Often overlooked by real estate agents and those looking for luxury houses for sale on the Costa del Sol, Málaga city has a lot to offer.
Málaga is more than a gateway to the Costa del Sol, it’s brimming with art, historical sites, modern shops, beaches and some of the best food in the world.
This once a tired port city has undergone a reinvention in the last twenty years. With the opening of the Picasso Museum in 2003 (he was born in Málaga), there has been an influx of public money spent on a cultural expansion. From the urban street art of MAUS (Málaga Arte Urbano en el Soho) in Soho to the building of the new Centre Pompidou in the luxury Muelle Uno Puerto, there’s a feast for eyes everywhere you turn.
The overspill is the modernisation of the infrastructure and an explosion of hospitality towards creative types, with high-end restaurants, vintage clothes shops, boutique hotels, roof terrace bars and a generally cosmopolitan atmosphere thriving well into the night.
Then there’s the traditional Málaga. The Alcazaba is a Moorish fortress adjoining the ancient walls of the city. There are 15 beaches, all lined with Chiringuitos, the traditional beachside eateries where you will find the morning’s catch grilling on the sand. In fact, the locals are nicknamed boquerones (anchovies) because of the quantities they eat. and the number of tapas bars. Specialist ultramarinos (traditional grocery stores), street and covered markets selling the bountiful local produce. The clement year-round weather makes this a brilliant city for outdoor events. From street performers to grand city-wide festivals, there is a never a lack of activity.