Malaga: A City of Museums

by Jules on August 21, 2013

Why is Malaga every museum lover’s paradise?

For the lovers of literary heritage and exuberance, artistic finesse, historical magnificence, intellectual manifestations, European culture and architectural opulence, Malaga is one of those most sought-after tourist destinations which one must visit at least once in a lifetime. Brimming with historical affluence left, right and centre, this city has everything to offer to a history enthusiast or an artistic admirer, something that can only be visualised in dreams. With more than 10 grand museums, this Spanish destination is rightfully called the ‘City of Museums!’

A Glimpse of Malaga’s Most Popular Museums

The city is flooded by more than 6 million tourists every year, most of who come to take in the historical and artistic richness offered by a huge number of museums, each specialising in different eras, artists and artefacts. Its Mediterranean climate and exotic looks only add to the visitors’ pleasure. Discussed ahead are some of the most popular museum delights in the city:

• Museo Picasso Malaga

Malaga is the proud birthplace of Pablo Picasso, inarguably one of the most acclaimed and gifted painters and sculptors of the 20th century. The Museo Picasso Malaga, which was inaugurated in 2003, is home to a whopping 285 of Picasso’s works depicting his artistic brilliance in full sheen and power. A heaven for the admirers of Picasso, the museum is situated just 200 metres from his birth spot and his nursery school. So, one can dwell on Picasso’s work as well as his early days in the city!

• Carmen Thyssen Museum

Relatively new, the museum is home to lavish and enviable art collection of Carmen Cervera. The collection includes paintings and artefacts, predominantly from Andalusian history. Located amid picturesque natural beauty, the museum is on every art lover’s wishlist. It is especially rewarding to visit this museum and later have Malaga’s renowned prawns and squids, along with the popular Sherry wine.

• Museo de Malaga

A congregation of the two most loved museums of Malaga, Museo de Malaga is house to an impressive 15,000 art pieces in the archaeology section and 2,000 in the fine arts section. The museum is one-stop shop for all those looking to trace the journey of Spain through European Renaissance. Not to forget, it also displays some rare Baroque style plasterworks.

• Museo Automovilistico de Malaga

A heaven for automobile lovers, Museo Automovilistico de Malaga is a popular tourist haunt. With some stunning car collections, it makes for one memorable visit. Apart from the above four, Malaga proudly boasts of several other museums that are bound to leave any visitor in complete awe. This city of museums is both promising and brilliant and is sure to leave indelible marks on one’s heart and memory forever.

Getting to Malaga from the UK

As well as being a popular destination in itself, Malaga is the gateway to Spain’s Costa Del Sol, where Brits flock in their thousands each summer.  As such there are numerous flights departing UK cities every day.  Travel search site Momondo provides an overview of flight options from London to Malaga on this page with the popular budget airlines (easyJet, RyanAir, Monarch) listed along with the likes of British Airways.  Roadtrip?  Google Maps suggests a driving time of around 21 hours, and almost 1400 miles from London, covering the full length of France and Spain.  If that sounds like too much then maybe let the train take the strain.  Seat61 recommends a route using the Eurostar and Elipsos sleeper train to Madrid, then taking the high speed AVE service to Malaga.

Image Credits; 1; Llecco2; 3; 4; Carlos Cesar Alvarez

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