Today, I have been reading someone else’s blog about Málaga and am inspired also write about the city. I went to Málaga about a year ago for a birthday party and had a fantastic weekend in a beautiful city that pleasantly took me by surprise.

Málaga from the Alcazaba

Málaga from the Alcazaba

With a population of about 570,000, Málaga is the second most densely populated city of Andalusia and the sixth largest in all of Spain. Málaga is the southern-most “large” city in Europe and lies on the coastal stretch known as Costa del Sol (Coast of the Sun) of the Mediterranean Sea. Geographically Málaga is about 100 km (62.14 miles) east of the Strait of Gibraltar and about 130 km (80.78 miles) north of the African continent.

Málaga enjoys a subtropical-mediterranean climate and has one of the warmest winters in Europe. Average temperatures are around 17 °C (62.6 °F) during the day and 7–8 °C (45–46 °F) at night in the period from December through February. The summer season lasts about eight months, from April through November, although in the remaining four months temperatures sometimes reach around 20 °C (68.0 °F).

Málaga Cathedral

Málaga Cathedral

Málaga is one of the oldest cities in the world, it was founded by the Phoenicians in about 770 BC and from the 6th century BC was under the rule of Ancient Carthage. Then from 218 BC it was ruled by the Roman Republic and later the Roman Empire, known then in Latin as Malaca. After the fall of the empire it was under Islamic Arab domination as Mālaqah for 800 years. In 1487 it came under the dominion of the Spaniards in the Reconquista.

The archaeological remains and monuments of Málaga, from the Phoenician, Roman, Arabic and Christian eras make the historic center of the city an “open museum”, displaying its rich history of more than 3,000 years.

Plaza del Toro

Plaza del Toro

This important cultural infrastructure and the rich artistic heritage have culminated in the nomination of Málaga as a candidate for the 2016 European Capital of Culture.

The internationally acclaimed painter and sculptor Pablo Picasso and actor Antonio Banderas were born in Málaga. The magnum opus of Cuban composer Ernesto Lecuona, “Malagueña”, is named for the music of this region of Spain.

For me (and possibly any photographer) there are many derelict sites and ram-shackled buildings that make interesting and wonderful subjects to photograph. Though definitely this IS a beautiful city and always worth a visit. As with many Spanish cities, it comes alive at night and has some truly amazing wine (and tapas) bars… oh and I SUPPOSE the shopping is good too 😛

An abstract view of Málaga, probably won’t do much to boost tourism though – LOL!

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Anyone fancy a trip?

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Martyn Thompson – Landscape Photography
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