How to Spend 24 Hours in Málaga

Málaga port
Málaga port | © Pexels/Pixabay
Mark Nayler

Over recent years, Málaga has established itself as one of Andalusia’s star attractions. One day here allows you to experience much that this wonderful city has to offer, from live Flamenco and great restaurants to edgy street art and some of Pablo Picasso’s finest paintings. See for yourself why Málaga is deserving of its reputation as a world-class destination.

1. Visit the Pablo Picasso Museum

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The Museo De Picasso on the Plaza De La Merced I © Llecco/WikiCommons

While you’re wandering around what used to be Picasso’s neighbourhood, stop in at the superbly maintained Picasso Museum on Calle San Agustín to see some of his finest works. The museum was opened in 2003 by Christine and Bernard Ruiz-Picasso, Picasso’s daughter-in-law and grandson, and the permanent collection features over 200 works from every stage of Picasso’s eclectic career. Starting from March 2016, the museum will also be displaying a further 166 Picasso pieces – some of them rarely displayed to the public before – over a period of three years.

Discover the Street Art in Soho

After a gentle stroll around the port, you could of course head back into the Old Town and visit Malaga’s Moorish Alcazaba. But with just 24 hours in the city, why not do something a bit different instead? Just off the port, bordered by Alameda Principal to the north and the Guadalmedina River to the west, is a now-neglected quarter of Málaga that 50 or so years ago was a desirable residential area. Nowadays, this unloved neighbourhood is home to one of the most exciting street art scenes in Andalusia. As part of the initiative known as Málaga Arte Urbano Soho (MAUS), some of the world’s leading graffiti artists have enlivened Soho’s crumbing facades with amazing spray-paint images. Though there is a map of the works’ locations available on the MAUS website, it’s more fun just to walk around, discovering the wonderful murals as you go.

Street art in Málaga’s Soho district

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