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Enough to write about creams and perfumes, as well as drugs, it's time to return to the stories about the rest. It is much more interesting and pleasant: not only to read about it, but also to write about it.
Today's my review will be devoted to the city of Malaga. Not in terms of rest there, but in terms of excursions. Frankly, in preparing for the trip to Spain and in drawing up a plan for where to go and what to see, Malaga was in last place with me. The city, as I thought, is not particularly interesting. But since we, firstly, were only an hour away from him (we rested in the city of Estepona, Costa del Sol district), and secondly, El Torcal Natural Park is located nearby, which I really, really wanted to see as well as the Museum of retro cars (who missed, read my review of the museum, there is presented a really unique and interesting collection of cars since 1900), which was also interesting, it was decided to go to Malaga for half a day to see the Cathedral and Alcazar there - a fortress that is practically and in any major city of Spain.
Just a few words about the city. Malaga is a port city located on the Mediterranean coast. The greatness of the second after Seville, the city of Andalusia. Pablo Picasso and Antonio Banderas were born here.
The city of Malaga was founded by the Phoenicians as early as the 8th century BC and was already called Malaca. In 711, Malaga was conquered by the Arabs, who left a significant imprint on both the architecture and the culture of Malaga. It was then, thanks to the favorable location, Malaga received a significant economic development. Only in 1487, Malaga was conquered by Spanish troops and annexed to Castile. But this is so, just for information.
We traveled around Spain by car, so I was puzzled by parking in Malaga in advance, because I knew from experience that it’s better to enter parking addresses into the navigator in order not to circle around the city, and also it would be desirable to know the prices for them, since in the same Seville, parking places not even in the city center cost from 15 to 25 euros per day.
Parking in Malaga was quite a lot, in most cases they are underground and paid. We left our iron horse in a parking lot in the port area and from there we went on foot to see the city.
It seemed to me that Malaga is quite a bright modern city. It was very different from Estepona, where we lived and where the entire “old” part of the city consisted of one or two-story white houses.
The bright, colorful glass building in the photo below is the Center Pompidou. I think many people know the Pompidou Center in Paris. So the Malagan Center is the first art center that is not located in France. It was opened in the spring of 2015, the building is called "El Kubo" and now there is an exhibition of works from the collection of the Paris Center of the same name.
But we did not go to the exhibition, because already rather tired. In the morning from 9 to 12 o'clock there was an inspection of the El Torkal park, then a light lunch, then from 14 to 16 a visit to the Museum of cars. so the program for the day was intense and it still had 2-3 hours to spend in the city.
Along the port there is a completely charming park, through which we walked to the area of the city where the Cathedral is located. The park turned out to be very useful, because during our holiday in Spain there was a heat of about +40 degrees throughout Europe, and in the park, due to the shade from the trees, it was quite cool. I can’t show you the photos, but trust me on the word that there are parrots sitting in the crowns of palm trees, there are a lot of them, but it’s not easy to see them: the green colors of the birds blend in color with the foliage of the trees.
Pleased to stroll through the park, we still had to leave it and go to the historic center of the city in the sun. Not specifically looking, we went to the arena of the city of Malaga, where bullfights are held. I had an idea to get to the bullfight (although I am not a fan of bloody spectacles, it would be wrong to be in Spain and not to see one of the main attractions), but the bullfight is held quite rarely, once a month or even in two and in our days resting bull fighting was not conducted. But prices, I still puzzled. So, places in the shade are not cheap - about 80-100 euros per ticket. And to sit in the sun in the summer - you do not want the enemy.
The doors to the arena were open and we managed to look inside.
Then we went to the Cathedral. It is located near the port part of the city and it will not be difficult to find it even without a map. Just as we approached it, we were impressed with the powerful walls of the cathedral and its square. This is not just a European church or a traditional church, it is a mini-city! The cathedral is not open around the clock, so pay attention to it. Work schedule: 9.30-18.45, Saturday 9.30-18.00. On Sunday, the cathedral is open only to those in attendance.
I will not go deep into the story about the Cathedral, I plan to devote a separate review to it.
Well, after exploring the Cathedral, we headed to the fortress of Malaga - Alcazaba. However, this name carries the fortress, which is in almost all major cities of Andalusia - Cordoba, Seville.
In the photo below, the powerful stone walls of the Alcazaba can be seen in the background. But there will also be a separate review about this fortress, there is something to tell and show.
Of course, when it's 40 on the street, it’s very difficult to walk around the city. hot, stuffy. Even the beauties of the city cease to be perceived, I want to be in the shade, in the coolness of a restaurant, in a car with air conditioning or home, in the apartments of Estepona. Therefore, we walked around the city a little more, and then we went back to the parking lot, where we left the car.
What catches your eye when visiting the city of Malaga.
Firstly, the fact that the city is very green. Numerous parks, squares, flower beds, and just trees planted along the roadway. All squares are very tidy, with trimmed shrubs.
Secondly, it is a complete mix of styles, old and modern buildings. But the imbalance in the architecture is not felt, all the buildings are perfectly adjacent to each other. This is probably achieved due to the uniform color scheme of buildings: it is designed in pastel beige and sand colors.
I could not resist and just took a flashlight, well, how beautiful it is! And still in the frame got a traffic light, it has an interesting curved shape, as if bending in the wind and leaning over the road.
On this let me finish my story, I hope he was at least a little interesting to you.
I liked Malaga, I think, if there were no heat, we would spend much more time in the city, because there are a lot of interesting museums and cathedrals here.
Features holiday in Malaga
Malaga is located on the southern coast of Spain in the immediate vicinity of the Straits of Gibraltar and Africa, it is an average largest city, there live about half a million inhabitants. As I said, the city is located on the coast, therefore, there are beaches within the city limits. Despite this, I would not say that Malaga is the best city for a beach holiday, because the beaches are quite mediocre there (I mean those that are within the city) - firstly, there are a lot of people there (the locals also want swim), secondly, they themselves are dirty, and the sea leaves much to be desired. In general, the beach season in Malaga lasts from the end of May to the end of September, at this time you can swim, but note that it is just somewhere near the city that cold currents pass, so even on hot days, the article can suddenly become quite cold in the sea. Near Malaga there are more suitable places for a beach holiday - these are small resort towns such as Marbella, Torremolinos, Fuengirola and others. The beaches there are much cleaner than in Malaga and there is everything for a beach holiday. If we talk about beach holidays throughout Spain, then I would not call the south the most suitable place for this - in my opinion, the best beach holiday in Spain is the Costa Blanca (these are beaches from Valencia to Alicante - among them Valencia, Gandia, Calpe, Altea, Benidorm and other resort towns). I explain why, in my opinion, lovers of the sea and the sun should first turn their attention to. Read completely
1. Cruise Port Malaga
The cruise harbor of Malaga is one of the largest in the Mediterranean. From here on the sea tour sent huge liners. Here is the place of the mooring of passenger ships that arrive at the port of Malaga as part of the Mediterranean voyage. The pier has existed since the times of the founders of the city, the Phoenicians, it was widely used by the Arabs during Moorish rule. Large-scale modernization of the harbor were made in the 1980-90s.
2. Fortress of Malaga
The fort was built by the Arabs in the VIII century, from the XI century it was used as the residence of the governor of the Granada Emirate in Malaga. The fortress towers on a hill in the central part of the city. Previously, it was connected to the now-destroyed outer city wall. The Bastion of Malaga belongs to the type of Mauritanian military strongholds (alcazabs), which were built to protect the city from enemy attacks.
3. Fortress Gibralfaro
Hibralfaro is another Moorish fortress of Malaga, connected with an alcazaba passage, and makes up a unified complex of defenses with it. The stronghold was erected in the 10th century under Caliph Abd ar-Rahman III. Four centuries later, the citadel was rebuilt at the behest of Yusuf I - ruler of the Granada Emirate. Nowadays, a museum is located on the territory of the fort, where collections of medieval weapons and armor are exhibited.
4. Town Hall of Malaga
The building of the city mayor's office, built at the beginning of the XX century in the neo-baroque style with elements of modernism. The facade of the town hall is decorated with picturesque bas-reliefs. In its spacious rooms are valuable collections of paintings. In front of the building are the Pedro Luis Alonoso Gardens, decorated in the tradition of Spanish-Arabic park art. In 2010, the town hall and gardens were declared historical monuments.
5. Plaza de Toros "La Malageta"
Arena designed for bullfighting, which is located in the eastern part of Malaga. It was built in the 19th century according to the design of H. Rukobs in the architectural style of Neomudejar. “La Malagueta” belongs to the arena of the highest category, and this means that the most ambitious performances dedicated to significant dates are held here. The building houses the Bull Museum. A. Ordoñez.
6. Automotive Museum of Malaga
The museum exhibits an extensive collection of retro cars. The exhibition is located on the territory of the former tobacco factory. Here are collected instances that demonstrate the history and progress of the automotive industry. The exhibits are divided into thematic sections, among which are the “Golden 20s”, “Designer Cars”, “Dolce Vita”, “The Perfect Epoch”, “Popular Cars” and others.
7. Museum of Glass and Crystals
The private collection of arts and crafts owned by GF Prieto, opened in 2009. Located in a historic mansion of the XVIII century. It consists of glass artifacts belonging to the time period of the XIII century BC. er - XX century n. er The total number of exhibits - about 3 thousand. In addition to glass and crystals, the museum exhibits paintings by artists D. Riley and A. Hanneman, who worked in the XVII century.
8. The Malaga Picasso Museum
The great Spanish surrealist Pablo Picasso was born in Malaga. He made an invaluable contribution to the development of such areas of modern painting as cubism and post-impressionism. On the territory of the palace of Buenavista is a museum dedicated to the work of the great master. The collection consists of 285 paintings, which were presented to the city by the painter's family. Gallery was opened in 2003.
9. Carmen Thyssen Museum
The gallery opened its doors in 2011. The collection consists of works by Spanish painters of the 19th century, especially the works of masters from Andalusia are especially widely represented. Works of art belong to Carmen Server - the widow of the industrialist and Baron G. G. Thiessen-Bornesima. The city owns paintings on loan until 2025. The collection is located in the territory of the palace of Villon, built in the XVI century.
10. Center for Contemporary Art
The museum specializes in works of contemporary art, created in the last third of the XX century. It was organized in the building of the former city market, located in the central part of Malaga. On the area of 6 thousand m² there are permanent exhibitions and temporary exhibitions. The territory of the Center for Contemporary Art is also used for film screenings, the organization of art workshops and lectures.
City of Malaga (Spain)
Malaga is a city in the south of Spain in the autonomy of Andalusia. It was founded in the 8th century BC and is one of the oldest Mediterranean seaports. Malaga is the heart of the tourist region of the Costa del Sol. The city enchants with the atmosphere of the old city, beautiful landscapes, beaches and the sea. Malaga is also known as the birthplace of Picasso.
Geography and climate
Malaga is located in the southern part of the Iberian Peninsula on the west coast of the Mediterranean. The rivers Guadalmedina and Guadalorce flow through the city. The bay is surrounded by low mountains. The climate is Mediterranean. Summer is dry and hot, winter is mild and wet.
Panorama of malaga
- The population is 569 thousand people (the sixth city of Spain).
- The area is 398 square kilometers.
- The language is Spanish.
- Currency - Euro.
- Time - Central European UTC +1, in summer +2.
- Visa - Schengen.
Tourist information centers:
- Plaza de la Marina, 11. 29001 Málaga
- Plaza de la Aduana, s / n. 29015 Málaga
- Calle Explanada de la Estación, s / n. 29002 Málaga
- Avenida Comandante Garcia Morato, 1. Terminal 3. Llegadas. 29004 Málaga
Beaches of Malaga
Malaga is famous for its beaches, the total length of which is about 14 km.
- Baños del Carmen - has a length of 550 m and a width of 15 m. From here a beautiful view of the bay opens.
- Campo de Golf San Julián - the largest beach in Malaga, located in its western part. Its length is more than 2 km.
- El Dedo - have a length of 550 m and a width of 25 m.
- El Palo - has a length of 1200 meters and a width of 25.
- La Araña is a beach in the eastern part of Malaga. Its length is half a kilometer.
- La Caleta - has a length of about 1 km and is located near the historic center.
- La Malagueta - one of the most visited beaches, located near the port. Its length is about 1200 meters.
Malaga is one of the oldest cities in Europe. It was founded by the Phoenicians in the first millennium BC. From the 3rd century BC, Malaga was one of the colonies of the Roman Empire. In the 5th century, the city was conquered by the Visigoths, and in the 6th, Byzantium. In the 7th century, Malaga was conquered by the Arabs, during which it became one of the most prosperous cities of the Iberian Peninsula.
Panorama of the city
In the 9th century, Malaga became the capital of the Muslim kingdom. At the end of the 15th century, the city was annexed to the Castilian Crown. In the 19th century, Malaga experienced an industrial boom that turned it into one of the largest industrial centers in Spain. The next round of development of the city occurred in the 60s - 70s of the 20th century, when the beaches of the Costa del Sol became popular.
How to get there
Malaga is one of the main transport centers of all Andalusia. The airport is located about 10 km from the historic city center and is the fourth largest in Spain. The air terminal serves about 13 million passengers a year and connects Malaga with other major cities in Europe and the world. From the airport to the center can be reached by bus "A" and train (departure from the arrival terminal "3").
The train station of Maria Zambrano in Malaga is one of the most important railway junctions in southern Spain. The station is located to the west of the old city. High-speed rail links are available with Madrid, Barcelona, and Seville. The main bus station is right across the street from the train station. Malaga has a regular bus service to most cities in Andalusia and the country.
Shopping and shopping
Malaga is a great city for shopping. The main shopping street is Calle Marqués de Larios. Many shops can be found in the historic center. The market is located north of Alamada.Tax Free can be returned from the purchase of more than 90.90 euros.
Streets of Malaga
Food and drink
Málaga offers a kitchen that mixes up what gives the Spanish land and the sea. The main ingredients of local dishes are fish and seafood, vegetables, meat and fruits. The most traditional thing to eat in Malaga is espetos (fried sardines). In general, there are a lot of dishes, where the main ingredient is fried fish. It is worth trying coquinas (clams in wine), local tapas, jamon and sweet wine. Tasty and inexpensive you can eat in the port area and the eastern part of the embankment.
The most interesting sights of Malaga with photos.
The Cathedral or Nuestra Señora de la Encarnación is one of the best examples of Spanish religious art. The building is located on the site of an ancient Muslim mosque. The cathedral began to be built in 1530. Construction continued until the 17th century. The north tower has a height of 86 meters and a viewing platform. The interior of this religious building is also impressive and contains several valuable works of art.
Обязательно стоит прогуляться в районе собора, где расположены очаровательные средневековые улочки.
Алькасаба - одна из главных достопримечательностей Малаги, древняя мавританская крепость, построенная на руинах древнеримского бастиона. This fortified castle at the foot of Mount Gibralfaro is designed with three contours of protective walls and 110 towers. The construction of the fortress dates back to the 11th century. Visitors can see some of the remaining mighty towers and walls, as well as visit the beautiful garden. Today it houses the Archaeological Museum and the Museum of Fine Arts.
At the top of Mount Gibralfaro above the Alcazaba stands the Moorish castle of the same name, built on the site of an ancient Phoenician lighthouse. This fortified structure was built to house troops and protect. Now Castillo de Gibralfaro is, for the most part, mighty ruins with fantastic views of the port and the coast. The most noticeable remains of the fortress are the huge old ramparts. Inside the walls are fragments of buildings and courtyards typical of Islamic architecture.
The Roman theater is the legacy of Malaga’s Roman past. It was built during the reign of Emperor Augustus in the 1st century AD. Operated until the 3rd century. The stands have a 31-meter radius and reach a height of 16 meters (13 rows). The theater was discovered in the middle of the 20th century.
The Picasso Museum is the house where the famous artist was born and at the same time the museum, where 233 of his paintings are exhibited. Will appeal to all lovers of modern art.
Basilica Nuestra Señora de la Victoria
The basilica Nuestra Señora de la Victoria is one of the most important churches of Malaga, built in the 17th century in the Baroque style. The religious structure stands at the place where the Catholics besieged Malaga during the Reconquista period (the process of conquering the Pyrenees from the Moors). Among the paintings and sculptures that adorn the basilica, there are two sculptures of Pedro de Men and the figure of the patron of the city of the 15th century.
Sagrario is an old church of the 15th century with an impressive Gothic portal and a beautiful altar.
The church of Santiago is considered the oldest in Malaga. Its construction began in 1490 at the site of the mosque. The central entrance is designed in Mudejar style. The square tower was completed in the 16th century (it was originally conceived as a minaret). Inside there are three naves with valuable works by Alonso Cano and Niño de Guevara.
Church of sv. John the baptist
Church of sv. John the Baptist - one of the oldest Christian parishes of Malaga, founded in the late 15th century. The church was significantly rebuilt after the earthquake in 1680. Interestingly, the tower provides access to the side nave of the church.
Street of sv. Augustine
Street of sv. Augustine - one of the oldest streets of Malaga. After the Christian conquest, palaces and houses of knights were built here on the foundations of old Muslim buildings. Also here you can find the Moorish quarter. Initially, the street was called Knight, but after the construction of the Augustinian monastery, the name was changed.
Episcopal Square is one of the main city squares. Here is the palace of the 18th century bishops and a stone fountain of the same period.
Square of Mercy
The Square of Mercy is one of the most beautiful squares of Malaga. An obelisk is installed in the center. From the 15th century the market was located here. Also here did the first steps in the art of Pablo Picasso.
Constitution Square - was one of the centers of urban life since the conquest of Malaga by Christians. Then she bore the name of the Square of Four streets. Here ends the main street of the city and located city hall, Augustinian monastery and a few more attractions.
When is the best time to relax in Malaga?
If you are going to Malaga for a beach holiday, then keep in mind that in general the beach season lasts from June to September, but in fact in June (and especially in its first half) the sea is still cool, so only those who love a very invigorating can swim. a little water. In July, the water is already warm enough, and you can swim without fear. However, note that the Strait of Gibraltar is located near Malaga, in which there are cold currents, so sometimes even on the hottest days, the water can become quite cool - it means some kind of flow has come. It usually lasts not very long - two or three days. Since October, the water becomes pretty cool, and it becomes impossible to swim. The air temperature in summer in Malaga is quite high, in general the summer itself is quite hot and dry, there is no precipitation at all. The usual air temperature in summer is from 26 to 29 degrees, but on some days (especially in August) the temperature can rise up to 36-37 degrees. That is why summer Malaga is not very suitable for sightseeing holidays and trips to nearby towns - it is very hot and stuffy there, in this weather you can only sit on the beach or relax in the hotel.
The highest prices for holidays at this resort, as elsewhere, are in July and August (the so-called high season), but in September they are already significantly reduced, and tourists are significantly less. The daily temperature in September is still quite high - on average from 26 to 29 degrees, but the water is gradually becoming cooler. It is this time you can. Read completely
Malaga is located in the south of Spain, in the province of Andalusia. In the summer, this city is visited by quite a lot of tourists, but in the winter, Malaga seems to be dying out - there are usually not very many tourists there.
The locals are benevolent, we didn’t encounter any aggression in our address, however, tourists should be aware that not all local people speak English - I would say that very few people in Malaga speak English. Most likely, young people will know the simplest phrases and expressions of the type How much does it cost? How to get? Where is? Older people mostly speak only Spanish, of course, there are pleasant exceptions, but they are very, very few. That is why a tourist going to the south of Spain would be very nice to learn at least a dozen or two simple Spanish phrases and expressions. Firstly, you can easily explain this way, secondly, it will immediately bring local residents to you - they are very pleased that the foreigner has taken upon himself to work at least a little to learn their language. As I wrote above, the Spaniards are very benevolent and, in principle, always ready to help, so you can feel free to contact them, but you will most likely find it difficult to explain in English.
Their attitude to Russian tourists is absolutely normal, they do not show any aggression towards us, on the contrary, they begin to ask about Russia and wonder why we have chosen their country for recreation.
We did not encounter theft at the hotel, although sometimes we forgot to remove valuables. Read completely
A bit of history and geography
Malaga is a city located on the Mediterranean coast in the south of Spain in the Costa del Sol region. It is believed that the city was founded by the Phoenicians in the VIII century BC. That is, the history of the city dates back 29 centuries. During this time, Malaga is constantly conquered and won. The city was part of the Roman Empire, then became the capital of the Muslim state, and in the era of the industrial revolution even was the largest economic center of Spain. Thanks to its rich and rich history, Malaga can offer tourists a lot of attractions: from the Roman amphitheater and the Arab fortress to the cathedrals and museums of modern art.
By the way, the city is also famous for the fact that the great Spanish artist Pablo Picasso was born here, so art lovers who come to Malaga have the opportunity to visit 2 museums about the life and work of the legendary surrealist.
Malaga, Spain: how to get there?
Malaga has a large international airport, railway station and seaport. Despite the fact that most of the flights from Russia to Malaga docking (with transfers), the way to Malaga by air is still considered the most beneficial for Russians. If a big tour of Spain is planned, and Malaga is not the first point of the route, then you can get to the city by land transport - by train or by bus.
The main attractions of Malaga: Roman Theater
Malaga is a city in Spain, whose sights amaze with a variety of eras. For example, the Roman theater, built in the 1st century BC and still well preserved, is considered one of the oldest buildings in Malaga. The theater was used for its intended purpose until the 3rd century AD, and later under the Muslim government it was turned into a quarry. Surprisingly, this archaeological find was discovered quite by accident - during repairs in the garden of the House of Culture of Malaga in 1951. As it turned out a little later during the excavations, there was a theater just under the House of Culture.
Having been in this place, you can touch the history, learn more about the life of the ancient Romans, walk on the stones, which went two thousand years ago. This is a unique opportunity enjoyed by many tourists, so the Roman Theater is quite a popular attraction.
The Fortress of Malaga (Alcazaba) is an ancient fortress, preserved from the times when Malaga was part of a Muslim state. It was built in the 11th century and, like any fortress, protected the city and its inhabitants from enemy troops. Now Alcazaba attracts many tourists not only as a historical monument, but also as a very picturesque place. The fortress is located on a hill, so rising to the top, you can enjoy a beautiful panoramic view of the whole of Malaga.
Not far from Alcazaba there is another impressive architectural structure - the Cathedral of Malaga (Cathedral of Our Lady of the Incarnation). The construction work began several decades after the defeat of Ferdinand of Aragon and Isabella of the Castile Muslim State. It was assumed that the cathedral will become a symbol of the greatness and victory of Christianity. The construction of the temple was very long and lasted almost three centuries (1528 - 1782). The length of the tower of the cathedral is 85 meters, which makes it the second highest temple in the whole of Andalusia.
A rather interesting fact, which adds to the unusualness of the building, is that the second tower has not yet been completed. In connection with this, the cathedral is sometimes called one-handed. It is also surprising that the building of the temple combines several architectural styles at once: baroque, gothic and classicism. The overwhelming majority of tourists visiting this monumental cathedral share genuine admiration and declare that it is a must-see for everyone visiting Malaga.
If you get tired of the heat and want to hide from the rays of the scorching Spanish sun, be sure to visit the botanical garden "La Concepcion" - the most beautiful park of Malaga, created in the XIX century. Here are several thousand plants from all over Spain and not only. After a walk through the hot European streets, you can instantly go back into the tropical jungle. Many tourists admit that they don’t want to leave here - it’s so nice to stroll slowly through the picturesque park. Some even call it a "green oasis."
In addition to a variety of trees and flowers here you can see parrots, beautiful fountains and waterfalls. Even if you are not at all interested in botany, be sure to visit the botanical garden of Malaga and enjoy the coolness of its green alleys.
The inhabitants of Malaga are very proud of their famous countryman, so to visit Malaga and not to visit the Picasso Museum is the same as coming to St. Petersburg and not going on a trip to the Hermitage. The museum is located in the palace of Buenavista and was founded in 2003. The building used to be the royal residence, but King Juan Carlos of Spain sacrificed it for the museum. The gallery contains a large collection of master's works: about 200 paintings, as well as sculptures. The ticket price includes an audio guide, including in Russian. Most of the museum’s exhibits were donated by the artist’s relatives.
Not far from the palace of Buenavista is the house-museum of Picasso, which is more devoted to his biography, rather than paintings. Even if you do not consider yourself to be connoisseurs of painting, do not miss the opportunity to touch the work of a great artist.
Plaza de toros
If Italy is associated with pizza and the Colosseum, then at the thought of Spain, two characters — flamenco and bullfight — come to mind most quickly. Holidays in Spain, in Malaga in particular, can not do without the first or second. As for the Spaniards' favorite entertainment - bullfights, in Malaga you can see this performance in the Plaza de Toros “La Malagueta”. Here is the museum of bullfighting, where among the exhibits are clothes matadors, vintage posters and harness. The arena building itself is a landmark of the city and is often depicted on all souvenirs. You immediately pay attention to it when you look at panoramic photos of Malaga.
It is time to learn about the beaches of Malaga. Spain is famous for its beautiful beach resorts, and Malaga is no exception. The coastline is officially divided into 16 parts. Most beaches are sandy, each of them has everything you need to relax - changing rooms, public toilets and a large selection of excellent restaurants with very affordable prices. After examining the list of beaches, each tourist can choose something most suitable for their preferences. "Le Malagueta" is suitable for family holidays, lovers of active recreation and sports will enjoy the beach "La Caleta". The Pedregalejo Quay is famous for its nightlife, and those who seek new sensations can certainly be advised to visit “de Guadalmar” - the only official nudist beach in Malaga. Most beaches are within walking distance of the city center.
Malaga, like any large populous city, never sleeps. At night, there are many clubs with hot dancing and loud music, as well as bars where you can drink with old friends and make new acquaintances. In many nightlife places in Malaga, you can watch dance and music shows, including how to watch flamenco. At night, the streets are always a lot of noisy and fun companies, and both young people and families with children. In general, the Spaniards love and know how to relax both day and night.
If you suddenly get bored with museums and the beach, go shopping. In Malaga, you will find boutiques with fashionable brand clothes, as well as small shops with souvenirs. One of the largest shopping and entertainment centers in Malaga, Larios, has a huge area of 45 thousand square meters. meters, occupied by shops of famous brands (Zara, Mango, Tezenis and so on), restaurants and a cinema. You can plunge into the atmosphere of street trading in the Constitution Square, where you can buy souvenirs as a gift, ceramics and antiques. For fresh produce go to the central market of Malaga Atarasanas, where you can buy fruits, vegetables, fish and jamon at very reasonable prices.
The gastronomy of Malaga is very diverse due to the mild climate and the proximity of the sea. It is presented for the most part Mediterranean cuisine at its best. The most popular among tourists are seafood and fish. One of the most famous dishes that is served almost everywhere - both in expensive restaurants and in beach eateries - espeto de sardinas. These are sardines, traditionally grilled over charcoal using cane as a skewer. Fish pre-sprinkled with plenty of sea salt.
Another method of cooking seafood called "Moorish saucepans", it is associated with the use of olive oil, herbs and garlic. Of course, do not forget about the traditional Spanish dishes - gazpacho, tapas and paella. A glass of good Spanish wine will help make dinner even more pleasant - and there is plenty of it here. Thus, in Malaga, no one will go hungry. There is a huge number of institutions for every taste and wallet, where you can taste fresh traditional dishes and even more feel love for Spain.
Due to the mountainous terrain, cold winds do not penetrate into Malaga. Therefore, even in winter it is relatively warm, frost is extremely rare. The peak of the tourist season is summer, when the water in the sea warms up to 25 degrees. The climate becomes very dry, rainy days practically does not happen. The air temperature reaches 30 degrees in the afternoon, in such conditions it becomes very difficult to visit excursions and museums. Most tourists prefer to be in rooms with air conditioning during the day. Other comfortable seasons for holidays in Malaga are the beginning of autumn and the end of spring. The air temperature decreases slightly, occasionally there are rainy days.
You can swim in Malaga from late May to late October. In winter, the average daytime air temperature reaches 15-17 degrees. Of course, there is no talk of bathing, but you can still visit numerous cultural attractions, so even in winter there are a lot of tourists.
Pearl of Spain. Holidays in Malaga from the words of tourists
Many Russian tourists have already visited Malaga and made up their minds. Проанализировав отзывы об Испании и Малаге в частности на русскоязычных туристических порталах, можно сделать вывод, что большинство людей просто влюбились в этот город. Отзывы с оценкой в 5 звезд значительно преобладают, есть немного отзывов, где указаны некоторые недостатки, но в целом мнение у туристов сложилось положительное. Если где-то и встречаются негативные оценки о курорте, то это скорее исключение из правила. Чем же так привлекает Малага туристов?
- Много интересных достопримечательностей, музеев, мест для прогулок - удивительно насыщенная экскурсионная жизнь.
- То, что привлекает большинство россиян - возможность понежиться на солнышке и искупаться в море.
- A very large selection of cafes, where you can enjoy delicious and unusual dishes.
- Stunning architecture, ancient buildings of different times and styles.
- Not a hackneyed resort, a small proportion of Russian tourists.
- Unique Spanish flavor.
Of course, you need to remember about some aspects that may cause discomfort during the trip in order to prepare yourself mentally for them. Thus, tourists noted the following disadvantages of Malaga as a tourist center:
- Maybe too hot in the summer.
- A lot of tourists.
- Too intense rhythm of life, not suitable for a relaxing and measured rest.
However, if you know about all the shortcomings (which are not so many), and they do not scare you away, you can safely buy trips to Malaga (Spain), you will have an unforgettable adventure in the sunny world of beautiful streets, delicious food and smiling people.
Brief historical background
Malaga was originally a Phoenician settlement founded in the 8th century BC. After the conquest of the Romans, their power was maintained in these lands from the 3rd century BC until the fall of the Great Roman Empire. The Byzantine government was here for a short time, and the Visigoths raided the area.
In the 8th century AD, the long era of Islamic rule of the Moors came to Malaga. During their rule, Malaga became a rich and beautiful city. The Catholic power of the kings began here in the 15th century, when Malaga was conquered from the Moors and joined the legendary Castile. Since then, the city and is under the authority of Spain.
The economic rise took place in Malaga in the middle of the last century - and it was directly connected with the flow of European tourists. To date, Malaga is an interesting place for tourists from all over the world.
Malaga is located in the south of beautiful Spain, in the Spanish autonomous region - Andalusia. It is the administrative center, the sixth largest city in Spain by population. It has access to the western shores of the Mediterranean. The Malaga Mountains are part of Malaga, and there are two rivers in the city - the Guadalorce and the Guadalmedina. Geographically, the city is very beautiful: he "hid" in a bay surrounded by mountains. The Costa del Sol, to which the city belongs, is very popular among tourists arriving and arriving in Spain.
The type of climate in Malaga is Mediterranean, very mild and pleasant. Here it is warm almost throughout the year, and precipitation is disturbed only 50 days a year. High season in Malaga is summer. I must say that summer time is very hot here: the air temperature fluctuates around 30 degrees Celsius, but it can reach up to 40 degrees Celsius. However, warm water - about 24 degrees - and the opportunity to relax in the evening, when it is not so hot, attract most tourists in the summer.
But a great option would be to travel to Malaga in the late spring and early fall. In September, the velvet season begins - there are fewer tourists, the average temperature is 25 degrees Celsius, but the water still allows you to swim.
In the winter, they go to Malaga mainly for sightseeing. This is a quiet time in the city, however, it is also comfortable for a person. The average air temperature in winter is about 15 degrees Celsius. The mountains carefully harbor Malaga from the lush winds.
Security in Málaga
Spain is an excellent option for the rest of even the most wary travelers and families with children. Cities, and especially resort, such as Malaga, are adapted to accommodate tourists. It has all the necessary infrastructure, security services, police and government officials are friendly, and many travel agencies and centers can help in solving complex issues.
Basic security measures for tourists in Malaga:
- carry a photocopy of your passport
- do not carry large sums of money with you, or even all available funds
- do not leave valuable items unattended
- take care of sun protection especially in summer
- be wary of marine life.
Visa to Malaga for Russians
Malaga is a Spanish city, so you need to get a Schengen visa to travel to this place. If we are talking about a Spanish visa, the package of documents includes all the standard things: booking confirmation, tickets, documents that indicate the financial viability of the tourist. It is worthwhile to competently treat all the requirements, fill out the questionnaires correctly and then both self-registration of a visa and receiving it with the help of travel agencies will not be difficult for an honest tourist.
Hotel infrastructure of Malaga
In Malaga, there are many establishments of hotel stock for every taste and wallet size. As a rule, it is most difficult to book accommodation in high season, so it’s best to take care of renting in advance. A room per night in a two-star hotel will cost from 3,000 rubles, in a luxury hotel - from 7,000 rubles. The most expensive hotels are located in the city center, as well as by the sea. Inexpensive establishments can be found in remote areas, but there are several campgrounds around the city, from which it will be easy to get to the coast.
At the beginning of the 14th century, at the mountain elevation of about 160 meters, the Gibralfaro fortress was built, which means “lighthouse on the cliff”. The fort was supposed to protect another fortress - Alcazaba, built at the foot of the mountain. The alcazabu was connected to the Gibralfato castle by a specially constructed passage. The mountain fort was reinforced by two rows of walls with jagged towers, the walls themselves were built in a zigzag manner. In the fortress could fit up to 5,000 soldiers.
The castle is connected to the city by an alley of pines; beautiful pomegranates, cypresses, eucalyptus trees and orange and laurel trees grow around the fort. The road itself will bring incomparable pleasure. From Gibralfaro you can see the panorama of the whole of Malaga, the view of Gibraltar, as well as the African mountains in the distance. You can combine the inspection of two fortresses at once, by the way, every Sunday after two in the afternoon you can get here for free.
11. Russian Museum in Malaga
A branch of the Russian Museum was opened in Malaga recently - in 2015. It is located on the former tobacco factory, occupying an area of 2.3 thousand m². In addition to the permanent exhibitions, the museum has educational centers, cinema halls and creative workshops. The gallery exhibits works of Russian masters of the XV-XX centuries. Visitors can admire the paintings by I. Repin, I. Levitan, A. Ivanov, V. Kandinsky, K. Malevich, M. Chagall and many others.
12. Center Pompidou in Malaga
The Spanish branch of the famous Parisian gallery of modern art. The permanent exhibition displays works of art of the XX-XXI centuries, there are works by P. Picasso, F. Bacon, F. Calo and other worthy masters. Also in the Center Pompidou throughout the year, temporary exhibitions of photography, design, architecture are held and interactive installations are organized using advanced technologies.
14. Basilica of Santa Maria de la Victoria
The basilica was built in the XVI century on the very spot where King Ferdinand of Aragon was camped before the decisive battles for Malaga. The church is dedicated to St. Maria de la Victoria - the intercessor and patroness of all Andalusia. The saint enjoys the special love of the inhabitants of this part of Spain. The main shrine of the temple - a small statue of Mary with Jesus, dating from the XV century.
15. English cemetery
The necropolis was organized in 1831 thanks to the efforts of Consul U. Mark, representing the interests of the United Kingdom in Spain. Previously, all the departed, who did not belong to the Catholic branch of Christianity, were buried at night near the seashore. After receiving permission to create their own cemetery from Ferdinand VII, the Protestants were allowed to organize their own necropolis.
16. Roman theater
The theater is located at the foot of a hill on which stands the Malaga Fortress. It is believed that the building was built in the last years of the reign of Emperor Augustus in the I century. The theater was used as intended until the III century. Then the Arabs came to Malaga. They partially dismantled the stage and used stones for the construction of defensive structures. The Roman theater was accidentally discovered in the middle of the 20th century; excavations were completed only in the 90s.
17. Constitution Square
The central square of Malaga, located in the historic part of the city. The place has been known since the time of the Moorish dynasty of Nasrid, and since then it has repeatedly changed its name. Administrative buildings with considerable architectural value are located around the square - the Augustinian monastery, prison buildings and courts, as well as the town houses of the past centuries.
18. Merced Square
Merced Square is located within the quarter of the same name. It often becomes the center of various festivals and celebrations. The fame of the place is added by the fact that here is the house where the artist P. Picasso was born. Since 2008, the square has been decorated with a monument to the master work by F. L. Hernandez. Merced is considered one of the most picturesque squares in Malaga.
19. Marques de Larios Street
Promenade street crossing the historic center of Malaga and ending on the Constitution Square. The alley is specially designed for unhurried "promenade" surrounded by historic buildings, shopping, relaxing in coffee shops and enjoying the city atmosphere. The street was created in the XIX century by the project of J. M. Sancho. The place is named after the textile industrialist M. de Larios.
20. Central Market of Atarazanas
The market building is located by the sea. Previously, ships were repaired. It harmoniously enough combines the features of ancient Moorish and modern architecture. After the restoration of the room began to be used for retail space. The market sells seafood, vegetables, fruits, cheeses, meat products, and numerous local delicacies typical of Spanish cuisine.
21. "Palm Surprise"
City Park, located along the waterfront, offering a magnificent view of the port of Malaga. The park has infrastructure for comfortable rest with the whole family. There are playgrounds, comfortable benches, fountains, cafes, lawns with exotic plants. The design of Palm Surprise is a vivid example of modern trends in the field of landscape art.
22. Lighthouse La Farola
The lighthouse was erected at the beginning of the 19th century according to the design of H. G. Maria Peri in the territory of the seaport. The modernization was carried out in 1913, as a result of which the structure was equipped with modern (for that time) optical equipment. During the Civil War in the 30s. La Farola was painted in earthy colors for camouflage purposes, after the end of the active phase of the confrontation the lighthouse was restored.
23. Botanical Garden “La Concepcion”
The garden was laid out in the 19th century, its creators were H.L. Oyarsabal and A.E. Livermole - the married couple of the Spanish aristocrats. They traveled a long time to European countries after the wedding and, inspired by the beauties they had seen, decided to create a new garden in their residence. A specialist from France was invited to design. At the beginning of the XX century, the territory was ceded to another family, which continued to work on the creation of the park.
24. Malaga Park
Classic Mediterranean park planted with lush subtropical vegetation and elegantly decorated with decorative elements. Square is a strip of greenery (70-80 meters wide), stretching along the embankment. Malaga Park was laid out at the end of the 19th century, at the very time when the city was recovering after the collapse of the wine industry due to the massive loss of vineyards.
25. La Malagueta Beach
City beach is located in the resort area of Malaga. It stretches for about 1200 meters along the coast. La Malageta - artificial beach. The city authorities specially brought sand here to organize a recreation area for locals and tourists. Here is a developed infrastructure. In high season, due to the large number of holidaymakers, there is almost no free space on the beach.
Or simply La Catedral (Catedral de Málaga) - the most famous, monumental, beautiful and memorable landmark of Malaga. Malaga Cathedral is considered the pearl of the Renaissance in the whole of Andalusia. The majestic building of the cathedral stands out against the background of other, low and less refined buildings of the historical center of the city, and the tower of the cathedral can be seen from many points of old Malaga.
By the way! The cathedral has only one tower, according to some data there was not enough money for the construction of the second tower. Due to the absence of one tower in the people, the Malagsky Cathedral was nicknamed "La Manquita", which means "One-Handle". Inside is the Museum of the Cathedral.
Alcazaba and Gibralfaro Fortresses
Both locks have a convenient location, they are close to each other. Of the two Malaga fortresses, Alcazaba is the best preserved, therefore, it is probably more interesting to visit, whereas Gibralfaro was less fortunate, for the most part only the fortress walls, gates and towers were left. However, the view of Malaga, which opens from the walls of Gibralfaro, is simply magnificent.
Alcazaba - an incredibly impressive fortress of the same name, built in the 11th century, was once the palace-fortress of the Muslim rulers of the city. Fortress Gibralfaro also refers to the buildings of the 14th century. Read more about Alcazaba and Gibralfaro fortresses ...
The Episcopal Palace (Palacio Episcopal) is currently an object of Spanish cultural heritage. The palace building was erected in 1762 and is now considered one of the best examples of the civil architecture of Malaga. Particular attention is paid to the design of the main entrance on the main facade, made in the Baroque style and having the form of balconies and an altar, as well as decorated with pink columns. Now the building houses the Diocesan Museum of Sacred Art.
Church of the Sacred Heart
On one of the tiny squares of the historical center of Malaga, you can see the beautiful monument of Neo-Gothic art of Malaga - the Church of the Sacred Heart (Iglesia del Sagrado Corazón de Jesus), dating back to 1920.
City Hall and the gardens of Luis Alonso
Málaga’s Town Hall (Casa consists of de Malaga) or simply Malaga’s Town Hall is one of the main and most beautiful buildings in Málaga, considered an achievement of 20th century Spanish architects and representing an unusual combination of modern and neo-baroque styles. Currently, City Hall is located in the Town Hall.
Outside the Town Hall building are the beautiful gardens of Pedro Luis Alonso, also known as the gardens of the Town Hall (ardines de Pedro Luis Alonso) with an abundance of citrus trees, ornamental shrubs and walking alleys.
Every year a gigantic Christmas arrangement is exhibited in the Town Hall - Belem, and the Town Hall building itself, together with the gardens of Luis Alonso, have already become an excellent duet and are recognized as historical cultural monuments. Read more about the City Hall and the gardens of Luis Alonso in Malaga ...
Parque Malaga is central in Malaga and one of the largest urban parks in Europe, founded in 1896. This park is a favorite place for locals and visitors for walks and recreation, as well as one of the ten brightest attractions in Malaga.
The total area of the park is more than 30,000 square meters, in which there are three walking alleys stretching along the perimeter of the entire park, fountains and sculptures, children's play areas and recreation areas, curved alleys and small flower beds. All this creates a truly unique picture. Read more about Malaga Park ...
Sea Square and General Torrijos Square
The aforementioned Malaga Park has not only a convenient location (located in the very center of the city), it also stretches from one of the beautiful central squares of the city’s Marine Square (Plaza de la Marina) to another - General Torrijos Square, where another attraction of Malaga is located - a fountain of three graces (Fuente de las Tres Gracias).
Big cruise port
Port of Malaga (Puerto Malaga / Puerto Malaga) is an international sea port accepting coastal passenger and cargo transportation. This is the oldest continuously operating port in Spain and one of the oldest in the Mediterranean, which can include the largest cruise liners in the world. More about the Malaga Port ...
In addition to the direct destination of the port, it is concentrated within the mass of interesting places:
1. A walking promenade runs along the port - the alley of Muelle Uno (Paseo del Muelle Uno) is one of the favorite places of the city for evening walks.
Currently, part of the boulevard is a shopping and entertainment area, along which there are cafes and restaurants, shops and a shopping center. And the second - a picturesque promenade - a palm grove of surprises (Palmeral De Las Sorpresas), where you can see a series of interesting sculptures, shady areas with places for recreation, a small fountain and children's play areas.
2. Морской музей Альбораниа (Classroom of the Sea Museum Alborania) и филиал парижского арт-центра Помпиду - Центр Помпиду в Малаге (Centre Pompidou Malaga), представляющий на обозрение посетителей как постоянную, состоящую из нескольких десятков произведений из потрясающей коллекции парижского Центра Помпиду, так и временные экспозиции, где можно увидеть работы современных мастеров.
3. Один из символов города - возвышающийся над пристанью Маяк Флора (La Farola De Malaga), датирующийся 1817 годом.
4. Колесо обозрения (Noria Mirador Princess), являющееся одним из крупнейших в Европе.
Ботанический сад Малаги
Ботаническому саду Малаги (Jardín Botánico La Concepción) насчитывается уже более 150 лет. В настоящее время сад Ла-Консепсион считается парковой зоной. Сад этот невелик размерами, но разнообразен и особенно красив во время сезонов цветения. In the garden there are many varieties of palm trees and aquatic plants, some specimens of coniferous trees, as well as rubber plants, cacti, orchids and magnolias, vineyards and olive trees.
The botanical garden is located not in the center of the city, but more than five kilometers from one, so it is better to allocate a separate time to visit it.
There is one interesting place in Malaga! A place where you can enjoy plenty of fresh seafood and Mediterranean fish. It is difficult, of course, to call this place a complete sight, but by the number of people, for sure, the “fish part” of Malaga can already be easily raised to the ranks of the most visited places in the city!
The fish quarter in Malaga is located in three beaches: playa de Pedregalejo, playa del Palo and playa del El Dedo. El Palo Beach is originally the best urban fishing district and, accordingly, two nearby beaches are also not far behind. Not only visitors of the city come here and come, but also local residents with their whole families for lunch or dinner. And after all the truth, there is no better fish place in the whole of Malaga, where you could have a great rest and enjoy fresh seafood and fish from the morning catch.
In addition to delicious fish and seafood, this area of Malaga, in our opinion, is the most colorful. Here is a picturesque beach strip and low buildings in the characteristic Andalusian style, painted with bright colors. Learn more about the fish paradise in Malaga ...
Like “Fish Paradise”, Malagueta Beach is hardly a tourist attraction, but, nevertheless, La Malageta is the most visited, photographed and favorite beach of the city guests. After all, on this beach is located, perhaps, the most recognizable inscription of Malaga - “Malagueta”. To make a photo on the background of the inscription, it is sometimes necessary to defend the queue, and not only in the summer season)). Read more about all the beaches of Malaga ...