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Malaga, the Paradise City

October 16, 2009 By: malaga Category: Malaga

Malaga is a beautiful city that has preserved its Phoenician magic. It lies at the foot of the Mediterranean Sea and under the Andalusian sunshine, which provides it with one of the warmest climates in Spain. This is one of the most visited tourist destinations in the world thanks to the Costa del Sol, which enjoys the best beaches on the Andalusian coast.

Malaga, the Paradise City

The capital has a special charm because of its beautiful and ancient monuments, its gastronomy, its charming people, its culture and traditions. In fact, the Spanish poet Vicente Aleixandre (Nobel Poetry and Literature Award) called it “the paradise city”. Malaga also happens to be the birthplace of great artists such as the painter Pablo Picasso. And despite its fast tourist and economic growth – it is now the fifth largest city in Spain and despite this, Malaga has preserved its charm and its essential character.

The city has countless treasures and architectural wonders of Arab heritage, but the province is fed by fascinating natural landscapes as beautiful beaches and mountains.

First, a visit to the port is essential. This is a typical Mediterranean area, full of charming and traditional flavour. Not far away is the commercial and shopping centre of Malaga, consisting of Calle Larios and a network of narrow streets full of shops and all kinds of bars.

The cathedral is one of the great jewels of the city. It was founded by Ferdinand and Isabella after the Andalusian conquest. This was built over the Great Mosque. The people from Malaga have affectionately nicknamed it “la manquita” (one-handed) because the second tower is half built and slightly tilted. It took more than two centuries to build, so it enjoys a mix of different architectural styles – Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque.

Another of its architectural wonders is the Roman Amphitheatre, one of the oldest monuments in the city. It was built in the second century before Christ and accidentally discovered during some excavations.

The Alcazaba is, however, the most important Arab monument in the city. It was the royal palace of the Nazarenes and its construction began in the eleventh century. Today it houses the Provincial Archaeological Museum.

Other monuments and landmarks include the Renaissance Palace of Bellavista, which houses the Picasso Museum; the Mes├│n de la Victoria hostel, which houses the folk museum; the Aduana Palace, the Botanic Garden or the birthplace and home of Pablo Picasso.

Andalucia is rich in culture, tradition and architecture. Discover Malaga, one of the loveliest cities in southern Spain. Rent Apartments in Malaga to get the best stay at an unbeatable price.

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