Malaga is Andalusia’s largest coastal city whose crime, noise, pollution, and traffic do not overpower its image as the cultural capital of the coast. The birthplace of Pablo Picasso, it house a museum devoted entirely to the late artist. Malaga has a population of 550,000 and is a bustling commercial and residential center.
Contrary to popular belief, Malaga is actually one of the most accessible cities in the continent. At least five trains a day arrive from Madrid and buses from all over Spain arrive on frequent intervals. Ticket prices and rail information can be inquired through the RENFE.
Things to See
The most strategic place to start your exploration would be at the Paseo del Parque, which is the center of town. Its starting point is the Plaza de la Marina which curves to the east and eventually leads to palm-lined pedestrian promenade surrounded by trees, fountains, and duck-filled ponds.
The best time to visit Malaga is during August during which a big feria (fair) is held. The Paseo del Parque is transformed in a fairground of amusements and restaurants. Then there are parades and bullfights which will awe any spectator with the high energy it generates from the crowd.
You can also head to the beaches but, more than clear waters or white sands, they are actually popular for their bars. The beaches lying to the east of Baños de Carmen and El Palo are the best ones in town.