ROUTES ON FOOT
Discover step-by-step the extensive historical, cultural, gastronomic and botanical heritage of the city of Málaga.That is the aim of the new tourist routes draw up by the City Council.Monumental Malaga, Traditional and 19th Century Malaga, Botanical Malaga and Malaga – Stone and Water.Six routes which clearly illustrate the many attractions of the Costa del Sol's capital.
This route takes in the most significant buildings and monuments of Malaga, including the Cathedral, the Alcazaba fortress, Gibralfaro Castel, the Roman Theatre and the Episcopal Palace. The 14 stopping-off points on the itinerary are all located relatively close together, in the very heart of the city, in an area centred on the beutiful Plaza de la constitución. This district has recently been restored, with pedestrianised streets linking up its grand building, and it is home to one of the best selections of shops and restaurants in the city. Other points of interest along the route include, for example, the Gardener´s Lodge (now home to a Tourist Information Offece), the University Rectorate, the Zea-Salvatierra Palace, the headquarters of the Friends of the Country Financial Society and the popular monument to the Marquess of Larios.
The Pablo Ruiz Picasso Birthplace Fundation and the Picasso Museum form the main focal points of this intriguig route. The arrtist´s home offers the chance to get an idea of his family life, and also houses a number of highly valuable collections. The Museum itself, meanwhile, is home to more than 200 works donated by the family, along with complementary exihibitions and activities. From the area around the Plaza de la Merced, where the young genius took his first steps, “Picasso´s Malaga” moves on to the Church of Santiago, where he was baptised, the Malaga Athenaeum (formerly the School of Fine Arts), the María Cristina Conservatory (formerly the Grammar School), the Malagueta Bullring and the Gaona Institute, among others. Along the way, the painter´s childhood truly comes to life, along with many other iconic images which typify his work: doves, bulla, the sea...
Málaga´s religious heritage is of incalculable value, one fine example being the Cathedral of the Incarnation (16th-18th centuries), mentioned above. Inside is the Cathedral Museum, with its collection of valuable works of sacred art. this holy route continues with the lightfilled Bishop´s Square and the Episcopal Palace. The recently restored Church of Martyrs, the Convent of St Augustine, the Cistercian Abbey Museum, the Chapel of Water and the Sanctuary of Victory are other points included on the “Sacred Malaga” tour. The importance of the Easter week celebrations in the city has given rise to a particularly large number of religious sightd, and the ecclesiastical power of days gone by can be seen in many of the majestic buildings which dot the historical city center.
TRADICIONAL AND 19th CENTURY MALAGAThis route is a journey time, a trip around the Malaga of two centuries ago, with its effervescent commercial, social and cultural life. The 19th century was a time of prgress in the city in every sense, although the period did feature two very different cultures: that represented by the newly wealthy bourgeoisie, and the legacy of tradicional Malaga, in the form of suchiconic local figuers as the cenachero, or fish seller. The Museum of Popular Arts and Customs has an exihibition of several such archetypes of the past, while the Calle Larios, the Alameda, the Cervantes Theatre and Felix Saens building represent the leap towards modernity which the city made over a hundred years ago. Other symbolic sites include, for example, Atarazanas Market, the Doll Museum, the Torrijos Monument and the Municipal Records Office, along with many others.
Thanks to its benign climate, Malaga has served as a botanical paradise for numerous species arriving from the farthest flung reaches of the globe. Many of the city´s gardens are unique within Europe, offering up their highly appealing natural riches. Malaga Park, completely restored just recently, and the magnificent La Concepcíon Historical Gardens are two of the most flourishing examples, but by ni means the only ones. El Rtiro, La Cósula, the Puerta Oscura and Pedro Luis Alonso Gardens, the last two of which are located side by side, map out a route of the most strikingly colourful flora. “Botanical Malaga” is further supplemented by such enchanting little corners as the Cathedral Gardens and the Customs House, as well as in such larger and more recently created spaces as the Western Park and the Huelin Park, close by the city´s beaches.
MALAGA, STONE AND WATER
This route, which is still being developed, focuses on the many and varied statues and fountains to be found in the city. Malaga is a great open-air museum full of classical sculptures and avant-garde art, some the work of by nationally and internacionally famous names. Although the final route has not yet been decided, this tour will take in such locations as the busy Plaza Uncibay, Calle Larios, Malaga Park, Calle Bolsa and the Plaza de la Marina.