Malaga is a birthplace of Pablo Picasso, and it enjoys an average of about 300 days of sunshine throughout the year. The capital of the province of the same name impresses with diverse cuisine, a festive celebration of Catholic holidays and numerous clubs, where you can dance the night away.
Adherents of Mediterranean cuisine will lose many opportunities to taste delicious dishes, if they would not visit Malaga while in Spain. It’s the second largest city of Andalusia, one of the most important fishing ports of the country, as well as a popular seaside resort on Costa del Sol. Mild climate of the region allows for the cultivation of bananas, figs and oranges. Inhabitants also grow grapes from which they produce popular sweet wine Malaga.
The magic of Malaga’s cuisine
The only downside of holidays in Malaga is the possibility of losing the sense of time in one of the many restaurants, and gaining a few extra pounds. Enthusiasts of seafood will be absolutely delighted. Among the must-try dishes we can mention pescaito frito, which is a dish consisting of pieces of fish and seafood coated in flour and fried in deep oil, a salad of bitter orange or gaspacho. The aroma of grilled fish will attract us to the promenade of Juan Sebastian Alcano, and the whole row of restaurants serve up crabs, shrimps, anchovies and octopuses.
Many claim that dishes are not eaten, but celebrated in this magical city. Here, people treat dining with a great importance, moreover, they are very religious - hence the images of the saints in pubs and restaurants. If you come here during Semana Santa (The Holy Week), you will witness a very pompous spectacle. During this time, the streets are flooded with kilometers of processions and few-kilometer long platforms with statues of Christ and the Virgin Mary. They similarly celebrate Easter, New Year and Epiphany.
Attractions of the city of Picasso
Malaga is a birthplace of Antonio Banderas and Pablo Picasso. While the first can be found in one of the few restaurants that he owns, whereas the second can be found in the Buenavista Palace, in the Picasso Museum. It’s located in a magnificent building, whose roof and doors are made with extreme precision. The controversy of this Spanish Cubist survived in his works, and today you can admire them both in the museum and in his family house by the Merced Square.
Another attraction is Alcazaba, a fortress constituting one of the largest Muslim military buildings preserved in Spain. It proudly crowns the hill, from which extends a panoramic view of the entire city. It houses a museum of archeology, while at its foot you can find the ruins of the theater founded in the time of Augustus Caesar.
Citadel is linked with the former residence of the Arab emirs - the Gibralfaro castle. With good visibility you can see the Atlas Mountains and Gibraltar from the top. The powder magazine houses an exhibition in which visitors can look at the uniforms and weapons of the troops during the XVI-XX.
Concerts, festivals and squares
On Calle Marqués de Larios you can lose a fortune on shopping – it’s one of the 50 most expensive places in Europe. In turn, in the historic part of town, on Mercado de Atarazanas, you will buy a whole bunch of local products, including sweets. At Plaza de la Constitucion are held performances and concerts. The relative peace can be found in the city center in the Parque de Málaga (Parque de la Alameda). The park tempts with beauty and fragrance of about 2000 species of flowers and trees, but also with amazing sculptures standing between lanes.
The province is so full of colors and fragrances that it's worth stay a little bit longer. Approx. 14 km south of Malaga is located Camping Torremolinos, a perfect place for motorhome’s owners. The accommodation for an adult costs 9.65 euros, while the position for the vehicle - 11.15 euros. After a rest, you can move to explore Torremolinos - a bit quieter than crowded Málaga, but having quite a lot to offer.