Head to Malaga – Picasso’s home for the best food, sun and culture

Malaga locals have decided that the weather is on the beach now, and dozens of people have gathered along La Malagueta beach to soak up the winter sun.

No one dares to go to sea, but the sun is already out and the temperature in southern Spain is close to teens.

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There is more to Malaga than just accessibility.1 credit
The New Easyhotel Malaga City Center Makes Your Stay Worthwhile

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The new easyHotel Malaga City Center makes your stay worthwhile1 credit

Malaga is consistently one of the cheapest European cities with several airlines competing from regional airports.

And the new easyHotel Malaga City Center is also a great value stay, with bright, cheerful rooms and comfortable beds starting at just £35 a night.

However, there is more to Malaga than just accessibility.

The city is often considered the gateway to the Costa del Sol, but it is a lively place with great art in its own right.

There is the Pompidou Center, like in Paris, and the Russian Museum, like in St. Petersburg. But the starting point should be the Picasso Museum.

Pablo Picasso lived in Malaga until the age of ten. Even if you are not particularly passionate about his paintings, his life is fascinating.

As you walk through the museum, you will notice how easily he changed his style, becoming the most famous artist on Earth.

The museum is close to three other main attractions of Malaga – the Roman theater, the cathedral and the Alcazaba, an 11th century fortress.

The Roman theater at the foot of the hill of Gibralfaro was rediscovered in 1951 after having been buried for centuries.

The cathedral is a bit more intimate and features stellar stonework as well as a number of odd chapels. Some are restrained and solemn, while others shamelessly shine. But the highlight is the elaborately carved wooden choir stalls.

When it comes to the Alcazaba, part of the fun is getting there. Access is via an elevator that rises through the middle of the ancient hill. Obviously the lift is not original, as the citadel is almost 1000 years old.

The Alcazaba is a delightful labyrinth of space with walkways leading to courtyard gardens lined with orange trees. Once you’ve had your fill of historical sights, Malaga is a great city to explore.

Starting from La Malagueta, walk past the beach volleyball courts to the old lighthouse, which sits in the middle of a seriously renovated port area.

Here you will find great bars, restaurants and shops.

Near the port is Paseo del Parque, a magnificent park with a wonderful collection of palm trees. One from Madagascar, another from India, a third from Paraguay, a third from the Bahamas. And it goes on.

However, the best way to get to know the city is to explore its alleyways.

It seems purpose-built for grazing on the go, with hundreds of tapas bars and restaurants, some specializing in local wines, some Spanish craft beers, and others seafood.

If you haven’t traveled abroad since the start of the pandemic, Malaga before the summer fever is a very pleasant place to break that international travel duck.

The sights are not crowded, and the weather is perfect for the curious snooping around.

That it’s a cheap break is just the icing on the churro.

Malaga Seems Purpose-Built For Grazing On The Go, With Hundreds Of Tapas Bars And Restaurants.

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Malaga seems purpose-built for grazing on the go, with hundreds of tapas bars and restaurants.1 credit
Once You'Ve Had Your Fill Of Historical Sights, Malaga Is A Great City To Explore.

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Once you’ve had your fill of historical sights, Malaga is a great city to explore.1 credit
The Cathedral Is A Bit More Intimate And Features Stellar Stonework As Well As A Number Of Odd Chapels.

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The cathedral is a bit more intimate and features stellar stonework as well as a number of odd chapels.1 credit
Malaga Itself Is A Lively Place With Great Art.

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Malaga itself is a lively place with great art.1 credit

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