The Costa del Sol has long been a popular tourist destination for families, with an array of interactive museums in Málaga itself and beaches everywhere you turn. Toddlers, young children and young adults will all find a plethora of activities to keep them occupied while in this beautiful part of the world.
The only branch of this famous network of museums to be found outside of France, you can’t really miss the Pompidou Centre. The vibrant and colourful glass cube skylight is nigh on impossible to miss, especially taking into consideration its prime location on the harbour. The museum is divided into seven sections, with the complications of humanity at its core.
Málaga (then known as Mālaqah) spent eight long centuries under Islamic rule, but much of Islamic Málaga has been resigned to the bin of history. Not so its most iconic and magnificent structure of course — the positively palatial Alcazaba. This 11th century fortress (‘Alcazaba’ literally translates as ‘citadel’) is the great cultural attraction of the city, a fabulously well-preserved citadel that is as good as it gets when it comes to Islamic architecture in 11th century Spain. The fortress is found at the foot of Gibralfaro Hill and is made up of two walled enclosures (an outer and inner citadel) that give a whisper to the magical past of this city. This may well be the first port of call for culture vultures heading to Málaga for the first time.
Who doesn’t love music? It fills every day of our lives, whether consciously or not, and has influenced culture around the world since the very beginning of time. The Interactive Music Museum in Málaga is full of instruments of all shapes and sizes, pianos, harps and more that are ready and waiting for people to sit and play. If hearing random people play instruments isn’t your thing then give this a miss, but there is a charm here that kids in particular will love.
These are the best types of museum. Full of weird optical illusions and exhibitions that don’t make any sense whatsoever, the Museum of Imagination has proven to be a great addition to Málaga’s roster of museums. The exhibitions are all sorts of fun and the kids room will entertain young ones for hours. The photo room offers a plethora of opportunities for that most Instagrammable shot.
An interactive museum dedicated to the intricacies of life in the ocean, Alborania is a fascinating exploration that will educate visitors young and old alike. The maritime museum is joined with the so-called Classroom of the Sea, bringing together entertainment and education through an aquarium and all manner of skeletons.