Various peoples have lived in Málaga and left their mark.

This is clearly visible in the different building styles, with a number of beautiful constructions and sights as a result.


Málaga was founded around 800 BC by the Phoenicians.

The bay of Málaga was used under the name Malaka or salted fish, because of the typical salting of the caught fish for preservation.

However, abundant floods have caused the Phoenicians to leave Málaga around 600 BC.

Greeks and Carthagen.

In the sixth century BC, the Greeks came to Málaga and controlled the city for 70 years.

Then the Carthagen managed to conquer the city. They were here until the year 202.



After the battle with the Carthagen, the Romans took control.

From that moment the name Malaka was changed to Lex Flavia Malacitana.

The Roman theater in Málaga is the most famous building as a remnant from Roman times.

It may not be the largest theater in Spain, but it is one of the oldest.


In 743, Málaga came under the control of the Moors.

Málaga turned into a fortress with high walls and was only accessible via five entrance gates.

In the thirteenth century, Sultan Abderraham III had the gate of Atarazanas (shipyard) built.

The same gate can still be seen and gives access to the market in Málaga, the Mercado de Atarazanas.

Catholic Kings.

In August 1487, under the leadership of Los Reyes Católicos (the Catholic kings), Málaga was recaptured.

Monastic communities exerted a major influence on the growth of the city.

Suburbs were connected to the center and the current Plaza de la Constitucion was constructed.

Many churches were built and the monasteries La Victoria and La Trinidad were established.

Economy is collapsing.

The wealth of Málaga came to an end during the 16th and 17th centuries.

This was mainly due to epidemics and poor harvests.

The construction of the cathedral, for example, took over 200 years to complete due to lack of money.

This is clearly visible today in the different building styles from which it was built.

The 20th century to the present.

Around the sixties, tourism in southern Spain started to rise.

However, with Málaga airport as the gateway for a holiday on the Costa del Sol, many tourists ignored the city of Málaga.

The city was very difficult to get rid of the stamp of dirty, industrial port city.

Málaga now, a bustling city.

Nowadays Malaga is a bustling and busy city. The good infrastructure and a clean and car-free historic center have contributed to this.

Many cruises have now included Málaga in their range.

Attractions Málaga.

There is a wide variety of monuments, museums and buildings in Málaga.

A holiday in Málaga without a walk through the historic center is not complete.

The city center has been improved in recent years.

It is almost completely car-free, making a walk to the various sights a pleasant experience.

The harbor, with its modern boulevard Muelle Uno, is also worth a visit.

Buildings and monuments in Málaga.

Many of these sights are located in the historic center.

In the morning the different churches in the historic center are open and can be visited freely with the exception of the cathedral.

In the evening, many sights are beautifully lit, giving you the feeling of being in a fairy tale.

A most famous highlights are the Alcazaba – Moorish fortress, the Gibralfaro castle, the Roman theater and cathedral of Málaga.


The most famous museum is the Picasso museum. The famous painter was born and raised in Málaga.

Thanks to the Picasso family, it is possible to admire a beautiful collection of Pablo Picasso in Málaga.

The building of the museum, Palacio Buena Vista, is more than worth a visit.

In the Carmen Thyssen Museum Málaga, the permanent collection consists mainly of nineteenth-century works.

Mostly beautiful paintings with landscapes and scenes from Andalusia are exhibited here.

Museum Revello de Toro shows beautiful portraits of mainly women.

All by Revello de Toro. Just like Picasso, the living painter was born in Málaga.

The museum for modern arts exhibits contemporary art in a spaciously designed museum building.

The car museum Málaga is surprising.

For car enthusiasts, this is a playground with a rich collection of cars.

With over 25 museums, there is always a nice museum nearby.

Málaga covered market.

The two covered market halls in the center are, in our opinion, certainly among the sights of Málaga.

Mercado Atarazanas is the largest market in Málaga and is located directly in the center.

Immerse yourself in this market in the daily life of the Malagueños, the original inhabitants of Malaga.

This is definitely one of our favorite places in Málaga. The amount of fresh fruit and vegetables, the smells, the flavors and the pleasant bustle create a wonderful experience.

Mercado de Salamanca is more on the edge of the center and is a lot smaller but equally authentic.

Perhaps because tourists visit this market less, it is therefore quieter to visit.

Squares, gardens and parks in Málaga.

Málaga has beautiful squares, colorful gardens and beautiful parks. The most central square is Plaza de la Constitucion in the historic center.

From here you walk into the most famous shopping street of Málaga. La Calle Larios is a chic car-free street with nice shops.

Picasso’s parental home is on Plaza de la Merced. This is a lively square with the image of Picasso on a bench diagonally in front of his birth house.

The square is characterized by a large obelisk and the cozy terraces in the sun.

Paseo del Parque is the 800-meter-long city park along the harbor and in front of the town hall.

For true garden lovers we can recommend the botanical garden of Málaga.

These beautiful gardens are located about 5 kilometers north of the city on a mountainside.