Malaga Tourist Attractions
Málaga, picturesquely situated on the south coast of Spain at the foot of the Montes de Málaga amid luxuriant subtropical vegetation, is one of the oldest Mediterranean ports.
The wide sweep of Málaga Bay is bounded on the east by the Punta de los Cántales and on the west by the Torre de Pimentel. Half way round the bay is the hill of Gibralfaro, crowned by its castle. To the west of the town extends the fertile Vega or Hoya de Málaga, in which oranges, figs, bananas, sugar-cane, cotton and other crops flourish. Málaga is particularly famed for its raisins (pasas). Málaga's proverbially mild climate has made it the chief center of the Costa del Sol, and almost five million holidaymakers fly in every year to its international airport (which is to be expanded to handle up to ten million passengers a year). Málaga was the birthplace of Pablo Picasso, and the 17th century sculptor Pedro de Mena lived and died in the town.HistoryMálaga was founded by the Phoenicians, who established a settlement here for the trade in salt fish; and this seems to be the origin of its name (Phoenician malac, to salt). It later became a Carthaginian stronghold, which the Romans conquered and made into a colony. They were succeeded by the Visigoths, who were driven out by the Moors in 711. It then became a petty Moorish kingdom which refused to submit to the Emirs of Córdoba. In 1487 Málaga was recaptured by the Catholic Monarchs, and thereafter many churches were built in the town. In May 1931, after the proclamation of the Republic, more than forty churches were set on fire and destroyed, and the town also suffered severely during the Civil War.
Málaga's main traffic artery is the Alameda Principal, which extends westward for 420m/460yd, with a breadth of 42m/138ft, from the Plaza de la Marina to the Río Guadalmedina and is continued beyond the Puente de Tetuán by a wide modern street leading to the western suburbs.
Museum of Holy Week
From the west end of the Alameda in Málaga across the Puente de Tetuán is the church of San Pedro which houses the Museo de la Semana Santa. Figures, costumes and carts which are used on the processions during Holy Week are exhibited.
Paseo del Parque
To the east of the Plaza de la Marina in Málaga, the Paseo del Parque extends along the harbor, flanked by promenades shaded by palms and plane-trees. On its north side are the former Custom House (Aduana 18th century), now the seat of the provincial government (Gobierno Civil), and the Ayuntamiento (Town Hall, 1912-19), with a richly decorated interior. Of the fountains on the Paseo the one opposite the Málaga Town Hall, the Fuente de Neptuno (1560), is particularly notable.
Plaza de Toros
From the Plaza de la Marina in Málaga, Calle Molina Larios leads into the old town, which is dominated by the cathedral with its twin-towered façade. This massive limestone building, on the site of an earlier mosque, was begun in 1538 to the design of Diego de Siloé, partly destroyed by an earthquake in 1680 and rebuilt from 1719 onwards. From the 86m/282ft high north tower there are extensive views.
Address: Calle Molina Larios, Spain
Opening hours: 10am-6:45pm; Sat: 10am-5:30pm; Closed: Sun
Entrance fee: Adult Admission Cost, Concession or reduced rate Discount, Child 12 & under Free
Cathedral - Interior
The finely proportioned interior of the cathedral, with lateral aisles, is 115m/377ft long. In the Capilla del Rosario (the third chapel in the south aisle) is a painting of the "Virgin with Saints" by Alonso Cano, and on the left-hand wall of the Capilla de los Reyes (the first choir chapel on the right) are kneeling figures of the Catholic Monarchs by Pedro de Mena and a statuette of the Virgin which Ferdinand and Isabella are said to have carried with them on all their campaigns. The modern altar in the Capilla Mayor has Passion scenes of 1580.
Cathedral - Choir-Stalls
Particularly notable in the Málaga Cathedral is the choir (1592-1631) with its beautiful stalls (1658). The 40 carved wooden statues of saints on the stalls, together with other figures, were the work of Pedro de Mena and José Micael.
Provincial Museum of Art
North of the cathedral, in Calle San Agustín, is the Renaissance Palacio de Bellavista, now occupied by the Museo Provincial de Bellas Artes in Málaga. On the ground floor are works by Spanish painters of the 16th-20th Centuries, including Alonso Cano, Ribera, Murillo, Luis de Morales and Zurbarán, and sculpture by Pedro de Mena; on the upper floor are works by Málaga artists, including Picasso (represented only by two early paintings, etchings and painted pottery) and his first teacher, Muñoz Degrain.
Address: Calle San Agustín 8, E-29015 Málaga, Spain
Opening hours: 9am-2pm; Tue: 3pm-9pm; Wed: 9am-9pm; Thu: 9am-9pm; Fri: 9am-9pm; Closed: Mon
Always closed on: New Year's Day (Jan 1), Andalusia Day - Spain (Feb 28), Christmas - Christian (Dec 25), Christmas Eve - Christian (Dec 24), Monday after the Immaculate Conception - Spain (Dec 9), Good Friday - Christian
Entrance fee: FREE
Nuestra Señora de la Victoria
In Málaga, north of Picasso's birthplace, reached by way of Calle de la Victoria, is the church of Nuestra Señora de la Victoria, built on the spot where the Catholic Monarchs set up their camp. It contains a 15th century figure of the Virgen de la Victoria, patroness of the town, and two works of sculpture by Pedro de Mena.
From the Plaza de la Merced in Málaga, Calle del Mundo Nuevo ascends to the Alcazaba, which occupies the site of the earliest settlement. This old stronghold of the Moorish kings was begun in the ninth century, but has been much rebuilt and restored since then. Three circuits of wall surround the hill. The principal remains of the original structure are the Torre de la Vela and the Arco de Cristo.
Address: Calle del Mundo Nuevo, E-29015 Málaga, Spain
Opening hours: Apr 1 to Oct 31: 9:30am-8pm; Closed: Mon
Nov 1 to Mar 31: 8:30am-6pm; Closed: Mon
Nov 1 to Mar 31: 8:30am-6pm; Closed: Mon
Always closed on: Andalusia Day - Spain (Feb 28), Monday after the Immaculate Conception - Spain (Dec 9), Christmas - Christian (Dec 25)
Alcazaba - Archeological Museum
The Alcazaba now contains an archeological museum, with finds of Roman material, a collection of Hispano-Arab pottery and models of the castle.
Alcazaba - Gardens
The great charm of the Alcazaba lies in the beautiful gardens in the castle courtyards.
Hill of the Lighthouse
Alcazaba - Roman Theater
On the west side of the Alcazaba castle hill in Málaga are the remains of a Roman theater dating from the time of Augustus, in which theatrical performances are given from time to time.
Jardines de la Finca de la Concepcion
The Jardines de la Finca de la Concepcion in Malaga include a wide range and huge number of plants and trees on the grounds of this mansion. From the gardens there are views over the city.In the Roman garden, a large pergola entwined with wisteria, a waterfall erupting from a froth of monstera deliciosa and a pool with black swans. There is a large collection of rubber trees, sparmannia africana, large Norfolk Island pine and soaring pillars.
Jardin del Retiro (Closed)
The Jardin del Retiro just outside of Malaga, noted for being one of the oldest gardens in the area, is now privately owned and closed to the public.
Benalmádena, located just a short drive west of Malaga has the unique distinction of having one of the largest Buddhist stupas in Europe, known as the Enlightenment Stupa. The city has become a tourist destination that attracts visitors who come here to enjoy the beaches, resorts, and shopping. The area is particularly busy during the summer months when hotels and resorts fill up with tourists coming to enjoy the sun and beaches.
Located along the ocean front of Benalmádena, the Enlightenment Stupa stands 33m / 108 ft tall. This Tibetan style stupa was built by Lopon Tsechu Rinpoche, a Buddhist master originally from Bhutan. This symbol of Buddhism now attracts thousands of visitors each year.
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