Three Of The Best Local Landmarks To Visit in Malaga

Located on the southern coast of Spain, Malaga is a picturesque port city with plenty to do for those lucky enough to visit. Known for its high-rise hotels and sprawling, sandy beaches, it’s unsurprisingly popular with tourists, but some of its greatest treasures remain relatively hidden.

That’s because a lot of visitors to this beautiful place are content to remain poolside, baking themselves in the balmy summer heat. While this idea is undoubtedly appealing, doing so means missing out on some truly amazing local landmarks, which is why I’d encourage you to venture out.

Here are just three of the spots that will make you glad you did.

The Alcazaba of Malaga

Built around 1057 AD by the mighty Hammudid dynasty, the Alcazaba is one of Malaga’s greatest cultural treasures. The best-preserved citadel in the country, the palatial fortification represents an important period in Spanish history, when a Muslim king reigned and Arab influence in the region was strong. Renovated in the late 13th century, the building’s original purpose as a military stronghold is still evident in its design today. Once you’ve finished exploring it, you can head on down to the Roman theatre that lies adjacent to the entrance. Dating back to the 1st century BC, this provides a further fascinating insight into the rich history of the city.

Malaga Cathedral

For those who want to properly explore the city, it’s often worth renting a vehicle for the duration of your stay, and Malaga airport car hire is available from as little as one euro per day through companies like Marbesol. Once you’re behind the wheel, Malaga Cathedral is another place to add to your itinerary. Built in a traditional Renaissance style, this Roman Catholic church was constructed between 1528 and 1782. Only partially completed to this day, it lacks the originally intended south tower, hence its nickname: ‘the One-Armed Lady’. Nonetheless, its gothic altarpieces and grand artworks make it one of the most beautiful and peaceful spots in the area for those looking to gain a greater appreciation of the city and its history.

The Botanic Garden

Last but not least, visitors who wish to do more than sunbathe should head across to the Botanic Garden. Spread across an incredible 25,000 square metres, the garden was created in the 1850s by an aristocratic couple with a love of nature and beauty. Located a little outside of the city centre, it’s a short drive by hire car or can be easily accessed by bus. Home to more than 2,000 different varieties of plant, from places as far-flung as Asia, Africa, and Oceania, it also boasts a huge number of bird species, many of them endangered. Combining both immaculately designed formal gardens and lush tropical habitats, the wonderful world inside its walls is enchanting.

Valued for its balmy climes and beautiful beaches, Malaga is a wonderful place to visit, but it has much more to offer than the glossy pictures you’ll find in travel magazines. Isn’t it time you discovered its wonders for yourself? 

Let me know, would you like to visit Malaga?


  1. We love Malaga, so much great architecture and history

  2. The Alcazaba looks fascinating. How beautiful is that building.

  3. My mum enjoys walking around botanical gardens. We always visit one when we go away with her. She has been thinking of going to Malaga, so I will show her this.

  4. The first time we visited Malaga we loved it and since then we try to go every year. We usually rent a car to get around the villages and enjoy the local gastronomy.