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Top Choice Castle in Málaga


No time to visit Granada’s Alhambra? Then Málaga’s Alcazaba can provide a taster. The entrance is next to the Roman amphitheatre, from where a meandering path climbs amid lush greenery: crimson bougainvillea, lofty …
Top Choice Museum in Málaga

Museo Picasso Málaga

The Museo Picasso has an enviable collection of 204 works, 155 donated and 49 loaned to the museum by Christine Ruiz-Picasso (wife of Paul, Picasso’s eldest son) and Bernard Ruiz-Picasso (his grandson), and includes…
Top Choice Cathedral in Málaga

Catedral de Málaga

Málaga’s cathedral was started in the 16th century on the site of the former mosque. Of the mosque, only the Patio de los Naranjos survives, a small courtyard of fragrant orange trees.Inside, the fabulous domed ceil…
Top Choice Tapas in Málaga

El Mesón de Cervantes

Cervantes started as a humble tapas bar run by expat Argentinian Gabriel Spatz (the original bar is still operating around the corner), but has expanded into plush spacious digs with an open kitchen, fantastic famil…
Top Choice Museum in Málaga

Centre Pompidou Málaga

Opened in 2015 in the port, this offshoot of the Paris Pompidou Centre is housed in a low-slung modern building crowned by a playful multicoloured cube. The permanent exhibition includes the extraordinary Ghost, by …
Top Choice Fusion in Málaga


Located at the city's contemporary art museum with white-on-white minimalist decor, Óleo provides diners with the unusual choice of Mediterranean or Asian food with some subtle combinations such as duck breast with …
Bar in Málaga

Antigua Casa de Guardia

This atmospheric old tavern dates to 1840 and is the oldest bar in Málaga. The peeling custard-coloured paintwork, black-and-white photographs of local boy Picasso and elderly bar staff look fittingly antique. Try t…
Cafe in Málaga

Café Central

Come here for your morning tomato on toast, best enjoyed alfresco so that you can admire Málaga's main pedestrianised square as it shrugs off the previous night's hangover.
Cafe in Málaga

Café Lepanto

Old-fashioned pastry shop and cafe on pedestrianised Calle Marqués de Larios with bow-toed waiters and fancy glass display cases. As Málaga’s poshest confitería (sweet shop), Lepanto serves up a whole host of delica…
Bar in Málaga

El Jardín

A beautiful Viennese-style cafe next to palm-filled gardens behind the cathedral, El Jardín attracts young flamencologists and ancient malagueños, plus the odd inebriated Picasso lookalike. Art-nouveau flourishes an…