Málaga is a great and easily-accessible day out from Villa Andalucia. It offers a heady mix of history, art, and Mediterranean charm. As the crowning jewel of the Andalucía region and capital of the Málaga province, it is a city where ancient tales and contemporary rhythms come together harmoniously.
It takes around 55 minutes to drive from the villa to central Málaga where you will find lots of underground car parks to choose from. Alternatively, if you don’t drive or fancy a day off from driving, 3 times a day there is a bus from Cómpeta to Málaga.
1. The Alcazaba: Dominating the city’s skyline is an 11th-century Moorish fortress-palace. Its beautiful walls provide sweeping vistas of Málaga and the Mediterranean Sea, echoing tales of a time when Islamic empires ruled these lands.
2. The Roman Theater: Just a stone’s throw away, remnants of Málaga’s Roman heritage emerge. Unearthed in 1951, whispers tales from the 1st century BC, evoking an era of gladiators and ancient dramas.
3. The Picasso Museum: No visit to Málaga would be complete without delving into the artistic genius of its most famed son, Pablo Picasso. Ensconced in the regal Buenavista Palace, the museum showcases a treasure trove of his masterpieces. Entry to all exhibitions is €12.
4. The Casa Natal Museum: The museum stands as a tribute to Picasso’s actual birthplace, entry is €4 to see the house and the exhibition.
5. The Cathedral: lovingly dubbed “La Manquita” or “The One-Armed Lady” due to its distinctively unfinished south tower is a big nod to the deep religious beliefs that Malagueños still hold today. Its grandeur and architectural elegance are a nod to the Renaissance era. You can enter for around €5 which comes with a pre-recorded portable guide.
6. Muelle Uno: For those seeking modern vibes, the port offers a bustling promenade adorned with chic restaurants, trendy shops, and vibrant bars. Here, one can soak in Málaga’s maritime essence.
Málaga wears its traditions with pride. The city comes alive, especially during its iconic festivals.
7. Semana Santa: (Holy Week) with its solemn processions and the exuberant 8. Feria de Málaga in August celebrate the city’s vibrant tapestry of history, music, and dance. Both are a real experience if you have never been before and can easily be incorporated into your stay at the right time of year at Villa Andalucia.
9. Food: Málaga tantalises the palate with a variety of culinary delights. Fresh seafood, tapas, and the sweet notes of local wines promise to entertain foodies! El Pimpi and Cortijo de Pepe being amongst the more well known sites.
10. La Concepción Historical-Botanical Gardens: For those seeking tranquillity, they provide a haven from the city. Exotic flora from tropical and subtropical regions flourish here, an oasis amid the urban sprawl.
With its harmonious blend of old and new, beaches, and Andalucian charisma, Málaga beckons travellers for an immersive cultural experience and a fabulous day out for guests staying at the villa.