A great advantage for your visit to Malaga is that all the points of interest are concentrated in the area known as the historic center, and that practically all of its streets are pedestrianized.
This leads to a very comfortable and pleasant visit, where the atmosphere of the terraces of bars and restaurants become great protagonists of your walk.
Therefore, what you should do is stroll through the streets of the historic center, which is bounded by the hill of Gibralfaro Castle and the Alcazaba to the east, the parks and the seafront, to the south, and the river to the west.
The main axis of your visit starts from the famous Calle Larios, passing through the Plaza de la Constitución, to reach Alcazabilla Street, where the Roman Theater and the Alcazaba are located.
Castle of Gibralfaro
A good way to start your visit would be to climb the Castle of Gibralfaro, whose origins date back to the Phoenician era, and which forms a fortified complex together with the Alcazaba, extending along the hill. From the top of the Castle of Gibralfaro you have excellent panoramic views of the city of Malaga, which will allow you to place and size your visit.
It is hard to believe that only a few years ago the Teatro Romano de Málaga, which is now seen from Alcazabilla Street, forms a monumental ensemble with the Alcazaba.
After seeing this complex, I advise you to visit the Alcazaba, a fortress from the Arab period, built in the 11th century, which will surprise you with the framework of internal defensive fortifications, and from whose walls you also have good panoramic views of the historic center of Malaga.
Cathedral of Málaga
The Cathedral of Malaga is the greatest monument that you can visit in its historic center. Although its official denomination is Cathedral of the Incarnation, popularly in well-known like the manquita.
In a majestic building that shows a very peculiar exterior aesthetic, a consequence of the period of architectural transition in which it was built during the 16th century.
Inside you will find numerous artistic corners of different styles, from the Gothic to the Renaissance.
The cultural development that Málaga has had in recent years, with the opening of new museums, has changed the image of this Andalusian city.
Of the different museums that you find in Malaga, from my point of view these are the three most advisable to visit, by personal order of preference.
Picasso Museum of Malaga, where in twelve rooms you can see a very interesting and even curious selection of the work of the artist from Malaga, with representation of its different eras.
Automobile Museum of Malaga, with a sample of 91 classic cars from the collection of Portuguese Joao de Magalhaes, and where you can also see curious accessories from the automotive world.
Carmen Thyssen Museum, opened in the spring of 2011 in the Palace of Villalón, from the 16th century, especially you can see Spanish painting, and specifically, Andalusian, with works of romantic and costumbrista style.
Discover Tipical Places.
In your tour around the historic center of Malaga, you will also have the opportunity to discover interesting places. Look, for example, at the main gate of the Atarazanas Market, rescued from the Arab shipyards where ships were built and repaired.
Or in the beautiful and colorful buildings of the Archbishop’s Palace and the church of San Agustín. And do not miss the Mudejar tower of the church of Santiago.
And do not forget to visit the Plaza de la Merced, or enter and tour the curious passage of Chinitas, in front of the Plaza de la Constitución.
Tapas in Málaga.
The historical center of Malaga offers you a wide range of bars and restaurants, with its terraces, where you can have tapas and eat. If you want to go to one of the most typical bars, you should go to El Pimpi, whose terrace you can see in front of the Roman Theater.
And if you are looking for a popular area where you will hardly find tourists, you have to go to tapas at one of the chiringuitos in the old fishmonger’s neighborhood of Pedregalejo, next to the beach.