the finest trip – Málaga
Málaga – provincial capital, coastal metropolis, tourist hotspot
It is something like the city of a thousand facets: Málaga, provincial capital, coastal metropolis, tourist hotspot with 320 sunny days per year, a rather pleasant average temperature of 19 degrees and countless landmarks that make the city founded some 3000 years ago by the good old Phoenicians famous as the epitome of history, culture and pure joy of life, far beyond the national borders.
It all started with Malaka, back in the 8th century BC. Malaka, a name – well, more a term – whose origins remain the subject of controversy be-tween linguists and historians to this day: some view Malaka as the Phoenician word for salt, which has always played an important role in conserving fish; others say the patron is the god Melgart, whose name is composed of milk for king and gart for city – the royal city, so to speak, appropriate in a way.
Be that as it may: at some point the Romans came, then the Moors, and in the 15th century the catholic kings, who of course made Málaga a Ro-man Catholic bishop’s seat. It’s a conglomerate of the most diverse political, religious and cultural influences that makes Málaga what it is today: a museum of pan-European history, inhabited and invigorated by almost 600,000 citizens. Whoever bears the burden of so much tradition and culture needs above all one thing to present their diversity: museums. No other European city has as many museums per square kilometre as Málaga, including the famous Picasso Museum with more than 200 works of art by the Málaga-born painter, the CAC museum for contemporary art, the Museo Carmen Thyssen, and of course many others dedicated to the themes of flamenco, aviation, automobiles and so much more.
The great landmarks of the Andalusian provincial capital include the Moorish fortress Alcazaba from the 11th century, the Castillo de Gibralfaro, the one-winged cathedral La Manquita whose second tower was never completed due to lack of money, and the bullfight arena La Malagueta, one of the largest in Spain with 14,000 seats and a diameter of more than 50 metres.
Some smalltalk knowledge
But we know all that. Given that our fine little magazine wants to be more than merely another tourist brochure, we would like to give you some smalltalk knowledge (so important especially in December with its countless Xmas parties and over-stuffed family dinners), enabling you to show off in the popular “Did you know…?” game over plum pudding and the hundredth iteration loop of Mariah Carey’s “All I Want For Christmas Is You”. Ready? Go:
La Farola de Málaga is (apart from La Farola del Mar on Teneriffe) the only lighthouse in Spain with a female article. Normally, a Spaniard would be inclined to use “El Faro” to describe a light-house.
Calle Larios, where you shouldn’t miss out on the Christmas light show, is one of Europe’s 50 most expensive streets – rents are in some cases far more than 20,000 euros per shop.
In the meantime, more than 600 enterprises with 17,000 employees have settled in the Parque Tecnológico de Andalucía (PTA), including companies such as Oracle, IBM, Huawei and Vodaphone. The IT industry generated revenues of 3.8 billion euros in 2017, which accounts for one-fifth of the gross domestic product of Málaga.
As mentioned above, it is a well-known fact that Pablo Picasso was born in Málaga, as was the actor Antonio Banderas, who enjoys rather sterling views of the Alcazaba from his penthouse above Pimpi. The most famous Spanish singer of the 2010s was also born in Málaga in 1989: Pablo Alborán.
And last but not least: in July 2019, Málaga made it into the Guinness Book of Records with a flash mob consisting of more than 4700 participants; never before had so many people danced flamenco at the same time. Olé.