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London, United Kingdom
January 2, 2002
Malaga has a few interesting sights in its old town. On the hill overlooking the town is the Alcazaba and Gibralfaro. The Alcazaba is a pleasant little fortress that some interesting patios, and more of a palace feel. The long walk up the hill brings you to the Gibralfaro which has more of a fortress feel. The walk along the right hand side of it give you gradually more and more impressive views over the town before the great views of the port and surrounding hills from the top. There’s also a little museum of the Malaga down the centuries up there. Thankfully there’s a little shop because you’ll need a drink after the hill. You can also see the bull-ring from up there and the distant Santuario de Nuestra convent.
At the foot of the Alcazaba is a roman theatre that was unearthed accidentally in the 1950s. The theatre has been restored and is now used for events.
In the flat plain that lies south of the Alcazaba are a collection of gardens, statues and buildings. The gardens have a wide variety of plants and trees, interspersed with pleasant paths and the occasional stature. The most impressive is the El Jaminero sculpture.
In the middle of the gardens is the Ayuntamiento building which is a fine example of Art Deco architecture.
At the end of the gardens is a funky square, and not far off is the Cathedral. The Cathedral is well-known because it was not completed. It only has one tower because the money for the other was given to the Americans fighting the English in the War of Independence by a radical bishop. Hence the name La Manquita (the one-armed lady). The Cathedral itself is pleasant but not greatly impressive. As is the nearby Iglesia Sagrario.
The new Picasso museum is also worth a visit if you like his earlier work, although its collection is limited.
From journal New Years in Andalucia
by Jose Kevo
September 17, 2001
Of most historical value is THE ALCAZABA fortress built by the Moors in the 9th century on a hilltop previously occupied by the Phoenicians and later the Romans. At the base of the structure are ruins from a Roman amphitheatre which dates to the 2nd century A.D. The entire area was under obviously stalled renovations so great, I never found where to pay to enter and proceeded anyway. The ancient walls, rooms, gardens and pathes within The Alcazaba weren't nearly as impressive as the elevated views around Malaga from climbing the hill. A castle turned paradore is at the top and unreachable via The Alcazaba.
On the seaside of the hill, you'll see many beautiful parks and plazas leading up to the Malaga bullfighting ring. The best elevated views for these areas, Malaga's harbor and the sea are from the park at the base of the hillside. Follow the overgrown and abandoned trail passed rows of deserted buildings to reach a "look-out" point well worth the effort. Those allergic to cats might proceed cautiously as the area was overran by strays and stunk to high heaven!
Downtown Malaga was alive with the hustle and bustle of a small city with a laid back atmosphere. Pedestrianized streets lined with shops were narrow blocking out the sun, but when the areas widen, be sure to check out the various styles of architectural designs I've seen no where else in Spain. Also in the downtown area is the birthplace of Pablo Picasso which was closed for major renovations to convert the building into a museum. And for those like myself who like to go looking around, I found some rougher, seedier areas just north and east of the central areas. You could tell they weren't used to seeing tourists.
This trip was in 3/96 and that day in downtown Malaga, a small gypsy lady placed a flower in my hand and read my palm before I knew what was going on. I tried to be polite...she insisted I pay her. I gave the flower back...she put a "curse" on me. Asked if I was expected to pay for that, too? Well, I didn't but I'm still here!
From journal The Costa del Sol - My Mediterranean Favorite