5 must-see attractions in Málaga on the Costa del Sol, Spain

The Romans and Moors both left their mark on Málaga, which can still clearly be seen today, along with Pablo Ruiz Picasso and a vintage car museum.

To many visitors, Málaga is just an "airport" they fly into on their Costa del Sol [VIDEO] holiday. As they arrive, they pick up their rental car and drive off to Fuengirola, Benalmádena, Marbella and other coastal resorts.

However, Málaga is a fascinating and historic city worthy of exploration on a Costa del Sol holiday. The city is split into two, with the modern side of the city and the quaint and beautiful historic quarter. Málaga has many excellent restaurants and tapas bars [VIDEO] to choose from and hotels line the well-cared-for beach.

The city is also the birthplace of artist Pablo Ruiz Picasso and Hollywood actor Antonio Banderas.

The city offers the following attractions and more, which are a must-see on a visit to Málaga, Spain.

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Museo Picasso Málaga - Palacio de Buenavista, Calle San Agustín, 8, Málaga, Spain

Renowned Spanish artist Pablo Ruiz Picasso was born in Málaga. In 2003, the Buenavista Palace was turned into the Museo Picasso Málaga, which displays many of the artist’s paintings. It is also possible to visit Picasso’s birthplace and home in Plaza de la Merced in the centre of the city.

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The Cathedral of Málaga - Calle Molina Lario, 9, Málaga, Spain

The Cathedral of Málaga is built between the years 1528-1782 in the Renaissance architectural tradition with soaring and beautiful interior ceilings. The cathedral bears the nickname “La Manquita” (the one-armed woman”) due to the fact that one of the towers was curiously left unbuilt due to lack of funds.

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La Alcazaba - Calle Alcazabilla, 2, Málaga, Spain

La Alcazaba is a Moorish fortress and palace built up the side of a hill in the mid-15th century. While exploring, sweeping views can be enjoyed over the city, Mediterranean Sea and the Port of Málaga. In contrast, at the base a Roman amphitheatre can be seen. At the top of the hill, the Moorish visit Gibralfaro Castle.

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Castillo de Gibralfaro - Camino Gibralfaro s/n, Málaga, Spain

Castillo de Gibralfaro was built by Abd-Al-Rahman II in the 10th century and was expanded in the 14th century to include a wall and stairway going down to La Alcazaba. The building is set in a wooded area at the top of the hill with impressive views. Right next door, you can treat yourself to a luxury stay at the Parador de Málaga Gibralfaro, one of a group of luxurious hotels all over Spain.

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Museo Automovilístico de Málaga - Av de Sor Teresa Prat, 15, Málaga, Spain

The Car Museum of Málaga displays a collection of approximately 90 classic cars covering several eras along with exhibits of haut couture hats, fashion and luggage, as well as contemporary art. There are 13 thematic areas to explore in the museum.

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