Situated in the capitol of Costa del Sol, Malaga provides a real treat for travelers arriving at Malaga airport. For the art-lover, the most important site to visit will surely be the Palacio de Buenavista, now converted into a Picasso Museum. The Casa Natal de Picasso, where Picasso spent his early years, is another local attraction not to be missed, along with the city’s Cathedral. This port city, founded by Phoenicians, spent several centuries under Islamic rule. This is reflected in the Alcazaba, Islamic gardens and courtyards still frequented by visitors staying in town for a pleasant weekend. Malaga is also home to the Castillo de Gibralfaro, a 14th century Islamic structure with a double-walled fortress.
Serious shoppers will not want to miss Los Artesanos, the best place to shop for local pottery. The city also offers many options for excellent cuisine. Café de Paris is widely known as Malaga’s best restaurant. A better-kept secret is the Escuela de Hostelería, a catering school that serves surprisingly good food. The school is housed in a 17th century villa on the outskirts of town.