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Beyond its 16 sunny beaches, the Andalusian city of Malaga in southern Spain on the shores of the Mediterranean has a fascinating cultural side. It's the birthplace of Pablo Picasso and the Spainish has reinvented itself in recent year, inaugurating museums for all tastes.

If you take the combination of sea and culture and add a lively atmosphere, plenty of tapas served in its bars, areas such as the port that have been transformed to offer a more modern image, and monuments with centuries of history, the result is an exciting city everyone would want to discover. Because if everyone says that Malaga is prettier than ever then it must be true.

Malaga is a city full of historical spots such as the Alcazaba, one of the largest Moorish fortresses in Andalusia, or Gibralfaro Castle, which offers the best views over the city. At the foot of the castle there is a Roman theatre and an old town to stroll around. Its streets offer attractions such as the Atarazanas Market to have a vermouth, and monuments like the Cathedral, known as ‘La Manquita’ (one-armed), due to its unfinished right tower.

In the city of Picasso, you can visit the excellent Picasso Museum in the centre, and the home where he was born. In recent years Malaga has inaugurated the Carmen Thyssen Museum, the only Pompidou Centre outside France - its coloured cubes have become an icon, or the St Petersburg Russian Museum Collection. If you prefer a more underground culture, look out for the Centre for Contemporary Art, the street art on the city’s buildings, and the alternative establishments in the Soho neighbourhood.

Malaga is also known for its Film Festival, its Holy Week, its innovative restaurants.

In Summer 2022, Aurigny will fly direct to Malaga from Guernsey.  

Malaga is also connected to the Spanish high-speed train network the AVE