The Costa del Sol boasts a staggering number of attractions for holidaymakers, from sunshine and beaches to culture and adventure. But if there’s one part of the region you should certainly head to, it’s Malaga. Not only is it easy to get to thanks to regular Monarch flights from Manchester, but it also boasts something to appeal to just about everyone, from solo travellers to families with kids. So if you are heading there this summer, what should you check out during your trip?
San Juan Festival
It’s certainly a good idea to make sure your visit to Malaga coincides with one of the many events staged in the area throughout the year. Perhaps one of the highlights of the calendar is the San Juan Festival, a celebration of midsummer that peaks on the night of June 23rd. The event offers all sorts from dramatic bonfires on the beach to dancing in the street, as well as live performances from musicians. Watching young people demonstrate their bravery by jumping over some of the more modestly sized flames is also a sight to behold – even if it may sometimes leave you with your heart in your mouth!
Virgen del Carmen Procession
Malaga is proud of its rich maritime heritage, so on July 16th it celebrates its history and tradition with a special procession, in which a figure of Our Lady of Carmen is transported through the city’s streets and fishing districts, before being taken out to sea on a flower-decked fishing boat, along with several other vessels. This unique spectacle is complemented by everything from brass band music to rockets and fireworks – with a real carnival atmosphere throughout.
Every August, the people of Malaga hold the street party of the year, with everyone heading out to eat, drink and be merry in traditional Spanish dress. Of course, visitors are more than welcome to join in with the celebrations, which are topped off with some stunning fireworks that light up the entire Malaga coastline.
See Malaga’s historic buildings
Malaga boasts a fascinating and diverse history, much of which can be seen today in the form of its buildings and monuments. Perhaps one of the most remarkable sights is the Roman Theatre, which gives a vivid insight into what life was like in the region thousands of years ago. The Arabic Bathhouses, which are believed to date back to the late 13th century, offer another snapshot of the distant past and give visitors the chance to learn a little about how people of the age chose to relax. And any tour of Malaga’s historic buildings would not be complete without a look at the city’s cathedral, a Renaissance structure that took more than two centuries to complete. The interior is just as breathtaking as the exterior, with its gothic features and grand artworks guaranteed to impress visitors.
Malaga’s most famous son – the legendary artist Pablo Picasso – is commemorated with a museum devoted exclusively to his life and work. Visitors will be able to take a firsthand look at some genuine Picasso masterpieces, including drawings, sketches, oil paintings and sculptures. It provides a unique insight into the artist’s progression throughout his remarkable career, such as his legendary Blue period and his innovative Cubist explorations. The museum’s location and setting in an historic 17th century Renaissance building should also help to give visitors a greater understanding of the man and the environment in which he grew up.