Málaga Town Hall
An evermore sought after location, currently Málaga, Costa del Sol’s capital, ranks as Spain’s third most important city as it has managed to ‘reinvent’ itself to become a vibrant and cosmopolitan city bursting with an attractive array of cultural displays, an exquisite gastronomic variety, the over one hundred world class golf courses and many beautiful beaches, a leisure destination for foreign expats and visitors as well as for local tourists.
Founded by the Phoenicians and occupied by the Moors until the mid-fifteenth century, Málaga is the second largest city of Andalusia and is famous for its beautiful architectural design. The imposing Alcazaba, a military fortress and royal residence dating back to the 11th Century reveals Málaga’s Moorish past. In the 1800s Málaga started to gain popularity as a winter resort for the rich and famous, and was renowned for its elegance and sophistication. This can be appreciated when walking in and around the historic and picturesque old town as well as in the exquisitely well laid-out park on Calle Alameda (one of the most famous botanical collections in Europe).
The historic center is known for its Roman and Moorish heritage, its narrow pedestrian streets, the countless styles of balconies perching from old, colorful building, its numerous museums (Picasso, Thyssen, Russian, Pompidou Center) and also for its distinctive culinary style. Birthplace of Pablo Picasso, art lovers will relish visiting the famous Picasso museum and visiting the house where the renowned artist was born.
One of the city’s highlights is its beautiful, tidy and lively Mercado Central Atarazanas (Central Market). The market was once Malaga’s shipyard, a place where ships were repaired over 600 years ago since, at that time, the water made it all the way up to the it’s entrance. Since that time, the building has been shortly used as a convent, a military hospital and army barracks before becoming a market in 1879. Renovated in 2008, and housing 260 stalls, it was arranged in three separate areas with glistering stacks of fish and seafood, meat, and colorful heaps of fruit and vegetables.
In contrast with the old town’s streets, the SOHO area, where some of the world’s most important urban artists have left their mark, the modern Muelle Uno port with its Michelin star restaurants, more than a dozen sandy beaches within the city limit, and not least is mild weather (especially in winter), all come together to create a destination of excellence.
In addition to the above, the barrio Lagunillas (a neighborhood on the edge of the old town proper) is like a small village in the heart of Málaga. A neighborhood ‘with a soul’, it has become a (true) Soho in which artists are using their walls to add color, transform it and live it. The Lagunillas walls are like a big poster ‘available’ for anyone who wants to decorate them. The proliferation, and continuous renewal, of graffiti is the result of an artistic and social movement that was born a few years ago and is frequently visited by international street art painters.