On our first day in Malaga we decided to take in the sights of the old town including the cathedral, Picasso Museum and Plaza de la Constitución.
We were tired after spending the last few days in Lisbon. So a hearty breakfast in the hotel was definitely in order.
Once we had fuelled up with the continental selection we then set out to explore the Andalusian city of Malaga.
Plaza de la Constitución
After walking through the narrow streets of the old town we arrived at Plaza de la Constitución.
This is a beautiful square and is surrounded by shops, restaurants and a few cafes. We thought that it was a great place to have coffee and just watch the world go by.
A visitor sitting on a table near us may not remember the square fondly though. They managed to drop their expensive looking DSLR camera. Oops!
Our next port of call was Malaga Cathedral. Construction of this cathedral started in the 16th century but ceased in the 18th century due to the rising cost. We noticed evidence of this as only one of the bell towers was completed.
Readers of my blog probably know that we love a good viewpoint. So we just had to scale the 200 steps to the cathedral roof. The views of Malaga were amazing with the city skyline seemingly stretching as far back as the mountains.
Museo Picasso Malaga
Once we had a bit of a rest from scaling the cathedral stairs we made our way to the Picasso Museum. After parting with the €7 entry fee we browsed this impressive collection of over 200 Pablo Picasso works.
The collection is spread out over two floors and spans from his earliest work right up to the final years of his life. Hayley was most impressed with Picasso’s Angry Owl sculpture as she thought it looked like her. Unfortunately as photography was not permitted I couldn’t get a picture to prove the likeness.
Lunch at Cafe Berlin
After leaving the Picasso Museum we decided to have lunch at Cafe Berlin. We opted for a plate of cheese and ham, washed down with a nice cold beer. The snack was simple but delicious. It was definitely worth waiting the 20 minutes it took to place our order after arrival.
Museo de Malaga
This new museum tells the story of Malaga through art and archaeology. The first floor has a collection of fine art from the 19th and 20th centuries.
On the second floor are wall paintings from Malaga’s caves and some Roman archaeological finds.
We enjoyed finding out about Malaga’s past here. What surprised us the most was that entry to this interesting museum was free.
Plaza del Obispo
After leaving Malaga Museum we wandered through the streets of the old town to Plaza del Obispo. This small and colourful square is located opposite Malaga Cathedral and the Episcopal Palace of Malaga.
Our next stop in Malaga was Mercado Atarazanas. This market is most noticeable for its outstanding stained glass window.
When we were walking around I could have easily tucked into the fruit, vegetables, fish, meat and cheese on offer here. The red chilli looked particularly tasty but probably would have burnt a hole in my innards.
The choices of food in here really reminded me about the market in Barcelona.
Being big football fans we always try and see the local football stadium wherever we go. Malaga was no different so we made the short walk up to La Rosaleda Stadium.
We didn’t get to go inside the stadium but we did have a look in the club shop. Hayley bought the obligatory key ring here to add to the growing collection.
It was then time to make our way back to the hotel and get ready for our evening meal.
Evening meal in Al-Yamal
For our evening meal we decided on Al-Yamal, a Morroccan restaurant. For starters we had flat bread with hummus and lamb koftas. Then for main we had lamb couscous and chicken tagine. It was absolutely incredible.