Malaga is not only a vibrant city located in Andalusia along the Costa del Sol, the Spanish coast is characterized by beautiful white sand beaches and intense nightlife, but also a place to see beautiful sights and attractions that testify to its long history.
This city, founded at the time of the phoenicians, and as Seville occupied by the arabs and then reconquered by the christians, it offers its visitors beautiful monuments such as the Cathedral of Nuestra Señora de la Encarnación or Manquita, as its construction was never finished, and theAlcazaba where you can relive in an atmosphere of arabesque and enjoy the beauty of lush gardens and courtyards, built in the moorish style.
Other must-see attractions of Malaga include the Gibralfaro Castle, which watches over the city, and from which, in the days, the sky is clear you can see, even the coast of Morocco and the Botanical Garden, La Concepciòn, which give a sort of tour of the world among the thousands of species of plants from all continents.
Also, if you like adventures with a high rate of adrenaline the Caminito del Rey, with catwalks of glass suspended can give unforgettable emotions.
Here, then, is what to see in Malaga a weekend and all the tips for planning your break:
- The Cathedral of Nuestra Señora de la Encarnación
- The Alcazaba
- The Castle of Gibralfaro
- The Botanical Garden, La Concepciòn
- The Caminito del Rey
- How to organize your trip to Malaga
1 – The Cathedral of Nuestra Señora de la Encarnación
Major attractions to see in Malaga there is the wonderful Cathedral of Nuestra Señora de la Encarnación, built on the ruins of an ancient mosque which is still visible today in the Patio de los Naranjos, a courtyard with citrus trees.
The construction of the Cathedral of Malaga took place in over two hundred years, from 1528 to 1783, but its façade has remained unfinished, and for that reason the citizens of this city affectionately refer to as la Manquita, or the lame.
This beautiful Cathedral is characterized by the harmonic presence of different architectural styles such as neo-gothic, late-gothic, neoclassical and baroque, beautiful side chapels filled with precious paintings and a bell tower almost 50 metres high from which you can admire a breathtaking panorama of the city.
- Useful information: for access to the Cathedral of Malaga it is necessary to pay an entrance ticket that gives access to the bell tower unless you pay a supplement. The council, therefore, is to specify at the time of purchase of the ticket that you want to climb, too, on the roof of the church.
2 – The Alcazaba
Another attraction to see in Malaga is the l‘Alcazaba , a fortress built between 1057 and 1063, during the period of the arab domination, a fortified structure probably of phoenician origin. This wonderful building, which represents a kind of miniature of the Alhambra in Granada is one of the most important evidences still visible of the arab period Malaga.
Crossing the Puerta de la Boveda , which represents the entrance of the Alcazaba is, therefore, possible to explore its beautiful gardens featuring fountains and lush plants, and reach the Palace Nazari where there are three beautiful courtyards.
From the Alcazaba you can also enjoy a fantastic view of the city.
- Useful information: for access to the Alcazaba of Málaga is necessary to pay an entrance ticket, to save money you can buy a cumulative ticket that includes, also, the access to the Castle of Gibralfaro. The Sunday after 14.00 the access to the Alcazaba is, instead, free of charge.
3 – The Castle of Gibralfaro
During a weekend in Malaga not to be missed is a visit to the Castle of Gibralfaro , which rises at the top of the homonymous hill, at an altitude of 130 metres, it offers a wonderful panorama on the city and the sea. From here on particularly clear days, you can catch a glimpse of Torremolinos, a popular seaside resort on the Costa del Sol, and even the strait of Gibraltar and the coasts of Morocco.
The Castle of Gibralfaro of Malaga is another fortress dating back to the arab period was built to protect the Alcazaba, which is, in fact, very close and thanks to its stateliness and to its particular structure characterized by the 2 walls was the last outpost of the arab of the city to be rinconquistato by christian troops.
Walking through the ruins of this fortress, the symbol of Malaga, it is possible to admire the grandeur of its walls, the lush mediterranean vegetation that grows in its gardens and the famous well of Airòn, having a depth of 40 metres.
- Useful information: access to the Gibralfaro Castle is free on Sunday after 14, while on other days of the week you need to pay an entrance ticket.
4 – The Botanical Garden, La Concepciòn
If you are fond of flowers, is an attraction to see in Malaga is the Botanical Garden, La Concepciòn, an incredible green oasis, considered one of the most beautiful gardens in Europe, which offers the possibility to admire more than 2,000 different species of plants coming from Europe, America, Asia, Africa and Oceania.
This garden, which covers an area of approximately 23 hectares was created at the end of the Nineteenth century by the Marquis of Casa Loring and then expanded in the following decades by its new owners, the Echevarria-Echevarrieta with the aim of creating a paradise on earth where you can walk among rare plants and flowers, hearing the gentle gush of fountains, and of streams that embellish it.
Within this garden, there are several collections of succulent plants, aquatic plants, fruit, insectivorous and the palm trees, the latter are present in approximately 90 different species.
A visit to the Botanical Garden, La Concepciòn is, therefore, an excellent opportunity to treat yourself to a sort of tour of the world through the discovery of many different plant species.
- Useful information: the Botanical Garden of The Conception of Malaga is open from April to September from 9.30 to 19.30, from October to march from 9.30 to 16.30. The entrance fee to the garden costs 5.20 euros and Sunday afternoons, access is free.
5 – The Caminito del Rey
A weekend in Malaga for lovers of trekking can be a great opportunity to discover the Caminito del Rey, a distance of approximately 8 km that until a few years ago was considered to be one of the paths the most dangerous in the world.
The Camminito del Rey, today made totally safe, gives you the thrill of walking on catwalks suspended in the air at a height of about 100 metres to admire the gorge of the Gaitanes, carved by the river Guadalhorce.
This trail begins in the municipalities of Ardales, or of Álora, located a few kilometers from Malaga, and crossing the bridge you can admire, in addition, numerous species of plants and some animals such as ibex, foxes, dormice and eagles real.
- Useful information: to access the Camminito del Rey it is necessary to pay an entrance fee and usually takes 4/5 hours.
Useful tips to plan a weekend in Malaga
Discover interesting information and tips to better organize your weekend in Malaga.
The climate of Malaga
The climate in Malaga is typically mediterranean, the winters are very mild and a little rainy and summers are hot.
During winter, the minimum amounted to about 7-10 degrees, and the maximum between 17 and 20 degrees, in summer, minimum temperatures of 20 degrees and maximum of 30.
The climate of Malaga is also characterized by a reduced rainfall while often the city is swept by the wind, a feature that makes the summer heat less oppressive.
The periods, however, best to treat yourself to a weekend in Malaga are the spring and the autumn, as you are sure to find the weather conditions best for a walk to discover the city.
What to eat in Malaga
The typical cuisine of Malaga is characterized by the presence of several fish-based dishes, among the dishes to be missed there are, therefore, l’espeto de sardinas , or the delicious skewers of sardines, particularly the salty and the pescaito frito, fried fish. Each of the local cuisine, this dish in different ways but, usually, there is never a shortage of the squid, octopus, shrimp and cuttlefish cut in strips.
Other typical dishes of the malagueña are the cold soups, such as the famous gazpacho made of tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, and onions or the salmorejo , prepared with stale bread, tomato, garlic, olive oil, salt, small pieces of ham and hard-boiled egg chopped.
Of course, during a weekend in Malaga you can not miss long-based aperitifs , tapas , both in their variation and cold, and then, prepared with salami, cheese, anchovies, olives, and salad is in the hot version with chicken, squids, octopus, potatoes, eggs and vegetables.
Where to eat in Malaga
For a quick break stop by atAntica Casa de Guardia , along the Alameda Principal, a bodega founded in the 1840’s that has seen among its famous patrons, even Picasso. Upon entering this wine shop you’ll feel like taking a trip back in time, and you can enjoy wine tasting accompanied by tapas of ham and iberian fish.
A restaurant of Malaga, perfect for relaxing evenings and dedicated to good cuisine is El Meson de Cervantes. In this cozy and simple you can, in fact, taste delicious typical dishes of the place, consigliatissime are the fish dishes.
Where to stay in Malaga
If you want to stay in a strategic area of Malaga to reach the main attractions of this town make a reservation at the Soho Boutique Malaga, a beautiful structure located at 500 mt. from the cathedral. This hotel offers modern and spacious rooms, some with terrace, a reception open 24 hours on 24 and bicycle and car rental.