Visiting Malaga, Spain last October was surprising to us because we never thought it to be such a beautiful, popular and refreshing City. We usually prefer to Travel to Europe during Spring or Fall to avoid the huge tourist crowds and also to beat the heat. After we arrived at Paris' Charles de Gaulle Airport, we immediately walked to the Air France counter to ask them if they can change our flight to Malaga for an earlier flight? Air France told us that all flights to Malaga were fully booked! In October?! When we finally boarded our full flight and arrived in Malaga, we finally understood why this City was such a popular destination of many Europeans from the British, the French, the Dutch, Scandinavians and Germans. It's the Beach, the warm weather, the Sun, Spanish food, Spanish wine and beer. Another reason was the fresh breeze of Sea air coming from the ever blue Mediterranean Sea which we enjoyed during our stay. That Sea breeze was so refreshing and made our bodies feel to slow down.
Malaga is a major trading port in Southern Spain. The Phoenicians founded the City in 770BC. A City that have been greatly influenced by the Greeks, the Romans, the Moors and Christians. During the Reconquista in 1487, the Christians defeated the Muslims and thus began the Christianization of Malaga under the rule of King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella. Malaga now is a major city with a major port and located within the Costa del Sol beaches of Southern Spain.
La Catedral de la Encarnacion
Completed until 1782 in the Renaissance Style, the Cathedral is known as La Manquita (The One-Armed Lady) for the tower on the right was not finished. The Tower was not finished due to lack of funds during that time. Up to the present, the locals refused to finish it and just left the tower as unfinished. Above the Central Main Door is the Medallion of the Incarnation from which the cathedral was named as La Catedral de la Encarnacion, decicated to the Mother Mary.
The interior of the Cathedral was designed in the Baroque style with grand columns, elaborate carved ceilings, stained windows and Grand Altars with Centuries old Religious Icons. The Cathedral has a rectangular floor with three naves in which 15 chapels and 25 altars were inserted. It was so huge inside. As every great Cathedral built, it made the visitor look up to view its grandness, beauty and to look up to God.
Alcazaba and Teatro Romano
Entrance to the Alcazaba known as the Arch of Christ.
Views of Malaga from the Alcazaba
Even here at the Alcazaba, we sat down to admire the view and we felt the fresh sea breeze coming from the Mediterranean Sea.
Have a wonderful and adventurous weekend everyone!