Beyond the Beach: 5 Things to Do in Malaga

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There’s more to Malaga than just the beach! A popular tourist destination on the coast of southern Spain, Malaga is one of my favourite choices for a city break. Who doesn’t need a little fun and sun every once in a while?

I love the warm weather in Spain, but am not known to be the biggest beach fan. So, here are my top 5 things to do on your Malaga holiday beyond the beach!

Take a Walking Tour

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I can’t say enough about walking tours. They’re the best way to explore any city and get a bit of a sense of the culture you’ve just jumped into. When you’re somewhere for a short period of time, it’s easy to get caught up seeing a whole bunch of things you think are important. A walking tour will blend seeing the sights, hearing the stories and the history from a local, and help you to meet other travellers to mingle with afterward! Hostels are a great place to find relevant walking tours, but city tourism centres and their local websites will have that information as well.

Visit the Mercado Central de Atarazanas

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They don’t make them like this everywhere! Make sure you visit Malaga’s central market, the beautiful Mercado Central de Atarazanas. It’s a buzzing market, full of shoppers browsing aisles upon aisles of fresh fruit, vegetables, meat, and fish. Make sure you pick up a piece of fruit you’ve never seen before!

Tour the Alcazaba of Málaga

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You will have no doubt passed by this structure on your walking tour. This Moorish fortress dates back to the 11th century and overlooks the city. Marvel at the history sitting right in the middle of the city, and take some time to learn about an important part of Malaga’s past.

See a Football Match

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I won’t pretend to be a football expert, but seeing a match in Spain is something else. The passion for the sport in those stadiums is unreal. La Rosaleda Stadium is home to Malaga FC, the city’s local team, and if you’re there on a night they’re playing a home game, you won’t want to miss it!

Visit the Picasso Museum

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When Picasso died he asked for some of his work to be displayed in Malaga, the city where he was born. Now housed within the Palacio de Buenavista, the Museo Picasso Malaga is home to more than 200 pieces of the artist’s work. If you’re looking for something culturally relevant to Spain, and love art, you have to see this collection.

And many more! Make sure you put Malaga on your 2015 travel list.

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