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Malaga Old Town, Spain

Main sights in Malaga city centre include the cathedral and several churches, each with its own distinctive style. Malaga is now a city of over 30  museums headlined by the Picasso Museum and  the Carmen Tyson Museum. These are all located within a small walkable area.  Monuments include the Alcazaba and the Castillo de Gibralfaro with their fantastic views of the town and bay as well as the Roman Theatre.

Eating just-caught sardines by the sea is one of life’s great simple pleasures, and the beaches either side of Malaga are the perfect place to do it – particularly after a morning at the Picasso and Carmen Thyssen museums. Unlike some Spanish cities, it does not wind down in summer and is particularly lively during the Malaga Fair in mid-August, when even the most reserved visitors might find themselves joining the locals for a twirl in the streets.

Start the day with a coffee in the Plaza de la Constitución, then stroll down the marble-paved Larios street towards the Mediterranean. Walk along the Muelle Uno waterfront development to the new Pompidou Centre in the glass cube up ahead. Visit the Picasso Museum and the Centro de Arte Contemporáneo, then drop into the Atarazanas market for lunch at one of the tapas bars. Later on, explore the galleries, bars and cafés of the trendy Soho area. Life is bliss in Old Town Malaga.

Gibraltar – Top of the World Arctic Circle  ©  Monika Newbound

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