Málaga

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.

LA ALCAZABA

Historians seem not to agree on the possible Phoenician origin of this fortress. But they indeed agree on its Roman origin since important ruins have been discovered at the bottom of the hill on which the fortress is erected. The alcazaba was the residence of Muslims and Christians kings and rulers. It was built by Badis-Maksan, but the Cordovan emir Abderrahmán I (756-788) completed the building with further structures. In the year 1065 it was owned by the kingdom of Granada, whose kings extended it once more.

The fortress was reformed between the 13th and 16th century and annexed to Gibralfaro castle. The importance of the fortress continued under the rule of the Catholic Monarchs, who hoisted the cross and pennon at the Keep Tower.

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

Gibralfaro castle is located in the city of Málaga on the highest part of a 130 m hill, where the Alcazaba is also located. Strong fortress of double enclosure, which formerly had reservoirs for the supply of a garrison of 5,000 men. Gibralfaro castle, together with the Alcazaba, are linked by a double row of rampant walls, called coracha. The castle has been restored strengthened, and shows a good state of conservation.

In 2003 a new museum devoted to one of the most influential artists of the 20th century was opened in Málaga; Pablo Picasso became an innovator of styles and techniques who predetermined the course of history and styles in modern art; this new museum exhibits a large selection of the works of Picasso from his family’s private collections.

CALLE MARQUÉS DE LARIOS

This street, also known as “Calle Larios” is no doubt Málaga’s main street. It was named after the Marquis of Larios, whose family built this street in the city centre during the 19th century as a gate to the new port of the city. Still today many of the stately buildings are owned by the Marquise of Larios. Strolling along Calle Larios, having a coffee in one of the terraces and window shopping is one of the favourite hobbies of many citizens.

TEATRO CERVANTES

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

EASTER WEEK

Easter Week is one of the magic weeks in the Málaga calendar. During the week from Palm Sunday to Resurrection Sunday, all of the Brotherhoods of the city carry the Madonna and Christ in holy procession across the city. Young and old, poor and rich, everyone “put his shoulder to the wheel” and take part in a week full of tradition, culture, history, emotions, magic and religion. The visitor can only look and enjoy. You need years and years to understand it.

MÁLAGA FAIR

The summer fair has its origin as remembrance of the incorporation of Málaga to the Crown of Castile by the Catholic Monarchs, who entered in the city on 19th August 1487.

The Málaga August Fair has become The Big Summer Fair, with an open, cosmopolitan and international feeling, reflecting the character of the capital city of the first European tourist area: the City of Málaga as the heart of the Costa del Sol and its metropolitan area.

The city centre, the fair of light and colour: during the fair days and after midday the city centre is a place filled with happiness and celebrations.

 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

The Spanish Cinema Film Festival was born in 1998 and has kept a target in each one of its editions: to help spreading and promoting the Spanish film making industry. Year after year the festival brings together the different sectors of this industry creating debates and meetings with the aim of studying the advance and necessities of our film industry being a showcase for the work of audiovisual professionals.

The Festival de Málaga covers premieres Spanish films in feature-length films, short films and documentary films.

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

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