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The Park (El Parque) - The city park lies beside the port and goes from the Plaza de la Marina to the Plaza del General Torrijos. The park was constructed at the end of the 19th century and has been remodeled in 2007. New walkways have been added, statues have been cleaned, a new pond has been constructed, overgrown shrubery has been removed, and many thousands of new plants and flowers have been planted. There is a walkway parallel to the Paseo de los Curas that has a lot of shade because of the canopy created by trees on both sides of this wide walkway. The new pond comes from an overflowing fountain and is bordered by rocks and flowers. There is a big mural with angels in relief. At one end of the park is a children's play area. Across the street, one can see the City Hall, the Bank of Spain (the most beautiful building in the city in Art Deco style), and the University building, which has an art gallery that is free to visitors.
Playa de la Malagueta - Close to the end of the park, following Avenida Canovas del Castillo is the Playa de la Malagueta, the closest beach to downtown. The beach is clean and there are several chiringuitos, small inexpensive restaurants that serve fish. Close to the end of the beach is La Farola, the lighthouse that overlooks the port.
Alcazaba and Roman Theater -This is one of the most frequently visited Malaga museums in terms of tourist traffic. The fort was started by the Romans and the Moors added greatly to the construction in the 11th century. Its exhibits give visitors insight in to the history of the area as well as the architecture of the ancient Malaga past. At the base is found the Roman Theater, where archaeologists are still studying.
Castillo de Gibralfaro - This historic castle sits on top of Gibralfaro mountain and overlooks the park and the port. It is notable for its architecture and enjoyed by children for the fairy tale quality of its ambience.
Malaga Cathedral - This church was started in the 16th century as a Renaissance church, but construction took more than centuries, so there are architectural elements of other periods, such as the baroque. The choir stalls were sculpted by the famous sculptor Pedro de Mena. The church is famous because one of the bell towers was not built for lack of money.
Museo de Artes y Costumbres Populares - Located at Pasillo de Santa Isabel, 10 (beside the river bed) -This specialty museum displays costumes which were important to the early settlers of the area as well as to people today participating in traditional Malaga annual events.
Picasso Museum - This world famous museum was inaugurated in 2005 and is in the renovated Palacio de Buenavista, Calle San Agustin, 8. The art collection is owned by the Paul, Christine and Bernard Picasso Foundation. Paul is the late son of Pablo Picasso (born in Malaga), and Christine is his widow. The other Picasso museums are in Paris and Barcelona. This collection is comprehensive and contains some of Picasso's most famous works, including many ceramics (a total of 155 pieces of art). The museum is open from 10 am to 8 pm (Fridays and Saturdays till 9 pm). Mondays it is closed. The entry fee for the permanent exhibit is 6€. (www.museopicassomalaga.org)
Casa Natal de Picasso - Plaza de la Merced, 15 - This is the house where Picasso was born and it contains many works by Picasso, as well as the furniture. The entry fee is only 1€.
Palacio del Arzobispado - This is the archbishop's palace on the plaza in front of the cathedral. The lower two floors are used for visiting art exhibits, most of them important. The patio is also of interest. Entrance is free for exhibits.
Centro de Arte Contemporaneo, Malaga - Calle Alemania - This museum is located in a former public market and it contains Malaga's collection of contemporary art. It has many visiting exhibits from prominent artists from all over the world. The museum has made a name for itself in contemporary art and the building will soon be expanded by the famous Spanish architect Rafael Moneo. Entry is free.
Museo Municipal - At the end of the park is a roundabout called the Plaza del General Torrijos. Off to one side is the hill and this is where the Museo Municipal is located. It contains a lot of art and historical exhibits in the permanent collection. Every few months they hold a special exhibition of art, of much interest to art lovers. Entrance is free.
Archivo Municipal - On the Alameda Principal, close to the corner of Tomas de Heredia is the Archivo Municipal, which contains many city offices. On the ground floor they usually have art exhibits in the two galleries. Entrance is free.
Museo de Arte Sacro - The Sacred Art Museum is located on Calle Cister, behind the Cathedral. This little museum has been renovated lately and contains several sculptures by Pedro de Mena and his two daughters. There is a convent here where the two daughters of Pedro de Mena stayed. The artwork contains many statues of the Virgin, Christ, and the saints. There is a small entrance fee.
Church of La Victoria - The Church of La Victoria is located on Calle Victoria and is considered one of the most beautiful Baroque buildings in Andalucia. It was built in 1487 and there were additions through the 17th century. There is a crypt that contains the tombs of the Counts of Buenavista, who were responsible for the rebuilding of the church in the 17th century. There is a small entrance fee to see the area behind the altar. This is one of the most beautiful Rococo rooms, which cannot be seen when one is in the church.
Parador de Gibralfaro - On top of the Gibralfaro mountain is the Parador. This is a government run hotel and restaurant, located in a modern building. On the terrace one has the best view of Malaga city, the port, the park, and the bullring. This is the best place to take pictures. The restaurant is very good, but it is wise to make reservations because it can fill up.
Teatro Cervantes - This theater is run by the city and it has a full calendar of flamenco shows, classical music, popular music, and ballet, as well as theater. The website is www.teatrocervantes.com.