While the coronavirus pandemic may have laid a number of people’s travel plans to rest, for the time being, there’s no reason why you can’t start planning some of your post-COVID-19 adventures.
So, with this in mind, where else would you want to go after spending months on end in lockdown than somewhere sunny with a wealth of historical sights, landmarks, attractions, hiking trails and beaches to choose from?
Well, you will find all this and more in Málaga – one of Spain’s most popular and well-visited cities.
Located in the heart of the Costa del Sol, this Andalusian metropolis has over 3,000 years of history and – despite its well-known reputation – is actually one of the most underrated cities throughout the region.
We’re here to give Málaga the credit it deserves, highlighting some of the best things to do during a post-pandemic visit there – whether that be while looking to buy a property on the Costa del Sol or while popping over for a few days of post-pandemic relaxation. Let’s dive right in.
1. Alcazaba de Málaga
One of the best places to start your Málaga adventure is at the La Alcazaba de Málaga – a large eleventh-century palace which overlooks the city and its port.
You won’t want to rush your visit here either. Being a fortress, this landmark is rather spread out and is particularly well-known for its Roman architecture.
Oh, you’ll also want to make sure you have your camera with you here too – the city views from the top of the fortress are particularly spectacular.
2. Málaga Cathedral
No trip to Málaga would be complete without a visit to its cathedral.
Nicknamed the ‘one-armed lady’, the cathedral is famed for only having one completed tower and no roof, after its architects ran out of funds before construction could be completed.
Built all the way back in the eighteenth century, you’ll need your camera at the ready during your visit here as well; the Roman Catholic church is one of the most impressive cathedrals to visit in Europe let alone Southern Spain.
3. Museo del Vino
While the La Rioja and Ribera del Duero regions of Spain may be more well-recognised for their wine exports, the Málaga province also produces a large selection of fantastic wines.
To learn all about it, the Museo del Vino – or the Museum of Wine – offers a unique experience to uncover Málaga’s relatively unknown history of wine production.
Then, once you’ve discovered all about how the wine is produced in the region, you will have the opportunity to taste some of the city’s best offerings – Pedro Ximenez wines are a particular favourite.
4. Picasso Museum
The well-known artist Pablo Ruiz Picasso was one of Málaga’s most famous residents and, back in 2003, a small museum was opened in his honour.
However, if you’re expecting to find his most famous pieces here, I’m afraid you’ll be out of luck.
The museum, instead, showcases several of Picasso’s lesser-known works, allowing you to witness a selection of his earlier paintings and sculptures, and get a real picture of his influences while starting out as an artist.
5. Mercado de Atarazanas
The Mercado de Atarazanas is one of Málaga’s most well-known markets and is the ideal place to visit if you’re looking to make the most of Spain’s fantastic cuisine.
Formerly a shipyard, the market has been transformed over the years to now feature a variety of food stalls with vendors selling a range of produce – fish, cured meats, fruits, olives, cheese, and much more.
6. Calle Marqués de Larios
One of the most famous streets in Spain let alone Málaga, the Calle Marqués de Larios is a must-visit during any trip.
Featuring a huge selection of bespoke shops, cafes, bars and restaurants, the street can be found in the very heart of Málaga’s city centre – the ideal place to either get some retail therapy or sit back, relax and revel in the wonderful Spanish culture that surrounds you.
7. Visit Morocco
Malaga Airport is the main airport serving the entire Costa del Sol and flights depart from here to many destinations across Europe and also to Morocco.
Whilst in Malaga it’s quick and easy to get to the airport and visit another country. The opportunity to nip across to Africa is very tempting and good value too.
We would recommend visiting the beautiful and historic city of Marrakech and staying in a traditional Moroccon house, such as this riad with a plunge pool; a very desirable benefit when temperatures are typically over 40ºC in the summer!
So, there you have it – some of the best ways to spend your time during your trip to Málaga.
Whether you opt to spend two months, two weeks or only two days visiting the region, we promise you’ll have a plethora of things available to do, ready to make your Spanish adventure as magical and memorable as possible.
While it may be frustrating having to wait until the coronavirus restrictions are lifted, by preparing for your Málaga trip in advance, you will make life a lot easier for yourself when it comes to finally being able to go out and visit.