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Malaga: Travel to alluring Andalusía


Photos by Anand & Madhura Katti/Special to Times of Oman
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Malaga, the capital of Costa del Sol region in Andalusia has added to the cultural mix through incoming sailors and merchants from Eastern Mediterranean.

The lunch at restaurant Entremere, literally meaning between the seas (Mediterranean and Atlantic seas) by the sea-side is refreshing on arrival into the city.  The view reveals people enjoying walks at the harbour front. A fleet of anchored Habega (fishing boats) await their evening venture into the sea. A crane levels the bund on the harbour, a regular activity to maintain pace with visitors rush.

City's inviting beaches, moderate climate, relaxed pace of life and a fiesta of tasty cuisine make an attractive combination. The city has a population of half a million and receives 13 million visitors a year.

Eating and sunbathing are favourite pastimes in Malaga. When not involved in either, you can explore the city's popular spots on foot, walking under the cool purple hues of Jacaranda trees. Two most popular sites-the Roman amphitheatre and the Alcazaba, the Moorish Fortress lie next to each other.

Alcazaba
The Alcazaba is a Moorish fortification dating from the 8th and 11th century Kings of Granada.

It overlooks the recently restored Roman amphitheatre that is right below.  City's fortunes over the centuries can be followed inside Alcazaba, at the archeological museum that houses Phoenician, Roman and Moorish artefacts.

It has intricate archways and a well-maintained garden. The view point at the top gives a bird's eye view of the city and its port, including the bullring near the harbour.

Streets leading to the Cathedral of the Incarnation, a renaissance majesty have a nineteenth century atmosphere. The city centre is a combination of the old design and Islamic legacy.

The house where Picasso was born is now a foundation dedicated to the study of his work and retains many of his things including his childhood clothes and toys.

Picasso Museum
Malaga is the city of Picasso; the legendary artist started his famous artistry from here. The Picasso Museum houses varied display of works from all his eras. Sketches, paintings, sculptures and porcelain art, which Picasso developed in his 60's on visits to potters in Paris, are all on display.

Alcazar Palace
The huge Alcazar Palace has intricate Mardeka design owing to its construction by the then Muslim rulers of Spain. The Arabian style palace was built during various epochs. Its first fortifications probably date to 9th century, made to defend the town of the Normans.

Later on architects and artists from Granada built here a palace for a Moorish king. But the major part of today's palace was constructed after the Christian re-conquest of the town in 1248, by King Pedro

"The Cruel". Gardens of the palace are beautifully laid out.


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Malaga is also the perfect central point to travel to other destinations within southern Spain such as Grenada and Cordoba, and to destinations outside of Spain such as Morocco