Malaga in One Day
There are many tours on offer including the very new innovative, and foot-saving sedge-way tours which are great fun, but do need you to be pretty fit and confident.
However, if you fancy a stroll in your own time with your guide book then a self-guided walk through the city to its many interesting landmarks, will introduce you to much of what is to be enjoyed here. By sidestepping any of the landmarks in this itinerary you can include many of the city’s main attractions and monuments along the way.
Plaza de la Merced
Plaza de la Merced – this square lined with trees, in the heart of Malaga is a good starting point for your leisurely walking tour with a light breakfast at one of the cafés on its north side. Also on the north side of the square is the house where Pablo Picasso was born. In the centre of the square is an obelisk commemorating the 49 martyrs of the 1831 uprising: check out the names and see if you can find that of Robert Boyd, the Englishman whose love of Spain and desire for the liberation of its people, led to his death during this ill-fated rebellion.
Plaza de la Constitución
Plaza de la Constitución – is the where many historical, political events of the city have taken place. Now it is often the scene of many celebrations most especially the joyous and riotous Carnival. In the heart of the historic quarter, where most of the streets are prohibited to traffic, this square, once named the Square of the Four Streets, is the ideal spot from which to start your tour of the historic centre of Málaga.
Puntos de Vista
Puntos de Vista – this landmark is a sculpture by the British Artist Tony Cragg at the junction of Larios and Strachan streets and is worth a side step if you are into art and particularly sculptures that really have you thinking.
Estatua del Marqués de Larios
Estatua del Marqués de Larios – continuing along to the end of the Calle Larios is the bronze statue presented to the public in 1899, by the sculptor Mariano Benlliure. Once discarded and thrown into the sea and replaced by a statue to honour the workers, it was rescued under Franco’s orders and reinstated in its original place of honour with the workers now at its foot.
Monumento al Comandante Benitez
Monumento al Comandante Benitez – this Monument to the heroes of the Rif War was inaugurated by King Alfonso XIII in 1929 the bronze statue with its marble pedestal stands next to the Paseo del Parque. The main figure of the commander Benitez holding a sword has a carved soldier lying at his feet.
Auditorio Educardo Ocón
Auditorio Educardo Ocón – located in the Paseo del Parque is one of the city’s cultural highlights. It is an outdoor enclosed-area that hosts many cultural activities and musical performances. The auditorium itself is unusual, as the concrete walls that surrounded it have been removed allowing it to blend into its natural surroundings. From here it only a quick walk to the Moorish palace the Alcazaba with its well restored Roman theatre.
Jardines de Pedro Luis Alonso
Jardines de Pedro Luis Alonso – from the Alcazaba, head for peace and tranquillity in this beautifully manicured garden next to Malaga Park originally a Moorish flower garden now a manicured hedged area next to Malaga Park. From here you can walk on to the famed or infamous depending on your take on the Spanish tradition of bullfights, to the Bullring via the Alameda Principal.
Fuente de la Tres Gracias
Fuente de la Tres Gracias or de Las Tres Ninfas designed by José Maria Sánchez is now to be seen in the roundabout of the Plaza del General Torrijos. The fountain has three standing, robed, female figures carved in marble and a cornucopia symbolising the fertility of Malaga.
Plaza de Toros de La Malagueta
Plaza de Toros de La Malagueta – the public bullring is where many of Spain’s prominent Matadors have and still do display their talents. This circular shaped monument with 16 straight sides held its first bullfight in 1876 and during the centenary celebrations in 1976, was declared an historic monument. It seats 1400 people and apart from the corrals, stables and infirmary has its own museum covering the history of the site.
Cementerio Anglicano – or English cemetery, is the largest non-Catholic cemetery in Spain. Before 1831 no protestant could be buried in Spain, they were either shipped back to the country of their origin or they were buried at night, in an upright position, at the very edge of the sea and left to the mercy of the local dogs and the incoming tide. It is here that the famous Robert Boyd was buried also Joseph Noble who founded Noble hospital for the sailors and fishermen of the city.
La Farola – the lighthouse dominates the harbour. It is notable as in Spanish, a lighthouse normally takes the male gender article ‘El’, but this lighthouse is named in the feminine. From here it is an easy walk to Muelle Uno and a little shopping or to head on down to a chiringuitos to savour some fresh sardines.