One of the best things of travelling around the world to teach yoga is seeing the world, experiencing different culture, walking through history and meeting locals. This trip brought me to Malaga in Spain. If you go as well here are five things to do in Malaga.
Castillo de Gibralfaro was built in the 8th-century by Abd ar-Rahman. King Yusuf rebuild it in 1340 into a fortress. In those days it was considered as the most impregnable fortress on the Iberian peninsula with its two lines of walls and eight towers.
Inside the two walls there are a main courtyard – which houses the Interpretation Centre where you can discover the history of the castle through the lives of its inhabitants – and the Main Tower, which is 17 meters high and gives a beautiful view over Malaga and its surroundings. The main courtyard forms, with the Main Tower and the baths the upper part. In the lower part you’ll find the barracks that were used by the troops, the stables and the White Tower that looks out over the North East.
The castle was in 1487 home of Ferdinand II (Ferdinand the Catholic), king of Aragon and king of Castile. He united the Spanish kingdoms into the nation of Spain and began Spain’s entry into the modern period of imperial expansion. He married with Queen Isabella I, a Spanish ruler of southern Italy. It was Isabella who gave Columbus permission to find a route to Asia going West.
Camino de Gibralfaro 11 – 29016 Málaga
Pablo Picasso (born in 1881) is probably the most famous ‘son’ of Malaga. The painter always dreamt of having an exhibition space in his hometown. That dream has come through in a very special place: the Palacio de Buenavista, which was built in the first half of the 16th century. On the same spot their use to be a Nasrid Palace (the Nasrid dynasty – of Persian origin – ruled over Granada up until 1487). The Palacio de Buenavista is built over de remains of this palace. Some elements of the fist palace can still been seen.
In 1939 the palace was declared a national monument. The Picasso museum opened its doors in 2003. The collection consists of 233 works that cover 80 years of the painter’s work, from 1892 to 1972.
San Agustín 8 – 29015 Málaga
La Finca de la Concepcion is an escape from the city center of Malaga and you only have to walk (bike or bus) five kilometers for it. The Gardens were created in 1850 and are seen as one of the most beautiful of Spain’s tropical and subtropical gardens. The garden is 23 hectares big and includes fountains and waterfalls in combination with a beautiful selection of subtropical flora (more than 25.000 plants) from around the world.
Camino del Jardin Botanico 3 – 29014 Malaga
Malaga is a big fish eating city, being an sea port. But there is one vegetarian restaurant, almost hidden away in a small alley called El Calafate. The restaurant on its own is worth the visit with its colorful interior and art on the walls. As colorful as the interior are the dishes.
C/ Andrés Perez 4 – Málaga
Plaza de la Marced is a popular meeting place for locals, who gather around at the end of the afternoon at the cafes on the North of the square with their terraces set out in the sun. In the center of the square stands the Monument to Torrijos, a large obelisk , in memory of general Torrijos. Torrijos wanted to overthrow the violent regime of Fernando VII, but got shot together with 48 supporters before he could accomplish his plans.
The square was a public market in the 15th century and it was a place of leisure and recreation for citizens in the late 19thcentury. The sound of the bells of the church of La Merced, near Picasso’s birthplace, was witnessed by a mosaic of popular figures that the great artist portrayed throughout his life.