Born in Málaga in 1881, Pablo Picasso spent his childhood in this ancient white city on the Mediterranean. Fulfilling Picasso’s long-held desire to have his work displayed in his native city, Museo Picasso Málaga
opened in 2003, 30 years after the artist’s death.
Housed in Buenavista Palace, a stunning Renaissance building, it holds more than 230 pieces that encompass Picasso’s eclectic range of styles and techniques. Highlights include Portrait of Lola
, the sophisticated painting of his sister completed when he was barely 13, the Cubist Fruit Bowl
, and the energetic, colorful Child with a Shovel
painted in the last decade of his life during a renewed interest in Rembrandt and Velázquez.
Take a break in the museum’s excellent café at a table among orange and bay trees and geraniums, an oasis in the historic heart of the city.
Named after Julius Caesar – who used the sulphurousspa baths outside town near Manilva – Casares is a pueblo blanco
inland from the resort town of Estepona. Explore twisty, narrow streets, picturesque plazas flanked by churches, and the twelfth-century fortress that hovers protectively over the town.
But for gastronomes, Casares’ draw is something altogether different: its celebrated goat cheeses. The town is well-known for its brilliant white queso fresco
(fresh cheese) as well as more mature quesos madurados
, from creamy semi-cured to pungent aged ones.
You can visit an artisanal producer, see how these cheeses are made, and how shepherds care for the goats. Or participate in a workshop to learn how to make cheese yourself. The best part? Eating your own queso