Monuments in Malaga
Malaga has become an important cultural destination in Spain due to the wide variety of museums and monuments it has to offer.
Precisely because it has so many, we at Niza Cars have decided to draw up a list of the six principal monuments in Malaga we think you should visit.
Malaga’s six principal monuments
The Basilica of the Incarnation Cathedral is the city of Malaga’s best-known monument. It is located at Plaza del Obispo and is one of the most remarkable Renaissance monuments in either Andalusia or Spain.
Malaga Cathedral was built between 1528 and 1782. Different styles can be found in its interior, ranging from Gothic to Renaissance elements.
The main door is Baroque, and the cathedral has two bell towers. One of them has been completed and measures 87 metres high. The other, the southern tower, remains unfinished, which is why it is popularly known “la Manquita”, which can be roughly translated as the half-finished one. It can almost be considered as yet another monument in Malaga!
Alcazaba of Malaga
The Alcazaba is located at the foot of Mount Gibralfaro. This monument in Malaga is an Arab-era defensive fortress built in the 11th century.
If you visit the inside, you can also stroll along its walls while enjoying spectacular views of the sea and the city centre. You’ll also see a small palace decorated in Arab style and its landscaped gardens.
More than just a monument, it is an essential place to see if you visit Malaga province.
Gibralfaro Castle is another of Malaga’s exceptional monuments. Its name is derived from the lighthouse which once stood at its highest point. It is linked to the Alcazaba by some walls which run down the hillside.
It was built on a prominent site from where all of Malaga Bay can be seen. It is unquestionably one of the city’s best viewing points and should be visited, since it offers panoramic views of the Port of Malaga and part of its historic city centre.
The Roman Theatre can be seen from Alcazabilla, an emblematic Malaga street, and forms part of the Alcazaba monumental complex.
Curiously enough, its remains have only been visible in recent years. They were discovered in 1951 during some building works. After a group of buildings situated above them were demolished in 2005, the square was refurbished and the theatre in front of the Alcazaba’s walls was made visible.
Some performances are now held inside the theatre, as it has been restored for use.
Picasso’s Childhood Home
Picasso is Malaga’s most international artist. Apart from having a museum in Malaga dedicated to him, his childhood home located next to Plaza de Merced, which is right in the centre of Malaga, can be visited. Mementos, works, exhibitions and events are held in his childhood home.
Monument to Torrijos
This obelisk, which is the most significant 19th century municipal monument in the city, is situated in the middle of the emblematic Plaza de la Merced. It marks the place where General Torrijos and his 48 companions, who were executed on San Andrés beach, were buried.
One of this Malaga monument’s curiosities is the fact that its upper block was shifted slightly by an earthquake the city suffered in 1884.
Aside from visiting these monuments in Malaga, don’t leave the city without walking along Calle Larios, visiting and buying something from the famous Mercado de Atarazanas or having a drink and a taking stroll on Muelle Uno.