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When in 2003 Museo Picasso opened its doors it was only the beginning of an impressive list of museums to open in Málaga. Museo Carmen Thyssen followed in 2012 and in 2015 the Centre Pompidou Málaga and the Colección del Museo Ruso. After the Museo de Málaga in 2016, and in 2017 the archeological Museo Ifergan opened. Málaga has changed from an airport you fly to to reach seaside resorts on the Costa del Sol to a destination in its own right.

Ángel Muñoz-Bayo (24)

It has been over a year that born and bred Malagueño Angel opened his butcher’s shop at the Mercado de Salamanca neighbourhood market. Apart from beef, pork and chicken he also sells the delicious Queso Montes de Málaga. “Here you find better produce and lower prices than at the more central market of Atarazanas,” he claims. His tip to meet local people is to go for a drink at Los Pinchitos, a small open air bar that has been glued to the Salamanca market hall since 1958.

 

Álvaro Bisbe-Ruiz (37)

Álvaro is busy cooking breakfast for French guests in the Batik restaurant on the top floor of the Alcazaba Premium Hostel in downtown Málaga. What he likes best about his native city is the location between the mountains and the Mediterranean Sea. “Rent a bike and follow the coast to Playa Pedregalejo to eat some pescadito frito, a mix of deep fried fish, or an espeto, a cane skewer with grilled sardines.” For a bit of culture Alvaro suggests the newly opened Museo de Málaga. “If you’re an EU citizen it’s free.”

 

Kay Farrell (51 años)

In Málaga’s trendy SoHo neighbourhood Kay was the first to open a bike shop, Málaga Bike Tours & Rentals by Kay Farrell. She has been living in Spain since 2002 and after two years in Barcelona she moved south. “I always call Málaga my mini Barcelona. We share the same geography being located between the mountains and the Mediterranean, but here it’s on a more human scale.” Apart from renting one of her bikes, she tips Casa Vicente on Calle Comisario for fish and the CAC (Centro de Arte Contemporaneo) for great exhibitions.