In this post we would like to share our top 5 Malaga tourist attractions. These are the places that we show to our Spanish language students when they come here to do one of our courses.
We think it is an entertaining, fun and interesting way of getting to know the symbolic corners of our city, whilst learning about Malaga´s culture and history. As well as this, the students at Onspain have the opportunity to take part in a fun Spanish activity, using the knowledge they have gained from our guides and assistants.
We have always thought that one of the best and most efficient ways to learn a language is to immerse yourself in the culture and history of our country; and Malaga is a city full of history. Our city was founded by the Phoenicians in the 8th Century, and is now one of the oldest cities in Europe. In the past it was Latin Area during the Roman Conquest and also a prosperous “Medina Andalusi” during the Arab conquest.
‘Our city was founded by the Phoenicians in the 8th Century, so that is one of the oldest cities in Europe’
Throughout our trips we take our students to the following 5 hotspots in Malaga:
1. La Alcazaba.
We start our tour of Malaga in the Alcazaba, a fort palace that was owned by the Muslim government who ruled the city. Constructed during the best part of the 11th Century, it is one of the most emblematic monuments of the city. Inside the palace you will find the city´s archeology museum, where they have conserved real treasures that demonstrate the city´s history. In the olden days, the Alcazaba was connected to the Gibralfaro Castle, which was constructed during the 14th Century by the Nazarian King Yusuf I, over an older Phoenician building enclosure that also contained a lighthouse on the hill, and had the name “Gibralfaro”.
2. Teatro Romano (Roman Theatre)
The Roman Theatre can be reached on foot from the Alcazaba. It was discovered in 1951 when the construction of the gardens was taking place. The theatre was constructed in the Augustus era and was used until the 3rd Century; it was then used as a quarry for materials by the Arabs for the reconstruction of the Alcazaba, enabling them to find the inside of these capitals and shafts of these roman columns. The restoration work finished 2 years ago and now the entrance has been opened out, it was previously covered by a vault; you can also see part of the orchestra, the cave and the vomitorium, or the doors to access the amphitheatre.
3. Picasso´s Home and Birthplace
A short walk to our next spot and we will pass through the older roads of the city, these
roads have witnessed over 3,000 years of our city´s history, and is called “Alcazabilla”. Arriving at Plaza de la Merced, we find ourselves at one of the most popular plazas for the locals, full of restaurants and terraces where you can enjoy the food and cosmopolitan vibe that the city has. In this plaza you can find the Museum- Birthplace of Pablo Ruiz Picasso, one of three museums dedicated to this artist and all with references by historians to the artist. Amongst the gems of this museum we can find a large lithography collection, as well as sketches of huge works of art by the artist known as the “Demoiselles d’Avignon” of 1907.
4. Cathedral Gardens
Now we venture out to the old quarters of the city, walking through cobbled streets such as the lively “Calle Granada” or the more peaceful “Calle San Agustin”, until we arrive at the Cathedral of Malaga and its Gardens.
The Cathedral of Incarnation was constructed following a Christian conquest of the city which resulted in them overtaking the rule of the Mezquita-Aljama, or the main City Mosque during the period of Muslim occupation. The construction of the Cathedral began in the 16th Century and continued through most of the 17th and 18th Century, and is still unfinished. It still has no closure at the front, and one of its 2 towers still needs to be projected; it is this aspect that has lead to it´s the popular nickname “La Manquita”.
5. “Calle Marqués de Larios”
Next to the Cathedral, we find ourselves at Plaza del Obispo and the Bishops Palace, a classic baroque building with an elaborate altar.
From there we split to one of main arteries of Malaga and neurological centre of local Malaga life.
Along this road you will find the centre of Spanish fashion, it has become one of the favourite places for our visitors to go shopping.
After getting to know a bit more about the history of our city, you now have no excuse to come to visit and enjoy our area.
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