Usually, when you think of Spain, all you can think of is the food, architecture, and soccer. However, discovering more about Spain is not only about these three things and visiting the popular cities within the country during the trip.
Introducing Málaga, a city located in Andalusia known for its rich history, pristine beaches, and vibrant culture. Combined with Islamic heritage and Muslim presence, Málaga also boasts its Muslim-friendliness for Muslim visitors. With a lot of activities and attractions to visit, Málaga is the perfect choice for your dream vacation and to add to your travel bucket list. Here are some attractions you should see and enjoy during your trip to Málaga!
Alcazaba (or Alcazaba de Málaga) is one of the most popular historical attractions to visit in Málaga. Dating back to its creation in the 11th century as a palace and fortress, Alcazaba was built by Muslims during the Islamic occupation period to house residential areas, the palace of the rulers during the era, silos, cisterns, and other facilities that are needed in during a case of attack. The name of Alcazaba itself comes from the Arabic word “Al-qasbah” which means a fortified place.
Located on the Gibralfaro mountain, the Alcazaba de Málaga would then be known as one of the most beautiful and well-preserved Alcazaba that still existed today. With tall walls surrounding the Alcazaba, original beautiful tilings, grand arches, multiple gates, and great architecture, it is believed that during the Islamic period, the Alcazaba would be much bigger in terms of size especially before the restoration efforts.
Upon visiting the Alcazaba, the Islamic influences such as the patio, columns, annexes, and other architectural features that are inspired by other Islamic landmarks during the era would immediately catch your attention. Making it the perfect blend of revisiting the Islamic past while enjoying the traditional Spanish atmosphere in Málaga.
Tip: As the Castillo de Gibralfaro (Gibralfaro Castle) is also located and connected with the Alcazaba, make sure to also visit this magnificent castle and enjoy the magnificent view of the city as it is one of the popular tourist attractions that you shouldn’t miss during your trip!
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Filled with different kinds of plants, trees, and herbs, the Botanical Garden of Málaga is more than your typical garden. Created by the Marquis and Marchioness of the House of Loring, Jorge Loring Oyarzabal and Amalia Heredia Livermore in 1855, the garden would soon be famously known all-over Europe not only for its beauty but also for its extensive archaeological remains and collection of primitive and exotic plants.
The wide diversity of plants that are offered by the garden comes from around the world, be it tropical, subtropical, or Mediterranean. The garden is also located in a stunning location, where you can be surrounded by the lush greeneries while enjoying the beautiful hills or the Mediterranean seas as the backdrop in some spots. With the peaceful atmosphere, you can temporarily escape from the hustle and bustle of your daily activities and enjoy your well-deserved holiday filled with tranquility.
Image Credit: Museo Picasso Málaga
If you’re more into arts and culture, then the Museo Picasso Málaga is the right attraction to explore. Once the birthplace of the famous Pablo Picasso, this museum is created as a dedication to the artist and his great artworks. With over 200 works on display, the museum features his preserved paintings, drawings, prints, ceramics, and other artworks that you can find from the early era of the Blue Period, up until the Post-Surrealism era. When the time is right during your visit, you may also see temporary exhibitions that are hosted in the museum for both Picasso and other well-respected artists.
You can also learn more about Picasso's life and deep dive into the different types of art styles by visiting the museum. The museum would also explain on how his art styles evolve throughout the year and help you to differentiate them according to the influences and the career stages of his life. Alongside his artworks, you can also admire the building that his works are currently featured in, as the museum uses a beautiful and neatly-restored 16th-century palace named Buenavista Palace as a place to house these amazing artworks.
Just enjoying the positive vibes and great places that Málaga has been giving you? Then a simple walk along the Calle Marqués de Larios will definitely perk up your mood! As one of the main streets in Málaga, the street is filled with rich history and cultural significance while also functioning as the social and economic hub of Málaga. This street is also considered as one of the must-visit spots for tourists that have been wanting to take some insta-worthy pictures.
Featuring its pedestrian-friendly attribute, visitors could enjoy some of the things that the street offer. The street features some of the most stunning architecture that dates back to the 19th century. You can also find shops along the streets for some of the best and most high-end items to hunt. While strolling along the street during the day seems like a great time to take pictures and enjoy doing some shopping, visiting the street during the night will bring you a different experience to enjoy. Featuring great restaurants and cafes, nights on the streets are where people start pouring out and enjoying the night with friends and family. Perfect for you who’s been searching for crowds and integrating with the locals.
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A trip wouldn’t be complete without going on a shopping spree, and the Artisan Market of the Sea is not to miss before going home. Open from 11.00 AM to 7.00 PM every third Sunday of the month, the market is home to various things to do and enjoy. Providing a lively and lovely atmosphere, visitors could indulge in the Mediterranean culture and simply enjoy the moment. Located along the popular seaside promenade, you won't find a better shopping experience as the view of the sea itself is not something you can find every day in a market.
The market itself is popular for having some of the best handmade crafts and souvenirs by local artisans such as jewelry, textiles, pottery, and other fun items and trinkets for visitors to choose from. You may also enjoy street performers and musicians jamming in the market while enjoying your food and drinks, as the market also provides a platform for local artists and businesses to be able to showcase, sell, and reveal their work to visitors.
Málaga Tourism Board in partnership with HalalTrip has just released in-depth and detailed content about the city of Málaga as the first Muslim traveler-conscious guide in Spain. This halal travel guide is available for free to download on HalalTrip, so check it out!