The Cathedral of our Lady of the Incarnation is a little known gem which usually surprises its visitors. This impressively high Renaissance cathedral sits next to an unfinished Gothic church which itself overlaps the original mosque. Construction began in the 16th Century and continued through to the 18th Century. The magnificent choir stalls, made by the most famous Spanish Baroque sculptor, Pedro de Mena, enrich the interior. Outside it is the unfinished of one of the two towers which draws attention and has earned the cathedral the nickname of the Manquita (the one-armed lady).
The Picasso Museum of Malaga has meant the return of many works by its universally acclaimed son. The collection is distinguished from others dedicated to the artist because it consists mostly of works that Picasso kept until his death. Along with work from his childhood there is a veritable parade of his women, children and favourite topics, together demonstrating the rich technical ability that distinguishes this global artist.
Home to the museum is the inaptly named Count Buenavista’s Palace, an example of the urban architecture of the Renaissance. In the basement you can view the foundations of the city which support the walls and other structures of Phoenician Malaca.
With the Picasso Tour you can visit the places still remaining from his childhood, such as his home in the Plaza de la Merced, which now houses a Foundation dedicated to him, or the Gothic-Mudejar church of St. James, with its Baroque interior, where Picasso was baptized.