The Costa del Sol is connected to a number of civilisations who have inhabited the region throughout its history. The Phoenicians, Romans and Arabs all left their own marks, which are visible today in the form of monuments and architectural masterpieces. If you're one who likes to bask in the history and culture of the place you're visiting, the province of Málaga has plenty for you to discover. We’ll give you all the details.
Monuments and sights in Málaga itself
Málaga is the perfect blend of tradition and modernity. A walk through the streets of its old town will show you precisely that. Here you will come across some of the most iconic sights in Málaga. First, there’s the Cathedral, which is known as La Manquita (meaning “The One-Armed Lady”) owing to the fact it's missing a tower, and then you have the Roman Theatre, which has recently been restored as a theatrical venue. We also have to mention the Alcazaba and Gibralfaro Castle, which offer incredible views from their walls.
The Central Atarazanas Market boasts stunning architecture and the layout of a traditional food market. The Malagueta Bullring allows you to delve into the world of bullfighting and its spectacle.
Be sure to stroll through the iconic Calle Larios, or indeed through the beautiful squares that are Plaza de la Constitución and Plaza de la Merced. The latter is home to the birthplace of Pablo Picasso.
Monuments and sights on the Málaga coast
The coastline of the Costa del Sol also harbours a number of sights that each tell their very own story of the area. Special mention should go to the fortresses of Castillo de la Duquesa (Duchess’ Castle) and Fortín de Sabinillas (Sabanillas Fort) in Manilva, Sohail Castle in Fuengirola, which is situated at the top of a hill that boasts stunning views of the sea, and then we have Colomares Castle in Benalmádena, a modern castle with various striking patterns.
In the east, nature has given rise to very unusual places over the course of time. Take, for instance, Cueva del Tesoro ("Treasure Cave") in Rincón de la Victoria, which is famous for the legend of a treasure that was once hidden by the Almoravid emperor, or indeed the Nerja Caves and their breathtaking underground rock formations. During your visit to Nerja, make sure you visit the Balcón de Europa as well, where you will be treated to gorgeous sea views.
You will also find some real gems tucked away in the town of Vélez-Málaga. Its old town made up of steep and winding streets has been declared an Artistic-Historical Site.
A journey through the history of the province of Málaga
Inland Málaga is home to two veritable gems: Ronda and Antequera. Ronda's appeal lies in its special charm. Its Bullring is one of the most important bullrings in Spain, and its Tajo gorge is one of the features that astounds first-time visitors most of all. Antequera is the town that boasts the largest concentration of churches in all of Andalusia. Some of its most striking monuments include its Collegiate Church, the Alcazaba and the World Heritage Site that is the Historical Site of the Dolmens.
As for some of the smaller towns, the sights that stand out include the Roman Águila Castle in Gaucín, which is situated on top of a hill, and the Moorish Álora Castle, which was built during Medieval times. Another unmissable sight is offered up by the originality and uniqueness of the white tombs and mausoleums of the Casabermeja Cemetery.