It is clear that one day is not enough to know Malaga but, what if there is no more time, what? Here is my personal choice of what to visit in Malaga in a day, waking up soon and without stopping!
The commercial artery of Malaga par excellence . All the big firms are here, in addition to a lot of movement of people, of course. There is no visit to Malaga in which you can do without a walk on Calle Larios . And less if you go at Christmas . Think that this year people have come to the city just to see the Christmas decoration of Calle Larios . Of course it was not, but it can not be denied that it was spectacular. The lights replicated the roofs of a Gothic cathedral … life-size! Seeing is believing.
In no good visit to a Spanish city can miss the cathedral . And in Malaga, moreover, ” la manquita ” is one of its symbols. It is “little man” because … it lacks a hand, well, a tower, which is a cathedral! Then they say of the Sagrada Familia, but this building began to be built in the 16th century, on the mosque of the city, and at the end of the 18th century it was still not finished. It was then when the works were paralyzeddefinitely … to this day! There are different theories about the reasons, since the money was used by the governor of Malaga to support the US in the war of independence against the British, who did not fall well here -Gibraltar is not far-, until the king, after of three centuries without being finished, decided to give up and use the money to build the road to Antequera . But the important thing is the result, and the “little hand” is already loved as it is.
The citadel is the great jewel of the crown of Malaga. Well, never an expression was more inappropriate because its owners did not get along very well with the ” crown ” of Castile. It was the palace fortress of the Muslim rulers who dominated this territory and was built between the 11th and 12th centuries . It stands on the remains of a Phoenician building, with elements of the theater and other Roman buildings so if you find something that does not fit much with the Arab world, you already know why! The orange trees and flowers add a touch of brilliant color.
The whole of the citadel with its three parts – the access, the palatial part and the military fortress – is quite large so reserve time for the visit.
CASTLE OF GIBRALFARO
The castle of Gibralfaro , in the mountain of the same name, communicates with the citadel by a steep corridor through the mountain, so it is best to take the bus 35 on the park promenade . Between the Phoenician ruins that there was before the construction of this building there was a lighthouse, of there the Arab denomination “Yabal Faruh” (mount of the lighthouse) . Now there is an interpretation center in the old powder keg of the fortress, and, above all, impressive views over the city and the bay of Malaga .
THE ROMAN THEATER
It will not be one of the best preserved Roman theaters, but we must recognize that the whole is unique . The Roman theater, behind him the Arab citadel and in the background another Arab castle, the castle of Gibralfaro , on Phoenician remains. There are not many places where you can visit an archaeological site like this, right?
The theater is the oldest in Spain, the first century , was in operation until the third century and today is still used as a stage for different types of shows. It was discovered recently, at the end of the 20th century .
A WALK THROUGH THE HISTORIC CENTER WITHOUT FORGETTING THE PASSAGE CHINITAS
As always, the best way to get to know a city is to walk through its streets without big objectives, rather than letting oneself go towards what most appeals to each one . This is how corners are discovered, such as the Chinitas passage , a street that has a curious cross shape, since here there was a convent, that of the Barefoot Augustine nuns . The portal has been maintained, the current entrance to the passage through the constitution plaza , and the shape of the church floor. In the passage was ” Café Chinitas “, which gave the name to the work of García Lorca.
THE MARKET OF ATARAZANAS OR CENTRAL MARKET
The Atarazanas market itself is worth a visit. Here were the Nasrid shipyards (the shipyards) , of which the main marble door is still preserved, with its great horseshoe arch, from the 14th century. The current building, with its stained-glass windows and metal structures , was built at the end of the 19th century,inspired by the “Les Halles” in Paris.
And then, of course, there is the merchandise: all kinds of fresh products and, of course, the Malaga almonds, fried and with salt. You can not stop trying them, they are the most typical here!
PLAZA DE LA MERCED, A “SELFIE” WITH PICASSO
Picasso is probably the most famous character born in Malaga, so in the city could not miss a sculpture dedicated to him. Actually he is not even 10 years old -this is 2008- but he is already one of the great classics of the city. And since the arrival of the “selfies” because … no one can leave without having one with Picasso!
In the 19th century this avenue was built, which is still one of the main avenues. Palm trees and buildings of different architectural styles make it another of the star corners of Malaga. As a curiosity, there are three buildings, side by side, of three different styles, although they are all from the beginning of the 20th century: the old Correos building, neomudéjar; the Bank of Spain, neoclassical; and the town hall, neo-baroque .
THE PORT: PIER 1 AND PIER 2
The spring 1 , with its shopping and leisure and Pier 2 , or “Palm of Surprises” ‘ Nice name, right ? – are other mandatory stops. The colors of the sunset here fascinated me. And in one of its bars was where I discovered that in Malaga ordering a coffee is an art. Because here there is no “only”, “with milk” or “cut” … too easy! In Malaga you can ask for a “half” – half coffee and half milk – “shadow” – coffee with very little coffee – or “cloud” – coffee with even less coffee – . This peculiar denomination was born in the Central coffee , where you can order up to nine types of coffee .
Next to the pier is the street lamp that leads, of course, to the lamppost of Malaga . Yes lamp post, no lighthouse . Why? Some say that by the most curvilinear shape that reminds a woman. Be that as it may, it is one of the two “feminine” lighthouses that exist throughout Spain , together with Santa Cruz de Tenerife.
From the street lamp, symbol par excellence of the city – although there are many, right? – you have beautiful views of the harbor and the old town .
MUSEUMS: THYSSEN, PICASSO FOUNDATION / HOME BIRTH MUSEUM, PICASSO MUSEUM MALAGA …
The museum lovers are in luck because the supply in Malaga is not only very large, but it is spreading every year. If you are only one day you will have to choose one.
For lovers of romantic painting , since 2011 there is the Carmen Thyssen Museum Malaga , with an impressive collection of Spanish works, and particularly Andalusian, of the nineteenth century. If you are more of cubism , there is Picasso of course, to which his hometown has dedicated two museums. One of them is the Picasso Málaga Museum , in the magnificent Buenavista Palace and the other one is the Picasso Foundation, a native house museum , located in the house where the artist was born.
But there are many more, and for all tastes, such as the automobile museum of Malaga , located in the former Royal Tobacco Factory, 1923 . And they continue to open: now the future museum of fine arts in Malaga is under construction with the aim of being the third in Spain, after the Prado and Seville. Or the very Pompidou that is going to open a headquarters in the city this year 2015 – we already told you that French museums are coming out of their “houses” -.
And at the end of the day one thing is clear … we have to go back!
The visit to Málaga was part of the #costadelsoltrip, many thanks to the delegation of Málaga for the organization. More information about Málaga on the official tourism website of Málaga .