On your visit to the Costa del Sol, you’ll almost certainly want to get out and see some of the region’s best museums. The choice is massive, and you’ll find everything from art museums to historical collections and everything in between.

Picasso Museum

Malaga’s most popular museum by far is its Picasso Museum, which can be found in the beautiful  16th century Palacio de Buenavista, which is a fine example of Andalusian architecture. With more than 200 works by Spain’s most famous artist, this is a remarkable collection of Spanish Cubism, and a must-see for art fans. It’s incredibly easy to reach, and is close to several bus stops, taxi ranks and car parks if you have a rental car.

Learning about Spain

If you want to learn a little bit more about something quintessentially Spanish, the Bullfighting Museum is situated in the Parque Maria Cristina in Antequera, and contains a range of bullfighting statues and information. For more about the historical happenings in the area, the Museo de Bandolero offers a fascinating insight into Spain’s 19th century bandits, including a collection of birth and death certificates and weapons. The Museo de Caza isn’t for the faint-hearted, but if you’re interested in Spain’s hunting past, it contains animal skins, hunting weapons and trophies won by 19th century hunters.

Prehistoric education

For those who like their history a bit more prehistoric, the Palaeontology Museum in Estepona features a huge dinosaur exhibition, allowing visitors to get up close and personal with models of beasts such as T-Rexes, Stegosauruses and Brachiosauruses. There is also the Nerja Cave in Nerja with its archaeological museum which offers fascinating information about the stalactites and stalagmites of the cave itself.

Quirky learning

Anyone looking for some great, quirky dinner party facts will pick them up at the Bonsai Museum in downtown Marbella, or in the Doll’s House Museum in Malaga with collections from the 19th and 20th century, along with a shop for you to restock your own doll’s house back at home.

Art at its heart

Art lovers who might have overdosed on Picasso will be pleased to hear that there are lots of other galleries in the Costa del Sol, from the Cac Malaga with its van Gogh works to the Centre of Contemporary Art, filled to the brim with modern art from the 20th and 21st centuries. To fill a tiny timeslot, there is also the Miniatures Museum in Mijas, dedicated to minute artwork.

Essentially, you’re spoilt for choice if you’re looking for museums on the Costa del Sol. From the classic to the quirky, time will fly in the museums of Malaga and the surrounding area.

Emma Lawson is a European travel enthusiast who writes about the best things to see and do on the continent.

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