Malaga Tours, Vacations Packages & Travel Experiences
Malaga is a city, port and vacation resort on the Mediterranean coast in Southern Spain and the gateway to not only the Costa del Sol but also Andalusia on Spain holidays. This vibrant cosmopolitan city is blessed with sunshine and an excellent quality of life. Malaga has a lively nightlife, museums and exceptional seafood restaurants all located along wide boulevards, swaying palm trees and beautiful beaches. The Moors occupied Malaga until the mid fifteenth Century, after which it became one of the most important merchant centres in the Iberian Peninsula.
This illustrious past has left its imprint on the historic centre of Malaga. The most significant testament to this is La Alcazaba, a fortress dating back to 1065 and now a fascinating archaeological museum. The nearby castle, rebuilt by the Moors and now a traditional Parador (state hotel) is also worth a visit if just for the breathtaking panoramic views. The beautiful park on Calle Alameda dates back to this era and has one of the most celebrated botanical collections in Europe. Open air concerts are held here every Sunday during winter. Malaga prides itself on being a modern city with Calle Larios being the heart of commerce and considered the local Bond Street/Fifth Avenue This is the ideal location to start exploring the city from as it is surrounded by attractive small streets and plazas as well as a magnificent renaissance cathedral while on a trip to Spain.
Pablo Picasso is the city’s most famous son and there are several galleries showing his work including the 16th century Museum of Fine Arts next to the Cathedral. Museo Picasso Malaga is a moving experience of Picasso’s lifetime of works and has become one of Malaga’s prime attractions. The museum is located in an old palace converted into an amazing art experience. The Museo Carmen Thyssen, and Art Gallery is made up of the Carmen Thyssen-Bornemisza Collection. This art gallery comprises some 2677 works from the collection and has a complete collection of different genres of Spanish Painters of the 19th century, an era defined chronologically between Francisco de Goya and Pablo Picasso giving particular emphasis to Andalusian art.
Malaga, as well as being a cultural capital, is a great place to eat out on a holiday in Spain. The Malaguenos love their food, and the bars and restaurants are where the real social life takes place. The choice is limitless. Tapas, small portions of many different dishes, are an Andalusian tradition and a wonderfully inexpensive way to try a variety of local foods.
The area boasts one of the highest concentrations of world class golf courses and is often nicknamed “The Costa del Golf”. Not too far away is Marbella’s Puerto Banus resort, both very trendy and chic. Nearby are the beautiful Alameda Gardens and just outside the city on the way to Antequera one can discover the extensive botanical collection of Jardines de la Concepcion.
Not very far north of Malaga on a trip to Spain are three very attractive and historic cities. One is Cordoba. The old town contains numerous architectural reminders of when it was the capital during the Roman Empire’s occupation. Also it has been estimated that in the 10th century Cordoba was the most populous city in the world. The historic centre has been named a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Seville is the capital of the Andalusia region with an enormous amount to offer the visitor. The large River Guadalquivir lies on the western side of the city centre and this beautiful expanse of water provides the perfect place for a stroll. There are also scenic boat trips that start from the Torre del Oro. Across the River Guadalquivir are various churches, monuments and neighbourhoods, all waiting to be discovered. Central Seville consists of an abundance of twisting streets and narrow lanes which add to the character of the city. Most public squares feel rather small and intimate. Grenada, while also a modern Christian town, is a Moorish town occupying Granada’s hills. It offers an intimate blend of art and history and has as its backdrop the snowy peaks of the Sierra Nevada. The Alhambra is without doubt one of the world’s most spellbinding sights. With its fascinating architecture, sumptuous gardens and delightful water features, the Alhambra is the embodiment of refinement. Both a fortress and a royal city, this architectural masterpiece is considered one of the most beautiful and best preserved Arab palaces ever built.
Consider an additional stopover to your Spain vacation at one of Goway's other European destinations. You can choose from a Paris vacation, a London vacation or an Amsterdam vacation. This can be done stopping over en route to or from Spain.
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