Malaga- Many Hues in One Brush Stroke!

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Southern Spain- the paramour of life and dream of every traveller! And what adorns this subdued beauty is the simple treasure of Malaga. An effortless, oblivious beauty queen! Malaga- the home to bright sunshine for 324 days of year enchants tourists with its sublime sea and clear skies. Visiting Malaga is on the wish-list of every zealous traveller.

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The most striking feature of this Spanish town is the fact that it is the birth place of Pablo Picasso- one of the greatest painters and sculptors the world has ever seen. Art iterates in every alley of this town. Malaga is also the birth place of Hebrew poet and Jewish philosopher Solomon Ibn Gabirol and actor Antonio Banderas.  No wonder why the Cuban composer Ernesto Lecuonas magnum opus Malague±a is whole heartedly dedicated to the music originating in this part of Spain.

 

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Enter the town and the first thing you will notice is the amalgamation of a contemporary and historic appearance. Located on the Costa del Sol (Coast of the Sun) of the Mediterranean, it lies on the foot of the Montes de Malaga. It serves as the base point to explore the beautiful beaches lined up on the Costa del Sol and offers variety of activities to its visitors. Hiking on the mountains, exploring architectural sites, touring art museums, going on a shopping spree and tasting delectable Spanish cuisine at the world-famous tapas are to name a few.

The epicentre of Malaga tourism is its unfinished Gothic Cathedral. Flowered balconies, walk-able narrow alleys and bike lanes with colourful cycles prettify the historic part of the city.

 

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Undeniably, the first stop should be the Malaga Cathedral. Also known as the Catedral de la Encarnacion, it dates back to the 15th century. The cathedral was never finished due to lack of funds and the changing empires that ruled over southern Spain. A massive old but still functioning organ, a museum housing religious relics and art and the cathedral building that couldnt be finished depict the fact that there is beauty in imperfection.

Located at a walking distance from the cathedral is Zea-Salvatierra Palace. A 17th century Baroque style palace is a popular highlight of Plaza de la constitucion Malagas main square. The water fountain named after Carlos V centres the square is a popular hang-out.

Another striking structure is the Alcazaba- a Moorish fortress built in 8th century with strong influence of Islamic architecture. Notable catholic monarchs Ferdinand and Isabella lived here in late 15th century. Lush gardens, Moorish palace and an exquisite view of Malaga are the things to experience! The roam theatre which is almost 2000 years old is closely located to the Alcazaba and is not to be missed.

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An attraction which is very close to the heart of the locals is the house of Picasso. Sketches, photographs and Memorabilia of the artists life are presented in the house museum. For more art findings from the artist, you can visit the Picasso museum exhibiting breath-taking creations of the artist.

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Home of Pablo Picasso

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The city boasts a wide array of museums. Museo del Vidrio y el Cristal, Museo Revello de Toro, Museo del Cister, Museo de Artes Populares and Museo del Vino are to name a few. Interactive Museum of Music exhibits largest collection of musical instruments in Europe while Museo Carmen Thyssen has finest of 18th and 19th century Spanish paintings on display.

 Gibralfaro Castle

Gibralfaro Castle
Castillo de Gibralfaro is yet another reminder of Malagas Islamic past. Constructed in 8thcentury on the hill overlooking the city; it originally acted as a military barrack and lighthouse. It was later reconstructed in the 14th century and was connected to Alcazaba.

For water splashing and sun bathing, the nearest beach is La Malagueta. Hop on a local bus and visit the pretty beaches in the east of Malaga. Long walks to the beaches are also a delight!

 

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When thinking of shopping, head straight to Calle Larios. Known as the 5th most expensive shopping district in Spain, this 300 meter long street offers alluring collections- pretty to look at but heavy on the pocket! For souvenir shopping, you can visit the market which is north to the Alamada principal.

 

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For soothing the inner foodie in you, Malaga has great sea food to offer. Espetos-sardines skewered on a bamboo stick and grilled over a fire, pescato frito- deep fried variety of fish right from anchovies to squid, coquinas- tiny clams cooked in wine and Cazon en adobo- dogfish marinated in garlic and vinegar are some specialties worth savouring! The eastern quay offer great food at affordable prices and if you happen to visit a traditional restaurant, the waiters sing out the menu to you!

Bustling nightlife is one of the best features of the city. People generally buy their drinks at supermarkets and relish them in the botellodromos: (night controlled) area before going club hopping. Rap, hip Hop, Indie, Jazz, Latin, punk, hardcore- Malaga has it all. The nightlife is bustling even on working days and makes Malaga a city that never sleeps. For non-alcoholic drinks, there are Moroccan tea houses serving a variety of teas and other beverages!

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 Malaga has diverse accommodation, focussed mainly at the beach or near the pedestrian zone. Hostels, pension hotels and luxury suites are offered to choose from.

Shop and splurge, taste the mouth-watering sea food, roam around the historical square and explore the near-by beaches- Malaga is surely an affair to remember! So plan a trip with us to Malaga

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
RENUKA SHAHANE RENUKA SHAHANE

Living out of a carry-on and traversing through the labyrinths of Europe, exploring the wilderness of America, divulging the eccentric culture of the Latin world and re-connecting her roots that sprawl in the rustic villages of India is one dream that she sees every single night. Once Lost, Now Found; Renuka is still oscillating between the paths to choose and the dreams to chase. A believer of righteousness, she likes to trust that her life is in accordant with her favourite book.

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