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Out and About - Malaga
Malaga is a city that is frequently ignored by tourists, it has one of the busiest airports in Spain and millions of tourists fly in and take coaches and cars out and to the Costas, ignoring the diverse and cosmopolitan life of this wonderful city. Malaga is a city that rewards everyone that spends time in it's Tapas bars and historic buildings.
Málaga's history spans about 2,700 years and is one of the oldest cities in the world. It was founded by the Phoenicians as Malaka in about 770 BC, The archaeological remains and monuments from the Phoenician, Roman, Arabian and Christian eras convert the historic center into an "Open Museum" displaying its rich history of more than 3,000 years. The Roman Amphitheatre dating to the 2nd century, below the Moorish Alcazaba is being restored sympathetically and is a perfect example of two historical periods side by side.
Cathedral of Málaga
Is a Renaissance church in Málaga, Andalusia, southern Spain. It is located inside the limits that the missing Arab wall marked, forming a great architectonic set with the nearby Alcazaba and the Castle of Gibralfaro. It was constructed between 1528 and 1782, following the plans by Diego de Siloe.It was built on the site of the city's main mosque. It was however never completed the tower on south front was never built! For this reason the Cathederal is known locally as "La Manquita" (the one armed lady). The interior of the cathedral is a mixture of styles because of the two and a half century construction process. Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque and neoclassical style features are all present in the Cathedral.
Plaza de Obispo and the Bishops Palace The Plaza is a pedestrianised square in front of the Cathedral and brings out the beauty of Malaga Cathedral, on one side of this square is the baroque facade of the Bishops Palace completed in the 18th century. Inside the main features are the courtyard, the tiled mosaics and the imperial staircase.
The Alcazaba is a Moorish fortification in Málaga, southern Spain. Created from the 8th century, much of it was built around the middle of the 11th century for King Badis, the Zirid ruler of Granada, to serve as the palace of the governors of the city. It is one of the best-preserved Alcazaba (from the Arabic al-qasbah, meaning "citadel") in Spain.Some of the stones from the Roman Amphitheatre were used in the construction.
The castle of Gibralfaro was built in during the first century of Arab domination, built on the top of Mount Gibralfaro, in the heart of the city it dominates the harbour and the city. The walls of the castle are joined to the Alcazabar by a walled corridor down the hill.
Picasso Museum T
he museum is located in a charming street in historic Malaga, Calle San Augustin, a very short distance from the Cathedral.The museum is in the Buenavista Palace, a 16th century building built in Renaissance style.Picasso was born in Malaga in 1881, and his works are displayed in an 8300 square metre space divided into twelve rooms.
There are several other museums in Malaga, among them The Museum of Fine Art the Museum of Archeology,The Museum of Popular Art and Tradition the Municipal Museum, and the Aula del Mar Aquarium Museum. As well if you are into art there is also the Contemporary Art Centre with over 400 works of avant-garde artists. Opening in April 2011 is a new museum in the Palacio Villalon on Calle Compania in the center of Malaga. The museum is an extension of the Museo Thyssen in Madrid and will display 300 or so paintings by mainly Spanish artists, from the private collection of Baroness Thyssen.
Paseo del Parque
The park is a 30000 square metre space built on reclaimed land in the 19th century. It is one of the most important Spanish botanical gardens in terms of both quantity and quality of species, it contains many hideaways to sit and contemplate this beautiful city.
Malaga has many fine beaches that the Malaguenos flock to at weekends in the summer, along these beaches are the Chiringuetos where the cuisine of Malaga can be sampled,"pescaito frito" seafood, grilled fresh sardines, roast pimento salad, gazpacho, etc.
Festivities and Fairs
One of the most famous Easter processions in Spain is held in Malaga in Holy Week, (Semana Santa) the festivities are famous throughout Spain. The Malaga Fair (Feria) takes place in August every year to commemorate the conquest of the Catholic Monarchs in 1487. The Encuentro de Pandas de Verdiales takes place on the 28th of December every year, this is a competition of Bands all wearing spectacular hats, and performing dances and songs that are typically from the Malaga area.