After two years time living in Barcelona, Andalusia has been my top priority region to visit in Spain. The ocean, beaches, mountains and deserts, this region has everything worth being photographed. My trip was more like « urban trek » and I’ve never been disappointed by those cities which I’ve been to in Andalusia.
The day I left Lisbon (previous post here), I just booked with Blablacar to Sevilla, thinking about organizing my trip in Andalusia from there. After few minutes talking with the driver in the car, my choice has been remade, I decided to follow him to Málaga and started my region visiting from there.
I was surprised by the tremendous number of museums, the cathedral with one tower, the magnificent ancient covered market, the old streets, the castle, the fortress, the tétérias (Arab tea rooms) and also the dozens of street art scattered throughout the city. Málaga was founded by the Phoenicians in the 8th century BC., which is one of the oldest cities in Europe. Then, it was ruled by the Roman Empire, the Visigoth, the Moorish, and finally in 1487, the King of Castille gained control. Yes, there were lots of things happened there.
Cathedral of Málaga – La Manquita
The construction has started in 1528 and has been completed in 1782 because of financial issues (Spain has been playing a big financial role in the independence of United States). That is why the cathedral only has one tower, and some other gigantic « details » are missing. This Cathedral is impressive as it is ridiculously massive: the north tower is 84m high and the astonishing ceiling is 42m tall. I would recommend you to not only go inside which you could admire the ceiling, but also go up to the terrace. The 360° view of the old city, the castle and the sea is definitely worthy, especially the sunset.
Palaces in Andalusia
When I think of Andalusia, I’ve got this image of sumptuous palaces with incredible architecture, ceilings, and symmetric interior courtyards.
Diego, José, Francisco de Paula, Juan Nepomuceno, María de los Remedios, Crispín Cipriano de la Santísima Trinidad Ruiz Picasso was born in Málaga, and the museum dedicated to him has been an architectural gem and a magnificent example of Andalusian architecture in 16th-century. This is such a beautiful job of Architectural Restoration.
Another good spot is the Palacio Episcopal, one of the best examples of civil architectures in Malaga. If you stroll around the street of city center, you can find some little-known spots which are not in the tourist guides, also those attractions are free to all visitors. Just ask the doorman politely or just say hello to the urban habitants, they will allow you to take pictures.
Street Art of Málaga
I chilled around the city center trying to find beautiful street arts… and the cities has a lot!
While I was chilling out, walking around the city and trying to find some beautiful street arts, this city could always offer you so many unexpected surprises! Street art is definitely one of them! There are four main areas with street art in the city: the Soho district, the Lagunillas district, the Rio Guadalmedina and the Adolfo Suárez Boulevard. The work of street artists in the Soho district were subsidized by the city which directs at the ambition of creating a trendy and artist district. The facade of the Colegio García Lorca drawn by D*Face has been one of the city’s symbols now.
The Gibralfaro and its viewpoint
Mount Gibralfaro is a 130 m high foothill, and it’s also one of best vantage points for overlooking the city and the Mediterranean Sea. Gibralfaro has been the site of fortifications since the Phoenician. In the 14th century, the Moors constructed a castle on the top in the Phoenician enclosure. From the point of view as a photographer, the castle looks nice, but It is hard to find a good way to take good pictures of it. In fact, this mountain is more interesting as an excellent spot for a beautiful sunset session.
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