Discover The Top Attractions Of Malaga
Wonderful Beaches: The Malaga coastline is home to some fantastic golden sandy beaches - what could be better than sun worshipping at one or more of these beaches! The city's best beaches are Las Acacias, El Palo and Plata de la Malagueta. If you want to get away from the city, why not utilise your car rental and head to Playa Torrox to the north or Velez's beach Playa Banajarafe.
Take A Picasso Tour of Malaga: Esteemed artist Pablo Picasso is a native of Malaga, and a visit to the galleries of the city will bring you right up to speed with his moody, unpredictable and downright fascinating works. Check out the Museum of Fine Arts, which is adjacent to the Cathedral and you will see for yourself! A visit to his birthplace in Plaza Merced will enable you to learn all about his life in the visitor centre. Entrance is free to a large number of exhibitions and video shows.
The Museo Picasso Malaga is a wonderful place to experience the life's work of Picasso. This museum is situated in a converted old palace, thus adding to the authenticity of the experience. The wonderful work of the artist is celebrated in both the dÃÂ©cor and works on display in the Museum. Generous donations of the work of Picasso from his wife and family to the Museum faculty have made it an even better place to visit. Don't forget to make a trip to the Picasso Foundation (FundaciÃÂ³n Picasso) - located in the historic quarter of the city. Pablo Picasso and his family lived in this building for a time on the second floor.
La Alcazaba: The landmark of the city, this military fortress was constructed by the Moorish inhabitants in the 11th century, and was the palace for the Nazarite Kings. Its strategic position offers a magnificent views of the city skyline and the sea. The original structure of the fortress has three walls for protection, of which only two remain today. There are more than 100 towers in La Alcazaba and the upper section once had a residential area, with three palaces.
Castillo de Gibralfaro: If you are visiting La Alcazaba, you cannot miss this castle, as it is located right next to it. The castle dates back to the start of the 14th century, when it was built by King Yusef I of Granada on the site of lighthouse built by the Phoenicians. All that remains of the castle today is the ramparts, which you can see in the pine foliage outside.
The Roman Theatre: Located just below La Alcazaba but amazingly was not discovered until the early 1950s. Archaelogical studies have shown that the theatre has not been used since the early 3rd century. During the construction of La Alcazaba, the Moors most probably used parts from the Theatre.
Malaga Cathedral: Malaga Cathedral was built over a 250 year period at the site of a previous mosque up to 1782. Known as "La Manquita" (one armed woman) as it has only one tower, not two which was originally planned. There is a mixture of construction styles, with the Renaissance style being most prevalent. Gothic and Baroque styles are also to be seen. The styles, and the inside construction will astound all visitors, with its impressive beauty.
Other Churches you should consider visiting are Sagrario Church (15th century) for its impressive altar, the Santiago Church, created in Arab and Gothic styles, and the Bishops Palace (Palacio Episcopal) which represents the typical MalagueÃÂ±ean architectural style from that period.
Tivoli World: This is a theme park aimed at children and older children such as adults! There are many exciting rides and family shows to enjoy and a visit to Tivoli World represents a great day out for all of the family.
Historical Buildings Still In Use: In Malaga there are plenty of buildings that represent historical value but are still in use today:
Â·Â Palace MarquÃÂ©s de Valdeflores - built in the 18th century as an exhibition hall, but now used by the government.
Â·Â Malaga Bullfighting Ring: Constructed in 1874 and holds almost 15,000 people.
Â·Â The Town Hall - built over a 7 year period to 1919, and is used by the local council.
Â·Â House of the Consulate - situated on Plaza de la ConstituciÃÂ³n, it was constructed in the 18th century and is considered a national monument.
Â·Â The Customs Palace (Palacio de la Aduana) - this palace was built in a neo classical style in the 18th century and today is the headquarters of the regional government.
Â·Â For wonderful gardens and relaxing walks check out the Alameda Gardens in the city centre.
Today Malaga is a bustling, modern city of which Calle Larios is the most dominant street. This is close to Malaga Cathedral. Calle Larios is located close to attractive back streets, with wonderful restaurants and cafÃÂ© bars to be found. All in all, Malaga is a wonderful place to enjoy your summer vacation.
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