Málaga, Andalusia / Spain
The beginning of the eventful history of Malaga, the capital of the "Costa del Sol" (sun coast) dates back to the Phoenicians who set out to sea and established the city of Malaka. Today the birthplace of the great Pablo Picasso is a modern port city with 503000 inhabitants. Not only is there a lot of art and culture, Malaga is also famous for its traditional festivals and dances. A big event is the "Fiesta de Verdiales" on December 28. "Verdiales" are local song forms: the folklore of the region. However, holidaymakers can look forward to "Ferias" all year round, which are held on squares in the historical city.
Ona visit to the old city center the following are a must : the Alcazaba Palace from the 11th century and the Gibralfaro Castle from the 13th century. They are the two best-preserved Arab monuments. Stories from the ancient Romans are told by a nearby Roman amphitheater. The cathedral, erected by Catholic kings, rises directly beside it. By all means to visit: the choir stalls in the three-aisled church interior, designed by Diego de Siloé. Also worth a visit is the Sagrario Church with its Gothic-Isabelian portal and the altar.
If you need a break from the sightseeing, you can learn more about the life of the painter in the birthplace of Pablo Picasso. In the Museo de Bellas Artes (the beautiful arts) some of his most important works are exhibited. There is a lot of hustle and bustle in the market of Málaga, with its antiques, artisan products, pottery and ceramics. So for example, the craftsmanship of the Espartogras, famous for the region: the braiding of certain grasses that grow only in the rocky plains of the western Mediterranean region. The market visit is also filled with the famous sweet Malaga wine, which is offered at many stands. If you go out to the sea, the El Palo district is highly recommended: a wonderful beach for walking or simply relaxing. Málaga is also a good starting point for further excursions to beautiful bays and interesting villages; Nature reserves and natural parks are to be found in the Monte de Málaga.