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Painting holiday in Malaga, Spain

Spain • ANDALUCIA • MALAGA Painting Holiday

Your painting tutor, Amanda HamiltonOld and new live side by side in MalagaThe Pompidou Centre ~ the only one outside ParisPlaza de Toros, MalagaWonderful architecture in MalagaMalaga at dawnSo many subjects to paint and sketch
Slide show with 7 images

Moors, Museums and Modern Malaga
Malaga provides a wonderful range of subjects for our artists. This city has an important artistic heritage, once to home to Pablo Picasso, with over thirty impressive galleries ~ the artistic culture runs deep. The heart of old town Malaga has recently been pedestrianised allowing visitors to amble past its grand buildings and through narrow cafe-strewn streets.

There is a vibrancy to be absorbed and captured in your sketchbooks and paintings, with appealing subjects like the Moorish Castle, public gardens, beach, waterside boats and fishermen. An added charm is the sudden arrival of a guitar or a couple dancing spontaneously. Just a short flight away, there is so much on offer in Malaga, one of the oldest cities in the world.

A typical itinerary on this painting holiday in Malaga, Spain

Arrival day

From the airport it’s just a short trip into the centre of town. There’s time to wander the streets a little before enjoying a delicious, authentic supper. Your painting tutor will give an informal introduction and painting plan for the days ahead.

Down by the water

Recently redeveloped, the harbour provides a range of subjects from stylish cafe scenes to boats and super yachts. The brilliant white backdrop makes for interesting contrasts.

In the peaceful gardens of the Alcazaba

We sketch and paint in the fabulous Moorish citadel of Alcazaba, an 11th century palatial fortification. It is the most beautifully preserved alcazaba in Spain, standing on a hill within the city. The views from the mirador across the gardens and sea below are breathtaking. Magnificent Moorish architecture, grand views, hidden corners and beautiful gardens of pine and eucalpytus – a lovely restful day.

Cafe society

We will dedicate a full day sketching in and around the narrow streets and market. The newly pedestrianised centre means it’s easy to wander around, absorbing the life and goings on of the Malaguenos. Humble tapas bars and modern restaurants sit side by side, cafes, heladerias and street entertainment. The streets come alive at dusk as Spaniards take their evening promenade.

Free day

A great chance to visit the Picasso museum and the pop-up Pompidou Centre, go shopping or enjoy a good rub down in the restored Arab baths.

The fishermen of El Palo

On the Eastern edge of Malaga are a collection of small fishing harbours and a multitude of small fish restaurants that cater for Malaguenos. We spend the morning here sketching and enjoying lunch before following the sea back towards Malaga and stopping by the Banos de Carmen – a lovely waterfront cafe with occasional spontaneous flamenco.

A roof top approach

We visit two different hotels for the unique take on Malaga given by their rooftop terraces. The Moorish Gibralfaro Castle and Alcazaba dominate the skyline.

Departure day

We depart early for Malaga airport.

Note: This is a selection of the many options available on this painting holiday in Malaga, Spain. Weather conditions, group interests and the tutor will influence the final itinerary. We do not supply boards and chairs on this city tour of Malaga, so please bring compact painting equipment, fold up chairs and easels if you wish.

Where we stay on this painting holiday in Malaga, Spain


Hotel del Pintor, Malaga

Hotel del Pintor is a three star, boutique hotel located in the heart of Malaga Old Town. Opened in 2005 by an artist, Pepe Bornoy, the seventeen bedrooms are decorated in red, black and white with plenty of original artwork adorning the walls. It is the ideal, comfortable base from which to explore this culturally rich city. Wifi, telephones, 24 hour porter, good breakfasts and en-suite bathrooms all included.

Hotel Pintor, Mallorca
Airport transfer time
Approximately 20 mins
Dates and prices
We don’t have any planned dates for this location for 2016, but if you would like to be kept updated, why not register your interest now! Alternatively, have you considered one of our other fabulous locations?
If you would like to travel as a private group, dates can be arranged at any time to suit you. Please contact us.
What's included
5 full days of painting tuition
7 nights in en suite accommodation
7 breakfasts and 5 lunches
6 dinners with wine
Personal welcome at Malaga airport and transfers
Service of full time tour manager
Entry to the Alcazabar
Visit El Palo
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Flat and accessible streets and pathways on this city break.

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