Make the iconic Calle Larios, Málaga's main shopping street where the world's leading brands have their stores, your starting point. Next, follow it as far as Plaza de la Constitución, the heart of the city's historical quarter.
From there head west, down Calle Compañía to the Palacio de Villalón (16th century), home of the Museo Carmen Thyssen Málaga (Málaga's Carmen Thyssen Museum), the first goal of the route. The Museum that opened in March 2011 displays a permanent collection of over 200 works by Spanish artists of the 19th century and mainly focuses on Andalusian painting.
Recharge your batteries with a Málaga-style breakfast at one of the many cafés in the area when you are back in the Plaza de la Constitución. Some good coffee with churros (deep-fried pastry) or a pitufo (toasted sandwich) will be just the thing. Now head east and take Calle Santa Mara, which leads straight to the Cathedral and the Museo Catedralicio (Cathedral Museum). Although work on the Cathedral began during the Gothic period (16th century) on the old Arab mosque, the building is in the Renaissance style and is still unfinished. The missing south tower has earned the building the popular nickname "La Manquita" (One-Armed). There is a beautiful example of Málaga's baroque architecture opposite the cathedral: Plaza del Obispo and Palacio Episcopal (Bishop's Palace; 1762).
You will end in Calle Alcazabilla by going along Calle Císter along the back of the Cathedral where you will find the next place of interest: The Alcazaba, which, together with the Gibralfaro Castle, is one of the most important monuments of the city.
The Alcazaba, built between the 11th and 15th centuries, was the fortress palace of the Moorish rulers. It is located on the site of an earlier Phoenician fortress at the foot of Mount Gibralfaro, a privileged spot overlooking the city.
The Alcazaba is connected to the Gibralfaro Castle by a steep mountain passage. The easiest way to access this fort is by taking bus 35 from the Paseo del Parque.
The next place to visit on this route is the Teatro Romano (Roman Theatre) situated at Alcazabilla, at the foot of the Alcazaba. Built in the 1st century BC, it was in use until the 3rd century AD After its restoration, Málaga's Roman Theatre was recently given back its original use as a performance space.
We now recommend taking a break to enjoy the varied and rich local and international cuisine at one of the many places in the Historic Quarter of Málaga. Fried fish, gazpacho, Málaga salad ... And all washed down with delicious wines.
Resume your route and follow Calle Alcazabilla north to reach the Plaza de la Merced where you can join the Málaga Picasso Route . Objective: Fundación Picasso. Museo Casa Natal: Picasso's birthplace where original works from the permanent collection of Pablo Ruiz Picasso along with pieces from temporary exhibitions are displayed. Ceramics, prints and illustrated books. Next, take a break for a snack or a drink at any of the bars and cafés in the square.
From Plaza de la Merced go towards Calle Granada where you will find the church of Santiago, where Picasso was baptised, when entering this street. It is in the Mudéjar Gothic style and its construction begun in 1487. Now it is the home of some of the most important brotherhoods of Easter Week in Málaga.
About 200 metres to the left, you will find the narrow Calle de San Agustín and the Palacio Buenavista, home of the Museo Picasso Málaga.
Opened in 2003, this museum displays 233 works by Picasso including paintings, drawings, sculptures, prints and ceramics that are part of the permanent collection as well as pieces from temporary exhibitions.
Return to the plaza de la Constitución, your starting point, and again go down Calle Larios, which is bustling with commercial activity. In fact, bustle and activity would have been part of your whole tour and perhaps you took the opportunity to do some shopping in any of the many excellent shops.
Arriving at plaza de la Marina we move west on the left side of the paseo del Parque. Built at the end of the 19th century upon a strip of land won from the sea, this path connects the old quarter with the east side of the city and the seafront. It holds
emblematic buildings such as the Aduana Palace (Customs Palace) location of Malaga’s Museum and which keeps the provincial collections of Archaeology and Fine Arts. In this amazing museum we can find more than 15,000 archaeology pieces and more than
2,000 titles of Fine Arts, amongst them is one of the best collections of Spanish painting from the XIX century.
Within the Park you can also find the former Post Office building of neo-mudejar style (1923), current Rector’s Office of the University, the Bank of Spain of Neo-classic style (1933-36) and the City Council of Neo-baroque style (1911-19).
Cross the Paseo del Parque and enter the Paseo de la Farola, which leads to the next place of interest: La Farola (1817), symbol of the city of Málaga.
From La Farola, we will enjoy breathtaking views of Málaga’s seaport and the city, to whose historical centre we will come back through the Muelle Uno (dock one), where Centre Pompidou Málaga is located. This Centre offers a permanent exhibition of
several dozens of art works pertaining to the XXth and XXIst centuries of the impressive collection of Centre Pompidou in Paris. The Muelle Uno also hosts an important shopping and leisure area, where we can take the chance to do some shopping in any of
the exclusive establishments set there, as well as to get our strength back in any of its bars and restaurants placed next to the sea.
Continue this pleasant walk by taking Muelle 2, an extension of Muelle 1, which is now a boulevard called El Palmeral de las Sorpresas. You will now have returned to your starting point after enjoying unique experiences that will lead you to an inevitable conclusion:
you just have to return.