is the major coastal city of Andalusia and is a genuine and typical
Andalusia city. The Moors occupied the city until the mid fifteenth
century. This illustrious past has left its imprint on the historic
centre, particularly around La Alcazaba, a fortress which dates back
to 1065 and is now a fascinating archaeological museum.
Picasso is the city's famous son (not counting Antonio Banderas of
course!) and there are several galleries showing his work, including
the 16th century Museum of Fine Arts, adjacent to the Cathedral. His
birthplace in Plaza de la Merced is today an archive of his life and
works and open to the public; the entrance is absolutely free.
well as being a cultural centre, Málaga is also a great place
to eat out. The Malagueños love their food and the bars and
restaurants here are where the real social life takes place. The choice
is unlimited and, on the whole, reasonable whit some bars offering
a menu of the day. 'Tapas', small portion of many dishes is an Andalusian
tradition and a wonderfully inexpensive way to try a variety of local
food. The best known local fare in Málaga is 'pescaito frito',
an assortment of fried fish, including small sardines and red mullet,
best washed down with a glass of ice cold 'fino' at one of the many
old fashioned bodegas in town.