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Malaga: Travel Notes

Recharge your batteries, because this city has a lot to offer. In constant transformation, cultural life in Malaga is on the up, and its people are working hard to ensure it is kept alive. Welcome to our one-stop guide to the best of Malaga.


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Capital of the Costa del Sol
Essential: climbing up the Alcazaba, visiting the Cervantes Theatre, and enjoying sardines by the beach
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What really hooks visitors is the energy you feel as you walk through the center of town, in the area around the Calle Larios. If you consider yourself an urbanite, we recommend this stroll through the centre of Malaga. Locals stroll up and down the street, shopping in the dozens of stores that can be found on each and every corner. Sharing the streets are students and tourists who make the journey here to admire the narrow side streets and eat local tapas. At the end of Calle Larios, Plaza de la Merced is a meeting point full of bars and cafés.

The Picasso Museum in Malaga (C/ San Agustín, 8, MUSEOPICASSOMALAGA.ORG ) capitalises on the work of this legendary artist and can be found next to the house where he was born (Pza. de la Merced, 1, Web fundacionpicasso). Paintings, prints and sculptures whet the appetite of anyone hungry for culture.The Alcazaba (C/ Alcazabilla, s/n, 952122020), a Muslim fortress, dominates the view of the city from the coast. By climbing to the top of this magnificent enclave located on mount Gibralfaro, you can take in incredible panoramic views of the city. Gibralfaro Castle can be found just a few metres away (Camino Gibralfaro, 11, 952122020). This is an ancient building that was used to protect the Alcazaba during the 14th Century. At the foot of the castle is the Roman Theatre (C/ Alcazabilla, 8, 951041400), which was found by chance underneath the city, and more and more of it is unearthed every day. The Catedral de lncarnación (C/ Molina Lario, 9, 952215917) is a building that is almost five hundred years old. It has never been finished, and is known as ‘La Manquita’ (The One-armed).

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For those who want something modern, and often a little risqué, the Centre of Contemporary Art in Málaga (CAC) (C/ Alemania, s/n, 952120055, cacmalaga.org), is the place to go. Both their permanent and temporary exhibitions are cutting edge, and a must-see for art lovers. The botanical gardens, Jardín Botánico La Concepción, are one of Malaga’s main attractions where you can immerse yourself in its natural beauty (Camino Jardín Botánico, 3, 952250745, LACONCEPCION.es ). They are located to the north of the city and so you will have to go by car. It is definitely worth the journey. Several country estates have been joined together here, and the gardens boast over one thousand species including hundred-year-old trees, as well as native and exotic varieties of flowers.

There is no better way to end the day than by taking a trip to the unique cemetery built in 1830 for the foreign citizens and Protestants in Malaga. The English Cemetery contains mausoleums, sculptures and gardens which predate the Doric temple that overlooks it. Gerald Brennan and Jorge Guillén among others were buried here.

 

Tertulia recommends


 Eat

Quick lunch
La Moraga
C/ Fresca, 12
952226851

Menu of the day
Vino Mío
C/ Álamos, 11
952609093, vinomio.com

Cheap and cheerful
Taberna Dos Gatos
C/ Granada, 33

Classic tapas
Pepa y Pepe
C/ Calderería, 9

Need to impress
Café de París
C/ Vélez-Málaga, s/n
952225043, cafedeparis.com

Carnivore's paradise
La Taberna del Herrero
C/ Compositor Lehmberg Ruiz, 28, Local 6
952390615, herreromalaga.com

Seafood
El Calafate
C/ Andrés Pérez, 6
952229344

Something different
Zenart
C/ Mundo Nuevo, 4
952060079, zenart.es

Great coffee
Café con libros
Plaza de la Merced, 19
952204717

Tea houses
El Harén
C/ Andrés Pérez, 3

Something different
Casa Aranda
C/ Herrería del Rey, 3
952221284, casa-aranda.net

 Drink

A few pints
La Campana
C/ Granada, 35

Wine bar
Antigua Casa Guardia
C/ Alameda Principal, 18
952214680

Wine bar
El Pimpi
C/ Granada, 63
952228990

Cocktail bar
Puerta Oscura
C/ Molina Larios, 5

Tertuliar
La Terraza Hotel Larios
C/ Larios, 2
952222200, room-matehotels.com

Everyone is talking about it
Village Green
C/ Álamos, 2

Live music
ZZ Pub
C/ Tejón y Rodríguez, 6
952441595, zzpub.es


 Live music

Great live music
Sala Vivero
C/ Parauta, Polig. La Estrella
salavivero.com

A little of everything
Casa Invisible
C/ Nosquera, 11
lainvisible.net

Rock
Sala Filmore Rock
Polg. Ind. El Viso
C/ Gómez de la Riva, 35
salafilmorerock.org

A little of everything
Eventualmusic
C/ Cuernavaca, 21-23
951114992, eventualmusic.com

 Sleep

Dependable Chain
Barceló Málaga, 90 €
C/ Heroe de Sostoa, 2
952047494, barcelo.com

Luxury
Málaga Palacio, 150 €
Cortina del Muelle, 1
952215185, ac-hotels.com

Fashionable
Room Mate Lola. 120 €
C/ Casas de Campos, 17
952579300, room-matehotels.com

Fashionable
Room Mate Larios, 150 €
C/ Marqués de Larios, 2
952222200, room-matehotels.com

Design-hotel
Hotel Molina Lario, 120 €
C/ Molina Lario, 20
952062002, hotelmolinalario.com

Cheap and cheerful
Hotel Venecia, 30 €
C/ Alameda Principal, 9
952213636, hotelveneciamalaga.com

Cheap and cheerful
Hotel Don Paco, 75 €
C/Salitre, 53
952319008, hotel-donpaco.com

Hidden away
Hostal Pedregalejo, 45 €
C/ Conde de las Navas, 9
952293218, hoteleshijano.com

Parador
Parador de Málaga Gibralfaro, 170 €
C/ Castillo de Gibralfaro, s/n
952221902, Parador.es

Youth Hostel
Albergue Juvenil, 20 €
Plaza Pio XII, 6
902510000, inturjoven.com

 Shop

Music store
Al Este del Edén
C/ Vendeja, 13
952229208

Bookstore
Cincoechegaray
C/ Echegaray, 5
952609352, cincoechegaray.com

Something for kids
Mapas y Compañía
C/ Fajardo, 4
952608815, mapasycia.com

Street market
Mercado Central de Atarazanas
Entre C/ Pasillo de Santa Isabel y C/ Agujero

Local produce
La Tienda de las Especias & La Boutique del Té
C/ Pasillo Santa Isabel, 14
952229484

Local
Flamenka
C/ Pasillo Santa Isabel, 5
952214778, flamenka.com

Something original
Inossidable
C/ Fernán González, 6
952222826, inossidable.com

Sweet treats
Artarte
C/ Santos, 6
952210154

 Skyline

Castillo de Gibralfaro
C/ Camino Gibralfaro, 11
952122020, malaga.eu

Alcazaba
C/ Alcazabilla, 2
952122020, malaga.eu

Catedral de la Encarnación
C/ Molina Lario, 9
952215917, diocesismalaga.es

Teatro Romano
Se descubrió al pie de la Alcazaba en 1951 y desde entonces no hace más que crecer en la calle Alcazabilla.

Jardín Botánico La Concepción
C/ Camino Jardín Botánico, 3
952250745, laconcepcion.es

Cementerio Inglés
El primer cementerio protestante de España.
Avda. Pries, 1

Casa Consistorial
Avenida de Cervantes, 4
952135000, malaga.eu

Plaza de toros La Malagueta
C/ Paseo de Reding, 8
952222172, la-malagueta.es

Puerto
El puerto ha hecho de Málaga una ciudad a su imagen y semejanza, uniéndolo mercantilmente al mundo, pero separando a la ciudad del mar.
puertomalaga.com

 Sports and spas

Getting sweaty
Centro O2 El Perchel
C/ Plaza de Toros Vieja, 5
952363900, o2centrowellness.com

Relax
Pilates Center
C/ Pintor Guerrero del Castillo, 1
952215448, pilatesmalaga.com

Be adventurous
Escuela de Buceo Profesional Puerto de Málaga
Prto. Málaga, 10
952225932, buceoprofesionalpuertodemalaga.com

Be adventurous
Club Hípico de Málaga
Camino de los Almendrales, s/n
952268509, clubhipicomalaga.es

Team sports
Estadio la Rosaleda
Paseo de Martiricos, s/n
952104488

Team sports
Palacio de Deportes Martín Carpena
C/ Miguel Mérida Nicolich, 2
952176392, palaciodeportesmalaga.com

Sports center
Pabellón Deportivo El Palo
C/ Practicante Fernández Alcolea, s/n
952291154

 Museums and galleries

Contemporary
CAC Málaga
C/ Alemania, s/n
952120055, cacmalaga.org

Contemporary
Gacma
Parque Empresarial Santa Bárbara
C/ Fídias, 48-50
952246011, gacma.com

Contemporary
Ateneo de Málaga
C/ Compañía, 2
952224002, ateneomalaga.org

Classical
Museo del Patrimonio Municipal
Paseo de Reding, 1

Classical
Casa del Consulado
Sede de la Sociedad Económica de Amigos del País

Plaza de la Constitución, 7
952226410

Pablo Picasso
Museo Picasso
Palacio de Buenavista
C/ San Agustín, 8
902443377, museopicassomalaga.org

Pablo Picasso
Museo Casa Natal de Picasso
Plaza de la Maerced, 15
952060215, fundacionpicasso.es

Customs and crafts
Museo de Costumbres y Artes Populares
C/ Pasillo de Santa Isabel, 10
952217137, museoartespopulares.com

Musical
Museo Interactivo de la Música
Muralla de la Plaza de la Marina, s/n
952210440, musicaenaccion.com

 Theatre and dance

Classic
Teatro Cánovas
Plaza de El Ejido, 5
951308902, juntadeandalucia.es

Cutting edge
Sala Gades
C/ Cerrojo, junto Iglesia Sto. Domingo
951308902, juntadeandalucia.es

A little of everything
Teatro Cervantes
C/ Ramos Marín, s/n
952224100, teatrocervantes.com

A little of everything
Teatro Echegaray
C/ Echegaray, 6
952224100, teatroechegaray.com

A little of everything
Teatro Alameda
C/ Córdoba, 9
952213412, teatroalameda.com

 Cinema

Independent
Cine Albéniz
C/ Alcazabilla, 4

Independent
Teatro Alameda
C/ Córdoba, 9
952213412, teatroalameda.com

Mainstream
Yelmo Cines Vialia Málaga
C/ Explanada de la Estación, s/n
952320846, yelmocines.es

In the center
Larios Cinesur Multicines
Paseo Los Tilos, s/n
952369165, cinesur.com

Out of town
Yelmo Cines Plaza Mayor
Av. Alfonso Ponce León, 1
902902103, yelmocines.es

 Transport

Car rental
Atesa
Malaga Airport and RENFE train station
952048503, atesa.es

Taxi
Unitaxi
952333333

 Green zones


 Wireless

CAC Málaga
Request password
C/ Alemania, s/n
952120055, cacmalaga.org

 Escapes

The first excursion is towards the east. The Paraje Natural Maro Cerrogordo is twenty minutes away, just past the seaside town of Nerja and boasts the best unspoilt beaches in Malaga. You can reach the cliffs here on foot and further on you can find beaches like Cantarriján with caves filled with spectacular fish and coral. If you prefer not to have to don your diving goggles, you can enjoy a boat trip around the area (Club náutico, Avda. Castilla Pérez, 2, 952524654, diving-in-spain.com). The Nerja caves (Ctra. de Maro s/n, 952529520, cuevadenerja.es) that contain a labyrinth of stalactites, waterfalls and remains from the Palaeolithic era can be found further inland.

A classic day trip destination is Ronda, a small town through which the river Tagus runs, highlighting the beautiful historical centre that stands out along the route of whitewashed towns. Numerous artists have fallen in love with its streets, its contrasts and its food. North of Malaga you can find El Chorro, a small village that has become popular with climbers and mountaineers because of the ravine “Desfiladero de los Gaitanes” which is spectacular.

If you want adventure and are longing to escape the hustle and bustle of the Costa del Sol and city life then opt for kayaking on the lake of Istan organized by the adventure company Ticket-to-Ride, along with other adventure sports packages (952905082, marbellatop100.com).

 

Useful contacts


Town Hall
Avenida de Cervantes, 4
952135000, ayto-malaga.es

Malaga University
Avda. Cervantes, 2
952131000, uma.es

Hospital Carlos Haya
Avda. Carlos Haya, s/n
951290000, carloshaya.net

Emergency Medical Attention
061

Fire
080

Post office
Avenida de Andalucía, 1
952364380

Local police
092

Ecologists in Action
952355383

24-hour pharmacy
C/ Alameda Principal, 2 (Esq. Larios)
952212858

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Getting there?


By air
Aeropuerto de Málaga
Avenida García Morato, s/n
952048804, 952048844, 952048771, Aena.es

By train
Estación de tren María Zambrano (RENFE/AVE)
Explanada de la Estación, s/n
902240202, renfe.es

By boat
Puerto de Málaga
Muelle de Cánovas, s/n
952125012, puertomalaga.com

By bus
Estación de autobuses de Málaga.
Paseo de los Tilos, s/n
952350061, estabus.es


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2 comments

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El 10 October 2010 a las 6:19 PM, elsa marta jiménez dijo...

excelentes artículos.De relato claro, consiso, que logran el objetivo: despertar la curiosidad del lector y desear conocer las bellezas naturales, historia, gastronomía y al pueblo andalúz.


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El 25 August 2011 a las 11:59 AM, Luna dijo...

También es digna de mención esta web http://www.malakao.es que reúne todos los eventos culturales y de ocio de Málaga.
Espero que os sea útil. ;)



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