When going to Spain, it is easy to be dazzled with the sights of Madrid, Barcelona, and Seville. One should also pay attention to other cities, however, such as Malaga. Those going here can visit through Malaga Airport, which is officially known as Malaga-Costa del Sol Airport. It is one of the busiest ports of entry in Spain, usually coming after the number of passenger traffic in the airports of Madrid-Barajas, Barcelona, and Palma de Mallorca.
Airlines that have a hub in Malaga are Air Europa, Ryanair, Vueling, and Norwegian Air Shuttle; while many others connect to Malaga Airport. These and other flight transport companies bring domestic traffic to 20 cities in Spain and more than 100 cities to Europe. Malaga Airport also connects to Africa, the Middle East, and North America in peak seasons.
What to see & do
Travellers going to Malaga will find a variety of sights that can rival those in other parts of the country. There is the historical landmark of Alcazaba, a palace-fortress built in the time when Moors occupied Spain. This defensive structure, overlooking the bay, features battlements, arrow slits, and turrets that look beautiful despite its military purpose. This is due to the effort of the builders to consider the play of light and shadow when they constructed this edifice in the 11th century. Those going inside should also visit the archaeological museum in the former servants' quarters of the Nazari palace. One will see here exhibits of Moorish ceramics and pottery.
Another accompanying structure one will see near the Alcazaba is the Castillo de Gibralfaro. It used to house troops ready to defend Alcazaba and also served as a lighthouse for the ships passing by the area. One going inside to the walkway around the ramparts will get fine views of the city. Another area to see here is the military museum where visitors can also see a smaller model of the Castillo and Alcazaba.
From here, tourists can head to the Catedral, which was started in 16th century. It used to be a mosque, but extensive renovations that took about 200 years turned it into the immense church visitors will see today. The structure is a sight to behold, especially inside when one sees the domed ceiling and the vast nave, as well as the fine retables and religious art. Some parts were left unfinished, however, due to the cumulative costs. This does not detract from the stunning look of the church, which also has a museum featuring various types of religious art and valuable ornaments used for Mass and other activities.
Malaga, being the birthplace of renowned painter Pablo Picasso, will find a museum dedicated to displaying his works. It has a collection of 204 of his artistic pieces, which visitors can examine. Works of the master are not the only items displayed here, as one can also venture to look at the archaeological remains of Phoenician, Roman, Islamic, and Renaissance eras, which were found when the museum was being built.
How to get around within Malaga
Travellers will find it relatively easy to go around Malaga due to its extensive bus network which connects to Seville, Granada, Córdoba, Antequera, Ronda, and Madrid. One can also find here buses going to France, Germany, Portugal, and Morocco. Those visiting nearby provinces and other major cities can get on a train of the Malaga-RENFE. Boats going to and from Melilla are available via the Trasmediterránea are also available for travellers considering other options. Rental cars can also be found in the airport, which one can hire for a more private mode of transport.
How to get there
Travellers going to Malaga Airport can schedule connecting flights offered by various airlines that include Aer Lingus, Aeroflot, Aigle Azur, Air Algerie, Air Berlin, Air Europa, Air France, Air Mediterranee, Air Transat, Alitalia, Blue Air, British Airways, Brussels Airlines, Bulgaria Air, Delta Air Lines, easyJet, easyJet Switzerland, Estonian Air, Finnair, Flybe, Germanwings, Iberia, Iberia Express, Icelandair, Jet2.com, Jetairfly, LOT Polish Airlines, Lufthansa, Luxair, Melilla Airlines, Monarch Airlines, Neos, Niki, Norwegian Air Shuttle, Royal Air Maroc, Ryanair, Scandinavian Airlines, SmartWings, Swiss International Air Lines, TAP Portugal, Thomson Airways, Transaero Airlines, Transavia.com, Transavia.com France, Tunisair, Turkish Airlines, Volotea, Vueling, Wizz Air, and XL Airways France.