Are you in Malaga or are you coming to the city? Do you want to know the best places to discover? Today from Marbesol’s blog we tell you which are the most beautiful monuments in Malaga for your holidays!
In recent years Malaga has managed to position itself nationally as a cultural destination of reference. Have you heard that “Malaga the city of museums”? A total of 40 museums have made Malaga a reference point.
A city with almost half a million inhabitants and the sixth most populated city in Spain. You can imagine that there are many monuments in Malaga.
Important monuments in Malaga
The Cathedral is one of Malaga’s most famous monuments. It is located in front of the Plaza del Obispo and is considered one of the most valuable Renaissance jewels of Andalusia. It dates back to 1487 and its real name is Santa Iglesia Catedral Basílica de la Encarnación, although the locals call it “La Manquita”.
If you decide to go and see it, you will notice that the south tower is unfinished, hence its name. Due to the time it took to build it, you will be able to appreciate three different styles: Renaissance, Gothic and Baroque.
Address: Calle Molina Lario, 9.
Alcazaba of Malaga
Did you know that the Alcazaba of Malaga was the first Muslim castle in Malaga? Its name comes from Alcazaba which in Arabic is “Al-qasbah”, meaning citadel. The construction of the Alcazaba of Malaga began in the 8th century and finished in the 11th century.
It is one of the most beautiful monuments in Malaga, it houses many secrets such as a parade ground which was previously one of the city’s quarters.
Address: Calle Alcazabilla, 2.
Opening hours: From 9am to 8pm during the summer and from 9am to 6pm during the winter.
Admission is free on Sundays from 2 o’clock onwards.
The second Muslim fortress in the city. It was built with the intention of defending the Alcazaba during the 14th century and was later used by the Phoenicians and Romans. It was built in a privileged location with views of the entire bay of Malaga. It is one of the best monuments in Malaga.
The castle has two lines of walls and eight towers. Nowadays, in the main courtyard we can find the Interpretation Centre. If you decide to visit the city, we recommend you not to miss it.
Roman Theatre of Malaga
I’m sure you’ve already seen some photos. During the reign of Emperor Caesar Augustus, the installation of this theatre in the city was promoted. It was built during the 1st century B.C. It is located at the foot of Mount Gibralfaro.
In 1972 it was declared an Asset of Cultural Interest and was in use until the 3rd century.
In 1951 while the gardens of the Casa de la Cultura were being built. Later, in 1988, it was decided to demolish the Palace of Archives and the Library in order to continue with the excavation work on this site.
The Roman Theatre of Malaga is located at the foot of the Alcazaba, so if you have the opportunity, take a stroll around it at night! The Gibralfaro Castle, the Alcazaba and the Roman Theatre are illuminated.
La Farola of Malaga
Have you already heard of this lighthouse? It is located in the port of Malaga and its construction was completed in 1817. The design is the work of the engineer Joaquín María Perey y Guzmán. Today it is a symbol of the city, without a doubt one of the monuments of Malaga that you must visit. Over the years several remodelling works have been necessary due to events. The first of these was in 1885 after the earthquake of 1884. During the Spanish Civil War, despite trying to keep it hidden, the lighthouse suffered damage that also had to be corrected.
As a curiosity, along with the Farola del Mar in Santa Cruz de Tenerife, they are the only two lighthouses in Spain with a female name.
Don’t miss a walk around the port of Malaga, although it is not one of the monuments in Malaga, it is one of those places worth visiting in the city.
Diputación de Málaga
Malaga English Cemetery
Its name is Cementerio de San Jorge, a 19th century cemetery located in the English gully. Did you know that the English cemetery in Malaga is the first Protestant cemetery in our country?
Its style is like that of a botanical garden, a structure based on terraces overlooking the sea. Here you can find exotic plant species that have been growing and are combined with Gothic, Neo-Gothic and modern tombs and monuments.
The site is divided into several parts. In the First Courtyard you will find a Doric temple of reddish sandstone. Inside this temple is a room where religious services are held.
On the second terrace you will find a funerary monument dedicated to the sailors of the frigate Gneisenau that sank off the coast of Malaga in 1900.
The last part you will be able to see is the Primitive Nucleus, where most of the ancient tombs are located.
Cementerio Inglés de Málaga
So much sightseeing has made you hungry? Take a look at our post about the typical food in Malaga. Are you coming with children? Find out now what to see in Malaga with kids! If you arrive at Malaga airport we recommend you to rent a car in Malaga and visit the city and the Costa del Sol at your own pace.
Did you like our post about Malaga’s monuments? Rate it!