Towns to Visit
The top ten attractions in or near Malaga are:
• La Alcazaba is a military fortress built by the Moors in the 11th century on the remains of a Roman fortress. The fortress lies on a hilltop with a good view over the town and sea and originally consisted of 3 protecting walls (only 2 still remain), more than 100 towers and an upper section with a residential area, including 3 palaces.
The Gibralfaro Castle is situated just next to La Alcazaba which it is connected to by ducts from two of its towers. The place where the Gibralfaro lies is thought to have originally hosted Alcazabad a lighthouse built by the Phoenicians. On the remains of this lighthouse a fortress was built by Abderramán III and was later reconstructed as a castle by Yasuf I in the 14th century.
• Roman Theatre
The Roman Theater is located just below La Alcazaba. It was not discovered until 1951 in spite of its size, with a radius of 31 meters and height of 19 meters. Studies have shown that it hasn’t been used since the 3rd century and that the Moors used elements from the Theater in the construction of La Alcazaba.
• Picasso Home – Museum (Fundacion Picasso)
The early years of the life of Pablo Ruiz Picasso are closely linked to the city of Malaga, where he was born in 1881. Family tradition also played a large part in shaping his essentially malagueño character. His life and works would later see him become Malaga’s most famous native.
• Tivoli World is a theme park with many exciting rides to choose from. Many of the rides are adapted for small children and babies. There are daily shows varying from Andalusian flamenco, Wild West Shows, and an open-air theatre presenting live music, ballet and children’s specials. There is a wide gamut of international cuisine to choose from ranging from Texan to Russian. Tivoli World
• The Cathedral
The construction of the Cathedral in Malaga began in 1528 after capturing Malaga from the Moors. It was built on the top of a former Mosque, which was destroyed when the Moors lost the town. Construction was not finished until 1782, and as a result shows many different architectural styles such as a Gothic foundation, Renaissance facades and Baroque towers.
• Sagrario Church
This Church is situated between the Bishop’s Palace and the Cathedral. It was built on the ruins of the major Arab mosque in the 15th century, gothic style. Inside the church there is a fascinating altar built by Juan de Balmaseda.
• Santiago Church
The Santiago church, situated in calle Granada, was constructed in the 16th century in a mixture of Gothic and Mudéjar (Arab) style. This was also the church were Pablo Picasso was baptized.
• Palace Marqués de Valdeflores
This palace was constructed in the 18th century as an exhibition hall for the Malagueños but was later acquired by a noble family in 1895 as a home. In 1986 it was bought back by the government and today hosts different associations.
• Bishop’s Palace (Palacio Episcopal)
This palace is situated next to the cathedral and is considered to represent the typical Malagueñean architectural style from the 18th century. Today the Museum Diocesano is hosted in the palace.
• Customs Palace (Palacio de la Aduana)
Today this palace, built in neo-classic style in the 18th century, serves as the headquarters for the regional government. The palace also hosts a smaller exhibition hall.
• The Town Hall (Ayuntamiento)
The town hall was built between 1912 and 1919 and is one of the most remarkable modernistic buildings in Malaga.
• The House of the Consulate
The house of the consulate, which is situated on Plaza de la Constitución, was built in the 18th century in a neo-classic style and is today declared a national historical monument.
• Malaga Bullfighting Ring
The bullfighting ring in Malaga dates back to 1874 and has a total capacity of about 14,000 people.
• The Malaga Botanical Gardens
Finca La Concepcion, as the gardens are called, date back to 1855 having been started by the Marchioness of Loring and later extended into an exquisite open air collection of tropical and sub-tropical flora.
La Concepcion is one of the most beautiful and important tropical gardens in Spain and one of the best in all of Europe.
The botanic garden is situated on the Carretera de las Pedrizas (CN 331) at km 166 which is on the way out of Malaga heading for Antequera.
At 20:30 from 1st of April to the 30th of September
At 17:30 from 1st of October to the 31st of March
The Gardens are closed on Mondays, the 25th of December and the 1st of January.
Telephone: +34 95 225 21 48
There is a guide service (fee paid apart from entrance charge), but the Garden can be visited without a guide, too. There are three types of guided tour that last between a little more than an hour and four hours.
Adults 4€ each
Children from 6 to 16 years 2€ each
Retired and OAP’s 2€ each
For most visitors to Spain the Alhambra Palace is a must. Try to book a visit before you arrive in Spain as tickets are limited. See www.alhambradegranada.org
Granada has its usual quotient of churches, museums etc. typical for a southern European city. However, Granada has the Alhambra which is considered by some to be one of the 10 wonders of the world. In case you don’t know, the Alhambra is a massive castle constructed over many centuries.
It consists of gardens, fortifications and sumptuous palaces. It was the home of many of the Arabic Sultans who ruled the whole province for centuries. If you read the Koran it continually repeats the idea that heaven is a garden with running water. From this perspective you could say that the Alhambra is an Arabic attempt to create heaven on earth. Nowadays it receives 8000 visitors per day and is Spain’s most visited monument.
Journey time approx 1.5 hours.
The county town of the region and one that has everything you might need in the way of shops, but with few tourist attractions. The market on Thursdays is worth a visit and it has a new tram system running from adjacent Torre del Mar which children enjoy.
25 minutes from Cantueso.
Torre del Mar
Park here for a 20 minute tram ride back to Velez or for main supermarkets. The first shopping complex (el Ingenio) alongside the motorway has the Eroski supermarket and several other large shops. Nearby there are also Dunnes, Lidl, Mercadona and Corte Inglés. For Eroski the entrance is off the large roundabout under the A7 motorway, take care not to miss the exit. Just head for the car park which looks to be full of tents. They are the sunshades for cars.
In the town itself there are good sandy beaches, plenty of bars and restaurants. Also the Aqua Velis water park. See above. 25 minutes from Cantueso.
Very popular resort and usually quite crowded in summer. About 80 restaurants and bars! Originally a fishing village but has now expanded greatly. The most popular viewing area is called “The Balcon de Europe” which is a promenade that juts out to sea. Nearby are the famous caves which are well worth a visit. 50 minutes from Cantueso.
Cordoba the one time capital of Moorish Spain rates high on the things to do list of most tourists and whatever time of year you visit there is always much to see. Top of the list is the architectural wonder the Mezquita-Catedral (Mosque Cathedral). However during May there is the Patio Festival which gives us a unique opportunity to step into private homes and to see marvellous displays of plants and flowers in private gardens and patios. You cannot help but marvel at the variety of the decorations and plants, at a time when the geraniums, roses, carnations and other flowers are in full bloom.
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