The rise of an underdog: Málaga
The short answer to why you should visit Málaga – the largest city along Spain’s southern Mediterranean coast – is simply because it’s a really happening place right now that offers a wide range of conveniently located attractions, including gorgeous nearby beaches and hiking trails, plenty of architectural sites, art museums, excellent shopping potential and both local and international cuisine.
While Málaga was once just a logistical formality in order to get to classic Costa del Sol destinations like Fuengirola, Torremolinos and Marbella, places that still after decades continue to attract millions of sun-hungry charter tourists from northern Europe with urban beaches and massive concrete hotel resorts, Málaga 2019 has become a singular destination in its own right.
For the last ten years or so, the hometown of painter Pablo Picasso, has gone through a metamorphic shift from grimy to chic with whole neighborhoods being cleaned up and mindfully restored. It’s a makeover that just wins you over.
The city’s historic district and SoHo neighborhood are among the most visit-worthy with a plethora of magnificent architecture, cozy plazas, lush parks, shopping promenades, dozens of galleries and an endless exhibit of creatively refreshing street art. Not to mention the abundance of cafés, restaurants and tapas bars found throughout the center of town.
Málaga’s is not only one of the oldest cities in Europe, in fact, it’s one the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world and dates back 2800 years!
So, it’s not very surprising that you’ll find both ruins of a small Roman theatre and the centuries old and still vibrantly lively Atarazanas Market right in the city center.
Down by Puerto de Málaga, the city’s bustling harbor district, is just a short walk from downtown and a great place to take an early evening stroll by the sea.
Málaga has pretty much everything you can expect from a Spanish city along Costa del Sol but with a level of finesse and inspiration that other cities in Andalusia simply lack. It’s not nearly as crowded or grungy as Barcelona. And because it’s just recently risen from its uninteresting past, this is the perfect time to visit. Oh, and the airport is really, really close :-)