Lives in Malaga, Spain
Since Aug 2013
I'm a freelance writer and author based in Marbella, which I see as just about the perfect place to live. Since I first spotted orange trees in the sunshine and the snow-capped Sierra Nevada as a university student, I've been passionate about Andalucia, its people, places and culture. And over twenty-five years later, I'm still discovering hidden corners in this wonderful region.
Architectural Buildings, Art Museums
Picasso was born in Malaga, so no visit would be complete without a trip to this museum, which takes you through the artist's various stylistic phases from childhood to his final days. Even if you're not a huge Picasso fan, the building itself is worth a visit — don't miss the Roman ruins in the basement.
If modern art is your thing, don't miss the CAC next to the river. The eclectic permanent display is always complemented by at least two other exhibitions showcasing the best in global art and design. And this museum is free!
Carmen Thyssen is the owner of one of the world's biggest art collections, and a chunk of it is on display at this small museum in the heart of Malaga's old quarter. The permanent display showcases Spanish art (mostly from the 18th and 19th centuries), and there's almost always a good temporary exhibition on, too.
Slightly off the beaten track but well worth seeking out, this private collection is a feast of glassware and antiques, all displayed in a stunningly restored mansion. The guided tours give you great insight into the collection of more than 3,000 pieces and the history of glass through the ages.
A must for all car lovers. The collection takes in both vintage models and the ultra-modern, while the useful audio guide fills you in on all the details. And for those who prefer clothing trends to automobiles, the accompanying fashion display fits the bill.
A great collection of artifacts that give you a glimpse of what life was like in Spain not so very long ago. Highlights here are the farming implements, the flamenco accessories and the ceramics display. There's something interesting for everyone to explore, and lots of fun to be had by the kids.
This is an ideal museum for children — here, the signs say 'Do Touch!' Most of the instruments on display can be played on, and there are handy videos on how to play them, plus recordings of what they're 'supposed' to sound like. A real hands-on experience and a must for families!