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Unexpected Surprises in Malaga Province

Airplane pilot training, driving a Formula One car, Chinese contemporary art or a lunar landscape in the Guadalhorce Valley. These are just some of the curious surprises you can discover in the province of Malaga. So, what’ll it be? Stay home or get stuck in. Go on, take a walk where the wild things are.

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By:  Laura Gris
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malaga casa rudofskyCasa Rudofsky (Frigiliana, Malaga)

The last crazy creation from influential architect Bernard Rudofsky, Casa Rudofsky is a Mediterranean-style building of minimalist form located in Frigiliana. Austere, balanced and in keeping with its surroundings, La Casa is a landmark reminiscent of Rudofsky’s architectural philosophy. At one time visited by the likes of Christo and Le Corbusier, it has been rescued from uncertain future by the Andalusian government who named it a protected monument of Andalusian Heritage. (Sur de Frigiliana, Cortijo de San Rafael, Frigiliana, Málaga).

malaga casa rural ahoraCasa Rural Ahora (Cortes de la Frontera, Malaga)

Time stands still at this rural retreat, or so say the owners. It’s not surprising when you consider the location: a finca near the River Guadiaro and Alcornocales Natural Park. Simple accommodation at one with nature offering osteopathy, natural medicine, massage, hydrotherapy, saunas, Turkish baths, jacuzzi’s, yoga, Tai Chi and workshops in ecological agriculture. All the food they serve is macrobiotic and from their very own garden. €50. (Finca La Vega, Bda. El Colmenar, Estación: Gaucín, Cortes de la Frontera, Málaga,

malaga ascari circuito de automovilismoAscari Race Resort (Ronda, Malaga)

Not only will you be blown away by the racing facilities at Ascari, but by the price too. One day at this circuit will make a dent in your pocket to the tune of €2,500 or more. If you can afford it, you’ll have the chance of driving a Lotus Elise, BMW Compact or Radical SR3 in a racing circuit at 5,425 metres above sea level. Built by motor sport enthusiast Klaas Zwart the resort is located in the Serrania de Ronda. Don’t worry, breakfast and lunch is included. €2,500+. (Ctra. de Campillos, Km. 10, Ronda, Malaga,

malaga genalguacil Genalguacil (Malaga)

90% of the area is covered in forest dotted with little white houses. Add to the beauty of the area the fact that the village has opted to turn their streets into an open air museum. Plazas, street corners and alleyways you’ll come across works of art, many of which have won prizes at the biennial exhibition taking place since 1994. You can’t miss them as you stroll through this living and breathing museum. (Genalguacil, Málaga, © Foto: J. Javier García.

malaga design school marbella monda Marbella Design Academy (Monda, Malaga)

The Design Academy has been operating in Monda since 1995 in the midst of a spectacular mountainous landscape. They offer courses in fashion design, interior and furniture design, graphic design, web design, TV and digital film studies. An international school, the courses have been recognised by the Spanish Ministry of Education. All classes are taught in English with the international market in mind. They also run summer workshops. €5,500-9,000. (Camino Hoyanca, s/n, Monda, Málaga,

malaga poligono gallery Polígono Gallery (Marbella, Malaga)

The contemporary art world is expanding and it seems to be less difficult to come across galleries in unexpected locations. The Poligono Gallery is located in, yes you guessed it, the local poligono (industrial estate). The white open space is home to the latest in contemporary Chinese painting and sculpture. Free entry - only by appointment. (Pol. Ind. La Ermita. C/ Madera, 9, Marbella, Malaga, 615381119,

malaga real aeroclubReal Aeroclub de Málaga (Vélez-Málaga)
If you are lucky enough to have a medical certificate and €9,000 lying around, you could be jetting off in a small airplane - or at least learning how. The Royal Malaga Aeroclub offers six-monthly courses in Vélez-Málaga before handing you your pilot’s licence. If you’re a bit of a chicken, they also run model airplane making workshops. €8,700. (Barriada Crujía Atalaya Baja, s/n, Vélez-Málaga, Málaga,

malaga el torcal de antequeraSala Caireles (Arriate)

What was once the only cinema in Arriate has now been transformed into an electrifying concert venue. Abandoned for years in this small village located near Ronda, the owners gave it a lick of paint and opened it up to the public in a new guise. Concerts, theatrical performances and films… Tearoom by day and bar by night. A surprising find in the Serrania de Ronda. (C/ Ronda, 10, Arriate, Malaga, 952165199,

malaga el torcal de antequeraEl Torcal (Antequera, Malaga)

The beauty of the Torcal radiates in its surprisingly ferocious rock formations. A forest of stone from another world that hypnotises and enchants visitors and they walk through the unfamiliar terrain. There are two signposted hikes. This is one of the most surprising landscapes in Andalusia and is located in the Guadalhorce Valley. (Final Ctra. MA-9016, 952031389, Antequera, Malaga).


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El 4 January 2010 a las 3:36 PM, Alicia dijo...

Llevo tiempo queriendo subir a Genalguacil. ¡Después de este interminable temporal no pasa!

No tenía idea de quién era Rudofsky. ¡Hay tantos grandes que han pasado por esta tierra sin que lo sepamos!

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El 4 January 2010 a las 3:54 PM, Cecilia Bogaard dijo...

Sala Caireles is a real find! They have fantastic concerts in an unexpected location. One of the best venues I’ve been to in a long time.

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El 15 June 2010 a las 10:34 AM, Gaspar dijo...

Estaría bien que Los Caireles se abrieran a más grupos de rock.

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