Weekend Breaks to Malaga
Planning a short break to Malaga? Check out Travel Library's recommended Top 10 Things To Do in Malaga. It's a perfect companion for weekend city breaks to Malaga. Once you've been you can add your own tips and suggestions to help other visitors.
Top 10 Things in Malaga on a Short Break
Located in Plaza de la Aduana, the remains of the ancient Moorish palace, is easy walking distance from the city center. The exact date of construction is not known and it is believed to be erected in the 9th or 10th century. There have been many later additions and reconstructions since then.
The palace was once home to Ferdinand and Isabella, dating back to when they conquered the city. The landscape is extremely beautiful due to the orange trees and purple bougainvillea. The palace offers a magnificent view of the city and the bay.
The museum is open Tue - Fri 9:30am - 8pm, Sat 10am - 1pm & Sun 10am - 2pm. Admission cost is $2.2
The cathedral is located in Plaza Obispo and took more than 200 years to build. It was built on the site of the great mosque and suffered a tremendous amount of damage during the Spanish Civil War. To this day the cathedral still lacks its east tower, yet still remains a beautiful vast portrayal of the changing styles of architecture. The cathedral has since been declared a national monument, its most significant features being the beautifully ornamented choir stalls.
The cathedral is open Mon - Sat 10am - 6:30pm. Admission cost is $2.5
The museum is located on the Plaza de la Merced. Picasso was born in 1891 and spent the first 17months of his life living in this 5-story building in the heartbeat of Malaga's historic center. The house has since been excavated and reconstructed into a museum and is home to more than 200 of his famous artworks. The museum also offers monthly exhibitions which feature avant-garde artworks, ranging from Picasso's reigning era.
The museum is open Mon - Sat 10am - 2pm & 5pm - 8pm, Sun 10am - 2pm. Admission is free of charge.
Located in Velez Malaga 8, this is Malaga's finest restaurant which offers a delicious selection of French and Belgium cuisine. It is situated in the district which surrounds the bullring, formerly known as the Plaze de Toros.
The chef Jose Garcia Cortes has catered for many an important dining rooms and has gained excellent knowledge in the field of delicious cuisine. His specialities include dishes such as crepes gratinees which are filled with baby eels, local whitefish baked in salt and Stroganoff which is made with ox meat. He is also a professional in the likes of interesting deserts, serving tasty treats such as a citrus-flavored sorbet which is made with champagne and custard-apple mousse.
Reservations are required and can be made by contacting the restaurant on Tel: 95 222 50 43.
The beautiful little bistro is located Calle Denis Belgrano 5. The restaurant has been open for half a century and features sheltered tables on the sidewalk, which is wonderful on a hot summer's day. The bistro has a relaxed and friendly atmosphere, which makes all the guests feel right at home.
The restaurant has a great selection of fresh fish, which is brought from the harbour on a daily basis. Specialities include dishes such as grilled or deep fried fish, deliciously tender loin of veal served with fried potatoes, skewer of pork with tomatoes, red peppers, and fried potatoes and a mouth-watering pork dish which is served with a traditional Malagan wine sauce.
Reservations are not required, however can be made by contacting the restaurant on Tel: 95 223 31 25.
The hotel is located on Monte Gibralfaro and is one of Spain's oldest traditional paradors. It is situated on a plateau near the old fortified castle of Gibralfaro. The hotel overlooks the city and offers gorgeous views of the bullring, as well as the mountains and beaches.
The hotel features 38 rooms, each of them equipped with a full bathroom. All the rooms are equipped with private entrances and a living room, as well as beautiful glass doors which open onto private sun balconies, featuring stunning views of the ocean and the busy harbour. Each room is additionally equipped with a telephone, a safe, a minibar and Satellite TV.
The hotel also features a restaurant and bar, room service, a babysitting service, a currency exchange service and a laundry and dry-cleaning service.
For more information visit the website www.paradores-spain.com
Located on the top of Yabal-Faruk hill, where a Phoenician lighthouse was once built. The castle was constructed in the 14th century by Yusuf I and was conquered in 1487 by Catholic Kings. It was later restored, only to be completely destroyed by the French army before it was abandoned in 1812. It has remained a site of historical ruins as it is today. A section of the castle ruins has been transformed into the Parador de Gibralfaro Hotel.
Opening hours depend on the season. During winter daily 9am - 6pm and during summer 9am - 8pm. Admission is free of charge.
The museum is located at Plaza de la Merced 15 and contains a selection of 3500 pieces of artworks ranging from more than 200 artists. Amoung these are beautiful ceramics and graphic artworks created by Picasso. Also on display is a range of art from famous artists such as Miro, Christo, Bacon, Brossa, Ernst, Tapies and Moore, the majority of these ranging from 1931 - 1971.
The museum also contains Picasso's private collection of illustrated books, one of them being an artistic testimony which is signed by its author. The museum is open Mon - Sat 10am - 8pm. Admission fee is $1.3
The gorgeous 4 star hotel is located in Calle Mobydick 2 and is situated right next to the beach. The ideal location of the hotel allows its guest the advantage of being in the city as well as the luxury of a private beach at your doorstep. The hotel has the most beautiful gardens, which are equipped with sporting facilities, a beautiful heated swimming pool, a club and a fitness center.
There are 195 rooms which have lovely sunny balconies, offering a spectacular view of the beach and ocean. The rooms are equipped with full private bathrooms, air-conditioning, a minibar, satellite TV, a safety deposit box and a radio. The hotel also offers its guests babysitting facilities, as well as laundry and dry-cleaning services.
For more information, visit the website www.hotelcity.com/spain/guadalmar.htm
The hotel is located Calle Marques de Larios 2 and ranks as one of the most desirable places in Spain to stay. The hotel's interior is decorated with contemporary and stylish artworks. It features a gorgeous terrace equipped with a bar, from which guests can enjoy magnificent views of the city and the cathedral and the Gibralfaro Castle.
The hotel also features a stunning restaurant and cafeteria where guests can enjoy a great selection of local and international dishes. Available for breakfast is a mouth-watering gourmet breakfast. Lunch time should not be missed, even if its only because of the selection of cocktails and wines which are available
. The hotel features 41 modernly decorated rooms, all of which are equipped with beautiful full bathrooms equipped with the luxury of a whirlpool bath.
Other facilities available in the rooms include air-conditioning, a minibar, satellite TV, Internet connection, a radio and a telephone. The hotel also offers room service, as well as a laundry and dry-cleaning service.
Due to the popularity of the hotel, early reservations are recommended and can be made by visiting the website on site www.hotel-larios.com
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