Málaga offers unlimited possibilities. Málaga is a sunny city with pleasant and sunny weather all year round. Málaga has wonderful beaches and everything you can think of to make you enjoy: sports such as golf, tennis, horse riding, and so on, cultural venues as concerts and theatre plays at the famous teatro Cervantes and at other theatres in town and the new Museo Picasso.
In 1624 king Philip IV lived there. Charles III ordered the demolition of the walls and the building of residences. One of the most significant historic landmark was the siege suffered by the city during the period of the Catholic Monarchs. In 1487 and followed by a long period of blockage, the city surrendered to the Christian monarchs who hoisted their cross and pennon at the Keep Tower. You can read about this episode in one of the boards which is kept at the chorus of the Toledo Cathedral.
The alcazaba of Málaga is as important as the one in Almería, although its architecture is completely different. Gibralfaro castle and the Alcazaba are linked together by a double row of rampant walls. The fortress, mostly built during the 11th century, was the palace-fortress of the Muslim rulers of the city. In its origins this building was built for defence purposes and therefore it has 30 towers and 20 fortified gates with many angles in order to render the access difficult. The fortress is formed by two elongated enclosures which adapt themselves to the ground, and inside there are gardens, baths, reservoirs, etc. There are also some access fortifications which would have been linked to the city walls, the most important ones being the Puerta de la Bóveda, built in angle in order to increase its defensive value, and the Puerta de las Columnas, reusing the Roman shafts and capitals as construction materials.
The first walled enclosures or lower enclosure, with access through another gate in angle, called Torre del Cristo, for having been used as a chapel for many years, is a large space which adapts to the topography of the hill and fully enclose the upper enclosure, highlighting the Patio de Armas, landscaped today, with a bastion for coastal defence on its South side, and the tower, with an East exist to the Coracha suburb linking with Gibralfaro castle. The second walled enclosure or upper enclosure, also very well adapted to the shape of the hill, is strongly defended in its two sides, to the West the Puerta de los Cuartos de Granada, which is the only access and has undergone major refurbishment works, and to the East the Keep Tower. The Keep Tower is the highest of them all and has square ground plan. This tower is a typically Christian feature.
The nazarí palace is located inside the second enclosure, part of if dates back to the 11th century and the other part to the centuries 13th & 14th, as well as a very interesting dwelling hamlet dating back to the 11th century built in Hispanic-Muslim style, different Arab structures such as a mosque, the pórtico de Yeserías, a vantage point, baths, and so on. These buildings date back to different Arab periods from 11th to 13th centuries.
The Palace extends on three consecutive patios: the first one called Patio de los Surtidores, with a Caliph hamlet on its South side and a room giving access to the mudéjar Torre de la Armadura , covered with lattice framework of the 16th century and the Torre de Maldonado, with original marble columns and which is an splendid vantage point to the city. Through a reconstructed pavilion one enters inside the Nazarí Palace with the patio de los Naranjos and the patio de la Alberca, and from here to the dwelling hamlet.
THE CASTLE OF GIBRALFARO
CALLE MARQUÉS DE LARIOS
First opened in 1870 the theatre suffered a big fire which almost destroyed it, the years, the abandon and indifference left it in a ruinous state; in the second half of the 80’s the city of Málaga started its refurbishment and nowadays the Teatro Miguel de Cervantes is known for a wide variety of shows performing there.
For further information please visit its official web pag: www.teatrocervantes.com
LOCAL FESTIVALS AND FESTIVITIES
All of the streets, with calle Larios as a host, welcome Malaga citizens and visitors alike thus the city centre becoming a meeting point. Music plays an important role in all events held in the streets and squares of the city centre; thus you may enjoy the “Fiesta de Verdiales” to be held at Calle Larios and Plaza del Obispo, or the “International Folklore Festival ” at Plaza de la Marina.
The fair ground, the charm of the night: it is 9:30 hrs in the evening when the Mayor of Málaga, among thousand of Málaga citizens, turns on the light switch thus illuminating the fair ground for nine evenings and inaugurating the fair. Soon afterwards all of the promenades, stalls and rides are filled with bustling people, ready to enjoy the fair from the very first moment. One of the features which makes the Málaga fair different to others is the fact that in all of the fair stalls the entrance is free and therefore you can enjoy all sort of music and atmospheres (flamenco, malagueñas, verdiales, sevillanas, orchestras, pop music…). Spanish top artists perform both in the Auditorio Municipal and at the Caseta de la Juventud. As each year the fair will elect its Queen among the most beautiful young ladies in town.
SPANISH CINEMA FESTIVAL
Besides throughout the different editions, it has been growing with events as important as Mercadoc, Spanish and Latin-American Market for Documentary Film; Market Screenings, Market for Spanish feature-length films; TV Market, Market for Spanish fiction and animation for television; Málaga Audiovisual, representation of the Málaga audiovisual at Mercadoc and Market Screenings; ZONAZINE, feature-length films, short films and films for young people.
The Festival is a real cultural, tourist and social event widely covered by all media and the great interest shown by the public.
Más información en la web www.festivaldemalaga.com