Monday, 11 February 2013

Mini Guide to Málaga

Málaga is one of the oldest cities in the world;
its culture and history date back to the Phoenicians in the eighth century BC. It is an elegant, vibrant and interesting city.

Málaga has been the home and birthplace of many famous people including Pablo Picasso and Antonio Banderas.

Picasso may have been born in Málaga but the art does not stop with him.

Carmen Thyssen Museum

The Collection is a rich and varied one. Old Masters combine with the principal genres within 19th-century Spanish painting, in particularly that produced in Andalusia. Romantic landscape painting, leads on to scenes of popular life in Andalusia with artisitc focus Spanish culture and customs
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Opening times: Tuesdays to Sundays, 10am to 8pm Closed on Mondays (except those falling on public holidays). The Museum is closed on 25 December and 1 January.

Permanent Collection General ticket: 6 € Reduced price ticket*: 3.50 €
Temporary exhibition General ticket: 4 € Reduced price ticket*: 2.50 €
Combined ticket for the Permanent Collection + temporary exhibition:
General ticket: 8 € Reduced price*: 4.50 €

Picasso Museum
Museo Picasso Málaga was created in response to Pablo Picasso’s own desire for his work to be present in the city where he was born on 25 October 1881. The museum covers eight decades of Picasso's works.

Opening times: Tuesday to Thursday: 10am to 8pm; Friday and Saturday: 10am to 9pm;
Sunday and public holidays: 10am to 8pm; Closed on Mondays*, 25th December and 1st January 24th and 31st December: 10am to 3pm

Admission fees: Permanent collection: €6.00; Temporary exhibitions: €4.50; 
Combined ticket: €9.00

Advance tickets, no need to queue, can be purchased through

Centro de Arte Contemporáneo (Contrmporary Art Museum)
The centre aims to promote and disseminate visual art from the 20th and 21st centuries. the Centre has been conceived of as a “House of Art”: it is dynamic and open to new trends and forms of expression in contemporary art.

Opening times: Winter - Tuesday to Sunday: from 10.00 to 20.00 h. Summer - Tuesday to Sunday from 10.00 to 14.00 and 17.00 to 21.00. Monday closed

Admission fees: Free entry



Known as the Cathedral of the Incarnation, the cathedral is located where the Mosque-Aljama stood during the eight centuries of Muslim rule.

Construction on the church started in the first half of the sixteenth century (1528), and continued until the 18th. It remained unfinished with only one tower completed which gives the cathedral its popular name, "The Manquita" - one-armed.

Opening Times: 10:00 - 18:00 Admission Fees: €5


The Alcazaba is a fortified palace which dates from the Muslim era. It is located in the foothills of Mount Gibralfaro and links to the Gibralfaro Castle on top of the hill by a rocky corridor called The Corach. Muslim art and gardens create a wonderful place to absorb Málaga's history.

The Alcazaba is also next to the Roman Theatre, the city park and opposite the port.

Opening Times: Summer - 09:30 - 20:00 Winter - 08:30 - 19:00  Admission fees: €1,95

Muelle Uno, Puerto de Málaga

Málaga's port area has undergone a renovation and offers bars and restaurants from which views of the city's skyline or the Mediterranean Sea are offered. Past the ferries and boats to the lighhouse the promenade continues round to the beaches.

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El Tapeo de Cervantes
Combining traditional tapas with new creative offerings this is the most popular restaurant in the city. A warm and welcoming atmosphere, excellent service and a superb range of wines and beers top off the experience.

Calle Cárcer, 8  Tel: 952 609458

El Pimpi
With typical malagueñan decor and a variety of rooms and terraces in which to eat and drink, El Pimpi offers the opportunity to enjoy local wines and fine food with views of the Roman Theatre and Alcazaba. Some of the barrels in the main restaurant are signed by famous people such as Picasso, Antonio Banderas and the Duchess of Alba.

Calle Granada, 62  Tel: 952 22 89 90

Chiringuito Tropicana
Situated on the beach this chiringuito offers freshly caught, freshly cooked seafood. Sardines are cooked in a sand-filled boat over the open fire. It may be plastic chairs and tables but the food more than makes up for it!

Playa de la Malagueta


Room Mate Hotel Larios
Situated in the heart of the city by the Plaza de la Constitucíon, and the beach only a 10 minute walk away, the Larios offers 40 rooms decorated in the Art Deco style. There is a roof terrace from which to enjoy cocktails.
Room prices start at around €85 for a double in the low season (room only).

Calle Marqués de Larios 2, Tel: 900 81 83 20

Barceló Málaga
Ideally situated by the train and bus stations for exploring further along the coast or inland Andalucía this hotel is of a high standard. The centre of Málaga is a 15 minute walk with restaurants, shopping and cultural activities.
Room prices start at around €99 for a double room in low season (room only).

Estación Vialia Maria Zambrano, Calle Héroes de Sostoa, 2, Tel: 952 04 74 94

Vincci Hotel
A modern, recently built hotel that is situated on the seafront and 10 minutes from the train station. 
Room prices start at around €73 euros for a double in the low season.

Calle Pacífico, 44  Tel: 952 17 50 60


Getting There
Málaga's airport is a short drive from the city and is serviced by a large number of airlines including Easyjet, Ryanair, British Airways and Vueling.

Taxis, buses and trains are available directly from the station into the centre of the city.

The train and bus stations are handily located next to each other and routes around Andalucía can be taken from there.

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