Situated in the of the basin of the same name and surrounded by rich natural areas such as
the Montes de Malaga or the estuary of the River Guadalhorce, which provides a home for thousands of migratory birds,
the history of
starts on the sea, with the first navigators
who sailed the Mediterranean from the far East and landed on its coast. Today the city is
the second most important destination for cruise liners in Spain whilst its airport receives
visitors from all over the world and its comprehensive transport network is used by many
The ancient Malaga, its historic centre, with squares such as that of La Merced
- the birthplace of Picasso, the Alcazaba, the Roman Theatre or the churches,
blends with a more modern city which is the result of the 60's urban development,
with romantic gardens such as those of the Finca de la Concepcion, on the outskirts.
Both parts benefit however from the beaches, small coves, traditional fishermen's
houses and, naturally, the delicious pescaito (fried fish).
The festive calendar begins in Malaga with numerous
cultural activities which came under the heading of
Winter Fiestas. These include the Carnival and then carry on into
March, with the Burial of the Anchovy and bonfires on the Malagueta
- During the long awaited Easter Week there are beautiful processions
and parades which pass through the monumental centre. The city is
at is best to receive the solemn effigies of El Cautivo, the Cristo
de la Buena Muerte, accompanied by the Legion which lands in the Port,
and Nuestro Padre Jesus "El Rico", an effigy of Christ which
according to tradition, grants the right for an inmate to be released
from prison every year.
THE FILM FESTIVAL
- The Malaga Film Festival in April inaugurates
activities in the Cervantes Theatre and is followed by a full calendar
of prestigious events throughout the year, such as the City Philharmonic
Orchestra season, the Musica del Paraiso Festival, and the Jazz Festival.
FERIA DE MALAGA
- The May Crosses, Corpus Christi, and the Night of San Juan are all
festivities which mark the transition from Spring to Summer, and above
all draw us nearer to the Feria of Malaga, in August which includes
a floral tribute to the Patron Saint in the Sanctuary of Nuestra Señora
de la Victoria. As well as the so-called daytime Feria, which takes
place in the old centre, with parades of horses and coaches, there
is also a bullfighting season with corridas in La Malagueta and the
night-time Feria at the Real Cortijo de Torres.
ART AND CULTURE
Although perhaps one name stands out above all others
as Malaga's main cultural attraction - the brilliant painter Pablo
Ruiz Picasso, the city also boasts of numerous museums dedicated
to a wide range of other themes.
- The close relationship between the city of Malaga and Pablo Ruiz Picasso
dates back to 1861 , when the painter was born at number 36, Plaza de la Merced,
in a house rented by his parents, Jose Ruiz Blanco and Maria Picasso Lopez. Housing
the Foundation which bears the name of the painter, the house is also an important
Documentation Centre which exhibits some of his works, Baptised in the baroque Parish
Church of Santiago, he attended the San Rafael school, but always found time to play
in the Plaza next to his house, a place with a long history which was the site of the
public market in the 15th century, becoming later, in the 19th century a place of leisure
for the bourgeoisie.
The religious theme is best represented in the Cathedral and Religious
Art museums, but others include: the Museum of Popular Arts and
Costumes, the Municipal Museum, the Centre of Contemparary Art (CAC),
the Antonio Ordoñez Bullfighting Museum - in the Plaza de
la Malagueta, and the Juan Breva Flamenco Museum.
- The construction of the Cathedral ofla Encamacion built over the old
Main Mosque, took from the 16th ta the 18th centuries and was carried
out by prestigious artists such as Diego de Siloe, Enrique Egas or
Diego de Vergara. Called la Manquita, because one of the towers has
never been completed, it is interesting for its mixture of styles:
the facade is late baroque, the ground plan gothic, and the walls
renaissonce. Of special interest are the choir stalls, with 42 sculptures
by Pedro de Mena and two magnificent organs from the 17th century.
as well as a collection of socred art which are displayed in the Cathedral
Also of considerable interest along our route is the Church of El
Sagrario, with its plateresque altarpiece, and red marble pulpit,
as well as the Episcopal Palace, which houses the Diocesan Museum.
The world of science can be explored in the Aula del Mar Aquarium
Museum, which is the only centre for the protection of endangered
marine species in Andalusia, and the Principia Scientific Centre,
which includes a Planetarium. Also interesting is the Doll's House
Museum, which exhibits an unusual collection of miniatures houses
dating from different periods.
On the Malaga seaboard, there is an incredibly varied gastronomy waiting
for you to taste.
Little fried fish such as anchovy, red mollet, horse mackerel squid and little
squids is the symbol of a simply elaborated delicious cuisine. Bay prawns, baby
clams and the crawfishes boiled or fried are especially tasteful Inland, you
can find delicious cold meats as chorizo sausages. cured loin of pork and black
pudding. Bloating dishes such as al ajillo veal meat, kid's goat fried meat;
rabbit caldereta and hare caldereta are worth being tried.
The gazpacho, famous fresh soup of the Andalusian gastronomy, is prepared in
many ways: ajoblanco soup, porra antequerana, gazpachuelo soup, toasted gazpacho...
Before and after-lunch Malaga wines are internationally renowned as are the sweet
raisins wine, the Moscatel grapes wine and of course Pedro Ximenez wine.
The sweets of Ronda such as the Ronda yemas, the alfajor, the polvorones and
the raisins cakes form part of this striking gastronomy. A whole flavours' universe
can be tasted in this millenarian land. The fresh fish and shellfish which are
landed in the city's port undoubtedly form the basis of the delicious local cuisine
which includes popular dishes such as the cazuela de fideos, sardine espetos
(skewers), rice a la marinera, orboquerones victorianos (with fresh anchovies),
as well as other more traditional specialities such as ajoblanco con uvas, gazpachuelo,
sopa malagueña... which can all be washed down with delicious, locally
praduced, moscotel wines.
There are still many craftsmen who continue praducing typical Malagan
pattery, traditional lanterns, and artistic lamps. Locally produced wraught
ironwork pieces are much in demand internationally and many can be found
decorating the palaces and residences of rich Arab Sheiks.
Thanks to the tourism arrival the ancient craft traditions are being developed
with fresh impetus.
You can find both handicrafts: the ancient pottery tradition and the creative
ceramic products. In a traditional way of making earthenware objects the "Malaga
earthenware", with popular figures and scenes, is to be mentioned. The forges
in Arroyo de la Miel Marbella, Humilladero, Cartama, Estepona or Fuengirola produce
extraordinary artistic locksmith works. You can find manually manufactured carpets
in Marbella and Estepona. Its raw materials are cotton, wool linen and jute.
In Macharaviaya, the embroidered tablecloths, handkerchiefs and sheet deserve
to be pointed out. The best regional costumes and ridding clothes are to be found
The beauty of its parks and gardens, along with the number and variety
of walks and leisure areas make Malaga a perfect place to discover on
foot The Alameda, the main access to the centre, leads to the Plaza de
la Marina, a square with elegant modern buildings and grand fountain.
It is situated next to the Malaga Park, which ends in Plaza del General
MALAGA PARK -
Its design, typical of Mediterranean gardens, following the initiation of the
project by the Marques de Larios, was developed by architects such as
Rivera, Guerrero, Strachan, and Crooke, but finally carried out by Rucoba.
It is of great botanical value and contains plants species from all the
five continents: the Dragon Tree from the Canaries, Bamboos, blue-coloured
Argentinean Jacarandas, the Australian Fire Tree, the South African Bird
of Paradise, and the original Ficus - which is also to be found in the
The prestige of this area, which spreads across the coastlines of Malaga and Granada provinces,
is due to three-hundred days of sunshine a year, and to that line of mountains which, particularly
in Malaga, isolates the beaches from the north winds. The strip that enjoys most popular favour stretches from Malaga to Estepona.
is a town with highly agreeable temperature
and environmental conditions in both summer and winter. The wild peaks
of Sierra Blanca protect it from wind of all kinds, both hot and cold.
The town has around twenty beaches, all well looked after and with excellent
sand. There are also three yachting harbours: in Puerto Banus, Cabopino
and Marbella itself, with a mooring capacity of around two thousand.
The beaches and the cosmopolitan ambience make Marbella one of Europe's
most elitist social circles. Despite the extensive urban development
that has taken place there, the old part of Marbella has maintained the
flavour of a traditional Andalusian village, with narrow whitewashed streets
and squares with low-rise buildings, such as the Plaza de los Naranjos,
with the Town Hall and its pretty Mudejar entrance. Remains of Arab walls
can also be seen. The Cristo Hermitage and Encarnación Church date from
the sixteenth century.
conserves La Carihuela, an old fishing village which, despite being
surrounded by such massive urban development, has succeeded in maintaining
its traditional appearance of low houses in line with the seafront that
stretches along a lengthybeach with fine, well looked-after sand. The
great speciality of this village is to be found in the perfection of its
fried fish. Andalusia is a land with a natural mastery of cooking with
olive oil, particularly for dishes involving fried food.
seemed old even to the Romans, who named it
Anticaria, no doubt because of the prehistoric monuments they found. Of
these, three major examples have survived to this day. The Menga cave,
considered "the most impressive tomb of the whole of prehistory", is a
gallery held up by giant pillars measuring 25 metres long and 6 metres
wide; one of their stones weighs 320 tons. Less spectacular, though also
featuring large stones, is the Viera cave. The Romeral cave represents
the conquest of vaulted architecture with less effort, due to the small
amount of bonding employed in the walls; the dome system is achieved "by
drawing the horizontal courses nearer together". The three monuments can
be dated to 2500 BC.
The town centre is
a monument in itself, with its walls and an abundance of palaces and churches
from all periods, though the most interesting features are found in the Baroque
elements, for their decorative development. Romano is an excellent ephebe conserved
by the town council, and installed in the eighteenth-century Palacio de Najera.
is splendidly located in the middle of a craggy hill range,
not far from the sea. This earthy beauty is increased by the tajo, a gorge 180
metres deep separating two masses of limestone crossed by the Puente Nuevo, an
engineering marvel from the end of the eighteenth century. All this has been
declared a site of historical-artistic value.
Of Ronda's surviving Arab elements, the most spectacular is the Torre de San
Sebastian, a Nasrid minaret from the fourteenth century and relatively well conserved,
and the Mondragón courtyard, Renaissance in its appearance but which has
also succeeded in maintaining mosaics and Nasrid parts of the buildings from
the fourteenth century.
The Casa del Rey Moro or Moorish King's House is, in fact, a Christian building,
though it was built on the site of an Arab construction that contains the Mina
de Ronda, a military building-from the Nasrid era. The Bullring, the Plaza de
Toros, was built in 1785 by the Real Maestranza de Caballería. The 50-metre diameter
of the ring, the stone barriers and the sheer history of the ring make it a reverential
place for the bullfighting world.
, which dates to before Roman times, is located on the
edge of the Serranía de Ronda. The parish church tower affords a fine view of
the nearby hills, full of pine and Spanish fir trees, the Mediterranean and the
Campo de Gibraltar. Casares has narrow streets leading up an down the steep slopes,
with houses that seem to hang in the air, and it is a model of a village fully
integrated into the surrounding landscape. The remains of the Arab castle include
the Vera Cruz Hermitage, declared a site of historic-artistic value.
Travelling around Malaga without finding real treasures of Nature is impossible.
The excellent climate and the passing of time have given way to a diversity
of natural spaces for all of us nature-lovers to find our own paradise.
Landscapes, lagoons, gorges, parks, forests, valleys ... make up a wide
range of beautiful spots worth the status of "Protected Spaces" in the
different forms envisaged by the current legislation. Access to the said
natural spaces is fairly easy in most cases, which allows travellers
to reach every corner that the Province of Malaga is gifted with. Both
on foot or by other means of transport, we will enjoy the landscape, and
we will be carried away by so many enchanting spots, places, huge woods,
forests, paths crossing our valleys and mountains, plains, water...
Nature presents us with so many chances to discover the wonders of a province
willing to share its core with its inhabitants and visitors!