a good place to start would be the Paseo del Parque. The route from the Fuente de las Tres Gracias brings us down to the Casona del Parque, the present home of the Town Hall, and the Palacio de la Aduana -from there head up to the Alcazaba and the Gibralfaro Castle. The Paseo del Parque is a large avenue that runs between the port and the old quarter of the city; its sides lined with gardens it provides ample shade from the heat of the day. It is popular with locals for just sitting in the afternoon and watching the world go by whilst breathing in the perfume of the jasmine which arches over the paths around the gardens. Behind the Paseo del Parque lies Málaga's famous Cathedral, locally named La Manquita - which means "the little one armed lady". Its styles incorporate Renaissance, Baroque and Neo-classical because of the length of time it took to build. The Cathedral has only one tower; building was halted on the second tower due to lack of money. Inside there are fine carvings of saints in the choir area, a gothic altar and a statue of the Virgin Mary, which was presented to the city by Ferdinand and Isabella (the King and Queen) after the city was re-captured from the Moors. Some five minutes walk from the Cathedral is Alcazaba, a 15th Century Moorish fort. The fort rambles across a hill which used to form part of the shore line, before the land that now forms the port was recaptured from the sea. Next to the fort is a 1st Century Roman Theatre which is currently under restoration, the job being made all the more difficult because much of the theatre's masonry was used by the Moors in the construction of Alcazaba. At the Plaza de la Merced find the house in which Málaga's greatest son, Pablo Picasso, was born. Palacio de Buenavista is nearby and has been converted into the beautiful Picasso Museum. The Gibralfaro is a Moorish castle crowning the top of a hill that overlooks the city. The name comes from the Moorish Jebel' meaning hill and Faro' meaning lighthouse. The road that leads to the top is long and winding; if you feel like walking it will certainly help keep you fit, otherwise there are buses that run from the town centre or you can take one of Málaga's abundance of taxis. Once at the summit you will have a superb vista of the City including the Bullring, the Port and the beaches surrounding the city. The castle is today converted into a beautiful Parador and the gardens are a perfect place to sit and take in the fantastic panoramic views. At Easter the city comes alive for Semana Santa (Holy Week). The celebrations are some of the largest in Spain and draw visitors from all over Spain and abroad, often to the extent that the city's population swells to nearly double in size. The Summer Fair (Málaga Feria) is the city's other major annual event. Held every August it is claimed to be the second largest fair in Europe. For one week city folk and visitors celebrate in traditional Andalusian style with processions, music and dancing. There is plenty to eat and drink and the streets are full of people enjoying the celebrations. Málaga has no shortage of places to eat and drink, and, though it's hardly a gourmet paradise, the city has a justified reputation for its seafood; its greatest claim to fame being undoubtedly its fried fish ,acknowledged as the best in Spain. You'll find many fish restaurants grouped around the Alameda, although for some of the very best you need to head out to the suburbs of Pedregalejo and El Palo. The city's position, well east of the airport, and inside the ring road that carries traffic around it, means that most visitors to the Costa del Sol rarely visit the heart of Málaga itself. All this may be about to change as the city has embarked on a costly face-lift, with plans to create hotel-lined promenades along the beaches to the east and west of the centre. Away from the seafront glitz, however, it's to be hoped that the city's unique and vibrant character will survive the development unscathed.
Soho’s street art .
The Soho neighbourhood lies just south of the historic center and is nowadays known as the barrio de las artes (art neighbourhood), and for good reason! As you explore the streets of this area you will stumble upon modern street art lining the outside walls and shutter doors of the buildings. This is the work of the MAUS (Malaga Arte Urban Soho), a recent initiative that grew out of a desire to reform this part of the city, located just behind the CAC (Center for Contemporary Art). Once upon a time the neighborhood was an important bourgeois area with beautiful architecture, yet over the last fifty years or so it became run down and and infrequently visited. However, thanks to the art revival that’s happening here now, it is home to both cultural events and street art that you can’t help but admire as you explore this corner of the city. Web site
Sample some of Malaga’s most traditional tapas
The modern tapas scene is thriving in Malaga but it’s in the traditional tapas and the places that serve them where the real stories lie. Despite the food renaissance that Malaga is experiencing there are still some wonderful traditional, family run places where you can gorge on Malaga’s old favorites. Pay a visit to Mesón Mariano (Calle Granados, 2), run by the namesake himself with the help of his extended family, and be whisked away from the street into the warmth of a true traditional establishment. Specialities here include artichokes and bacalao (salt cod), both of which come prepared in a variety of ways. Enjoy them washed down with some of Malaga’s new style dry wines from the DOC Sierras de Malaga winemaking region.
Learn about the art of Pablo Picasso at the Picasso Museum It’s said that Malaga has two "famous brothers". One of them is the actor Antonio Banderas, but the other is none other than Pablo Picasso, a household name in the world of modern art. The famous artist was born in Malaga and lived in the city until he was ten years old. Today the house of his birth is open as a monument, as well as a museum which houses many of his works. You won’t find all his famous pieces here (as they are in galleries all around the world) but what you will find is the story and evolution of his life as an artist - an absolute must for any art lover!
Ramble around the Mercado de Atarazanas Whether you claim to be a "foodie" or just like to experience the best of a city, no trip to Malaga is complete without visiting the city's most iconic food market, the Mercado de Atarazanas. Even the building is historic - it was built in the 14th century by the Moors as a shipbuilding yard - and today is the absolute heart of Malaga’s action. Rows upon rows of stalls are selling every type of local produce you can imagine. Fresh seafood and meat are found alongside stalls and stalls of more varieties of fruit and vegetables than one could imagine - this is thanks to the province’s varied climates which means all manner of fruits and vegetables are available at almost any given time of year. Locals and visitors alike flock here to do their shopping or simply browse the colourful displays. Make sure to try a sample of the almonds and olives, as both are products you might not realize come from Malaga!
Gorge on seafood at a true malagueño institution
Malaga’s most prized culinary treasure is all the fish that is hauled from the sea daily - especially once it’s been battered and fried - and what better place to try it than the Malagueño institution known as El Tintero (Av. Salvador Allende, 340), which is found seven kilometers outside of the city center at the end of Chanquete Beach. The many tables sit alongside the sand as waiters rush from the kitchen and grill, weaving their way among the tables carrying plates of different dishes. As the dishes come towards you the waiters publicize their plates with a loud shout, and when you see something you like you simply flag them down and a plate lands on your table. At the end you pay based on how many plates are left on your table. El Tintero embodies the kind of organized chaos that you can only expect to find in Andalusia. If you are feeling adventurous you can even hire a bicycle and cycle east along the seafront boulevard to get there!
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