26.10.11

Birthplace of Picasso

What do the following have in common? The Annual Conference of Emerging Technologies of the MIT; an international Jazz Festival; Flamenco; and tapas: It's all happening in Malaga .
Behind is laid back appearance, the city of Malaga is a vibrant place. When asked to name something about Malaga, a lot of people may say, Marbella, Costa del Sol, beaches, sun. Malaga is, of course, all of these and much more, and a visit to the capital city is very worthwhile. There are plenty of hotels to choose from and even a choice of two Paradores.
The main street of Larios (or Marques de Larios to give it it´s full name) is your point of reference. Walking northwards you come to Plaza de la Constitución, the historical centre of the city. To the East of Larios you will find the Cathedral, which was built on the site of a mosque, and which is still unfinished in parts (look at the south tower). Not far from the Cathedral, walking along the narrow streets, you arrive at the Picasso Museum , a modest collection considering the prolificacy of the painter, but worth a visit. Five minutes from the museum, in Plaza de la Merced, we come to the birthplace of Picasso. This is the house where the artist was born 130 years ago and now another small museum dedicated to him.
The city also has a Roman theatre, the Castle of Gibralfaro with great views of the city, and the Alcazaba (a moorish fortification) and a new Thyssen Museum dedicated to Spanish painting.
After all the walking, you have earned yourselves a spot of lunch. I would recommend tapas at Lo Güeno . I see that they have opened a new place in Calle Strachan which I have yet to try.

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