Monuments in Malaga

Malaga is an ancient city with a 2,800 year old history. Here’s a look at some of the historically significant monuments in Malaga. 

La Alcazaba 

La Alcazaba is a large military fortress that was built in the 11 century by the then rulers of Malaga, the Moors. It was built on the ruins of a Roman fortress. It is situated on a hill top and offers a panoramic view of the city and the sea. There are more than a hundred towers and three protecting walls here, around a large residential area with three palaces.


The Gibralfaro Castle is right next to the La Alcazaba and is connected to it by a duct that passed through two of its towers.   El Gibralfaro was once a Phoenician lighthouse. It was transformed into a fort by Abderramn III, who ruled Malaga in the 12th century, and  was built into a castle the 14th century by Yasuf I.

Roman Theatre 

The Roman Theatre is almost at the same location as the La Alcazaba. It was only discovered as recently as in 1951. It is a large circular structure which is 19 metres high and has a radius of 31 meters.  

The Cathedral  

Construction of the Malaga Cathedral, which was built on top of a mosque, began in the 16th century after the Catholics defeated the Moors in a battle and became the new rulers of Malaga. The Cathedral was finally built in 1782. It features Gothic architectural style with Baroque towers and a Renaissance facade. 

The Sagrario Church 

The Sagrario Church is located between the Malaga Cathedral and the Palace Episcopal. It was built on the ruins of a Muslim mosque in the 15th century. 

Santiago Church 

The Santiago church is a 16th century structure located at the Calle Granada. It features a combination of Gothic and Mudjar styles. This church is famous today as the great artist Pablo Picasso was baptized here.

Palace Marqus de Valdeflores 

This 18th century palace was originally built as an exhibition hall for the citizens of Malaga. It was acquired by an aristocratic family in 1895, but since 1986 has been opened up to the public.

Palace Episcopal 

The Palace Episcopal is located next to the Cathedral of Malaga. It was built in the traditional 18th century Malagueean architectural style.  Today, it hosts a museum where Catholic and African artworks are displayed.

Palace de la Aduana 

The Palace de la Aduana is a 18th century structure that today functions as the headquarters of the regional administration.  There is a small exhibition hall here. 

The Town Hall 

The town hall in Malaga is another famous structure that was built in 1919. It is a very modern building despite being close to 100 years old. 

The House of the Consulate

The House of the Consulate has been declared as a national historical monument and was built in the 18th century.  

Malaga Bullfighting Ring 

The Malaga bullfighting ring is one of the most famous attractions of the city. It was built in 1874 and can hold up to 15,000 people at a time.