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How to Get the Best of Spanish Culture in Málaga

Málaga is a popular tourist spot in Costa del Sol, a.k.a. Coast of the Sun. It is world-renowned for its beaches, golf courses and resorts so it’s no wonder it attracts around 12.5 million visitors a year! However, it’s more than just a seaside city and if you’re looking for a holiday that includes both beach and culture, Málaga is the place to be.

Here are some of the best places where you can experience Spanish culture in Málaga:

Visit During Their Famous Festivals

The city’s annual festivals are a great way to experience Andalusian culture. They have something going on during most months, such as the Málaga Carnival in February and March, Picasso Month in October and Verdiales Festival at the end of December.

At these festivals you can watch flamenco shows, sample sherry and watch traditional ‘murga’ (street bands) – all in the part of the country where they originated.

Head to Alcazaba

Málaga’s Alcazabalovely building to visit is a fortress palace located at the foot of the Gibralfaro Hill. Its impressive walls are visible from almost anywhere in the city and it’s well worth the visit to see it up-close thanks to its amazing history and beauty.

The fortress is beautifully-preserved and a valuable monument from the Islamic era. The Roman Theatre and Aduana Customs Building are both just yards away, allowing you o observe Roman, Arab and Renaissance culture in one very special corner of Málaga.

Shop at Ataranzas Food Market

This central market is a part of daily life in Málaga and locals love shopping from the fresh and reasonably-priced produce. Take a stroll around the many stalls that sell local honey, fruit and veg, meat (both raw and cured), cheese, fresh bread and local sherry.

You can also sample traditional tapas dishes with a cold glass of cruzcampo, or try out a cooking class. Even if you don’t buy anything, it’s a lovely building to visit, with an elegant iron and glass canopy, stained glass windows and stunning Mudéjar arches.

Explore Pablo Picasso’s Heritage

If you’re an art-lover, you can enjoy the presence that Picasso still has in the city. He was born there as Pablo Ruiz in 1881 and you can visit his birthplace and family home. Make sure you head to Museo Picasso Málaga, which has a large display of 285 pieces of his works, all of which were donated to the museum by members of Picasso’s family.

There are plenty of Málaga transfers available within Spain, making it an easy spot to visit from the UK.

Whether you’re spending a few days in the city as part of a bigger trip or your full holiday is in Málaga, you’ll have plenty to see and do. As well as the stunning beaches, you can get a real taste of Andalusian culture in Málaga – and with our top tips, you can get the most out of your Spanish break.