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The Waterfront

The Waterfront

Relax from the summer heat along the city beach or walk the waterfront.

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Further Reading on Wikipedia : Malaga Seaport

The City

The City

Tour the city of Malaga.

Malaga is situated on the Mediterranean along Costa del Sol .The population of the city is about 600,000+.

The city is within easy reach by car of Gibraltar, Seville and Grenada.

With an almost perfect climate, 300 days of sun, an average year round temperature above 20 degrees, there is no surprise that tourism is one of the major industries.

Within the city there are a number of things to see all within easy reach.

Plaza de la Merced

Around the Plaza de la Merced there are a number of cafes, which offer great lunch.

The obelisk on the Plaza was erected in memory of General Torrijos.

Alcazaber

The Alcazaber is a well preserved Moorish fort on top of the hill over looking the city.

Roman Theatre

Below the Alcazber are the remains of a Roman Theatre.

Cathedral

The one towered cathedral with its fine Baroque and Gothic architecture is well worth visiting.

Old Town

Enjoy a stroll through the old streets of the town below the Alcazaber.

Picasso Museum

Visit one of the worlds most important Picasso museums, right beside the Roman Theatre.

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Further Reading on Wikipedia : Malaga Culture and contemporary life

Plaza de la Merced

Plaza de la Merced

The character and architecture of the city has been influenced by the different invaders throughout history.

The area was first settled by the Phoenicians circa 1000b.c. Apart from being an important sea port the mountains behind the sea were rich in silver and copper.

Next came the Carthaginians around 2500 years ago and remained in control of the area until pushed out by the Romans in 220 bc. The Romans then extended their grip on the region reaching Seville and much further North. There are considerable remains of the Roman period visible today. The most important being the Roman Theatre below Alcazaber.

Malaga became a confederate city of Rome under the stewardship of the Emperor Tito.

Visigoths

As the empire crumbled in the 5th century, the city was visited by Visigoths, who eventually captured the city remained in control for next few centuries, despite incursions by the Barbarians and Vandals.

Nothing lasts for ever.

Or so it seems as the Visigoths were pushed out by the Moors in 710. The Moors set about building the town wall and the 5 gates around the city.

The city stayed under Moorish control until the 15th century, when they were defeated by Christians, who massacred or enslaved many of the captured Muslims.

Going forward the Christians stamped their character on the town by destroying much of what was good from the Moorish period and built their own Cathedrals and monuments.

19th century

By the 19th century the city was growing so fast that they demolished the wall to allow for more rapid growth.

The French tried to gain a foothold in the town which lasted a few years before the exile of Napoleon.

20th century

Today the city is a vibrant place and well on the tourist trail, particularly for those taking short city breaks.

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Picasso

Picasso

Malaga the home of Picasso. Visit the Picasso Museum and see an extensive range of his work.

Picasso is Malagas most famous son having been born in the city.

The Picasso museum in memory of the artist was opened by King Carlos in 2003.

The museum is in the centre of the old/historic part of the town, right beside the Roman Theatre and Alcazaba, within a few minutes walk from the cathedral.

The old building was magnificently restored, being sufficiently impressive to house the masters works.

The birth place of Picasso or Casa Natal is in Plaza Merced not far from the museum.

Picasso has connections with this street having gone to the local nursery school while his father Jose Ruiz Picasso was curator of the city museum.

Picasso the elder had a studio in the museum from where both he and Picasso did some interesting art works.

Picasso was baptised in the Church of Santiago, close by.

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Further Reading on Wikipedia : Museo Picasso Málaga

The Port

The Port

Since around the year 2000, Malaga has become a major Crusie Port, with many tours setting off to explore the Mediterranean from the city's port.

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