Wandering Through Beautiful Malaga, Spain

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24th May 2018
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Wandering Through Beautiful Malaga, Spain

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Miles and miles of beautiful beaches stretch along the sun drenched Mediterranean coast of Spain, the Costa del Sol. Malaga lies as the gateway to this stunning section of Spain.

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Costa del Sol

For the traveler, Malaga has something for everyone. Do you want to visit beaches or maybe mountains? History and architecture? You will find it here. Shopping, gardens, art, cuisine? Malaga provides easy access to these, too.

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Families staying here can enjoy all of these things. If you are visiting on cruise ship, then you have to be selective. On our Disney TransAtlantic Cruise stop in Malaga, we chose to spend the morning in the picturesque, white, hill town of Mijas.

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Mijas, Spain

Mijas is one of the most picturesque places that I have ever visited. This half day tour left several hours in the afternoon to explore Malaga.

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Our ship, the Disney Magic, docked down the long pier, almost a mile from the city. Even in May, the bright Spanish sun shown overhead making it hot. Fortunately, busses transported us to and from two stops: The Pompidou Museum and the Tourism Office; each of which are about 1/2 mile apart.

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The Alcazaba from the Jardines de Pedro Luis Alonso

So much is packed within a half mile of these stops! I enjoy wandering through streets with a map in hand and no clear plan. Around each turn was something new, modern and ancient side by side. I began and ended my walk at the Visitor’s Center. Here is what I saw.

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Malaga Cathedral

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Malaga Cathedral

The majestic Cathedral serves as the centerpiece for the city.

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Front facade of Malaga Cathedral
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Tower of Malaga Cathedral
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St. Augustine Cathedral

Not far away, the quaint and colorful St. Augustine Cathedral lies on a busy street corner.

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A look across from St. Augustine Cathedral

Pablo Picasso Museum

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Entrance to the Picasso Museum

Pablo Picasso was born in Malaga. The city honors the artist with a museum housed in the Buenavista Palace. Picasso actually lived about a 200 yards away.

The Streets of Malaga

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Modern and ancient structures stand side by side along the streets. Locals and tourists enjoy tapas bars, upscale shopping, and quaint gardens as they wander.

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A friendly local resident!
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A beautiful Hyacinth tree
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Streets of Malaga

Roman Theater

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Roman Theater in Malaga

The Romans built the theater in Malaga in the first century B.C. It lies adjacent to the entrance of the Alcazaba.

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The Roman Theater abuts the Alcazaba

As you can see, you can walk in and sit where the ancients sat millennia ago. The theater has been well restored.

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The Moorish Alcazaba

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The Moors ruled Andalusia for centuries, being driven out in the 1400s. The Alcazaba, Moorish palace and fort, stretches along the hilltop overlooking the town. Cruises leave limited time to see anywhere close to everything. I wish that there had been time to tour the Alcazaba.

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The Gardens Lining the Alcazaba

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A street runs up the hill and along the port side of the Alcazaba. The area is stunning! I enjoyed this walk more than any other part of my tour. Reds, yellows, and purples popped against the green background.

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Jardines de Pedro Luis Alonso

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Between the Alcazaba and the harbor, a series of gardens and parks provide shade and another burst of color.

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Pompidou Museum

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The Pompidou Museum

The Rubix Cube looking structure rests above the Pompidou Center, an extension of the original in Paris. It houses a permanent collection from artist like Picasso and Chagall.

Parque de Malaga

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Malaga Park stretches for many blocks along the harbor. While not as interesting as the area next to the Alcazaba, the shade was certainly welcomed.

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Across the road you will find the beautiful, yellow city hall.

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Malaga City Hall

Back Aboard the Disney Magic

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A view from our ship

The next time that we visit Malaga, we will skip the tours and stay in town for a closer look. I especially want to go inside the Alcazaba to view the intricate Moorish architecture and lush garden. With more time, I hope to wander further and see even more! I can’t wait to return!

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Cost reflects food and souvenir purchase.  This was part of a Disney TransAtlantic Cruise which is reflected in another post.

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