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Málaga is a city at the southern coastline of Spain, the Costa del Sol. Most people who arrive at the airport leave the city as fast as they can and head for the beaches in one of the surrounding towns. A shame as Málaga has some sights to offer, and is trying hard over the last couple of years to become a more attractive city for tourists. It's drawing the card of their most famous inhabitant: Pablo Picasso, who was born in Málaga. The first settlers here were the Phoenicians in the 7th century BC which were followed by the Romans, who left the city with its Roman Theater. In the 8th century the Moors took over making it an important harbour on the Mediterranean.
In 2003 the Museo Picasso Malaga devoted to Pablo Picasso was opened. Although Picasso only lived in Málaga for the first seven years of his live, the city is betting on this museum to give the city a cultural boost. In the museum, which is housed at the renovated Palacio de Buenavista, works from every important phase is his carreer are on display. It also has changing expositions from contempary artists. About 400 metres from the museum on the Plaza de Merced lies the house in which Picasso was born. The museum is closed on mondays.
The Alcazaba (Moorish fortification) was the home of the Muslim rulers that ruled the area from the 8th century until the fall of the Caliph of Granada. For them Málaga was the most important port in the region. The earliest part of the walls (the Alcazaba) were built in the 8th century, but extended in the 11th century. The structure has two lines of walls, a third one, that bordered the sea in the Middle Ages no longer exists. Within the second line of walls, are the buildings built by the Nazari, the last Moorish rulers.
Higher up the hill lies the fortress of Gibralfaro (now commonly known as the Gibralfaro). Here there is less to see, than at the Alcazaba, but the tour over the outer walls, is good for very nice views over the surrounding area. A visit requires the climb up the mountain, which means a good 10 to 15 minutes walk up hill. However the Gibralfaro is also reachable by busline 35, and by car, although parking space is somewhat limited.
In 1487 the Alcazar of Malaga was retaken by the Catholic kings, only five year before the final defeat of the Moors in Granada. In front of the Alcazaba is the oldest structure in the city, the remains of a Roman Theater.
Larios Street is the heart of the city, one of the emblematic signs of nineteenth-century Malaga along with the latest European proposals of the time. Larios Street ends at the Plaza de la Constitution. Its present appearance is due to the renovations of 2002. The most important piece is the Fountain of Genoa, from the XVI century. Two stops worth a visit in the Plaza: the building of the Economic Society of Friends of the Country, typical of eighteenth century domestic architecture and the Church of Santo Cristo de la Salud, an excellent example of Baroque architecture.
The Cathedral was built from 1528 onwards. Many artworks can be found in the Altarpiece of Santa Barbara, the Altarpiece of Santa Clara, the Chapel of the Virgin de los Reyes, image donated by Queen Isabel II to the city, the painting of Our Lady of the Rosary by Alonso Cano, and especially the choir, magnificent precious wood chairs, made by Pedro de Mena. Sightseeing Hours: 10:00am to 6:00pm. Saturday: 10:00am to 5:00pm. Closed Sunday.
From the Plaza de la Merced northbound along Calle de la Victoria, you arrive to the Basilica of Santa Maria de la Victoria, patron of the city. The image is from the fifteenth century. In the lower area is the Pantheon of the Counts of Buenavista. Hours: Tuesday-Saturday 10:00am-1:00pm.
The Carmen Thyssen Museum is housed in the Palacio de Villalon, a palace of the XVI century, located on the Compañía Street near the Plaza of the Constitution. XIX century Spanish art, particularly Andalusian paintings. Tuesday-Thursday 10:00-8:00pm. Friday and Saturday 10:00am-9:00pm. Sunday 10:00am-10:00pm. In June: Sunday 10:00am-2:00pm. In July and August: Monday 10:00am-10:00pm and closed on Sundays.
The Revello de Toro Museum has paintings by famed portraitist Felix Revello de Toro, including oil paintings, sketches and drawings. Summer: Monday-Saturday 10.00am-2:00pm and 5:00-8:00pm. Sunday 10:00am-2:00pm. Winter: Monday-Saturday 10:00am-2:00pm and 4:00-7:00pm. Sunday 10:00am-2:00pm.
The Museum of Flamenco contains a collection of over 2,500 records with some copies of the nineteenth century, 40 guitars, some with more than two centuries, and important bibliographical about flamenco. Hours: Tuesday-Sunday 10:00am-2:00pm.
History, culture, art and education about the wines of the province of Malaga can be found at the Museum of Malaga's Wines. Tasting Room, Training Room and Shop. Monday-Friday 12:00-2:30pm and 5:30-7:30pm.
The Museum & Tour MCF is in the facilities of the Stadium's La Rosaleda. Monday-Thursday 10:00am-7:00pm, Thursday-Saturday 3:00pm-7:00pm (winter) 10:00am-2:00pm (summer).
Finca de la Concepción is a tropical garden 5 kilometres away from the town centre, with magnificent 150 old trees, exuberant vegetation, streams with cascades, and some architectural elements. It can be accessed from the motorway from Madrid to Malaga. Hours: October-March 09:30am-5:30pm; May-September 9:30am-9:30pm.
As every town on the Costa del Sol, Málaga has some good beaches to enjoy the sun and go for a swim. The closes to the city is the beach of Malagueta, which starts at the lighthouse and streches to the east from there, along the Paseo Maritimo de Pablo Ruiz Picasso.
As is the case in much places in Spain the Semana Santa de Málaga (the week before Easter) is a special week. During the week (from Sunday to Good Friday) trones with images of Christ and Virgin Mary are carried around the city in several processions.
From mid to late August the Feria de Málaga takes place. The festivities include a lot of drinking, music and dancing. A fairground is set up to the southwest of the city.
Málaga has one of the best climates in Europe. It's a typical Mediterranean climate with warm, sunny and dry summers from May to September and mild winters from December to February. Average daytime temperatures range from 16 °C in January to around 30 °C in August, though temperatures of 40 °C are possible even along this coastline. In general though it's much more bearable in summer compared to places inland like Granada or Seville. Nights are between 7 °C in January and 22 °C in August. Summers are dry, precipitation is concentrated in the winter months though also autumn and spring see a few showers every now and then.
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Málaga airport is the best airport to fly into when you are visiting the Costa del Sol. It is located just 5 kilometres southwest of the city centre. In 2010 the new terminal 3, has opened at Málaga airport increasing the capacity of the airport.
To/from the airport
Coming from France you can follow the A-7 that starts at the Spanish border all the way to Málaga. It follows the Mediterranean coastline, bypassing cities like Barcelona and Valencia. Coming from Madrid, it's best to take the A-4 and then switch to the A-45 near Córdoba. From Seville you can take the A-92 until Antequera, and take the A-45 from there.
Alsa connects Malaga with most main cities in Andalucia.
There are two lines of the Cercanias (commuter trains), that connects Málaga with the surrounding towns. Line C-1 runs from Málaga to the west along the Costa del Sol, passing the airport and several towns until it ends at Fuengirola. Line C-2 head north to Álora. Between the Central station and the city centre, trams should be running. But at the time of writing (August 2010) these are out of service.
The pescaito frito (small fried fish) is one of the most delicious dishes of the Andalusian cuisine. In fishing suburbs like El Palo and Pedregalejo (take bus number 11 from town centre) you can dine right on the beach.
Other dishes typical of the coastal region that are, naturally, based on fish are sopa de rape (monkfish soup), rape con patatas (monkfish with potatoes), arroz a la marinera (rice with seafood) and calderetas de pescado (fish soups).
|Alameda Hotel||Casas de Campos 3||Hotel||87|
|Alvarez Apartments||Alvarez Street||Apartment||83|
|Atarazanas Malaga Boutique Hotel||Calle Atarazanas N 19||Hotel||-|
|Casa Babylon Backpackers||C/Pedro de Quejana, 3||Hostel||83|
|Cerro De Hijar||Cerro De Hijar sn Tolox 29109||Hotel||-|
|Down Town Hostel||Pasaje de Clemens 11||Hostel||80|
|Hostal Domus||Juan Valera 20||Guesthouse||86|
|Hostal el Nogal||avd/ juan Sebastian Elcano 62||Guesthouse||88|
|Hostal Larios||Calle Marques de Larios 9 - 3ro D Malaga||Guesthouse||86|
|Hotel Castilla Guerrero||Cordoba 7||Hotel||85|
|Hotel Goartin||c/gerona, 32 c.p 29006||Hotel||89|
|Hotel Petit Palace Plaza||Nicasio Calle 5||Hotel||89|
|Hotel Tribuna||Carreteria 6-10 29008 Malaga||Hotel||87|
|Hotel Villa Guadalupe||Calle Bandaneira 6 El Puerto de la Torre. Málaga||Hotel||-|
|Huelin Backpacker||Calle Ferraz Número 11||Guesthouse||79|
|Husa Guadalmedina||Pasillo del Matadero, 16||Hotel||-|
|Ilans Apt||C/Victoria 27 - 3ºB y 4ºB||Apartment||81|
|La Casa Mata Backpackers||Calle Molinillo del Aceite 5||Guesthouse||88|
|Malaga Centro Hotel||c/ Marmoles 6||Hotel||-|
|Malaga Historical Centre Apartment||Plaza Arriola, nº 10, 3 º C||Apartment||-|
|Malaga School Backpacker||Bolivia 101||Guesthouse||90|
|Picasso's Corner Backpackers Hostel||San Juan de Letrán nº 9||Hostel||84|
|Res.Univ. Jacinto Benavente||Jacinto Benavente, 25-2º-A, 29014||Hostel||78|
|Residencia Campus Confort San Carlos||Corregidor Nicolas Isidro 14||Hostel||-|
|Residencia Malaga Backpackers||c/ Jeronimo Bobadilla Nº4||Hostel||76|
|Residencia Universitaria Santa Paula||Calle Especeria, num 5||Hostel||84|
|The Melting Pot Backpackers Hostel Malaga||Paseo de Salvador Rueda, 9||Hostel||86|
|Villa Alicia||Conde Ureña 12 Malaga||Guesthouse||86|
|Babia Hostel Centro||Plaza de los Martires 6||Hostel||82|
|Hotel IGH Eliseos||Callejón de la Fuerza 1 Entrada Paseo de Reding, 19||Hotel||82|
|Apartment Nosquera Studios||Calle Nosquera 18||Apartment||-|
|Pink House Backpackers||Carreteria 2||Hostel||82|
|El Riad Andaluz||Calle Hinestrosa 24||Guesthouse||88|
|Hotel Venecia||Alameda Principal 9||Hotel||91|
|Hotel California||Paseo de Sancha 17||Hotel||87|
|Eurostars Astoria||Avenida Comandante Benitez 5||Hotel||88|
|Hostal Victoria||Calle de Sancha de Lara, 3||Guesthouse||86|
|Residencia Universitaria Balcon del Romeral||Margarita Xirgu 1||Hostel||83|
|Hotel Elcano||Avda.Juan Sebastian Elcano 103||Hotel||87|
|Hotel- SPA Coto Mi Refugio||Ctra. De Villanueva de Algaida KM 7,2||Hostel||-|
|Hospederia Casa De Las Mercedes||Calle Hinestrosa, 18||Hotel||-|
|Hotel Los Naranjos||Paseo de Sancha 35||Hotel||90|
|Hotel Goya 3*||Urbanización Torrealmádena Benalmádena Costa||Hotel||-|
|Hostal La Paloma||Calle Barcenillas 8||Guesthouse||83|
|Patio 19||Mariblanca 19||Guesthouse||88|
|Hotel Campanile Málaga Aeropuerto||212 AVENIDA DE VELAZQUEZ||Hotel||88|
|MalagaLodge||C/ Hospital Militar, 14||Guesthouse||87|
|Oasis Backpackers' Hostel Malaga||Calle San Telmo 14||Hostel||90|
|Las Viñas de Miraflores Apartaments||Calle Antofagasta 20||APARTMENT||-|
|Best Choice Rooms||Calle San Jose 2-2A Corner(Esquina), Calle Granada||GUESTHOUSE||80|
|Sleep & Travel Rooms||Heroe de Sostoa 12||GUESTHOUSE||90|
|Malaga Hostel||C/ Conde de las Navas no 1||HOSTEL||86|
|Alamos 14||Alamos 14||Hostel||82|
|Feel Malaga Hostel||Calle Vendeja, n 25.||Hostel||88|
|Hostal Vidamía||C/ Cisneros 7||Guesthouse||85|
|Apartamento Hernan Ruiz||calle Hernan ruiz 3 4ª floor||Apartment||-|
|Studios Hinestrosa 17||Calle Hinestrosa no 17||APARTMENT||-|
|O Malaga Apartment||Calle Isabel la Catolica||APARTMENT||83|
|Malaga City Apartment||Refino 9||APARTMENT||-|
|Casa Al Sur||Calle Molinillo del Aceite 5||HOSTEL||90|
|Albergue Inturjoven Malaga||Plaza Pio XII, 6||HOSTEL||-|
|Oasis Backpackers' Hostel Malaga Beach||Calle de los Flamencos, 5||HOSTEL||-|
|Hostal Moscatel||Conde de las Navas 9||Guesthouse||86|
|Hotel Maria Cristina||Avenida de Malaga 18 La Cala del Moral||HOTEL||81|
|Barton B&B||Hacienda Miranda El Sexmo Cartama Esation||Guesthouse||-|
|Camping Rural Presa La Vinuela||Carretera A-356, 30 km.||CAMPSITE||-|
|Low Cost Malaga Center Apartment||Puente de la Trinidad 11-2C||APARTMENT||-|
|Pension Terminal||Pasaje Noblejas no 4 2o Planta||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Hotel Don Paco||Salitre 53||HOTEL||-|
|Hotel Zeus||Canales 8||HOTEL||-|
|Apartamentos Turisticos La Mundial||Calle Escritor Andeyro Castillo, 1||APARTMENT||-|
|La Casa de Enfrente||Calle Lagunillas del rocio no 47 Bajo A||GUESTHOUSE||-|
|Albergue Inturjoven Cortes de la Frontera||Carretera Villamartin - Puerta del Espino Km.51 Cortes de la Frontera||HOSTEL||-|
|Hotel Del Pintor 3*||C/ Alamos, 27||HOTEL||-|
|Feel Hostels City Center||Calle Concejal Agustin Moreno 1||HOSTEL||86|
|Apartamentos La Biznaga||Canasteros 4 8||APARTMENT||-|
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See also International Telephone Calls
If you want to post a card, you can head to the post office (Correos). The Spanish post is not yet as efficient as colleagues in other countries so receiving a card can take a bit longer than the number of days that it should take. On the website of Correos, you can find the locations of nearby post offices.
Post offices are generally open from 8:30am to 2:00pm, although times can vary and the main post office usually is open until the early evening. Most will also open again on Saturday mornings, but in the smaller towns will close as early as 12 noon. When posting a letter, look for a yellow box and, if possible, post at the post office itself where there will also be divisions for local, national and international mail. Be prepared for long queues at the post office. This is why tobacco shops sell stamps and many will also have the facility to weigh packages.
Standard letters/postcards of up to 20 grams sent within Spain are €0.34. However, non-standard letters/postcards of up to 20g are €0.39. Letters/postcards of 20 to 50 grams are €0.45. In the case of international shipping, the price is €0.64 to most countries within Europe for standard envelopes (letters/postcards) up to 20g, for a few European countries and outside Europe it is €0.78.
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