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7 Ancient Attractions Malaga is Known For

Castillo de Gibralfaro
Castillo de Gibralfaro. Cerdit: Unsplash/María López Jorge

When you visit a new city, it’s simple to visit the tourist attractions and get a glimpse of the city's marvels. What about the ancient attractions? These spots have deep-rooted history and give you an insight into the city's culture. If you’re planning a long trip or even are in Malaga for the weekend, we recommend checking at least one or all of these landmarks and learning all you can. You won’t be disappointed!

Gibralfaro Castle

Perched high on top of the mountain with scenic views of the city is the iconic Gibralfaro Castle which was built in the 10th century. It should be high on top of your travel agenda because it's open throughout the day for a nominal fee. Standing on top of the Phoenician lighthouse, this castle holds stories of famous sieges throughout Malaga's history.

Roman Theatre

The Roman Theatre is perhaps the most famous ruins that the city has to show. While the spot was discovered in the 1950s, the amphitheatre is said to date back to the 1st century B.C. Don't miss this short quick trip to grab some historic pictures.

Piletas de Garum

It might not seem like much but the Piletas de Garum are Roman basins that were once upon a time used in a salted fish factory in the 4th century. An interesting way of looking at this piece of history is through a glass pyramid on a pedestrian street. Pretty interesting!

Hospital de Santo Tomas

Another interesting structure besides Malaga Cathedral is the Hospital de Santo Tomas. While it may look like an old structure that survived the earthquake & needed restoration, the uniqueness behind it is the story. It was actually founded by a knight who fought the Catholic army in 1505. It was meant to provide healthcare to the poor.

Palacio Episcopal

Palacio Episcopal
Episcopal Palace of Malaga, Spain
Credit: Américo Toledano/CC-BY-SA-3.0

Palacio Episcopal stands near the Malaga Cathedral, also built in the 16th century. By the 18th century, this Palace was expanded to the beauty you see today. The magnificence of this structure is not just the exterior, but the interior! From intricate architecture and religious artworks to exhibitions, you cannot miss exploring this old-world marvel.

Malaga Cathedral

The Malaga Cathedral is an awe-inspiring dominant feature in the city of Malaga. Built in the 16th century, you'll find not just the interesting architecture, but also the Virgin of the Saints painting & kneeling figures of the Catholic Monarchs. A fun fact is that this structure stands on the site of an earlier mosque!

Alcazaba Fortress

Almost every tour guide will show you the well-known Alcazaba Fortress during your tour around the city. Built as a way of defence, this Moorish Fortress includes not just well-maintained gardens, but also a palace with courtyards. Cool, isn't it?

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