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The beauty of Malaga!

Created: Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Malaga was nominated the the best city to live in Spain in 2014 and in 2016 it was the only Spanish city in the list of the ten European cities with better quality of life. So this is the right city for your next city trip or your move! The city of Malaga is easy to discover by foot. When you walk through the small streets and discover the beautiful plazas, you will see the rich history of the city which resulted in a mixture of Moorish, Roman and Spanish architecture. One of the buildings you will see when you wander around is the Cathedral, which you should definitely enter. The Cathedral is a perfect example of the city’s history, with its baroque, gothic and neoclassic influences.

In the centre of the city you can find the Roman theatre. This is one of the oldest theatres that dates back to the Roman times. Through the museum, where they explain the history of the theatre, you can enter the remains of what once was a centre for entertainment of the Romans. Just behind the Roman theatre you can see another place of interest, the Alcazaba, which was built by the Moors. The Alcazaba with its high walls turned Malaga into a fortress. When you enter the remains of the fortress, you will see the beautiful gardens with orange trees and you will have amazing views over the Roman theatre, La Malagueta and the port area.

Next to the Alcazaba, on the same mountain, the Gibralfaro castle is located. Although there is a corridor that connects both buildings, you have to enter the castle via an outside route. It will take you about 20 minutes to climb the mountain and reach the castle. It is definitely worth your energy to go up there, because it gives you amazing views over the city! You can wander around in the old castle and the courtyards and take a walk on the wall of the castle. From up here you will have stunning views over the city from all sides. Near the entrance you can find a centre of interpretation,

a small military museum. Here you can find out everything about about the Gibralfaro castle.

Besides the Roman and Moorish history, Malaga is the city of Picasso. When you walk through the city you will come across the house where Pablo Picasso was born, the church where he was baptised and the Picasso Museum. The exhibition of the Picasso Museum shows how Picasso art work changed over the years.

Although the historic centre of Malaga is beautiful and there is a lot to see, it is also worth to leave the historic centre behind and to discover the rest of the city. For example you can walk up to the Centro de Arte Contemporáneo (Centre of Contemporary Art). Just a 15 minutes' walk from the city centre, this museum is located in a lively neighbourhood, where you can see the daily life of the people that live and work in Malaga. The CAC has a changing exhibition of modern art. Find out more about the events and exhibitions on the website of CAC. Another option would be to go to the Larios Shopping Centre. If you like to do some shopping this is the place to be. It is a modern indoor mall with a wide range of shops and various restaurants.

After a day of sightseeing it is a good idea to take a walk along the modern boulevard next to the port area and to sit down at one of the restaurants to enjoy a typical Spanish dish and drink a glass of Sangria.

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