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Málaga


Málaga is a province in the Andalucia region in southern Spain. The provincial capital, also called Málaga, is a bustling, lively city with strong cultural links and a gastronomic haven.

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Climate

The hottest month in Málaga is July with an average temperature of 25°C (77°F). The coldest month is January with an average temperature of 13°C (55°F). The wettest month is November.

Places of interest

Jardines de la Concepción & El Parque

El Parque is Malaga’s city park it contains beautiful tropical flowering trees and shrubs. Many of the unusual and exotic species were brought from overseas. Each Sunday the Municipal Band plays from Midday in the bandstand for everyone to enjoy.

Just on the outskirts of the city the ‘Jardines de la Concepcion is a magnificent botanical garden. There are regular guided tours of the gardens which pass through exotic trees and plants, Roman sculptures and a waterfall. There is also a beautiful mansion that once belonged to the creators of the gardens, the Marquis of Casa Loring and his wife.

La Alcazaba

La Alcazaba overlooks the city from its hilltop location and one of the best preserved Moorish fortress palaces in Spain. Constructed on the ruins of a Roman fortification during the reign of Abd-al-Rahman I, the first Emir of Cordoba, in around 756-780AD, the Alcazaba’s original purpose was as a defence against pirates, thanks its commanding position with views over the city, down to the sea and across to Africa.

After the reconquest, it fell into decay until restoration work began in 1933, and continues slowly today. Two of its original three walls remain, as well as over 100 towers and three palaces. The lower areas is used as a chapel and as the area follows the contours of the hill a nice place to take a break is in the garden of the Plaza de Armas which has pleasent fountains and shaded areas. The cobbled paths lead into the upper areas, through landscaped gardens and inside the palace. At the top of the fortress there are three courtyards featuring arches and leading to the two towers offering great views.

Open: 1 April – 31 October 9.00 – 20.00, 1 November – 31 March 9.00 – 18.00. Closed 1 Jan, 28 Feb & 25 Dec.

The Roman Theatre

El Teatro Romano is the oldest monument in Málaga City located at the foot of the Alcazaba fortress. Built in the first century BC and then after being used until the third century AD left to ruins. Rediscovered in 1951 and fully excavate the site and so the restoration project began. The amphitheatre is now open throughout the year for visitors, and in summer, it will be used for open-air performances.

The visitor center adjacent to the amphitheatre, is visually stunning a long rectangular building made of steel, serigraphic glass and wood. The centre contains historical information and a few archaeological discoveries, uncovered from the site, such as tools and pottery, and audiovisual exhibitions of the site’s excavation and restoration.

Admission: Free. No disabled acces to the site.

La Manquita Cathedral

Malaga´s cathedral built between 1528 & 1782 the original plans had allowed for two towers, but due to lack of funds resulted in the completion of only one, giving rise to the name by which the cathedral is affectionately referred to, La Manquita, loosely interpreted as “one armed woman”.

The interior has Renaissance and baroque styles. The stonework on the outside is very ornate. The gardens and museum are well worth a visit. The rooftop tour of the cathedral should not be missed even though you have to climb two hundred steps. Guided tours are available and different times during the day in English and Spanish. As one would expect the views are magnificent and you are higher that any of the surrounding hotel roof terraces. The tour follows the hand railed walkway right round the cathedral roof and affords views in all directions. It last nearly an hour and is well worth the climb.

Open: Monday – Friday 10.00 – 18.00, Saturday 10.00 – 17.00. Closed Sundays and Holidays.

Museums & Art Galleries

Luckily, Malaga is manageable enough to visit all of these wonderful spaces.

Centro de Arte Contemporáneo – has been built where the local wholesale market used to stand and regularly hosts amazing exhibitions. Its permanent collection comprises of around 400 works which have been loaned by private collectors

Museo Picasso de Malaga – is of course not to be missed. It houses a permanent collection of the famous artists work as well as temporary exhibitions. This magnificent old building has been painstakingly restored to befit the importance of the works of the great artist.
Tuesday – Sundays 10.00 – 20.00 / Friday – Saturday 10.00 – 21.00 / Free entry on the last Sunday of each month

Pompidou Centre – is becoming one of the most important in the city. Offering groundbreaking contemporary works as well as priceless paintings by Frida Kahlo, Francis Bacon and Marc Chagall. Offering a program of exhibitions and multidisciplinary experiences and workshops. To see more on this important centre Click Here
Open 09.30 – 20.00 including Holidays (except 1 Jan & 25 Dec) CLOSED TUESDAYS

Carmen Thyssen Museum – has a large collection by Baroness Carmen Thyssen amased over 30 years mainly of works by Spanish masters. Situated in the Villalon Palace in the heart of the historic centre. 19th century Spanish art with special focus on Andalucian painters.
Tuesday – Sunday 10.00 – 20.00

Glass and Crystal Museum – Glass and Crystal Museum has around 700 pieces of glass, dating from Phoenician times to the 20th century. The museum is in an 18th-century palacio and is furnished like a private home. A wonderful way to enjoy the treasures of this museum amongst antique sofas, rugs, mirrors and paintings. Enjoy also the spacious patios and gardens. The exhibition covers two floors, with period furniture from each era to complement the glass.

The ground floor –  English Pre-Raphaelite stained glass windows. The first floor – offers Ancient Civilisations – Egyptian, Phoenician, GrecoRoman, Byzantine and Islamic – look out for the pretty, brightly-coloured Phoenician pieces, dating from the 6th century BC.
Then from the 16th and 17th centuries, you can see Catalan, Venetian, Dutch and Bohemian lead glass; the 18th century has glass made in La Granja; the19th century, English cameo glass by Thomas Webb; and the 20th century, bold Lalique and Whitefriars.

Open: Tuesday – Sunday 11.00 – 19.00. Closed Mondays and in August. All visits are by guided tour.

Automobile Museum – Housing a private collection of Portuguese car fanatic Joao Magalhaes. The collection is worth around 25 million euros, and is one of the most important vintage car collections in the world. The museum is one of the most stunning buildings in Malaga. Once the Old tobacco factory it has been carefully and lovingly transformed to house this unique museum.

From the first car which looks so old and more like a horse-drawn carriage, but with a motor instead you are led through 10 areas dedicated to various eras and themes. From the traditional to the pimping to the luxurious, which has to be  a black Rolls-Royce customised with Swarovski crystals. The museum also hosts fine examples of Bugatti, Auburn, Bentley, Jaguar, Ferrari and Mercedes

Eating, shopping & entertainment

Calle Marqués de Larios  has been pedestrianised the result is a bustling, chic area with many boutiques, designer shops and cafes, all surrounded by beautifully restored buildings. It also offers indoor commercial shopping malls, such as Plaza Malaga. Something is always happening in and around this area. Concerts are held at the Plaza de la Constitucion along with festivals and performance art.

You will find many streets leading off Calle Larios to enable you to find wonderful restaurants and tapas bars. If you stroll Calle Granada to arrive at Plaza de la Merced, the birthplace of Picasso, it is full of trendy restaurants and cocktail bars.  Adjacent to the Plaza is Mercado Merced, hosting many different international ‘locals’ choose a little from each or larger dishes served to your table. To finish the night in style head towards the centre for nightclubs playing all types of music.

The shopping centre at the train station blends in with transport beautifully offering top fashion and home stores all the big names, also offering a cinema and restaurants.

Malaga Port – It offers everything from culture, great food and shopping along with boutique hotels. Pier 1 (Muelle Uno) is the spot to be dining on Indian, Thai, Italian, Michelin star dishes, international, Seafood and cocktails. Pier 2 (Muelle Dos) is a paseo with more than 400 palm trees and plants making it a delightful place to stroll on your way to the Malaga Ferris Wheel to enjoy a romantic ride and great views over the city.

You are also close to the Sierra de Grazalema and Sierras de Tejeda, Almijara, Alhama Natural Parks.

Transport

It boasts excellent transport, the main train station ‘Vialia Malaga-Maria Zambrano’, offering high speed AVE trains making a trip to Madrid or further a daily occurance.  Parking is now not a problem the days of having to catch a taxi to the train station have gone. We will also see soon the new Metro which will make travelling in the city quicker and easier.

Malaga airport now has three terminals and recent changes and new investment has enabled more and more travellers to be accomodated.

A great way to see the city is the ‘Malaga Tour Bus’ you can hop on and off where you like. The whole tour takes under one and a half hours and is well worth it.

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