For many Malaga is merely the airport for holidays to the Costa Del Sol and holiday makers often fail to visit and explore the city.
The city is not only a paradise for sunseekers. It has lots of cultural attractions to offer too. Malaga has been occupied for millennia and has been an important centre for everyone from the Phoenicians to the Romans to the Moors. After the Moorish invasion in 711 AD, it was a major port in that empire and though it is centuries since the Moors lost out to the Christians, signs of this heritage can still be seen.
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One of the city's most famous landmarks is the Alcazaba an 11th century Moorish castle and fort located in the centre of the city. It's the best preserved building of its type in Spain and is certainly worth the walk up the hill. Don't forget to take plenty of water - those Spanish summers are scorching. When you reach the top you get a panoramic view of the city and the gardens - and you can even have a look at archaeological artefacts.
The Alcazaba also offers access to a location dating to an earlier period in the city's history - the Roman era. There is a Roman Theatre just below the Alcazaba and though partly ruined, it still retains some of its former grandeur. Sitting on the stone steps is a pleasant experience and you can find out more about its history via the attached exhibits and a short film.
Castillo de Gibralfaro
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If you're still thirsting for more Malaga city views, then consider visiting the Alcazaba's twin, the Castillo de Gibralfaro. It's a fair trek up the hill to find out more about the military history of the city and see more stunning views, but it might well be worth it. If you have to choose, the Alcazaba is slightly more accessible.
Malaga Cathedral is built on the ruins of a mosque. It's a beautiful Renaissance building constructed between 1528 and 1782. In fact, it's still not quite finished - part of the south tower was never completed. This is a majestic building with a baroque facade, well worth a trip if you're in the city centre.
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Finally, don't miss the chance to check out the birthplace of one of the best known artists of the 20th century - Pablo Picasso. You will get the chance to see some of his early work, then you can take a trip to the Picasso Museum to see his later work. A must-see if you're an art lover visiting Malaga.