Andalucía is steeped in a rich cultural history coloured by world-renowned famous locals such as artists Velazquez, Pablo Picasso and Hollywood star Antonio Banderas. The Costa del Sol is therefore home to a huge number of museums and galleries, many of which are located in Malaga, recently selected by the New York Times as one of 52 places to visit in 2016.
Housed in buildings that are architectural feats in their own right, the substantial quantity of galleries and museums you can visit during your stay on the Costa del Sol is truly a testament to the regions colourful cultural legacy! Whether you are interested in archaeology, wine, flamenco or automobiles, or have a penchant for contemporary art and 19th century painting, you will be sure to find a beautifully curated museum or gallery on the Costa del Sol to suit you.
In Málaga, we recommend The Picasso Museum, which brings together the revolutionary innovations of Picasso (born in Málaga, 1881) and the wide variety of styles and techniques that dominated his use of materials in a large permanent exhibit of two hundred and thirty works.
The Pompidou Centre also in Málaga, opened in March 2015 and is the first pop-up Pompidou outside of France, exhibiting 80 works by influential masters such as Frida Kahlo, Francis Bacon and Rene Magritte. The centre received 76 thousand visitors in the first 3 months of opening and is expected to draw large numbers until it closes its doors in 5 years.
In Fuengirola, The Sohail Castle originally built by the Moors in the 11th century stands proudly as a treasured relic, evidencing the diverse history of the popular coastal town. The Fuengirola History Museum located nearby exhibits a number of preserved artefacts and Roman remains from the period year round. In Estepona, you might want to visit the 18th century Church of Virgen de los Remedios, with its beautiful rococo facade, the San Luis Castle, as well as the Museum of Archaeology and the Museum of Palaeontology.
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