—Malaga Paradise City

Poet Vicente Aleixandre defined Malaga city with that sentence: a paradise between the sky and the earth, between the rocky mountains Montes de Malaga and the seashore of the Mediterranean. Long before known as Malaka by the Phoenicians, later on was populated by Romans and Arabs. Every single culture has left a legacy in this city that is a combination of history and different styles such as cosmopolitan, modern, Roman, Arab and of the 19th century. Malaga is a charming place very accessible to tourists. They feel delighted from the very first step, especially with the historic city centre. Any corner is interesting for the visitor. A good example of that is the main street, that owes its name to the Marquis of Larios, and the neighbouring Moorish streets. In those streets there are some very picturesque places as the Cafe Chinitas famous for being the meeting point of many celebrities of the last century, Federico Garda Lorca for example. Some Moorish styled streets are San Agustin and La Juderia that is the last part of Calle Granada before getting into the square Plaza de la Merced. Plaza de la Merced is plenty of bars with terraces. There is a memorial obelisk in the centre. It was built after the execution of General Torrijos and his liberal colleagues in San Andres beaches in 1842. In this square we can also find the house where Picasso was born: Museo-Casa Natal de Picasso. He was the creator of cubism. Nowadays the icon of Picasso gives Malaga a special feature. The wish to get back the essence of the genius helped to open the magnificent Museo Picasso. This museum is located in the old palace Palacio de Buenavista in Calle San Agustin and features a permanent collection of paintings from al! his life. Other museums are Centre de Arte Contemporaneo where current artists show their works of art, and the museum of local customs and manners Museo de Artes y Costumbres Populares.

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