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Surprising Malaga

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Viva La Feria Shop with the display of Spanish Flamenco gowns, colourful tiled wall and a view of Malaga's narrow street.

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.
My Mother posing in front of the Plaza fountain. My mother instilled in us the love to travel and for adventure.

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.

Facade of the Episcopal Palace beside the Cathedral.

Museums
This building of the Museo Picasso is the Birth place of Pablo Picasso. The art collection here is the private collection of Christine and Bernard Ruiz-Picasso, daughter-in-law and Grandson of Pablo Picasso.  Many of the artworks on the Collection have been exhibited before the public for the first time here in this Museum. The facade was under construction during our visit.  


Another Museum worth visiting is the Museo Carmen Thyssen which show case a private collection of Spanish paintings. One of them here was painted in 1854 by Manuel Cabral Aguado Bejarano.



Shopping
Shopping in Spain is one of my favourites. No exception here in Malaga where the shopping was fantastic!

Alcazaba and Teatro Romano
The picture above is the Alcazaba built on a Hill during the 11th Century overlooking the whole City of Malaga. The Alcazaba was thought to be built as a Fortress but was used by the Spanish Monarchs as their own Royal Palace up to the 17th Century. The Teatro Romano is evidence of the Roman influence on the City.


Entrance to the Alcazaba known as the Arch of Christ.
One of the many gardens inside the Alcazaba.


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.

Port of Malaga with the view of a Major Cruise liner taking port there.
During siesta time, back to the Hotel Rooftop pool for a swim and relaxation with this great view of the Cathedral. We stayed at the Vincci Seleccion Posada-del-Patio Hotel right in the Malaga Centre. The Hotel has a delicious and fabulous Breakfast Buffet offering Spanish cuisine.It is a walking distance to the Major sights and shopping areas. Their service is impeccable. Sometimes, when we departed early to join our day tours out of town, and cannot make it to Breakfast, the Hotel packed us our Breakfast in a bag filled generously with Tuna sandwich, Ham sandwich, apples, yogurts, cookies, Apple juice and bottles of Water. I will definitely go back to Malaga again. This time just to visit all of the Beaches along the coast and also to visit Morocco for a few more days. During that time in October, I dove into the pool for a swim and admired the gorgeous view.


Have a wonderful and adventurous weekend everyone!


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  1. Hi Pamela! Wow you made me dream and travel! Love to read your trips, Malaga is also in my wishlist, hope to visit it soon since isnt too much far from where I live! your mom looks very nice!:) The Cathedreal is just awesome, love the photos you took! I can imagine the shopping there, I know Spain got lots of good bargain!^^ The pool is cool, and from what you say it must have been a very nice and cosy stay! Hope you will come back soon! Happy weekend to you too dear! xo

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    1. Lilli, dreaming and traveling are one of the best things in life. I always try to share some inspiration in my blog. Thank you for your comment about my Mom. I am glad I inspired you to visit Malaga. Oh, the shopping there is fantastic I loved it! You will enjoy the shopping there too.

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  2. You are so fortunate to have a mother that has inspired you to travel. And I'll bet she had something to do with your eye for beauty, too.
    Connie*

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    1. Hi Connie, yes, I am the only girl in my family plus two brothers. When I was younger, my mother always brought me along to her travels and shopping trips. She taught me and my brothers a lot about Beauty, style, Art,food, traveling among other things. Thank you.

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  3. oh wow so beautiful!! I wouldn't have thought to visit Malaga either (never been to Spain yet actually but planning to next time!) now I might add it to the list. Great photos!

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    1. Tiffany, you will enjoy it in Spain. The people there have late night dinners and love to party. Lots of tapas places and bars to visit. Then the shopping is fantastic.

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  4. Hi, Pamela - Happy Weekend! How divine! I've never visited Malaga....or even known about it. So much to see and do....particularly love the architecture. I'd visit the Picasso museum first. I really enjoyed the one in Barcelona. Thank you for sharing your trip.
    Warm greetings,
    Loi

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    1. Loi, you will enjoy it in Malaga. So many places to visit including nearby Spanish cities and towns. It is nice to know that you like Picasso too. You will enjoy the Museo Picasso there because the collection is from a private family collection. Thank you. Happy weekend to you too.

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  5. great post!! love the pictures!!
    xoxo

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  6. I would love to go. Incredible city, rich with architectural sights, history, and a time to do everything.

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    1. I agree that Malaga is s City rich in History, sights and other things to do. It is really an interesting city to visit.

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  7. Such beautiful pictures! I have never been before, but if I go, I will definitely go to that hotel!
    SO cute your mom gave you the love for traveling! :D
    Thanks for the pug pic ^^ Love it! :D
    xoxo

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    1. The the Hotel is really gorgeous and has the best location in the City Centre. We enjoyed the rooftop swimming pool. Thank you for your kind comment about my Mom.

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  8. I am envious ;-) Have never been to Malaga before..

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  9. awesome!!!im so jelaous!
    Lucky you!kisses!

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    1. Thank you joining my blog and for you kind comment.

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  10. Hello Dear! I like your blog so much! This is my first visit here but definitely not the last :) Would you like to follow each other? :)


    XOXO,
    Monika

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  11. You've painted a really lovely image of Malaga! I love travelling through your blog.

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  12. I enjoyed this little tour around Malaga in the sun on this very cold and snowy day here in the UK. Those flamenco dresses are so lovely and remind me of my first trip to Spain when I was just seven and I brought back a little doll in a flamenco costume! I still have it somewhere.
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    1. Miss B, it is freezing here in Toronto too. It must be nice to be back to Malaga again. They have a mild winter over there. I remember those Spanish dolls dressed in Flamenco gowns. Those are a nice souvenir from Spain.

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  13. wow, great place! I must one time go there!

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  14. i've never been in malaga... seems beautiful!!! thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving your lovely comment. now following u back and looking forward to your future posts! big kisses

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    1. Thanks for joining my blog site and for your comment.

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  15. Malaga looks like a gorgeous city.

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  16. Would love to see more of and closeups of the the flamenco gowns. Simply a great post all around . . .

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  17. Im glad you enjoy my country I haven't been in Malaga yet but hear that it really is a great city and I agree with the food, always tasteful and yummy in Andalucia. Next time you should come to Valencia I'll be glad to show you my city.
    Xxx

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    1. Laia, I love all of Spain. I enjoy visiting your country. Hopefully, one day, we can visit Valencia and you can show us around. Thank you.

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Pamela lives in Toronto, Canada, currently working in Banking in the field of Credit and Finance. The Chic Delights blog has evolved into an on-line magazine about my experiences and inspirations on style, travel, people, lifestyle and current events. My features are not sponsored posts. The photographs and stories featured here are all from my own resources and experiences. [Pamela RG] (https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-43Wqs-SmwEU/UggtnO60INI/AAAAAAAAQw0/HZa9oGRC8Bc/w200-h200-no/DSCN0550.jpg)