spanish-holiday.com :: Malaga
Malaga is a celebrated resort and one of the most important commercial seaports of Spain. Industries in the city produce sugar, wine, cotton textiles, and chemicals. Malaga was founded by Phoenicians in the 12th century BC and was at various times a Carthaginian, Roman, or Moorish colony. Under the Romans, and especially under the Moors, it developed into a military stronghold. In 1487, it was captured by Spanish Christians after which it grew to become one of the foremost merchant centres in the entire Iberian Peninsula. Malaga's illustrious past has left its imprint on the historic centre, particularly around La Alcazaba, a fortress which dates back to 1065 and is now a fascinating archaeological museum. From 1810 to 1812 it was held by the French. Its historic buildings include a 16th century cathedral and the ruins of a Moorish fortress.
During the 19th century, Malaga was a popular winter resort for the wealthy famed for its elegance and sophistication. The impressive park on Calle Alameda dates back to this era and is recognised as being one of the most celebrated botanical collections in Europe. During the winter, open air concerts are held here every Sunday which makes a refreshing change from the bucket and spade scenario on the coast.
Pablo Picasso is the city’s famous son and there are several galleries showing his work, including the 16th century Museum of Fine Arts, adjacent to the Cathedral. Picasso's birthplace at the Plaza Merced is an archive of his life and works and open to the public. The entrance is absolutely free, and so are all the services such as the Documentation Centre, exhibitions, museum, video projections...
As well as being a cultural centre, Malaga is also a great place to eat out. The Malagueños love their food, and the bars and restaurants here are where the real social life takes place. The choice in unlimited and, on the whole, reasonable with some bars offering a menu of the day with bread and wine for as little as 4 or 5 Euro. Tapas, small portions of many different dishes is an Andalucian tradition and a wonderfully inexpensive way to try a variety of local food. The best known local fare in Malaga is pescaito frito, an assortment of fried fish, including small sardines and red mullet, best washed down with a glass of ice cold fino at one of the many old-fashioned bodegas in town. El Palo to the east of the city is a typical fisherman’s village and the place to go if you want that veritable catch of the day freshness.
Malaga prides itself on being a modern city with the heart of commerce dominated by Calle Larios which is the local Bond Street equivalent. This is the recommended place to start exploring the city as it is surrounded by attractive small streets and plazas, as well as the magnificent Renaissance cathedral with a Baroque façade and a choir by Pedro de Mena.
Garden lovers won't be dissapointed in Malaga either. In the centre of the city is the beautiful Alameda Gardens, and just outside on the way to Antequera one finds the extensive Jardines de la Concepcion.
Malaga is always closed for the siesta period, so this is a perfect time for a long relaxing lunch.
Malaga Airport is one of the major airports in Spain due to the number of tourist arrivals on charter flights from Northern Europe using Malaga Airport as a gateway to the Costa del Sol.
spanish-holiday.com :: Malaga