Spain is one of my favorite vacation spots in Europe. The mild climate, the easy access from the United States, the beautiful beaches, and the lifestyle are all contributing to unique experiences only found in this sunny Mediterranean country.
Sitting in the heart of the Costa del Sol, Malaga seeps Andalusian culture and charm at every corner and is home to some of the most historic monuments in Europe.
With more than 300 days of sunshine every year, you will enjoy lazing along Malaga’s beaches or simply strolling along the palm-lined promenades. Malaga owes its splendid weather to its setting- the Malaga mountains serve as protection from the cold while the Mediterranean Sea regulates temperature to ensure Malaga’s characteristically mild weather. After lying on the beach, try an Arab Bath. The Baths of Malaga are unique, powered by the energy of thermal water.
In my opinion, Spain is one of the world’s best countries for food. It’s home to an influential cuisine that’s given birth to globally appealing dishes. You will find food havens in Malaga featuring great traditional cuisine. Be sure to try the ‘pescaito frito’, an assortment of fried fish, or enjoy a sweetly-potent liqueur derived from the pomegranate fruit in one of the various bodegas around town.
It’s also a little-known fact that Malaga has a fantastic range of art galleries and a total of 40 museums, most of which can be found in the historic center. Amongst the most important, it is worth pointing out the Malaga Museum, the Picasso Museum, Jorge Rando Museum, and the Pompidou Museum. Take some time off from the hustle and bustle of the city and let your senses feel the blossoms of Malaga’s street art. You’ll find some of the best and most authentic murals around Europe, and Malaga offers a very cool graffiti scene for the ones who are curious enough.
Most points of interest are located in the city center, and easy to explore on foot. To visit those away from the town center you can purchase the Malaga Pass card valid for 24, 48, 72 hours, or a week. It gives free entrance to many museums and monuments and offers discounts at other establishments.
Andalusia’s cities have an amazing cultural heritage. Romans, Phoenicians, Visigoths, and Moors all passed through here at some stage in history. Several UNESCO heritage sites are located in the region and easily accessible from Malaga for a day trip.
For further information, please contact the Tourist Office of Spain www.spain.info
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