Culture and lifestyle around museums
Málaga is a city to enjoy both in and around museums, often surrounded by bars and restaurants, shops and entertainment venues that will make your experience even more enjoyable.
Around the Carmen Thyssen Museum
The Carmen Thyssen Museum is located in one of the most vibrant areas in the city. Dominated by the beautiful Church of Sagrado Corazón, built in the gothic style, the Villalón Palace housing the museum stands amidst little shops and cosy bars and restaurants, inviting visitors to spend a few hours as they soak in the architecture. Plaza de los Mártires, a square lying a pebble’s throw from the Museum, is perfect for a coffee break in a peaceful setting.
The Russian Museum Collection, St Petersburg-Málaga, is housed in the old tobacco factory, which is why the building is known as Tabacalera. The building, which stands next to La Misericordia Beach, houses another museum as well: the Automobile and Fashion Museum. The area is very popular with locals, who love to take a walk by the sea along Paseo Marítimo Antonio Banderas and stop to replenish their energy reserves with a dish of Málaga-style fried fish in any of the seaside restaurants available. The area is also peppered with huge parks including children’s playgrounds, like Parque del Oeste and Parque de Huelin, which makes it ideal for a family afternoon out.
Port of Málaga and Muelle Uno
This is one of Málaga’s gems. A walk at sunset, with the city lights glittering in the ocean, is a next-level experience. Take Palmeral de las Sorpresas to go from Plaza de la Marina to La Malagueta, and get off this promenade to reach Muelle Uno, an open-air mall where you will find the world’s top stores and a host of restaurants. There is an arts and crafts market as well.
La Malagueta is one of Málaga’s traditional districts. From the historic district, walk down Paseo del Parque and you will come to it. Originally a working-class, industrial neighbourhood, La Malagueta boasts one of Málaga’s most popular beaches, which carries the district’s name. Málaga’s bullring can also be found here. Inside, there is a bullfighting museum, named after matador Antonio Ordóñez. The area is teeming with restaurants and shops too.
Disruptive and charming, Málaga’s Art District – known as Soho – leaves no visitor untouched. In this district you will find the Soho CaixaBank Theatre, sponsored by Málaga-born actor Antonio Banderas; the Museum of Imagination, a must for those who have fun taking photos and selfies; and Dream Lab Museum, Málaga’s first experiential museum. At the far end of Soho, you will come to the Málaga Centre for Contemporary Art (CAC), where most modern and contemporary art events take place.
The Art District is also popular with foodies, as it offers a wide variety of bars and restaurants to grab a bite or have a meal.