Malaga in Andalucia, Spain is home to Museo Picasso’s art, a great Botanic Gardens, festivals including Semana Santa and the Feria de Malaga at Cortijo de Torres. Other highlights include the city beaches, such as the Playa de la Malagueta, La Mantiqua cathedral and the Palacio de Buenavista. Here are some Malaga travel facts – including bus tours – and Spain trivia that may be of interest to visitors.
Malaga, Spain: Museo Picasso art
The Museo Picasso Malaga, in the Palacio de Buenavista on Calle San Agustin, is full of paintings, sculptures, drawings and engravings by the great surrealist Spanish artist, Pablo Picasso. Highlights include portraits, such as Olga Kokhlova with Mantilla.
There are over 200 works by Picasso in the museum, which is housed in a restored 16th century palace.
Pablo Picasso was born in Malaga, but moved to northern Spain as a nine-year-old
Malaga, Spain: Botanic Gardens
The Jardin Botanico la Conception (Botanic Gardens) have a tropical theme to them, and contain more than 5,000 that should be found further south.
Malaga, Spain: Festivals such as Semana Santa and Feria de Malaga
Not really in keeping with the city’s usual attitude, Semana Santa in Malaga is a very solemn affair. The Easter event takes place from Palm Sunday to Good Friday, and involves over a hundred people carrying huge religious images called tronos through the city centre.
The Feria de Malaga, held in mid-to-late August, is a much more raucous affair. It lasts for nine days, and the best action happens at the fairgrounds at Cortijo de Torres, south of the city centre.
Malaga, Spain: City beaches
Malaga is known by many tourists as the gateway to the beaches of the Costa Del Sol, but there are some beaches closer to the city too. These include the Playa del Palo, Playa de Pedregalejo and Playa de la Malagueta.
Malaga, Spain: La Mantiqua Cathedral
Malaga’s cathedral dates back to the 16th century, although it is built on the site of a former mosque which dates back much further.
The cathedral is known as La Mantiqua (The One-Armed). This is because its planned southern tower was never completed.
A mixture of styles, La Mantiqua plays host to Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque architecture.
Malaga, Spain: Bus tours
Malaga is not a difficult city to explore under your own steam, but should you wish to be shown around by the experts, then the MalagaTour bus is probably a good option. It takes in the main sights for a reasonable rate, and is aimed at families.