As you approach Malaga, you cannot miss the iconic skyline that reflects the city’s diverse character. Red-russet tile roofs are set amongst tall church spires are offset by modern towering residential buildings, while the magnificent 11th century Gibralfaro Castle looms grandly above all.
Historians must set off for the Alcazaba, an extensively restored palace-fortress that dates from the 11th century Moorish period.
Then visit the modern Centre Pompidou Málaga, it is housed in a low-slung modern building crowned by a playful multi colored cube. See works of art by Francis Bacon and Antoni Tàpies.
Then head for Picasso's birthplace where you will find objects and paintings from his childhood. The Picasso Museum has an enviable exhibition of hundreds of his works as well as lectures and audiovisual displays. Take a stroll through the magnificent Jardín Botánico La Concepción, famous for its purple wisteria blooms in spring.
Stop for a local lunch of espetos, sardines skewered on a bamboo stick and grilled over a driftwood fire. After lunch, head to the stunning beach of La Malagueta where you can soak up the sun, swim and take a long relaxing walk.
Cool down at a beach café with a glass of Mosto, a typically sweet wine made from muscat grapes, before heading back to Seville.