It is true that Malaga is a sea faring city through and through but it is also true that this incredible destination in the south of Spain hides many more secrets that go way beyond fishing and the sea.
Although the impressive Castillo de Gibralfaro is one of the principal highlights, the authentic old town (or “casco viejo” as it is called by the inhabitants), has treasures that should be discovered by visitors. If you have decided to take a lightening break to Malaga and have chosen a Petit Palace hotel you are to be congratulated because the location is just a few steps from the most prominent features of the old town.
If it is your first time in Malaga and you decide to ask any local Malagueno which is the ideal starting point for a visit to the old town in the city, without a doubt the answer will be Calle Larios (Larios Street), the social and commercial heart of the capital. Formed by many shops selling well-known luxury goods and by terraces with bars where pescaito frito (fried fish) is the outstanding dish, a visit to this street is almost obligatory.
Also apart from visiting the city’s architectural heritage (formed by a large number of convents, churches and palaces dating from the 17th and 18th centuries), a walk through Malaga’s old town will allow you to see the urban development that took place in the city around the middle of the 21st century. This commitment to new fashion trends helped this place in Andalusia become a world reference.
After an initial stroll through the most prominent places of this commercial area, our recommendation is that you visit “La Manquita”, Malaga Cathedral, an architectural wonder. Considered Andalusia’s most highly valued renaissance jewel, La Manquita can be found in the area that in past times housed the popular mosque Aljama.
After a good dose of Malaga art, how about filling your stomach with some southern delights at the top eating places in the city? Although there are an abundance of top places to eat (all of exceptional quality), there are some that we find particularly charming, for their style and ambiance.
Places such as the Refectorium Catedra with their outstanding cuisine, the Taberna Uvedoble, small but with exquisite recipes, the “KGB” of the chef Kisko Garcia or the Cerveceria Los Gatos (one of the most typical), should not be missing from your list.
If, after taking this route through the centre of the city, you want more, there is nothing better than to visit the marine area that has given so much personality to the city.