mediterranean coast and industrial charm. Fun fact: It's the oldest operated port in Spain and one of the oldest in the Mediterranean. We actually did not make it to the port but we had several opportunities to view it from the different places that we visit. Many highly recommend that you go and at least view the market to see what is being sold.

Playa la Malagueta:

The beach is a perfect spot to kick off or wind down your day. Locals and tourists alike flock here to cool off in the water, bask in the sun, or play in the sand. And when it's scorching hot, treat yourself to some refreshing ice cream from the nearby eateries.

Take a Day Trip:

Extend your Malaga adventure with day trips to nearby cities. We explored Nerja and Frigiliana, each offering its unique charm. Nerja's beach and lively center are a treat, while Frigiliana's white and blue clay buildings are a sight to behold. Get ready for some stair-climbing workouts, but the panoramic views are worth every step.

Remember, Malaga is not just about the landmarks; it's a canvas waiting for you to paint your own adventure. Whether you're a foodie, a coffee enthusiast, or an avid hiker, tailor your trip to your passions. Need more Malaga insights? Reach out anytime!

Last thing, we would like for you know that Malaga can be enjoyed by strolling around city center and trying different restuarants around the area. We did not fall short of finding great places to eat at while in Malaga. Checkout our next blog for food places in Malaga.


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