The must-see wonders of Málaga

The province of Málaga has a rich heritage that you should explore, besides the fascinating Costa del Sol. Wandering around the narrow streets of a charming inner village, visiting places of great culture and history, and discovering its fabulous natural wonders are some of the many possibilities when it comes to enjoying Málaga’s wonders. Although there are many alternatives to doing so, you should take notes on those that can’t be missed when visiting this region of Andalucía.

Capital city of Málaga, a dazzling city

Málaga’s famous alcazaba

Alcazaba of Málaga.

Alcazaba of Málaga. | Shutterstock

To walk around the capital city of Málaga is to get lost in culture and history, particularly if you encounter its alcazaba, an eleventh-century palatial fortress. It sits at the foot of Gibralfaro Mount, near the town centre. Just a simple look at the building will be enough for you to understand why this is one of the most emblematic architectural works in Spain.

The Roman theatre and its history

Ruins of the Roman theatre.

Ruins of the Roman theatre. | Shutterstock

The local Roman theatre lies at the foot of the alcazaba. It dates back to the first century BCE, this is the main vestige of the Roman presence in Málaga.

Its grandstands are its main feature, which fit the land, using the natural slope to stand still, just like the old Greek theatres did. It was built with massive marble slabs that create the stepped grandstands. This building remained hidden until the 1940s, when it was discovered owing to some construction work. Now we can enjoy this incredible historical treasure.

The lively Larios Street

Marqués de Larios Street.

Marqués de Larios Street. | Shutterstock

Marqués de Larios Street is its full name. Besides being the main commercial street of the city, it is considered one of the most elegant and beautiful streets in Spain. We should highlight its diverse shops and lively atmosphere. A shopping day at this famous 350-metre-long place should be on every itinerary.

The magical villages of Málaga

Frigiliana and its views

Frigiliana.

Frigiliana. | Shutterstock

It can be found in the eastern area of Málaga, whose Arab past shines even brighter here. Frigiliana is lucky enough to sit on the Sierra Almijara, so it offers gorgeous views of the Costa del Sol, considered one of its main attractions.

The Reales Pósitos, the castle or the San Antonio de Padua Church are some of its most renowned spots. Besides, it was also the first municipality in the province of Málaga to become part of the Los Pueblos Más Bonitos de España organisation.

The emblematic Ronda

Ronda.

Ronda. | Shutterstock

Ronda awaits you in northwestern Málaga. It’s one of the most important tourist centres in the province and the whole of the country. It sits on a plateau divided by a deep gorge, the result of the Guadalevín River’s action.

This natural event has created a very singular panoramic view, composed of the buildings in its town centre, its monuments and its breathtaking natural surroundings. If you visit Ronda, you will feel compelled to take a picture of this scene of the Puente Nuevo.

Genalguacil, a true museum village

Genalguacil.

Genalguacil. | Shutterstock

A white stroke stands out among this green horizon created by chestnut trees, holm oaks, and cork oaks. It’s Genalguacil, Málaga’s museum village. This tiny locality of barely 400 people has sat in this slope location for centuries.

Its main feature is obvious to the eye: the outdoor art gallery where more than 200 works are exhibited. It is no wonder that it became part of the Los Pueblos Más Bonitos de España organisation, just after Frigiliana.

Puerto Banús in Marbella

The sun setting at Puerto Banús.

The sun setting at Puerto Banús. | Shutterstock

One of the most exquisite places on the Mediterranean coast sits in the Nueva Andalucía district of Marbella. This is Puerto Banús, a tourist destination that has turned into one of the most important tourist attractions on the Costa del Sol.

Puerto Banús is widely known as one of the best luxury ports in the world. A quiet day at the beach, a walk along José Banús Avenue, a delicious meal at one of its excellent restaurants, or a shopping day are some of the best things to do in Puerto Banús.

Natural wonders of Málaga

The heights of the Caminito del Rey

Caminito del Rey.

Caminito del Rey. | Shutterstock

The Caminito del Rey sits in the heart of Málaga, one of the most spectacular places in Andalucía, in particular for nature and adrenaline lovers. This breathtaking 8-kilometre-long route sweeps across the walls of the Los Gaditanes gorge.

Its 3-kilometre-long suspended passageways are one of its most popular and photographed sections, perched 100 metres above the ground and the imposing Guadalhorce River.

The Cueva del Tesoro and its history

Inside the Cueva del Tesoro.

Inside the Cueva del Tesoro. | Shutterstock

Known as the Cueva del Tesoro, its actual name is the Cueva del Higuerón. This is one out of the three caves of underwater origin in the whole world. It sits in the Rincón de la Victoria and is a unique geological gem.

The Cueva del Tesoro expands throughout 500 metres of galleríes and a lake area that surprises every visitor. Besides its breathtaking visual majesty, many archaeological human remains have been found here, so there is no doubt about its great historical importance.

The unique landscape of the Torcal de Antequera

Torcal de Antequera.

Torcal de Antequera. | Shutterstock

The Torcal de Antequera is a popular landscape in Málaga, known for the unexpected shapes sculpted in limestone rocks by natural erosion. This setting is as magical as it is emblematic, and has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO for being one of the best examples of Europe’s karst landscapes, as well as one of those wonders in Málaga that should be visited at least once in life.

You can also read this article in Spanish here.

 

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