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The Costa del Sol has become a very popular destination among tourists, but for a truly “authentic feel” you should look towards the east and step back in time at Nerja.
Although more and more people are starting to visit this charming little town, it still keeps the essence of a small fishermen’s town. Its low rise buildings, white-colored houses (red geraniums on the balconies), and that slow-paced lifestyle of rural living, ideal for holidays.
The best beaches of the province of Malaga
It’s as if you step back in time, where traffic, crime and technology are not a big concern. Although summertime can get a lot busier and louder, you can still disconnect in one of the many beautiful beaches of Nerja, like Burriana and Maro. The latter particular, is considered one of the best beaches of the province of Malaga. Be sure not to miss it and the kayak and stand up paddle excursions offered there.
Caves of Nerja
Another great visit during your stay in Nerja is the caves. Great for the whole family, these subterranean caves have 3 huge caverns where concerts are held during the months of June and July. Check the concert programs and visit one if you’re lucky enough to be there during one.
In the town itself, you have plenty of fish restaurants to choose from, tapas bars, seafront restaurants called “chiringuitos” where you can have from homemade paella, to ice cream, to the staple fish of Malaga sworded sardines (espetos). Go to Balcón de Europa and awe at the magnificent views of the Mediterranean. Take the perfect postcard picture with your loved ones on center stage!
Take a stroll down Balcon de Europa
The whole Balcon de Europa area is pedestrian, and filled with ice cream shops, live music in the summer evenings, street markets, bars… the list goes on. In this area are located our Sol and Mar apartments, on Calle Carabeo. It is the ideal spot to spend a quality time relaxing, enjoying the peaceful views and sunbathing.
If you prefer to stay farther away from the center of town and enjoy the views from higher up the hills, you can stay at our newer apartment Irene. There you will enjoy the comforts of a swimming pool, three terraces and room to park out on the street.
Wherever you stay at Nerja, you will definitely have time to disconnect, enjoy the simple things in life and recharge your batteries. This charming village will delight your five senses and make you come back over and over again. Ask anyone who has come if they would recommend it and you’ll convince yourself why you should spend your next holidays in Nerja.
Right at the bottom of the Alcazaba (Arab fortress), lays the oldest monument of Malaga: the Roman amphitheater. The remains of this ancient building have survived the wear of time thanks to having been buried for over 5 centuries.
The rich cultural heritage of Malaga is larger than meets the eye. Phoenicians, Romans, Byzantines, Arabs and Christians have all left their mark in this cosmopolitan city by the sea. And even though its monuments might not be as spectacular as others in Rome, Istanbul, Granada or the Vatican, it is this richness and variety that make it unique.
History of the building
The medium-sized theater dates back to the early V century b.C. The Roman amphitheater is in the heart of cultural triangle of Malaga, determined by the Picasso Museum, the Fine Arts Museum and the Alcazaba fortress.
It was constructed by taking advantage of the natural slope of the hill to be used as the cavea (seats) of the theater. The upper seating section no longer exists, but a few remaining steps indicate us of its existence. On the upper part of the theater, there would have been long fabric pieces, used as awning to protect from the elements.
The bottom part of the seating section – the one closest to the stage- called orchestra was reserved for the most influencing and important members of the society. The seats were made in marble and highly decorated. In front of them, a large rectangular and highly decorated stage was decorated with columns and wooden doors.
The Roman amphitheater was in use until approximately III century A.D., when the growing salting industry took over the area. Even today we can find near and in the Roman Amphitheater area many tanks used to make garum (fermented fish sauce).
Nowadays the Roman amphitheater is used for many events in the city. During the summer, the Roman amphitheater comes alive again, hosting the Roman Theater Festival that goes on during July and August.
Starting 22:00 one can enjoy a magical evening of theater in a historical place with great acoustics and beautiful surroundings.
You can also enjoy during the summer months other more modern plays, flamenco shows and dance shows. The local government is adding projects to the list, in an effort to give more use to Roman historical buildings of Andalusia and bring them to life again.
Visiting the Amphitheater
Today, you can visit the Roman Amphitheater of Malaga from Tuesdays to Sundays. Enter the monument through the visitor center on the left hand side. Inside the center, you can see a few pieces retrieved and videos of the excavation itself. Then, you go on to enter the theater itself, through a wooden platform and see up close the ruins.
Entrance is free to both the visitor center and the amphitheater, from 10:00 to 18:00 opening days.
Malaga is known for its good weather all year round, but the city also offers a lot of different cultural activities for the tourists and locals. Malaga has a wealth of museums and in this post, you can read more about the most prominent ones. A visit worth making.
(1) Picasso Museum
135 years ago Picasso was born on the 25th of October 1881. The Museum exhibits Picasso’s work and ensures the regular replacement of the exhibitions. The Museum also works with social projects and education, where it is possible to attend courses and workshops for both children and adults. The building itself is already worth the visit, a 16th Century palace with arabic (mudejar) influence.
Where: Palacio de Buenavista C/San Agustín, 8 Malaga 29015 Malaga
When: Every day from 10:00 to 19:00.
Price: Depends on the exhibition. Usually range from 4 € to 8 €.
(2) Thyssen Museum
The Carmen Thyssen museum showcases pieces of the 19th and early 20th centuries, emphasizing on Andalusian painters. Temporary exhibits tend be more about international artists.
Where: C/Compañía 10, 29008 Málaga
When: Tuesday to Sunday 10:00 to 20:00
Price: From 2 € (reduced price) to 9 € (combined ticket of permanent and temporary exhibition). Sunday after 17:00 free access.
(3) Pompidou Centre
You will find the Pompidou Centre at Muelle Uno, where you can see the beautiful cube decorated with different colored glasses. Sunlight reflects from the glass cube, which contributes to a colorful experience in Museum. It is a pop-up museum, hence it will be open only for a limited time. Here you will be able to enjoy contemporary art from the 20th and 21st century (from the Pompidou collection in Paris) and temporary exhibits froms different artists.
Where: Pasaje Doctor Carillo Casaux, s/n Muelle Uno, Puerto de Málaga
When: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 09:30 to 20:00.
Price: Permanent exhibition: 7 €. Temporary exhibition: 4 €. Combined between permanent and temporary: € 9. Sunday after 16:00 free access.
(4) Automobile Museum
As the name suggests, this is a museum for car enthusiasts. The Museum has more than 100 cars. Many of them are historical and range from Europe and North America. The Museum offers also a fashion section with 200 pieces of haute couture and a contemporary art section.
Where: Avenida de Sor Teresa Prat, 11, 29003 Málaga
When: Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00 to 19:00.
Price: Normal 7, 50 € and 5.50 € reduced
(5) Russian Museum
The Russian museum features, among other things, the work of Marc Chagall and Wassily Kandinsky. The Russian museum in Malaga is a branch of the Russian Museum of St. Petersburg, the paintings showcased try to show a different side from the stereotypical Russian art.
Where: Avenida Sor Terrace Prat 15, 29003 Malaga
When: Tuesday to Sunday from 9:30 to 20:00.
Price: Temporary exhibition: 4 €. Permanent exhibition: 6 € and combined exhibition 8 €. Free access from 16:00 on Sundays.
(6) Museum of Glass and Crystal
This Museum is a private collection of more than 3,000 pieces of glass from different eras. This is a journey through time as you travel between the different styles from different eras. One of this museum’s goals is to restore the old artisan neighborhood of San Felipe Neri and its traditions.
Where: Plazuela Santisimo Cristo de la Sangre 2. 29012, Malaga.
When: Tuesday to Sunday. from 11:00 to 19:00.
Price: General 6 €. Reduced 4 €
(7) Centre of Contemporary Art (CAC)
You will find The CAC museum in the area known as Soho de Málaga, on the banks of the normally dry Guadalmedina river. There are 6000 square meters of space with 2400 square meters of exhibition space. The aim of this museum is to promote and disseminate 20th and 21st century visual art. International art of this period is of interest to the museum. The collection of the museum consists of 400 pieces of art that have been lent by the owners for periods of 3 to 5 years. The museum has many temporary exhibitions throughout the year.
Where: Calle Alemania, S/N, 29001 Málaga
When: (from 22nd June to 20th September)
Tuesday to Sunday: from 10.00 to 14.00 and from 17.00 to 21.00 h.*Rest of the year: Tuesday to Sunday: from 10.00 to 20.00 h.
(8) The Interactive Museum of Music (MIMMA)
The museum is in the 18th-century Palacio del Conde Navas. It contains an important collection of musical instruments from around the world and of all ages, many of which can be played. Intended for all audiences, from children to adults, it is an interactive museum where you can experiment: instead of “please do not touch”, they encourage to play all instruments. Their motto is “hear, feel, discover”.
Where: Calle Beatas, 15, 29008 Málaga
When: Winter opening times (7/09 – 24/06) Monday 10:00 – 16:00,Tuesday – Sunday 10:00 – 19:00
Summer opening times (25/06 – 6/09) Monday 10:30 – 16:00, Tuesday – Sunday 10:30 – 19:30
Price: Normal 4€, Students, seniors and groups: 3€, Children less than 6 years old: free.
(9) Museum of Malaga
This newly opened museum holds the biggest and most important collection of fine arts of the province. It inaugurated last December at the iconic old Customs Palace. It has a huge collection of archaeology, paintings and sculpture. A definite must!
Where: Plaza de la Aduana, S/N, 29015 Málaga
When: Opening times 09:00 – 20:30
Price: EU Citizens: free, rest of the world: 1,50€
Website: http://www.museosdeandalucia.es/cultura/museos/MMA/ (spanish only)
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