One of Spain's oldest cities, Malaga has been inhabited since the time of the Phoenicians, who called it Malaka. A city of narrow streets, whitewashed houses, churches and sunny plazas, Malaga offers an idealized image of Spain. Andalusia's main port is also your gateway to the resorts of the Costa del Sol. No visit to Malaga would be complete without a trip to Granada and a tour of the fabled Alhambra.
Malaga was the chief port for the Kingdom of Granada, the last stronghold of Moorish Spain. The city fell to Ferdinand and Isabelle in 1487. The re-conquest of Spain ended with the fall of Grenada in 1492, the year Columbus discovered the New World.
Charles V's Renaissance palace is surrounded by this ornate, Moorish terraced water garden.
The jewel of Granada is this 14th century fortress-palace complex, famed for its superb mosaics, graceful columns and courtyards.
Malaga's cathedral boasts a Baroque exterior, a Renaissance altar and superb choir stalls.
One of Spain's oldest cities, Ronda sits atop dramatic cliffs and is divided by a gorge. Its historic and picturesque views make for a prime tourist destination.
Over 155 works of the famed painter, donated by Picasso's family, are proudly displayed in this museum dedicated to its celebrated resident.
The old Moorish fortress is the oldest part of the Alhambra, perched above the city, offering panoramic views of Granada and the Mediterranean.
The most famous resort on the Costa del Sol, Marbella retains its original charm, with cobbled streets and whitewashed houses and Gothic-style architecture. Trendy boutiques and open-air cafés add a bit of the contemporary to this tourist favorite
El Castillo de Gibralfaro is a Muslim fortress built on a hill in the middle of the city. As the highest point in the center, you can view all of Malaga, including the harbor in the south and the fisherman's neighborhood.