History and art on the Sunshine Coast

Image courtesy of El Tito

Málaga is in Andalusia, on the Costa del Sol in southern Spain, a ferry’s journey north of Morocco. Owing to its location, it has a warm climate and some of the warmest winters in Europe. For those intending to visit Málaga, consider booking between April and November when the average daily temperature is above 20 °C, and the waters of the Mediterranean Sea are particularly inviting. The most obvious attraction of Málaga are its sun-kissed beaches but remember to explore the numerous palaces, churches, gardens, museums and art that are also in abundance in the city.

A long and colourful history

In addition to its climate, Málaga has a long and colourful history. Founded under the name “Malaka” by the Phoenicians as far back as 770 BC, and later ruled by the Romans and Arabs before becoming a requisition of the Spaniards, the city hosts remains from eras spanning 3,000 years. Attracting history enthusiasts interested in Ancient Carthage, Roman, Arab and the Spanish of the Middle Ages, Málaga is something of a sweeping museum across time. Evidence  of Málaga’s rich history can be viewed at the Museo de Málaga.

Malaga Cathedral (image courtesy of alvarogd)

History buffs will also love the various monuments such as the 11th century Alcazaba Citadel (with its towers and gardens – there’s also a stunning view across the bay from here), the 14th century Gibralfaro Castle and the Roman Theatre in the old inner city. The Málaga Cathedral, with its Gothic, Renaissance and baroque influences, is also an impressive attraction whilst at the Palace of the Marqués de Valdeflores, visitors have the opportunity to explore the exquisite interior of the home of an 18th century aristocrat.

The birthplace of Pablo Picasso

Picasso in Malaga (image courtesy of Landahlauts)

Málaga is also the birthplace of world-famous artist, Pablo Picasso. Tourists can visit the Museo Picasso Málaga, which is located in the artist’s childhood home in Plaza de la Merced and displays nearly 300 works donated by members of Picasso’s family. This museum joins the ranks of a number of institutions dedicated to the city’s artistic pursuits, including (but not limited to) the Carmen Thyssen Museum, the fine arts and archaeology museum: Museo de Málaga, and CAC Málaga (museum of modern art).

After a day at the beach or exploring the city, sit down with a glass of sweet Málaga wine. Made from local Pedro Ximénez and Moscatel grape varieties, you’ll soon find yourself packing a bottle for your journey home.

Note: this post was brought to you in partnership with Thomson Holidays.

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2 Responses to “History and art on the Sunshine Coast”

  1. Andi of My Beautiful Adventures 18/02/2012 3:01 pm
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    Take me there now please!

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