Tucked along the southern coast of Spain, Malaga is a seaside gem that packs a cultural punch.
With its Mediterranean coastline and mountainous backdrop, Malaga has an authentic Spanish vibe that makes it impossible not to live like a local.
This warm nook of Spanish coastline hosts over 30 museums, almost a dozen markets, and its own signature churro style—tejeringos. Supplement your Spanish coursework by bartering for vintage clothing, ordering tapas, and asking for hiking trail recommendations.
Feast your eyes and your stomach. Stroll under the massive, intricate stained glass panels at Mercado Central de Atarazanas, which dates back to the 14th century as you try tapas and fresh-caught pescaíto (little fried fish).
Find your favorites at the flea market. With over 300 vendors selling everything from vintage clothing to records, the Mercadillo Cortijo de Torres is Malaga’s best and biggest flea market.
Hike the Montes de Malaga. Dense pine trees, magnificent waterfalls, and soaring eagles are landmarks of this beautiful natural park just three miles from Malaga’s city center.
Go through your own Blue Period at the Picasso Museum. Where better to experience the works of Pablo Picasso, the most influential artist of the twentieth century, than in his own hometown of Malaga?
Explore an ancient fort. This Moorish castle also offers stunning views of the port, city, and mountains. Built between 1057 and 1063, Alcazaba is likely the most important military fortification remaining from the Hispanic-Arabic period.
Traipse on down to the beach. Take a day trip to Costa del Sol, Spain's "Sunshine Coast." Every town has miles of glorious beaches in common, but its own distinct vibe and personality.