Travel to Málaga | Learn Spanish in Andalucia (Andalusia )
Spain’s fifth largest city is in the middle of one of the world’s most important tourist destinations: Travel in Málaga
The city of Malaga (Andalusia ) has a special charm which makes it a must on any visitor’s itinerary. Culture, traditions, gastronomy, an enviable climate and the relaxed, hospitable nature of its people serve to consolidate the image of “Paradise City”, the name used by Spanish poet and Nobel literature prize winner Vicente Aleixandre defined Malaga city with that sentence: “a paradise between the sky and the earth, between the rocky mountains Montes de Malaga and the seashore of the Mediterranean”.
3000 years before known as Mainake by the Phoenicians, later on was populated by Romans and Arabs. Every single culture has left a legacy in this city that is a combination of history and different styles such as cosmopolitan city
Undeniably cosmopolitan, the city of Malaga has maintained its inherent Spanishness in spite of the enormous influence of foreign tourism on the province which has had a notable effect on towns and villages only a short distance away along the coast.
An incredible place to be during “Semana Santa” with its unforgettable religious processions, 15 km white, sandy beach and the second biggest port of Spain.
The native Malagueños are a very friendly people who enjoy the company of all types of visitors, whether they are Spanish from other regions, other Andalusians, or foreigners. They are probably the friendliest of all Spanish and they have a custom of hospitality that is ingrained.
Malaga with 22 museums, delightful pedestrianised centre, innovative restaurants and stylish hotels, many featuring trendy rooftop terraces with bar, pool and stunning views.
For more than 500 years of history, Holy Week of Malaga has been constantly present in the religious and popular feeling of people from Malaga. A spectacular event of religious, social and cultural character…
The Malaga city “Feria de Agosto” is an exuberant week-long street party. The feria commemorates the re-conquest of the city by Isabella and Ferdinand in 1487 and is celebrated with a range of activities such as competitions, performances and concerts.
What to see in Malaga
Visitors to the city should take the time to stroll around the centre and soak up the atmosphere of this ancient Mediterranean port. Malaga City Hall has recently introduced several schemes to renovate the city centre while keeping its traditional character intact. The focus of the city’s commercial activity is Calle Larios from which a maze of narrow streets fan out and where old-fashioned shops alternate with modern bars and charming squares appear at the turn of a corner.
Vying for attention in the bustling commercial centre is an enormously rich patrimony of historical monuments, one of the oldest being the Roman amphitheatre, dating from the second century AD. Amazingly, it was only discovered by chance during the second half of this century when excavation work for another building revealed its existence!
Straddling the small hill alongside the amphitheatre is the Moorish palace cum fortress known as La Alcazaba. The original Arab fortress was built over Roman ruins in the first half of the ninth century by caliph Abd er Rahman I as a defence against attack from corsairs. Moving into the Christian era, one of the city’s most important buildings is the sixteenth-century Renaissance palace of the Count of Bellavista which has exceptionally beautiful Mudejar-style coffered ceilings. Currently the Museum of Fine Arts, the palace is soon to be converted into the Picasso Museum amongst whose exhibits will be a collection of works donated by the painter’s daughter-in-law Christine Picasso.
A seventeenth-century inn, known as the “Mesón de la Victoria”, one of the best-appointed of its time, is now the home of the folk museum. The two floors enclose a central cobbled patio with a fountain and a well, typical features of Malaga houses until not so long ago.
Catedral de Málaga "la manquita"
Malaga’s cathedral is popularly known as the “la manquita”, the little one-armed lady, in reference to the fact that its second tower was never completed. Work was stopped by Royal Decree when the tower was only half built, the money being assigned instead to aid the victims of an earthquake that had occurred in Mobile in the United States. Construction of the cathedral lasted over two centuries – from the second half of the sixteenth century to the last third of the eighteenth – which accounts for the interesting combination of architectural styles, from the Gothic in the lower part of the structure and one of the sanctuary doors, through Renaissance, to the late baroque decoration of the lintels and the main façade.
The seventeenth-century choir is an exceptional piece of work with 40 of the 58 wooden figures carved by the famous sculptor Pedro de Mena.
The magnificent organs, built by Julian de la Orden in 1871, are highly valued by musical experts not only for their excellent construction technique but also for their great musical quality.
22 museums in Málaga
It’s hard to imagine that the building known as the Palacio de Aduana, originally the customs house, was once located on the water’s edge. At the end of the last century Malaga underwent a transformation and one of the most decisive changes was to reclaim the land in front of this building which is now the site of the city’s botanical garden, known as El Parque. A quiet haven nestling in the midst of the bustling metropolis, the garden is one of the largest tropical and subtropical enclaves in Europe with around 160 different species of plants and trees.
This late 18th-century customs house by the Port of Malaga is where the new, €23 million Museo de Málaga is being accommodated, due to open at some point in 2013-14. The Neo-Classical building, sacked by Napoleon’s troops in 1810, was a government building and archive when a fire swept through it in 1922. Currently being revamped, it will host a collection of nearly 20,000 items from the Fine Arts Museum.
Learning Spanish in Malaga | Spanish Courses in Malaga
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