City of Malaga, Spain tourist guide

Malaga city

Location 36°43′10″N 4°25′12″O / 36.71944, -4.4236°43′10″N 4°25′12″O / 36.71944, -4.42
Altitude 6 msnm
Distances 198 km a Sevilla - 544 km a Madrid
Surface 395 km²
Founded Siglo VIII a. C. por los fenicios de Tiro
Density 1.420,89 hab./km²

Málaga City is the capital of the homonym province in Andalusia in the south of Spain. Malaga City is surrounded by mountain systems (Montes de Malaga) and two rivers, the Guadalmedina and the Guadalhorce pass through the city on their way to the sea.

Having experienced in the past the richness of several populations, the city has to offer a rich cultural heritage: The roman theatre, built in the century I after Christ. The castle of Gibralfaro, with a Phoenician base and built by the King Yusuf I during the Arabian period, located on top of the hill with the same name, in the centre of the city. It is a magnificent vantage point over the bay of Malaga.

At the base of Gibralfaro is the Alcazaba, a Muslim castle-fortress from the Nazarí.

After the Christian conquest of the city, the striking Cathedral of Encarnación is built, whose most known characteristic is not being finished. The lack of one of its towers has contributed to the fact that the citizens lovingly call it “The one-handed”. Close to the cathedral is the Episcopal Palace with a beautiful baroque frontage.

Malaga City center Sightseeing

The Alameda Principal, a walking lane flanked with several hundred years old Ficus trees, was the first mayor walking lane of the Malagan middle class and shaped during the 18th century. It has several points of interest like the famous Antigua Casa del Guardia, an establishment with a history of one and a half centuries, where you get served the typical Malagan wines; the edifice Edipsa, or the house where lodged the famous writer Hans Christian Andersen during his stay in the city.

El Parque is the botanical garden parallel to the port initiated and created out of soil gained from the sea in 1876. It is an avenue of nearly one kilometre marked out with little dwellings, walks and statues. Containing examples of plants from all five continents that adapted naturally in Malaga, it is one of the botanical jewels in Europe.

The walking lanes of the western area are the place where the wealthy class of Malaga has their residence since the industrial development in the 19th century. Still a lot of little palaces and elegant villas are well conserved.

The city is as well known for being the birthplace of the famous painter Pablo Ruiz Picasso and of having one of the 3 mayor important museums of the world about the artist; as well as his natal house, located in the Plaza de la Merced, where are conserved objects of the childhood of the most renowned artist of the 20th century. Both the Museo Picasso, and the Centro de Arte Contemporáneo, CAC (Contemporary Art Centre) receive a great number of visitors. With this cultural offer, Malaga is a candidate for The European Capital of Culture for 2016.

Outstanding are as well the Palacio de la Aduana (18th century), a neoclassic palace, nowadays head office for the Museum of Fine Arts, with its “padded” walls y its tall palm trees alongside the principal frontage; the Mercado de Atarazanas, the baroque house of the Atarazanas and the monument to José María Torrijos, a Spanish liberal executed during civil war.

Malaga city information

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Malaga Tourist Guide
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