Malaga hopes to be recognised as the Cultural Capital of Europe. With the City Council’s help Malaga is presenting itself to the world as a cultural destination par excellence so don’t wait until 2016 to enjoy this delightful city.
Malaga is a complete package wrapped in a long and colourful history, rich folklore, strong gastronomic traditions and, of course, fine weather.
Malaga is the capital city of the area of Spain named Costa del Sol one of Spain’s most popular locations along its coast and stretches along the Malaga province. Malaga has a high concentration of history in one small area. Whatever direction you travel in the city, you will find ruins, art and history dating back hundreds of years. Your culture experience does not need to end once the sun goes down, though. Thanks to this Mediterranean city’s vibrant nightlife, you can get a taste of the contemporary culture also.
One of Malaga’s medieval delights is La Alcazaba, an imposing fortress reflecting the city’s Islamic past. The lower parts date from the 8th century and the main palace dates from the 11th century. Its terraces, gardens and cobbled paths draw visitors onward and upward through impressive archways to the ramparts. La Alcazaba is home to Museo de la Alcazaba (Alcazaba Museum) with its valuable collection of Islamic pottery discovered in the surrounding area.
New Museums in Malaga
Malaga Interactive Museum Museum – Mimma
In support of her application for European City of Culture Malaga has created a number of new museums. Mimma – Malaga Interactive Music Museum – is home to one of Europe’s finest museums with some 300 musical instruments covering all cultures and civilisations. Visitors can interact with almost every exhibit creating a unique and exciting experience.
CAC Malaga – Centre for Contemporary Art
The CAC Malaga is another recent addition to the city’s cultural destinations. This new centre for contemporary art houses photographs, paintings, sculptures and plastic arts ranging from 19th century exhibits to the most contemporary avant-garde pieces. It has become one of the most visited museums of its type in Europe.
Another new attraction is the Museo Picasso Malaga (Picasso Museum) located in the sixteenth-century Buenavista Palace. The museum is fast establishing itself as a world leader and recent temporary exhibitions have included “Picasso, Ceramics and Tradition”, “Picasso, Muses and Models”, and “Picasso as Seen by Otero” – a photographic and documentary collection by Roberto Otero. Each exhibition has presented an opportunity for visitors to discover little-known facts about the artist, his life and works.
Other cultural parts of Malaga
The Cathedral of Malaga is an important landmark of the area. It was founded by the Catholic Kings and took from 1528 to 1782 to build, though its east tower remains unfinished. It is sometimes referred to as the La Maquita, or One-Armed Lady. It is beautiful, nonetheless, with its exquisite façade and detailed architectural designs. The main alter is lit only by the natural light filtering in through the retro choir and choir area seating. You will also notice the beautiful paintings and wood carving structures throughout the cathedral.
In addition to Malaga’s museums and churches, Pablo Picasso’s home in the Plaza de la Merced is another must on any tour of the city. This famous artist and sculptor was born in Malaga in 1881. You can see his birthplace home as well as a new museum opened not too long ago where you can view some of his paintings.
Similar to all Andalucian cities, Malaga is a very friendly city which is evidenced in their everyday life both during the day and at night, especially when it is close to a holiday. Holidays are festive times often including a celebration like the Epiphany when there is a parade, Easter when there are ceremonies in the street, or the Flamenco Fair during the summer. However, you do not have to wait until a holiday celebration to experience the spirit of Andalucia. Along the boardwalk in the old fishermen’s neighborhood, you will find an endless selection of great restaurants, pubs and bars as well as locals singing their flamenco songs. The good news is that you can experience all of this in Malaga.