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When arriving at Malaga airport, most people turn right and head for the Costa del Sol and forget that Malaga the city even exists! It's a city with a thriving port and traffic clogged streets but there is another side to Malaga. Exploring the honeycomb of Malaga's back streets and discovering an intriguing choice of shops, restaurants and tapas bars can be fun.

There is an historic side too with a fortress that dates back to 1065. Near here is a castle that was rebuilt by the Moors in the 14th century and is now a traditional Parador (hotel); worth a visit if only for the views.

Pablo Picasso was born in Malaga and the city boasts several galleries that feature his work including the 16th century Museum of Fine Arts. Malaga is perhaps not my first choice of a city to visit, but if you have grown weary of the beach it's only 30 or 40 minutes away so you could go late afternoon and stay into the evening.