Malaga is said to have more museums than any other city in Andalucia. And ever since the opening of a major museum dedicated to Malaga-born Picasso, this lively port city has been enjoying something of a cultural renaissance, but it has long had much to offer.
The town beach is attractive, sandy and long, dotted with beach bars serving ‘traditional espeto' sardines cooked outdoors - delicious. Back in town, there are Moorish tearooms to linger in and numerous tapas bars to compare and contrast - some are the finest to be found in Andalucia.
The historical centre with its grand cathedral is rather fine too, a jumble of narrow streets and ochre buildings. At night, everything explodes into life for hours and hours - Malaga's great bars stay open long into the night. At the top of the hill overlooking it all as it has done for centuries, sits the Moorish castle of Gibralfaro, known for being besieged for three long and bloody months by the Catholic Monarchs Ferdinand and Isabella.