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Málaga

Diputación de Málaga
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    PERIOD 19th century DESCRIPTION Monument dedicated to General Torrijos and his colleagues, executed on the Malaga beaches on 11 December 1831. In the middle of the square, surrounded by a wide...

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    This square originally called 'Main Square' or, during the Nazari period, 'Square of the Four Streets', became Constitution Square in 1812. Since before Christianity, it had been...

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    Built in the seventeenth century (first quarter century) The Church of St. Peter is a Catholic temple located in the old district of El Perchel , now the neighborhood of "Alameda". The...

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    Guadalmar Beach, Malaga, is in the Malaga district of Churriana, between Guadalmar estate and golf course and the Natural Beauty Spot of the Mouth of the river Guadalhorce. The space extends over 64...

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    This is typical of the estates that abounded in the rural surroundings of the city of Malaga in the XIX and early XX centuries.

    El Chanquete beach lies in the Malaga district of El Palo. It is located between El Palo beach and El Candado Marina. With dark sand and a moderate swell, it is 550 metres long and 20 metres wide...

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    Club de Golf El Condado This Club is one of the historical in the Costa del Sol and was designed by Carlos Fernandez Caleya. Not surprisingly, many pioneers of this sport have been playing and...

Malaga is the capital of the Costa del Sol and one of the major cities in Spain, with an impressive history and an even more interesting present. Its old town, with its bustling harbour, has been declared a Historic Artistic Site and Site of Cultural Interest.

Malaga"s tourist offer is extensive. Its sixteen beaches and numerous leisure opportunities, sports or golf courses, combine with an attractive monumental heritage and network of world-class museums. Picasso's city is now a cultural centre of reference in Europe.

 

IN MALAGA DO NOT MISS

MONUMENTS

The Alcazaba and Gibralfaro Castle are the main legacy of Malaga's Arab past. These fortresses, built between the eleventh and fourteenth centuries, represent one of the examples of the era's best preserved defensive architecture in Spain. You can get fabulous views of the city and the Mediterranean Sea from the castle, which dominates the top of the mountain of the same name.

At the foot of both fortifications the Roman Theatre is located. Built in the times of Emperor Augustus, it hosts shows in a unique environment. It also has an innovative interpretation centre to learn about the life and customs of Roman Hispania.

Nearby is the Catedral de Málaga or de la Encarnación. Designed by Diego de Siloé, other great masters of the Andalusian Renaissance such as Andrés de Vandelvira, Hernán Ruiz II and Diego de Vergara also participated in its construction. Among the jewels of art held in the temple are the tallas del coro [carvings of the choir], the work by Pedro de Mena.

Other examples of religious architecture are the iglesia de los Santos Mártires and the iglesia del Cristo de la Salud, the Palacio Episcopal and the flamboyant Gothic facade of the iglesia del Sagrario. The Basílica de la Virgen de la Victoria, patron of Malaga, with its rococo dome, is also worth a visit.

The capital of the Costa del Sol has a wide range of charming nineteenth-century buildings, such as the Teatro Cervantes, the Palacio de la Aduana or the Plaza de Toros de La Malagueta. Other nineteenth century buildings are the noble houses of the Alameda Principal, the Parque de Málaga and Calle Larios.

The city's most iconic street culminates in the plaza de la Constitución, presided over by the Renaissance style Fuente de Génova. From here you can admire the picturesque Pasaje de Chinitas, the Casa del Consulado and the Ateneo de Malaga, the old school where Picasso began to draw.

The most important cultural area of the capital is dedicated to the Malaga genius. Nestled in the Palacio de los Condes de Buenavista, built in 1520, the Museo Picasso Málaga is the answer to the artist's desire to exhibit some of his work in his hometown. The permanent collection is made up of more than two hundred paintings, sculptures and ceramics.

Next to the museum is the Casa Natal de Picasso (the artist's birthplace), on the corner of the Plaza de la Merced, and the iglesia de Santiago, where little Pablo was baptised in 1881. The temple was built on an ancient mosque and has a Moorish tower initially conceived as a minaret.

The city also has the privilege of having one of the most valuable painting collections in Spain: the Museo Carmen Thyssen Málaga. Located in the Palacio de Villalon, there are more than two hundred works in the country's most representative collection of nineteenth century Andalusian art sample.

Another must for art lovers is the Centre Pompidou de Málaga, the first one built outside of France. This space is dedicated to avant-garde creations, in the same way as the Centro de Arte Contemporáneo de Málaga, housed in an old market near the river Guadalmedina.

With more than thirty museum spaces, the capital of the Costa del Sol has become a real benchmark. The Museo de Malaga located in the old building of the customs,The Museo del Vino, the Museo del Flamenco, the Museo Revello de Toro or the Museo del Automovilismo are just a few examples of this immense cultural network. Special mention must go to the Colección del Museo Ruso, San Petersburgo/Málaga, composed of one hundred works from the fifteenth and twentieth centuries which can be admired in the former Tabacalera.

A different visit may be to the Cementerio Inglés [English Cemetery]. This space was first conceived as a botanical garden and a promenade in the nineteenth century. Later it would be converted into a churchyard. The Irishman Robert Boyd was one of the first famous people to be buried in this cemetery. Also resting here are Gamel Woolsey the American writer and the Spanish scholar and British writer Gerald Brenan, among others. The Cementerio Inglés has been declared of Site of Cultural and Historical Heritage of Spain.

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Escudo de Málaga
Town Hall
Avda. Cervantes, 4, 29016 
952209603
952135420
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Geographic Data
Surface 394 km2
Altitude 8 m
Latitude 36º 43'
Length -4º 25'
Distance to Málaga City 0 km
Demographics
Population 569002
Men 273636
Women 295366
Nationality Malagueños