Members of the Art Group thoroughly enjoyed a 5 day visit to Malaga, a city of culture and great charm.
The city is known for its many museums and art collections and if you stay in the centre, as the group did, getting around on foot is very easy. On every street, there is a cafe or restaurant with tables outside to stop and enjoy a coffee or tinto de verano, and watch the visitors from all over the world who come to view the many treasures housed in the city’s museums and churches.
The group were very lucky that their visit coincided with an Andy Warhol Exhibition, held at the Picasso Museum and an open Bishops Palace, next to the Cathedral, which was an oasis of calm with some spectacular sculptures, tiles and pictures. Along with visits to the Carmen Thyssen Museum, Malaga Cathedral and the City Museum, the group enthusiastically absorbed the culture on display.
The Alcazaba, a palatial fortification built by the Moors in the 11th century overlooks the city and is the best preserved alcazaba in Spain. Inside the fortification was a palace with courtyards filled with jasmine and hibiscus and tiled fountains. Adjacent to the entrance are remnants of a Roman theatre dating from 1st century BC, currently undergoing restoration.
Food was plentiful – the spanish don’t believe in small portions – and eating outside was a joy with some entertaining diners at adjacent tables and the weather was warm and skies were mainly blue. The group weather forecaster got a little carried away one evening, predicting no rain, and after an interesting meal in a very trendy restaurant, the heavens opened and all were soaked through. Good job it wasn’t too far from the hotel!
If you haven’t visited Malaga – we urge you to go.
Its definitely worthy of more than just driving through from the airport.