Fundación Picasso-Museo Casa Natal
A visit to Málaga wouldn't be complete without a peek inside this former home of quirky painter, Pablo Picasso. Displaying more than 200 paintings, ceramics, engravings and sculptures, this impressive museum is in the elegant Palacio de Buenavista. The house where he was born is nearby on Plaza de la Merced and is also open to the public. Temporary exhibitions run frequently and there is a bookshop and pleasant courtyard café.
Strategically situated in a king-of-the-world location amid landscaped gardens overlooking the sea and city, this fortress was built in the 11th century by Malaga’s Arab rulers. Inside is an archaeological museum bursting with Roman mosaics and Moorish ceramics. With its stone walls, archways, winding corridors, stunning rose gardens and trickling irrigation channels, it is one of Malaga’s most iconic sites.
Calle Marqués de Larios
Málaga’s main pedestrianised shopping street. Swish shops sell Spanish fashion brands, jewellery, books and all the knick-knackery you could wish for. Don’t miss colourful Atarazanas market located in a building once used by the Moors for repairing ships. This hive of activity and local banter sells cheese, vegetables, spices, fruit and fish.
Building started in the 16th century though one tower remains incomplete resulting in an odd lopsided effect. Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque architectural elements reflect the long period of construction. Inside are carved choir stalls, 18th-century organs and, for those who like statues, there are no less than 40 of them to ponder over.