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Costadelsol: Málaga Spain

Why visit Málaga?

malaga plaza de toros


Many are attracted to Malaga for the weather, the beaches and of course the birthplace of Pablo Picasso visit, but it is much more than an oasis of calm in the storm of the Costa del Sol.  


What is missing in this charming city landmarks has plenty of atmosphere and liveliness.

The city has a nice mix of things to do and see, and streets are packed with life around the clock.

The well-connected local transport is also moving around the city is relatively easy.

Málaga: The facts


malaga iglesia del sagradoMalaga iglesia del Sagrado Malaga is the second largest city of Andalusia, the sixth in Spain and is home to about 500,000 people . It is located on the famous Costa del Sol , a beacon for tourists seeking sea, sun , sand and good times . The history of Malaga is one of Europe's longest , the area has been inhabited for nearly 3,000 years and was once part of the Carthaginian and Roman empires before that came from Muslims in the 8th century in the hands. As part of the Emirate of Granada , Malaga was one of the last cities during the Reconquista ( reconquest ) and provided an insurmountable object for the Christian princes until finally in 1487 it was incorporated into Christian Spain . In the 19th century, the city underwent a period of rapid industrialization , until the money was wasted and production wast moved elsewhere . In the Spanish Civil War , the city originally in Republican hands, but in 1937 , after undergoing heavy bombardment from the sea , it was firmly in the camp Franco remained. Today , the " capital of the Costa del Sol "


Tourism plays an important role in the local economy , but the position of Málaga and the economic and administrative capital of Southern Spain also helps to survive . Town 's coffers


The weather is also the friend of Malaga . It has very mild winters (16 ° C - 20 ° C ) and warm to hot summers (27 ° C -30 ° C ) , it hardly rains and is incredibly sunny throughout the year .

Málaga now!

malaga plaza de la constitucion


The two biggest festivals in Málaga are Semana Santa (Holy Week) which takes place in the seven days preceding Easter and Feria de Málaga which is held during the second week of August for ten days.


Semana Santa in Malaga is a noisy affair. Candle-lit streets give shelter to casual revelry, flamenco and cheer.

Feria de Malaga is one of those peculiar Spanish of-all-that festivals, full of courage, piety, alcohol-soaked streets and bullfighting.


Despite that it is not seen as one of the cultural heavyweights in southern Spain, Malaga largely unnoticed loving hordes by the beach and thus created space for the city to breathe.

A new metro system is under construction, and the city is currently shortlisted for the 2016 European Capital of Culture.



malaga gateway alcazabaMalaga is not exactly filled with tourist attractions.

The small town center is surrounded by, to the north, Plaza de la Merced, the main square of the city.


To the east are high on the hill, the Alcazaba de Málaga (Málaga Castle), further down the slope to the center is the Catedral de Málaga.


In the south is the leafy Alameda Principal and to the west the river Guadalmedina. The main shopping area of ​​the city, and also where you find most banks, is centered around the Calle Marques de Larios.


The most important monuments are located on Calle San Agustín and Calle Alcazabilla. The town has two beaches, the road through the Tunel Alcazaba of Plaza de la Merced leads you to Malagueta (Malagueta beach).

The more family-friendly Playa de Pedregalejo (Moscatel beach) is a little quieter, but requires taking the 34 bus from Alameda Principal.



malaga calle santiago


We begin our journey into the heart of the old town on Calle Alcazabilla , next to the Teatro Romano ( Roman Theatre ) .

Built in the 1st century BC, during the reign of Emperor Augustus , the ruins were not discovered until 1951 High above Málaga , on Mount Gibralfaro , the Alcazaba (s - summer 9:00 to 20:15 , 8:30 to 19:30 in the winter . : Price : € 2.20 combined Alcazaba and Gibralfaro : € 3.55 ) , one of the best preserved castles in Muslim Spain .


It contains both an outer and inner citadel , is very picturesque with beautiful ornate interiors and water features and offers great views over the city and harbor .


Further up the hill is even older, but less well maintained Gibralfaro ( Gibralfaro castle ) .


Better examples of Islamic fortifications are found in southern Spain , but the views in Malaga making it worthwhile to visit.


After visiting the wonders of the hill , now is the time to make the trek down Calle Alcazabilla go to Plaza de la Aduana , right onto Calle de la Cortina del Muelle toward the Santa Iglesia Catedral Basilica de la Encarnación , or more simply Catedral de Málaga ( 10:00 to 18:00 Mon - Fri , Sat 10:00 to 17:00 , Closed Sun & Mon - Price : € 5 ) .


Built on the site of the main mosque of the city , this rectangular Renaissance church took over 200 years to build .

At the main entrance is the once beautiful but now bustling Plaza del Obispo ( Obispo square) and the Palacio Episcopal , a 16th century palace now used as an exhibition space .


Creeping deeper into the old town along Calle Molina Lario , left along Calle Santa Maríain to the Plaza de la Constitución ( Constitution Square ) to visit. The charming 15th-century square is a great place to catch your breath.

 malaga calle santiago


A short trip to the north of the square on Calle Granada is the Iglesia de los Santos Martires , built mainly in the Rococo style , it also has a very interesting Mudejar tower .


Further along the road is the Museo Picasso ( 10:00 to 20:00 Mon - Thu & Sun , Fri-Sat 10:00 to 21:00 , closed Mon , Price : Permanent Gallery : € 6 , € 4.50 Temporary exhibitions combined: € 9 ) located in the Palacio de Buenavista a 16th century Renaissance palace . It contains more than 200 works by the master, including painting , drawings , sculptures and ceramics .


Now we continue in the footsteps of Picasso along Calle Santiago to Plaza de la Merced , the beating heart of the city and the birthplace of its most famous son .



The Fundación Picasso Museo Casa Natal (Mon - 09.30h - 20.00h so ; Price € 2 ) is a museum dedicated to the great man , but this time in the house where he was born .


The square was originally built in the 16th century and was extended in the 18th century and has a pleasant interior place to while away the time, or alternatively , you can walk through the tunnel to the beach and a swim in the sea .

Five things to do for free in Málaga  


Below are some of the great things you can do in Malaga penniless.

  1. malaga pool alcazabaIt normally pricey Museo Picasso ( Picasso Museum ) is free on Sundays between 18.00h - 20.00hmalaga pool Alcazaba
  2. The Alcazaba and Gibralfaro Castle are free to visit on Sundays from 14:00 until closing.
  3. Mercado Atarazanas ( Atarazanas Market ) , located in the heart of the old town , was originally a 14th century Moorish shipyard but is now ieen great place to enjoy the sounds and smells of the modern Malaga . It is open 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. , Monday through Saturday .
  4. The CAC Málaga - Centro de Arte Contemporáneo ( Contemporary Art Center of Málaga ) houses a wide selection of 20th and 21st century art , with works by Damian Hirst , Louise Bourgeois and Andalusian artists. It is open from Monday to Sunday and is free.
  5. No list of free activities in Malaga would not be complete without the beach. There are several to choose from and can be reached on foot or by public transport . So slip into the unenviable tight swimsuit and on the way down .

Nightlife in Málaga


malaga catedral

Like any self-respecting Andalusian city of Malaga 's nightlife starts late , with the bars only start only comes to about midnight and goes all night until the next morning .

To be found in three regions. The greater part of the night-time fun


malaga catedralmalaga catedral • Uncibay Plaza and surrounding streets , just north of the cathedral, where the nightclubs and a wide variety of bars and pubs to suit all tastes can be found .


This area is also home to a number of gay bars and clubs . Just north of Plaza Uncibay Plaza de la Merced , you can find many Spaniards who participate in the great tradition of the " botellon " ( simply put, drinking alcohol in the street with friends ) .


• The area around the beach Malagueta contains many bars and restaurants .

It is something more upmarket , a bit more expensive and full of people dressed to impress. • Moscatel , a suburb east of the city center , has perhaps the most cosmopolitan mix and is popular with tourists and foreign students studying at the nearby Spanish language schools .


There are many bars and restaurants with terraces that offer magnificent views over the water

Things to try and buy


Málaga cuisine is dominated by the sea in front and are known for their fried fish. 

Some of the most typical dishes are Espetos (grilled sardines skewered on a bamboo stick), coquinas (mussels cooked in white wine) and Cazon and adobo what an Andalusian specialties and is composed of dogfish marinated in garlic and vinegar. 

Malaga has many local wines like Dulce or Moscatel, perfect for those who like to have their sweet wines.


Concept of time in Spain


The notion of time in Spain can be quite different than in the northern / eastern European countries .

First , be aware that the nightlife here does not begin until at least 22:00 and that's a very early start .


If you want to go clubbing , then in general the people go inside the club no earlier than 00.30u until 01:00 .


If you want to have dinner with friends , have a late lunch because dinner does not start before 22:00 .

Besides, in Spain is almost no one on time .

It's ok to be . 30 minutes late

So if you have agreed with your Spanish friends keep this in mind and do not go if he / she does not arrive on time !


During a siesta , which can happen between 14:00 to 17:00 , in Spain , most shops and businesses closed.

You can not really appreciate a siesta until you visit Andalusia , where the unbearable heat prevents you from doing something , or visiting .

You can actually finally understand what the useful and life-saving power of a siesta ! In Spain the weekend starts early .


Most companies usually end on Friday in the early afternoon ( 14:00 to 15:00 ) , so be prepared that you will not be able to do anything officially at that time .

Also, banks are not really that hard in Spain .

If you want to visit a bank do it between 8:00 to 14:00 .

Outside these times they are normally closed .

ATMs are available 24 -hour , though.

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