Malaga, Spain

Peeling off Malaga

Andalucia ought to be called the romantic capital of the world. It’s a place of sweeping beauty, of desolate landscapes, of rustic dwellings, of priceless treasures, of infinite horizons. And of course, it’s the seat of Malaga, which is one of the most vibrant and dynamic of the Spanish cities. Art connoisseurs would recognize Malaga as the birthplace of Picasso, and the artistic vein that ran through his blood still runs rampant throughout the whole area.

And when I say “rampant”, I mean rampant. Despite its traditional Spanish history, and its traditional Spanish culture, Malaga is at the peak of reinventing itself. Side by side with the lively tapas-centric bar scene is a string of new art galleries, highlighted by the revitalized port area.

The sweet local wine heightens the ancient sights of the Alcazaba and the Catedral de Málaga, until the eyes are met with the explosion of modern color that is the Pompidou Centre. The series of museums celebrates Malaga’s past, just as the Muelle Uno shelters its locals relentlessly driving towards the future. Tourists, too, can stay in remarkably modern hotels that are just paces away from relics of the past. You can say it’s a mixed bag, I’d say it’s a remarkable showcase of the many layers a city can have.