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Plaza de la Merced, Malaga

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As one of the best squares to visit in the city, Plaza de la Merced is a relaxed yet exciting spot, chock-full of activities. Visit Picasso’s birthplace and find the statue of him sitting on a park bench. Hire a bike to explore the area or take a guided tour. Browse through the shops that offer books, clothes, jewelry, food, desserts, and much more. Watch the kids playing and people walking their dogs. A wide array of restaurants and cafes offer everything from fine dining to quick snacks. Put Plaza de la Merced into our Malaga vacation builder and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • If looking for the Picasso museum, you will go through the Plaza de la Merced. packed with restaurants and terrasses, the plaza in itself is not the nicest. Restaurants appears to be more of a mixed b...  more »
  • The bars and restaurants around here are just off the tourist trail. Much more of a local feel in the evening. Great not to hear whining English voices.  more »
  • We recently visited here and really enjoyed the atmosphere and statues. Well worth going to see if you are in the area.  more »
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  • Great looking plaza with lively atmosphere. If you're coming in May, you're going to see the trees to bloom in blue all over the place. Quite impressive sight.
  • Great service and cleanliness. they speak English and give great tourist guides as well! Recommended!
  • This is a fantastic location to start from when touring the area. From the southeast corner you can visit the Roman theater then walk straight into Alcazaba right after (a must). Up the hill on the other side there is the Castillo Gibralfaro and down the hill is the Plaza de toro de la Málagueta and Parque de Málaga if you wish to take a nice stroll. To the south of the plaza is the Picasso Museum and the Cathedral of Málaga. To the northwest is Museo Casa Natal de Picasso. Don't forget to grab some "tapas" and a "caña" or two during the day then take a moment to sit with Picasso's statue.
  • One among the nice square in Malaga with local south spanish city atmosphere. You can find many place to sit down and enjoy the atmosphere or there are pubs, taverns to enjoy the drinks or a coffee. Surrounding with nice buildings and sometimes with local artists of different level.
  • Good place for an early evening drink. Popular with tourists, all day long. Good buzz. It's also a gathering point for some of the local homeless. It's noisy very late. Close to old town and restaurants, museums, Alcazabar, even the port.

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Where to stay in Malaga

For a chance to experience the heart of the city center, you will want to stay in the area surrounding Calle Larios and Alameda Principal. This constitutes the commercial shopping district of the city and is a convenient walk to the city's main attractions and beaches. Another option is the historical city center, where an array of lively tapas bars and shops intermix with the dramatic Gothic architecture. For a true beach vacation, choose to stay in one of the hotels lining the city beach where you can soak up views of the beautiful Costa Dorada away from the hustle and bustle of the city center.
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