|View of Malaga Heading Up to the Castillo|
Edificios y mas (Buildings & more)There are two things which strike you when walking around Malaga. One is its amazing waterfront. The puerto (port) is newly developed to be more pedestrian friendly and now boasts many stores and restaurants along the eastern side. There are also many places where one can simply sit and enjoy the sun and views. Bring a book and soak it in!
Walking into the city you notice the Castillo de Gibralfaro and Alcazaba looming above you. These were built in the Moorish style in the 10-11th centuries. Those willing to huff and puff up to the Castillo will be rewarded with sweeping views of the city and to the other side the mountains beyond. For the more relaxed traveler the Alcazaba is much easier to reach, with an entrance at street level. Alcazaba literally means "citadel" and is a great place to lose yourself in its beautiful gardens and marveling at the Moorish architecture.
However, the Alcazaba is not the oldest thing around, the Teatro Romano was actually covered up during the construction of the Alcazaba, resulting in it being lost for centuries. It was recently discovered and excavated-- now everyone can wander thru the stands or even stand on the stage of this amazing structure dating back to 2nd Century BC.
been this way!"
I would be remiss if I did not mention that Malaga is also the birthplace of Pablo Picasso, the world famous artist. You can actually see his birth place near the Plaza de la Merced, and the church (Iglesia de Santiago) where he was basptised. I highly recommend peaking inside the church, it has lovely statues and the woman at the door is wonderful answering questions about the church and Malaga in general.
|Spanish tapas and wine... perfect!|
Another wonderful Spanish classic is the churro. Each area in Spain makes their churros a certain way, with Malaga's looking almost like long tubes. Light, hot, and dipped in warm chocolate-- these little guys are a wonderful breakfast to have before starting out your adventures for the day. Recommend Casa Aranda and having them with Cafe Con Leche (coffee with milk). Saboroso!
So Much More...
Unfortunately my time in Malaga was quite short, and there were so many things I did not have time to do. There was a Museum which talked all about wine, another for Pablo Picasso, as well as one about Flamenco, which of began in the Andulsia region, which Malaga was not in shortage of any. One place that looked especially nice was the Teatro Cervantes, which has performances almost nightly. I suppose there is always next time...
So if you want to soak up some sun, take in some culture, and explore history up close-- Malaga is a great option. It is also pretty reasonably priced, with tickets to the Castillo and Alcazaba being less that 6 EUR total. The food is also quite reasonable, with tapas as cheap as 2 EUR. And don't be afraid to order house wine, in Spain it is generally always delicious!
|Malaga-- TravelinMoose Approved!|