MÁLAGA

MÁLAGA WAS FOUNDED ABOUT 770BC AND SOME OF ITS ANCIENT PHOENICIAN HERITAGE CAN STILL BE SEEN TODAY. WITH MORE THAN 2,800 YEARS OF HISTORY, MÁLAGA IS ONE OF THE OLDEST CITIES IN THE WORLD, MAKING IT ONE OF THE MOST INTERNATIONALLY RENOWNED CULTURAL DESTINATIONS.

Situated on southern Spain’s Costa del Sol of the Mediterranean, this city boasts remarkably beautiful countryside, making it the ideal place for recreation and relaxation. Málaga is not only a lovely peaceful retreat, all the major sights are also just a short stroll away, and visitors can enjoy a blend of experiences with a quintessential Spanish charm. The city is best known as the birthplace of the internationally acclaimed artist, Pablo Picasso, but it is also famous for the magnificent Castillo de Gibralfaro and the La Alcazaba, Málaga’s most important landmark; it has achieved all of its potential in order to provide a wealth of history, heritage and culture. So whether visiting with friends, a family, young or old, there really is something for everyone.

Take a stroll around the city and explore the excellent shopping centre, Larios Centro – home to many top-name stores, it is a modern four-storey building – two floors for shopping and another two for parking. Larios Centro has a wide variety of choices, including food, sportswear, casual wear, apparel and accessories. Here, you will also find a hypermarket, banks, a travel agency and cinemas to entice you to stay even longer.

The heart of the city has to be the beautiful Cathedral of Málaga, which is located on the site of city’s main mosque. It boasts diverse architecture, combining such styles as Gothic on the ground floor, Renaissance in its elevation and Baroque in the main facade. Construction of the cathedral began in the 16th century. The north tower rises to 84 metres in height, being the second highest cathedral in Andalusia, after the Giralda in Seville. However, funds ran out in 1782, leaving the south towers unfinished; this condition gives the cathedral the nickname of “the one-armed lady”. A stroll over the Alcazaba followed by the Roman Theater and the Castillo de Gibralfaro is the perfect combination.

Built between the 11th and 14th centuries, the Alcazaba served as the palace fortress for the Moorish rulers. It is built upon the ruins of an older Phoenician fortress that was originally built around 776-780AD, as a defence against pirates, in a privileged position. The grounds house a small archaeological museum where fragments of Roman pottery and Moorish ceramic material are on display. Entering this charming destination is rather like stepping into a huge time machine.

Rising majestically from its site above the Alcazaba is Castillo de Gibralfaro (the Gibralfaro Castle). It was built in the 14th century to protect the fortress. This castle is not only a great place for people who enjoy historic sites or the atmosphere of great castles, here, everyone can enjoy walking along on top of the wall and its battlements on top of the hill, exploring fascinating displays at exhibition area, and relaxing on the terrace of the outdoor café with its impressive panoramic views over the city.

Visit the spectacular and inspiring ruins of a Teatro Romano, the Roman Amphitheatre, possibly the most interesting of all Málaga’s buildings. It is situated at the foot of the famous Alcazaba fortress. Built in the 1st Century BC, it is the oldest monument in the city. Located next to the site is its visitor centre, providing the history of the ruins and its subsequent excavation with free admission fees.

What makes this city even more special is certainly the beaches. There are 16 beaches that create Málaga’s coastline. All year round, visitors can enjoy Málaga’s beaches with their nice summer temperatures, lush green palm trees and blue lagoons, offering everything one needs to switch off and forget about the rest of the world.

Visitors staying in the heart of the city can enjoy a short walk to follow the paths to the magic of the Malagueta beach. It is one of the most visited beaches by the inhabitants of Málaga, as it is located closest to the city, and is equipped with all necessary services and facilities including lifeguards, showers and footbaths, beach bars and restaurants, and numerous beach umbrella rentals that beautifully lie on the seaside. Here, visitors will find the peace, tranquility and treatments that allow you to fully relax, as well as natural surroundings for active recreation.

The highly recommended choice is to take a bus to the beach of Pedregalejo, one of the oldest traditional fishermen’s neighbourhoods in Málaga, which is famous for the large number of fish and shellfish restaurants that line its sidewalks. Experiencing this city’s oldest seaside promenade whilst indulging in an exquisite menu, such as skewered sardines on firewood or a seafood paella, is not only a culinary delight but real-life entertainment at its best.

There are a multitude of reasons to visit picturesque Málaga. It is both an historic and beautiful city. The unhurried peace of beaches with its old town buildings draw visitors of all ages at any time of the year. All in all, Málaga is the perfect location to discover the beautiful town and to be pampered in an atmospheric setting.

Text by Nitiwan Ponglux
Photos by Atipu Ponglux
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