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Published: June 11th 2018
Portico along the waterfront
The waterfront is a popular place for a walk
A combined car and fashion museum was an unexpected highlight
On the trip I made during Easter I stayed in Málaga the entire time and made day trips from there. I expected Malaga to be a pretty boring place because that is what rumours told me it was. I expected the town to hold little or nothing of interest to me. It turned out I was wrong. Malaga was far better than expected. Well, it didn't take much to reach "far better than expected" because my expectations didn't go beyond "bed to sleep in, food to eat and busses to other locations in Andalusia". But it turned out there were some interesting stuff in Málaga after all. Well, why don't you follow me through this blog entry and make up your own mind about this university town also known as "the capital of the Costa del Sol". Museo Picasso Málaga:
One of the highlights in Málaga is the Picasso Museum. I have to admit that I don't understand Picasso's art but the museum is good enough that you don't have to be a Picasso fan or even an art buff to enjoy it.
La Farola De Málaga Centre Pompidou Málaga:
La Farola De Málaga is a lighthouse in Málaga port
Another art related sight. Again, it is a place where you don't need a university degree in art to enjoy. It is a good place to just hang around and from what I understand that is what most people do there. Just like Picasso the art at Centre Pompidou can be described as "an acquired taste". I find the Centre Pompidou art easier to understand and appreciate than Picasso's. Crypt of Santa Maria de la Victoria:
The previous two sights are main attractions in Málaga visited by loads of people. Crypt of Santa Maria de la Victoria is on the opposite side of the spectrum. It is so little known that it is not even mentioned in the guidebook. Still I found it to be far more interesting than the Picasso Museum and the Centre Pompidou combined. When they built the church Santa Maria de la Victoria in Málaga they needed money. A local merchant donated the bulk of the sum required on the condition that he and his family would be given their own crypt in the basement. The crypt is decorated with maybe a hundred different stuccowork mainly depicting death related
Museo Picasso Málaga
One of the highlights in Málaga is the Picasso Museum.
scenes. Some people might find decorations made to look like skeletons, the grim reaper, human skulls and the like disturbing. I have a dark streak in me so I love it! The tower of Santa Maria de la Victoria:
The crypt is only half of the section allocated to the benefactor who supplied the monetary funds for the church. From the crypt there is a stairway which leads directly to the tower of the church. This stairway is a symbolic stairway to heaven. When you enter the tower you see the interior which could be described as a stuccowork extravaganza. I am not exaggerating when I say that there are more than 1,000 small sculptures and other decorations inside the tower. The sculptures in the tower are decorations in this symbolical Heaven connected to the crypt. The Automobile and Fashion Museum:
Car museums or other displays of old vehicles can be found in hundreds of places in the world. We have over the years actually dedicated two entire blog entries to "Cars on display", one on Cuban cars
and one on used cars dumped in a bog in Sweden
. Neither of those can be described as traditional museums but could perhaps be
Museo Picasso Málaga
I have to admit that I don't understand Picasso's art but the museum is good enough that you don't have to be a Picasso fan or even an art buff to enjoy it.
labelled as "Accidental museums-like display of old cars". Málaga has a proper car museum but one with an interesting twist. They have combined the cars with fashion and photos of celebrities. For instance, a 1962 Alfa Romeo could be on display and next to it a mannequin wearing an Italian made dress from the early 1960-ies and next to that a photo of Sophia Loren either sitting in a similar car or wearing a similar dress. It wasn't always that they could actually connect the car with either the fashion or the celebrity. So a 1988 Mercedes could be displayed next to photo of Madonna next to a jacket with shoulder pads. The three are not related to each other than all being symbolic of the era. The combination of cars, fashion style and celebrity photos worked wonderfully and I liked it a lot.
There are even more things to see in Málaga. There is the beach if you think getting sand in your underwear is your kind of fun. There is also the waterfront which is popular for a walk, the cathedral, and the historical city centre for instance. I could also before I end this
Centre Pompidou Málaga
Just like Picasso the art at Centre Pompidou can be described as "an acquired taste". I find the Centre Pompidou art easier to understand and appreciate than Picasso's.
blog entry mention Paseo Reding. It is a street lined with a few dozen private mansions some of which are quite impressive. If you want to take a walk somewhere and can't think of any better destination you could give it a try.
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