Malaga + the Costa del Sol

Malaga + the Costa del Sol Travel Guide

The icon of classical Spanish theater was long-neglected until a restoration in 1987 put it back on the map. Now, the venue draws top-name performers in classical and modern dance and music (from symphonies to Euro-pop to flamenco).

The arena where young Picasso accompanied his father to bullfights.

Large photos of Picasso peer down upon racks of smart and stylish men's and women's clothing from designers such as Antonio Miro, Kenzo, and Paul Smith. Its sportier annex, Corsocomo, is stocked with more relaxed Riviera-wear.

The museum is located in the 16th-century Palacio de Buenavista, which in 2004 was renovated and expanded by architect Richard Gluckman. The stunning display of 200 of the artist's works ranges from early sketches of bullfights to Cubist still lifes to sculptures to ceramics.

Translated as "the King’s Little Pathway," this cliffy route near Málaga has been closed for years. But it remains one of the world’s most famous dangerous paths.

You'll feel like you are floating above the city's tiled homes at the rooftop bar in the Hotel Larios. Enjoy a bird's-eye view of the illuminated cathedral and the Alcazaba as you sip a glass of bubbly cava.

Where Picasso was baptized.

Many of the bold and chunky geometric pieces in gold and silver are inspired by the work of Spanish sculptors like Eduardo Chillida. You'll also find more fluidly contemporary designs that look as though they are molten.

A streamlined modern former marketplace makes the perfect backdrop for cutting-edge contemporary art. Exhibitions include European big names such as Louise Bourgeois, Jaume Plensa, and Gerhard Richter.

The menus are printed on old vinyl LPs, which should be your first hint that DJs get this joint jumping during dinner and keep it going until the wee hours. Potent cocktails, like caipiroskas or mojitos, help to keep energy levels high.

Best for: Snow leopards, Tibetan argali sheep, Ibex, Urial (a wild mountain goat), Blue sheep, chukhar, snow cocks, golden eagles

 

This flamenco emporium has a huge inventory: CDs, DVDs, how-to books, guitars, castanets, and accessories from shawls to ornamental hair combs to jewelry.

Locals call this church La Manquita, or "the One-Armed Lady," because only one of the façade's soaring bell towers was ever completed.