A newly relevant city destination, Malaga

There was a time when it was widely regarded, among tourists at least, as relatively unexciting city. Malaga has long lived in the shadow of the iconic Andalusian cities, but it has clearly and successfully managed to reinvent itself over the last few years. The capital of the Costa del Sol an certainly no longer be perceived in such a way. It emerged as a cultural destination with an exciting fine dining scene into one of the top-rated city break destinations. Thanks to a complete transformation the Andalusian port city is now home to an impressive number of museums and monuments. Malaga now become a destination in its own instead of just an international airport and gateway to Costa del Sol resorts.

Cast your eyes up to enjoy a skyline that reflects the city’s character. It extends from the mountains of the Sierra Norte to the coast, where it is bathed by the Alboran Sea. The combination of land and sea characterizes this region which is modern yet traditional, cosmopolitan and friendly. Lively at night and tranquil during the day. 

The part of the port has also been grandly rebuilt into a beach promenade with plenty of contemporary shopping and dining experience.

 Mulle Uno is a perfect place to enjoy a drink on the terrace with a smell of the sea.

You can’t turn a corner without finding a museum. The world famous gallery Pompidou Centre’s first branch outside France is housed in "El Cubo" - the cube, a giant glass structure.

The Parque de Malaga amid the hustle and bustle of the surrounding streets, a great place of peace and quiet. This public botanical garden with great variety of subtropical plants and a small open-air theatre is one of the most popular places to recharge. 

As a coastal city, a beach is never far away to entice you. When in Costa del Sol, do like the hordes do. Enjoy the seafront promenades and the beaches. It is actually not as bad as you'd think as most of the resorts are situated along the coast and away from Malaga itself. 
Be prepared for water “as cold as ice”. The water from the Atlantic Ocean mixes with water from the Mediterranean Sea and Terral winds just make it worse.

The 11th-century Gibralfaro castle sits grandly aloft and provides the best view of all. 

At the foot of the hill located the Alcazaba, a Moorish fortress palace, a kinda answer to Granada's Alhambra. 

Picasso was born in Malaga. His childhood home in Plaza de la Merced is a must-visit. 

This Gothic cathedral is surrounded by narrow pedestrian streets with traditional or modern restaurants bars, taverns, shops that range from individual and family owned, to urban-chic and contemporary.

The historic center is actually pretty nice but flooded with people, but this don’t let you stop, walk through to discover the real heart of Malaga.

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Calle Larios, principal artery and main shopping street where you can find international designers to small traditional shops.

Atarazanas central market where the local shop.

Soho is the new "neighborhood of the arts" in the city. The most hipster area of Málaga, that said there is a mix hint of Brooklyn and Berlin. It’s actually one of the more interesting scenes that are on the rise in Andalusia.The project is still developing and changing rapidly so be sure to look what's going on and see what's new.

As you walk around you'll spot a ton of eye-catching murals. This is an integral part of the Soho movement, an urban art project called MAUS (Malaga Arte Urbano Soho). This is an effort to ask all kinds of artists to come and to re-defined the walls of the neighborhood.

Centro de Arte Contemporáneo (CAC) at the heart of all the action, it’s a pretty nice contemporary art space where the exhibitions are actually put together in good taste.

An extensive range of culture will be the perfect excuse to come back again. The climate is nice along with its beaches, food and atmosphere that make this city the ideal destination. Places that were only known locally, are now being internationally recognized. The city seems to be waking up from a long and quiet slumber. Luckily it has retained its original character, it is still a very traditional Spanish city. 300 sunny days a year is an invitation to enjoy Malaga outside in the street.