Malaga is more than just sun, beach and party. Malaga is culture. The activity program at Malaga Sí for all of its students is very ample and varied, and comprises many areas of Malaga’s, the Andalusian and the Spanish culture. For example art, gastronomy, music and movies.
The Alcazaba of Malaga is a fortified palace and a military work of the Muslims. It is considered to be one of the most important places in Spain. Located in the heart of the city of Malaga at the foot of Mount Gibralfaro, next to the Picasso Museum. Annex the fort lays the Teatro Romano, which is worth a visit too. Walk through the courtyard of the Citadel, among the flowers and gardens full of greenery and water. See Malaga from a different perspective looking at the battlements, loopholes or balconies of this palace. During the walk through this iconic landmark you will pass the ´quarters of Granada´, where kings and Muslims used to live. These rooms house a noble Archaeological Museum, which will illustrate the Andalusian way of life.
The Cathedral of Malaga, located in the historic city center, five minutes from the Picasso Museum and the Alcazaba, is one of the most valuable Renaissance jewels of Andalucía. It is called ‘The Manquita’ because its second tower was never completed. It was built from some plans by renowned architect and sculptor Diego de Siloam. During your visit you compare the outside of the cathedral with the Renaissance Baroque interior, which houses one of the most valuable Spanish religious art collections, made by Pedro de Mena. In addition, the temple holds various paintings of other prestigious Spanish artists such as Juan Nino de Guevara and Alonso Cano.
Anglican Cemetery of St. George is a cemetery built in the nineteenth century, located in the Glen of the English in the center district. It is the first Protestant cemetery in Spain, constructed in 1821. Conceived as a botanical garden it is now a cemetery overlooking the sea, containing exotic species, sepulchral monuments and tombs with classical, neo-Gotic and Art Nouveau. It has been initiated to be declared of Cultural Interest in 2011.
The old site contained a Phoenician lighthouse, that gives its name to the hill Gibralfaro (Jbel-Faro is mountain of light). The fortress was enlarged and converted into a castle by Nazarite King Yusuf I in 1340. The castle was under heavy siege by the Catholic Monarchs during the summer of 1487. It was built to house the troops and protect the Alcazaba. Today the castle is open to visit. From the main tower you have a magnificent view over the city. On clear days it is possible to see some mountains of the Rif Mountains in Africa and the Street of Gibraltar.
Jardín Botánico "La Concepción"
La Concepcion Historical-Botanical gardens belong to the City of Malaga Municipal Botanical Trust. They were created in 1855 by the Marquis and Marchioness of Loring and subsequently extended by the Echevarria-Echevarrieta family. They are home to an exquisite open-air collection of tropical and subtropical flora. Plant species from Europe, America, Asia, Africa and Oceania are all on show here. Officially declared historical-artistic gardens in 1943, they are now also recognized as an Item of Cultural Interest. In spring 1990 the gardens were taken over by the Malaga City Council, who opened them to the public on 21st June 1994.
Plaza de Toros
Bullfighting is part of the image which Spain projects abroad. Everyone has seen pictures of Spanish bullfighters with their swords, costumes and hats, but have you ever seen a bull fight arena? Now that you’re in Malaga you have the opportunity to visit a place of first category where they fought some of the largest bullfights. The bull ring in Malaga is called ‘La Malagueta’. A peculiar bullring designed and built along the Mediterranean in 1876. It has a capacity of 14.000 people. Inside the bullring you will find as well the Museo Taurino Antonio Ordonez, which shows you everything about the history of bullfighting.
When you want to have a good overview of the city of Malaga and see a lot in one day it is a perfect option to take the City Sightseeing bus. This bus brings you to 14 stops where you can hop on and off. You can take as much time as you want because busses pass these points every few minutes.
The 14 stops of this bus are:
- Estación de Autobuses - Renfe - Centro Arte Contemporáneo - Puerto - Paseo del Parque - Paseo de la Farola - Playa Malagueta - Plaza de Toros/Museo Taurino - Castillo Gibralfaro - Alcazaba/Teatro Romano - Catedral - Plaza Merced/Casa Picasso - Alameda Principal - Jardín Botánico
The Roman Theatre in Málaga was a construction promoted by the Emperor Caesar Augustinus. Its construction was in the first century BC and at the foot of the hill of the citadel, Calle Alcazabilla. After remaining hidden for centuries, it was discovered in 1951 during the implementation of the Palace gardens and libraries, known as ‘La Casa de la Cultura’. In 1994 this building was demolished to allow excavation and restoration of the ancient theater. These excavations revealed the underground structure of a large warehouse space, associated with the Roman factory, which was built on campus in the IV-V centuries. The theater was used as a quarry to build the Citadel.
Flamenco is the art which excellently identifies the Spanish culture. Flamenco emerged in the eighteenth century in Andalusia. It is a music genre and dance type with a large influence from the Romans. This dance is an indispensable element of parties in Andalucía. There is no better way to integrate in this culture than through the flamenco dance. We give you the opportunity to learn this art through dance classes. You will first learn the basic steps of flamenco. And we will explain how to keep pace clapping. It is also possible to attend a show for example at Kelipe or Liceo.