Welcome Málaga. Welcome AGP

Welcome Málaga, Welcome AGP. Capital city of the “Costa del Sol” you can see the history of the Mediterranean, passing from vestiges of the founding Phoenicians almost three thousand years ago to the more energetic places of our current times, all within a vital and modern city. This cultural experience is concentrated at the city centre and easily accessible by foot.

We recommend a selection of experiences that will make you fall in love with this city:

Classic Tour (3 hs proximately) We start our visit with Atarazanas Malaga Central market. The market was once Malaga’s shipyard, a place where ships were repaired over 600 years ago. At this point in history, the water made it all the way up to the market’s entrance. After the reconquest, the building was shortly used as a convent, a military hospital, and an army barracks, before finally becoming a market in 1879. Inspired (as most Spanish markets were during this time) by Mercado de Les Halles in Paris, the iron work on the market was a main feature, though the most striking part was definitely one of the original marble doors, dating back to when the building was first built as a shipyard.

Like most Spanish markets, the Malaga Central Market had its share of tough times. The market was in desperate need of renovations, and in 2008 they began. Over the course of two years, the market was updated, opening up the beautiful ceiling, adding in a gorgeous stained glass window, and arranging the 260 stalls in three separate areas– fish, meat, and produce..

AGP Mercado Atarazanas

then we meet with Larios pedestrian street, fifth place between most expensive streets in Spain.  After arrive to the Constitución square, we go through “Pasaje de Chinitas” discovering those lovely corners and lost hideouts, arriving to the Catedral “Nuestra Señora de la Encarnación”. The building is one of the best examples of Spanish religious art and it is located on the remains of other cultural buildings such as the early Almohad mosque.The missing tower has led to it being popularly known as La Manquita (one-armed) and a legend that is still told today says that the money allocated for its completion in the 19th century was sent to pay for the wars in America, although there is evidence that the money actually went to fund emergency public works in the province.

With three naves with ambulatories, it is in some ways an evolution of Gothic art. This style initially welcomed the new Renaissance ideas building all the naves to the same height with ribbed vaults forming the characteristic cupolas that can be seen from above, for example, when you observe the cathedral from the Málaga Palacio hotel.

AGP Catedral de Malaga

Next stop in our visit Picasso Museum: The Museo Picasso Málaga was born of the brilliant painter’s desire to have an exhibition space in his hometown. Christine and Bernard Picasso, daughter-in-law and grandson of the artist, made this wish possible by providing the core of the collection.

The collection features 233 works that cover 80 years of the painter’s work, from 1892 to 1972. In its 11 rooms, you can see how Picasso breaks with convention and breaks new creative ground. He is considered the most important artist of the 20th century. He was also a very versatile creator, as proved by works in several disciplines.

Teatro Romano and Alcazaba. Málaga’s Roman Theatre is one of the remaining symbols of Roman Hispania in the city. In addition to the theatre itself, it has a modern interpretation centre where new technologies present the life and customs of the time. The Theatre has also been returned to its original use and different types of shows take place inside.

Discovered in 1951, it lay half-hidden for many years by the Casa de la Cultura (Culture House) building, built between 1940 to 1942 and renovated in the 1960s. It was during these works when the first signs of the Theatre were discovered and the Casa de Cultura was demolished to uncover and properly assess this theatre, which came to be a part of the cultural programmes of 1992.

This fortress

palace, whose name in Arabic means citadel, is one of the city’s historical monuments and is much visited because of its history and beauty.

The building that dates from the Muslim period is located at the foot of the Gibralfaro hill, crowned by the Arab defence works to which the Alcazaba is connected by a walled passage known as the Coracha. With the Roman Theatre and the Aduana Customs Building, this special corner offers the chance to observe Roman, Arab and Renaissance culture, all within a few yards of each other.

According to Arab historians, it was built between 1057 and 1063 at the instructions of Badis, King of the Berber Taifa of Granada. Transported material was used in its construction and columns, capitals and other materials were taken from the nearby Roman Theatre. After discovering Málaga, have a drink and taste a delicious tapa.

AGP Alcazaba de día

Picassian Málaga (3 hs) To follow the path of Pablo Picasso along Malaga city, we have to begin with his birthplace, at nº15 of la Plaza de la Merced, actual head office of Picasso Foundation. Birthplace Museum. From the plaza, the first play area of Pablo, then continue to the parish church of Santiago, where he was baptized. of course we include Malaga Picasso Museum. Old San Agunstín Convent. It housed Municipal Museum during a period, where José Ruiz Blasco, Picasso´s father, worked as conservator. His father was a professor at the School of Fine Arts of San Telmo (actual place of Ateneo, a cultural association) which was situated in the nearby Plaza of la Constitución. The school of San Rafael was in the nearby Calle Comedias. La Plaza de San Francisco needs to be checked as well since there was el Liceo, the place of cultural activities and reunion that Picasso visited. At the institute of Vicente Espinel in the Calle Gaona, Picasso did his last exam in Malaga. Moving a bit away from the center, the bullring of La Malagueta where Picasso watched several bullfights with his father.

AGP Pablo Picasso

Cultural Málaga This is tailor made experience. Would depend of how many museums you like to visit. We recommend: Carmen Thyssen Museum Málaga: is the most comprehensive collection of 19th-century Andalusian painting in Spain. It is located in the Palacio de Villalón, a 16th-century palatial building located in the heart of Málaga. The permanent collection consists of 230 works that brilliantly summarise 19th-century Spanish art. As in other old buildings of Málaga, Roman remains were found in the subsoil during the refurbishment. In this building the pools for making Garum were discovered; Garum was product that Málaga exported to much of the Roman Empire. You will also see some Roman household rooms with figurative decorations.

Museo del Vidrio y Cristal de Málaga, Glass Museum. The extraordinary paintings of the facade of this 18th-century building, and its internal structure tell us just how unique the museum is. We can admire some 3,000 pieces of glass, along with a significant representation of paintings, furniture and decorative objects belonging to different historical periods, creating a magical atmosphere in the domestic context in which their first owners lived.

El Centro de Arte Contemporáneo, Málaga Centre for Contemporary art (CAC), The CAC Málaga is located in the old Málaga Wholesale Market, a historic building. The museum is intended for reflection on and dissemination of contemporary art. Exhibitions, publications, conferences, educational programs, workshops and seminars are some of the many activities that make CAC Málaga a living, dynamic and innovative centre, open to all kinds of artistic and cultural events in the international vanguard.

AGP Centro Arte Contemporaneo Málaga

Artes Populares Museums or Museo del Patrimonio Municipal, or those dedicated to the Málaga Holy Week, deep tradition in this land. Also is possible to visit markets, wineries or Málaga’s natural heritage provides opportunities for other types of tourism. Places of extraordinary environmental wealth, such as the Montes de Málaga natural park, the natural setting of the estuary of the Guadalhorce, the Historical-Botanical Garden of La Concepción and Málaga Park or museum spaces such as the Museo Alborania and Ecomuseo Lagar de Torrijos offer a more educational approach to Málaga’s natural resources.

The Málaga may be done through thematic visits (Muslim Malaga, Archaeological Malaga, Malaga and Picasso, Churches of Malaga, Malaga Museums…) or tailor made tours according to your tastes, (for example, morning visit to Cathedral, Roman Theatre and Alcazaba or afternoon visiting the Picasso Museum and the Alcazaba) or even comprehensive trips by bus. You could also choose to walk the streets, guided through the traditional narrow Muslim alleys into the straight streets around calle Larios. This is the main commercial artery of the city and results from the renovations at end of the 19th Century. Almost the whole centre is a pedestrian area. Malaga deserves more than one day. You can spend the night in a renovated hotel and visit the countless restaurants, bars and terraces on the streets and squares of the old town, or go to those by the sea, on the beaches of Pedregalejo and Huelin or in the port. Incidentally, in recent years Malaga has become one of the most popular destinations in the Mediterranean for cruise ships. There is a reason for that, don´t you think?