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Walkabout the old town of Malaga, the Roman theatre, the Moorish Castle and it's modern waterfront.


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Cathedral

The area around the Cathedral is a hive of activity and is a central point in the city.




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Cathedral Cathedral

Visit Malaga's cathedral - which is still waiting to complete its second tower. Apparently the money collected to complete the tower was send to the US to support the war of Independence

The cathedral was built between 1530 and 1780.

Originally it was planned to have two towers, but when funds ran out when the Bishop sent money to help the American war of Independence, only one tower was built.

The colloquial name for the cathedral due to its single tower is La Manquita, kind of means the "one armed woman or the missing ".

As the cathedral took over 250 years to complete, various architects worked on its completion leading to a variety of styles.

The facade is Baroque style while the interior is a mixture of both Renaissance and Baroque styles.

The construction took place in stages, the first parts were the north entrance and central cruciform around the High Altar, this took about a 100 years ( bet you are wondering what they were doing for so long ) after this no further work took place for another 100 years or so.

Cathedral

Further Reading on Wikipedia : Málaga Cathedral

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Ancient Malaga

Malaga's past stretches back before Roman times. Today there are remains from the Roman and Moorish period which are worth visiting.




Alcazaba Ancient Malaga

Visit and explore the Moorish Citadel ( Alcazaba) built between the 8th and 12th centuries.

The Alcazaba one of the two Moorish fortresses sits on top of a hill overlooking Malaga city. The fortress was built in the 11th century, being the governing palace of the city's Muslims.

The upper palace is a fortress within a fortress, as the outer walls of the lower fort following the curvature of the hill surround the higher palace.

Originally there were three protective walls with over 100 towers.

Within the walls there are a number of well laid out gardens with numerous ornate features such as fountains and pools.

The Archaeological Museum, is also situated in the Alcazaba and has a large number of Phoenician and Muslim artefacts.

The Alcazaba is the best preserved Moorish Fortresses in Spain.

Alcazaba

Roman Theatre

Below the walls of the Alcazaba, lies the remains of a Roman Amphitheatre.

Roman Theatre

Castello del Gibralfaro

Overlooking the town with 360 degree panoramic views, the castle is worth visiting.

Castello del Gibralfaro

Further Reading on Wikipedia : Alcazaba of Málaga

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Around Malaga

Take a quick visit around Malaga's waterfront and city.




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The Waterfront Around Malaga

Relax from the summer heat along the city beach or walk the waterfront.

The Waterfront

The City

Tour the city of Malaga.

Malaga is situated on the Mediterranean along Costa del Sol .The population of the city is about 600,000+.

The city is within easy reach by car of Gibraltar, Seville and Grenada.

With an almost perfect climate, 300 days of sun, an average year round temperature above 20 degrees, there is no surprise that tourism is one of the major industries.

Within the city there are a number of things to see all within easy reach.

Plaza de la Merced

Around the Plaza de la Merced there are a number of cafes, which offer great lunch.

The obelisk on the Plaza was erected in memory of General Torrijos.

Alcazaber

The Alcazaber is a well preserved Moorish fort on top of the hill over looking the city.

Roman Theatre

Below the Alcazber are the remains of a Roman Theatre.

Cathedral

The one towered cathedral with its fine Baroque and Gothic architecture is well worth visiting.

Old Town

Enjoy a stroll through the old streets of the town below the Alcazaber.

Picasso Museum

Visit one of the worlds most important Picasso museums, right beside the Roman Theatre.

The City

Plaza de la Merced

The character and architecture of the city has been influenced by the different invaders throughout history.

The area was first settled by the Phoenicians circa 1000b.c. Apart from being an important sea port the mountains behind the sea were rich in silver and copper.

Next came the Carthaginians around 2500 years ago and remained in control of the area until pushed out by the Romans in 220 bc. The Romans then extended their grip on the region reaching Seville and much further North. There are considerable remains of the Roman period visible today. The most important being the Roman Theatre below Alcazaber.

Malaga became a confederate city of Rome under the stewardship of the Emperor Tito.

Visigoths

As the empire crumbled in the 5th century, the city was visited by Visigoths, who eventually captured the city remained in control for next few centuries, despite incursions by the Barbarians and Vandals.

Nothing lasts for ever.

Or so it seems as the Visigoths were pushed out by the Moors in 710. The Moors set about building the town wall and the 5 gates around the city.

The city stayed under Moorish control until the 15th century, when they were defeated by Christians, who massacred or enslaved many of the captured Muslims.

Going forward the Christians stamped their character on the town by destroying much of what was good from the Moorish period and built their own Cathedrals and monuments.

19th century

By the 19th century the city was growing so fast that they demolished the wall to allow for more rapid growth.

The French tried to gain a foothold in the town which lasted a few years before the exile of Napoleon.

20th century

Today the city is a vibrant place and well on the tourist trail, particularly for those taking short city breaks.

Plaza de la Merced

Picasso

Malaga the home of Picasso. Visit the Picasso Museum and see an extensive range of his work.

Picasso is Malagas most famous son having been born in the city.

The Picasso museum in memory of the artist was opened by King Carlos in 2003.

The museum is in the centre of the old/historic part of the town, right beside the Roman Theatre and Alcazaba, within a few minutes walk from the cathedral.

The old building was magnificently restored, being sufficiently impressive to house the masters works.

The birth place of Picasso or Casa Natal is in Plaza Merced not far from the museum.

Picasso has connections with this street having gone to the local nursery school while his father Jose Ruiz Picasso was curator of the city museum.

Picasso the elder had a studio in the museum from where both he and Picasso did some interesting art works.

Picasso was baptised in the Church of Santiago, close by.

Picasso

The Port

Since around the year 2000, Malaga has become a major Crusie Port, with many tours setting off to explore the Mediterranean from the city's port.

The Port

Further Reading on Wikipedia : Malaga Seaport


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