48 Hours in Malaga, Spain

Often overlooked as an airport gateway to the Costa del Sol, Malaga is much more than a city to travel through. This port city has a culturally rich city centre, some serious art credentials, and posh accommodations. If you find yourself here, don’t miss these favorites!

Explore the Architecture

Alcazaba, Malaga
Photo Courtesy of Turismo de Almeria

Malaga is one of the oldest cities in the world, with architecture to show for it. A Gothic cathedral and narrow pedestrian streets surround the recently restored city centre. Meander the streets to find old shops, as well as contemporary boutiques. Don’t leave without visiting Alcazaba, a palace fortress that dates back to the 11th century Moorish period. Located near the Roman amphitheater, opt to climb a path surrounded by lush greenery, bougainvillea and jasmine bushes.

Visit the Museums

Centre Pompidou Malaga
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This city’s “mile of art” is comparable to that of Madrid. It all began with the Museo Picasso Malaga. The famous artist was born in Malaga and a collection of 204 works, donated or loaned by the family, now resides in the museum. Spend your day viewing unique sculptures, oils, sketches and engravings. You can’t miss the Centre Pompidou Malaga, the Iberian branch of the Parisian Museum of Modern Art. The huge cube structure made of multicolor glass houses 20th century art.

Stay at a Rooftop Hotel

Hotel Molina Lario, Malaga
Photo Courtesy of Hotel Molina Lario

With only a night or two to visit the city, Molina Lario is the place to stay. This 4-star hotel is located in the centre of Malaga, opposite of the cathedral and a short distance from the port, Museo Picasso Malaga and the pedestrian district. Molina Lario was built using two refurbished 19th century buildings that retained their original façade. This beautiful hotel features 103 rooms, six functional meeting rooms and a rooftop pool with a view.