Malaga is still one of Spain's best cities for culture, according to experts

The Malaga Museo Picasso was the highest ranked Andalucían institution in 2017.
The Malaga Museo Picasso was the highest ranked Andalucían institution in 2017. / Salvador Salas
  • The Museo Picasso is the most valued Andalusian cultural institution, according to a report published by Fundación Contemporánea

Malaga has maintained its position as the Spanish city with the fifth best cultural attractions in the latest study by Fundación Contemporánea.

The report analyses the quality and innovation of the cultural centres and events offered by Spain's towns and cities. The three highest positions remain unchanged from the previous year (Madrid, Barcelona and Bilbao), Valencia has climbed from sixth to fourth position and Malaga has maintained fifth place.

The findings were compiled from a questionnaire submitted by over a thousand professionals working in the cultural sector, who were invited to write about the cities, organisations and projects which, in their opinion, are the most important nationally.

This year one of their choices was the Museo Picasso Málaga, which this year is the highest ranked in Malaga, having gained 11 points, rising from 27th to 16th on a national level.

Regarding institutions in Malaga, in the national ranking the Museo Picasso Málaga is followed by the Centre Pompidou Málaga (which gained seven positions to rise to number 24) and the Malaga Film Festival, which entered the list at 38.

Those were the only entries from Malaga in the national table. On a regional level, the Picasso Museum rose two positions to claim the top spot. The 'Año Murillo', which celebrated the work of the Spanish Baroque painter in Seville, claimed second position and in third place was the Festival de Málaga. This 'bronze medal' is shared with the Centre Pompidou Málaga (which climbed two places) and with the Carmen Thyssen museum, thanks to its excellent exhibition on Juan Gris and María Blanchard, which was frequently cited in the responses.

The Colección del Museo Ruso rose two positions to gain sixth place, while CAC Málaga fell five places and is now in seventh position. The Museum of Malaga fell four places, and now shares ninth place with the Centre of Andalusian Contemporary Art in Seville. La Térmica cultural centre in Malaga is in tenth position in the regional listing, sharing its place with the Granada Music and Dance Festival, the Caixaforum exhibition centre and the Maestranza theatre in Seville, and the Alhambra and Generalife in Granada.