Why should you visit Málaga in 2022?
Málaga is much more than a coastal city of the Mediterranean Sea, which is no mean feat. Málaga is a historic city (almost three thousand years old) and at the same time a modern, cosmopolitan, hospitable and creative capital. Málaga looks to the future with a positive and innovative outlook, and with enough audacity to know that it is making history in the present. Why not visit a destination that is experiencing such a true moment of splendour?
There are many factors that make the city of Málaga an increasingly attractive destination: its cultural heritage, its museums, its architectural ensemble, its climate, its gastronomy, its people, its know-how to be and its know-how. Few places in the world offer so much charm to the visitor.
Here's why Málaga should be on your must-visit list for 2022:
The city of museums
Málaga has become a true city of museums. With a total of 40 museum spaces, it is one of the cities with the highest density of museums in the city centre. It is worth highlighting the Picasso Museum in Málaga, an essential collection to get to know the work of the genius from Málaga and its significance in the city where he was born. But Málaga also has other top-level museums such as the Carmen Thyssen Museum Málaga, the Centre Pompidou Málaga and the Russian Museum Collection in St. Petersburg Málaga, among many others, which have chosen the capital of the Costa del Sol to show off their impressive art galleries.
Quality of life
Walking by Muelle Uno and Palmeral de las Sorpresas you will realise that Málaga has a huge history (Alcazaba will observe you walking from the heights) but she is also a fresh and contemporary city.
In this area, close to the port you will find shops and restaurants of all kinds. Among them is Michelin Star José Carlos García’s restaurant, one of the biggest examples of those professional chefs who found inspiration in Málaga.
Discover the innovative Málaga
An international ranking currently ranks Málaga as the second best city to live and work in the world. In the era of teleworking, thousands of digital nomads are choosing Málaga as their place of residence; a city that has seen the birth of startups that are nowadays leaders in their field and where technology companies also decide to settle for its lifestyle and for being a focus of talent. Did you know that the technology park Málaga TechPark has more than 600 companies and that leaders such as Oracle, Google, Ericsson or Vodafone chose Málaga to set up innovation centres?
The city is also preparing to host an international exhibition on urban sustainability in five years' time. This year may be the year of its final designation; the race is in any case an exciting one for Málaga, a city that has undergone an urban transformation in the last decade like few other cities in Europe.
Sunbathing all year round
Whether on the Malagueta beach, next to the historic centre, or in the rejuvenated Pedregalejo, past the old Baños del Carmen, whether in the genuine El Palo or in the familiar Huelin beach or on the wide Playa de Misericordia, sunbathing in the unmistakable Mediterranean blue is assured almost all year round.
Málaga's climate is no secret to anyone, but it's not the same to be told about it as it is to see and enjoy it for yourself: 300 days of sunshine and an average annual daytime temperature of 23ºC are waiting for you.
Eating espetos de sardinas (sardine skewers)
If there is one thing that characterises the gastronomy of Málaga, it is the quality of its products, and of course, those from the sea are the best: anchovies (to the point of becoming a popular nickname for the people of Málaga), thin shells, horse mackerel, sardines...
The Málaga art of preparing sardines is known worldwide: we are talking about its famous sardine skewers, a way of making them roasted over the heat of the embers in a boat and skewered on a rod. You'll find them in the beach bars, so don't leave without trying them! You'll love them just by smelling them.
Visiting the Cathedral
The Málaga Cathedral is one of the jewels of the Spanish Renaissance. Although its construction lasted more than 250 years, the temple was left unfinished, something that can be seen in its unfinished south tower.
It is an imposing temple with 41 metres high vaults, the second highest in Spain. Inside, its unique Diego de Siloé’s style structure and its great artistic and heritage richness make it unique.
Watching the sunset from Gibralfaro Mountain
Málaga has extraordinary vantage points in the heart of the city. The most visited is the ‘Monte de Gibralfaro’, the elevation where the Gibralfaro Castle is located. This fortress was considered the most difficult to conquer in the whole Iberian Peninsula. During the period of the Catholic Monarchs, Ferdinand the Catholic took this place as a place of residence while Isabella of Castile preferred to live in the city.
The Gibralfaro viewpoint is only a few minutes walk from the centre of Málaga and the views are spectacular. It is not necessary to have a car.
From here you can see probably the best views of the city: the Plaza de Toros, the Cathedral, the Port of Málaga, the Farola (the name given to the charming lighthouse at the top of Muelle Uno) and the Nasrid wall. Walking a little further, we arrive at the Parador that with its restaurant, meets all the requirements for an excellent evening.
From the Roman Theatre to the Alcazaba
In the historic centre of the city we find the archaeological remains of the Roman theatre. Hidden for many years by later buildings, it was discovered in 1951 and declared an Asset of Cultural Interest twenty years later.
It preserves the stage, the stands and the orchestra, decorated with enormous marble slabs.
Above on the hillside there is the Alcazaba, the most important legacy from the Islamic period in the city. A fortified enclosure dating mainly from the 11th century where you can admire Taifa, Almohad and Nasrid constructions.
Shopping in the historic centre
The centre of Málaga perfectly combines its most monumental and historic side with the most varied commercial offer. Being Larios Street its main artery, every street in the historic centre of the city offers a wide range of shopping opportunities: clothes, jewellery, footwear, ceramics, leather, souvenirs...
Did you know that the rounded corners of its blocks are designed to favour the circulation of the breeze coming from the port?
Larios Street owes its elegant appearance to the Marqués de Larios, promoter of its construction in 1891, and it is also the setting for a multitude of events throughout the year, such as Easter Week, the Christmas Forest or Málaga Fashion Week.