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The city of Málaga combines art with culture

The city of Málaga combines art with culture. In addition to the heritage from the various people and cultures that have passed this way during 3000 years, the city who saw the genius of Picasso be born has been acquiring a set of cultural features that have ensured that the Costa del Sol capital is one of the most promoted cultural tourist destinations internationally. Málaga's delicious and varied Mediterranean gastronomy, excellent stores and pedestrian streets, perfectly looked after parks and natural areas, extensive beaches and renovated port complement the wide tourist choice of the city.

We will take the emblematic Calle Larios (Larios Street) as the point of departure for our visit. To get there, take the C2 circular bus (501 bus stop) that can be found right in front of the main exit of the Train Station and that will take us to Alameda Principal, a few metres from Calle Larios.

Let us go up the street, which is an important commercial artery of Málaga, where we will find famous named stores until we get to Plaza de la Constitución: the heart of the historic centre of the city

From there we can go west, along Calle Compañía to the Palace of Villalón (16th century), home of the Carmen Thyssen Museum Malaga, first stop on our route. This museum, inaugurated in March 2011, has a permanent collection of more than 200 works of Spanish artists of the 19th century, centred especially on Andalusian painting.

Returning to Plaza de la Constitucion, we can take time out to have a rest, and enjoy a good Malaga breakfast in any of the cafeterias which are found in the area. A nice coffee with churros or a toasted sandwich, will go down well. We head east this time, and take Calle Santa María which brings us directly to the Cathedral and its Museum. Although work on the Cathedral started during the Gothic Period (16th century) on the old mosque of the Arabian city, the current building is of Renaissance style and still unfinished. The lack of the south tower has given it the popular name of “La Manquita” (The One-Armed Lady). In front of the Cathedral is Plaza del Obispo and the Episcopal Palace (1762), a beautiful example of the baroque architecture of Malaga.

In Calle Cister, behind the Cathedral, we come out onto Calle Alcazabilla where our next stop is found: The Alcazaba which, along with the Castle of Gibralfaro, is one of the city´s most important monuments.

The Alcazaba, built between the 11th and 14th centuries, was the palace fortress of the Moslem governers. It is built upon the remains of an older Phoenician fortress on the side of the mount of Gibralfaro, in a privileged enclave above the city.

The Alcazaba is adjoined to the castle of Gibralfaro by a steep mountain pathway. The easiest way to access this fortress is by means of public transport, taking bus number 35 from Paseo del Parque.

Our next stop is the Roman Theatre, situated in Calle Alcazabilla at the foot of the Alcazaba. Built in the 1st century A.D.., it was used until the 3rd century. After its restoration, the Roman Theatre of Malaga has recently recovered its use as a scenic space.

And now it´s time to take a break and try the varied, rich local and international gastronomy in one of the many establishments which are to be found in the old quarter of Malaga. Fried fish, gazpacho, Malaga salad... And all accompanied by the delicious wines which Spain produces.

We take up our route again and head north up Calle Alcazabilla, arriving at Plaza de la Merced where we enter into the Picasso route of Malaga. Objective: Picasso Foundation. Birthplace Museum, where original works of Pablo Ruíz Picasso are on display, both in the permanent collection and also on loan. Ceramics, engravings and illustrated books. Afterwards we can pause and have a snack or refreshment in one of the bars and cafes which circle the square.

From Plaza de la Merced, we walk into Calle Granada, at the entrance of which the Church of Santiago is found and where Picasso was christened. Of a Moorish gothic style, building was started in 1487 and it is home to some of the most important brotherhoods who take part in the processions of the Holy Week of Malaga.

At some 200 metres away and to the left, we arrive at the narrow street of Calle San Agustín where the Palace of Buenavista is located, home of the Picasso Museum Malaga.

Opened in 2003, this museum exhibits 233 works of the Malaga artist including paintings, sketches, sculptures, engravings and ceramics which form part of the permanent collection, along with interesting temporary exhibitions.

We come back to our starting point, Plaza de la Constitution and walk down Calle Larios again, which will be buzzing with commercial activity,. something we will have noticed during our journey and we can take the opportunity to make some purchases in some of the excellent shops.

Arriving at Plaza de la Marina we move west on the left side of the Paseo del Parque. Built at the end of the 19th century upon a strip of land won from the sea, this path connects the old quarter with the east side of the city and the seafront. Here we can find such emblematic buildings as the old Post Office, of neo-moorish style (1923), current home of the Rectory of the University of Malaga, the Bank of Spain, of neoclassic style (1933-36) and our own Malaga Town Hall of neo-baroque style (1911-19).

We cross the Paseo del Parque and enter the Paseo de la Farola which comes out onto our next stop: The Lighthouse (1817), is a quintessential symbol of the city of Malaga.

From the Lighthouse we can enjoy some wonderful views of the Port of Malaga and of the city, to whose old quarter we return going through Muelle 1, which houses a shopping and leisure area, where we can do some more shopping in the exclusive establishments there, and refresh ourselves in one of the bars and restaurants by the sea.

We continue our pleasant walk around Muelle 2, extension of Muelle 1, turned into a Boulevard and named El Palmeral de las Sorpresas (The Palm Grove of Surprises).

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