This castle-shaped building is actually a monument dedicated to Christopher Columbus and his arrival in the "New World". It was built by Dr. Esteban Martin y Martin, with the help of two masons from the nearby town of Mijas, between the years 1987-1994. It's a tribute to the discovery of America. The castle has many different architectural styles, like the Byzantine, Romanesque, Gothic, and Mudejar. Inside, it houses the world's smallest church, from the Guinness Book of World Records, dedicated to St. Elizabeth of Hungary. It's open to the public daily. The entrance fee is 2 euros for adults and 1,30 euros for children and seniors.
It is not the first time that I have walked into this park and it always surprises me. You must go to this park in Valencia if you ever have the opportunity. It is a new concept of zoo where you integrate the entry in the jungles of Asia, Madagascar, ... where all the animals are in their natural habitat and where visitors feel like part of the environment as a luxury tourist. Not only do they take good care of the facilities, but also for its ambitious plan to repopulate endangered species that breed here, as the park is within a European program of captive breeding. It is an environment that is worth visiting, and a different time of day for different lighting environments and animals with different biorhythms. In summer they also have the night pass where you can see animals asleep at night! Enjoy!
Do not miss the Pablo Picasso museum if you spend an afternoon in Malaga. I suggest going with someone ve can explain the curiosities and background of each piece of art. I have uploaded two pictures, one representing the "character of women" and the other hinting at a second person ve seems to embrace a child from behind. It is forbidden to take photos and video inside the museum.
Baños del Carmen is the place if you're looking for an unbeatable sunset. It is semi-abandoned which helps give it that special touch; at times, you feel like you've been transported to another decade. I'm from Malaga, but I never get tired of coming here.
La Carihuela Beach is undoubtedly the most famous beach in all Torremolinos, and it is also where most bars and restaurants can be found. The sand of this beach is also somewhat obscure to be of volcanic origin as Bajondillo, and its length is 2 kilometers by 100 meters, so it ends right at the start of the municipality of Benalmádena and the start of Puerto Marina, ie Puerto Deportivo de Benalmádena. All equipment from the Red Cross post is available at this beach, including wheelchair access, bins, hire of sunbeds, beach umbrella, etc. ... It is a popular beach in Torremolinos, and I recommend it to everyone.
Juzcar is one of the white villages in the province of Malaga. The multinational company Sony has chosen it to be the village of the Smurfs, due to the wide variety of mushrooms that can be found there. The whole town has been painted blue, including the church and cemetery, for the Smurfs film. This has led to an influx of tourists. In September, it will be painted white again
After a stroll through the streets of Ronda you get to this spectacular spot: El Tajo and the New Bridge. Ronda is perched above a deep gorge called El Tajo, a few hundred meters deep. The spectacular Puente Nuevo, from the 18th century, links the old town with the shopping area.
This square is in the historic centre of Marbella. It was built in 1485, following the conquest of Marbella by King Ferdinand the Catholic. It was built in imitation of the Castilian squares, though it doesn't have arcades. It's surrounded by typical white houses and a Renaissance fountain. The town hall is now located here, as well as the tourist office and a lot of restaurants that make the square very lively. The square is surrounded by orange trees, hence the name. It's a must see.
Casares is a small, white village in Andalucía, about 45min. from Marbella. It's a town with narrow white streets and it's a perfect place to lose yourself for a few hours. From here, you can make the drive to Ronda and pass through many of the other enchanting small towns.
This was built on the hillside where La Alcazaba was erected. Its remains were discovered in the fifties, after being buried for centuries. After this, it was finally partially rebuilt on the remains of the theater, housing the House of Culture, former Municipal Archives and Library. It was not until the nineties, when the library was demolished completely, that its restoration continued. It can be visited from Tuesday to Sunday, and is closed on Mondays.
Opened in the May Fair 1785, it is one of the oldest and most beautiful in Spain. It is neoclassical and has an interesting cover of stonework. The seats are arranged over two levels and there are 136 overlapping smooth stone columns with 68 arches. The gable roof is covered with Arabic tiles. It can hold up to 6000 people and has one of the largest arenas in Spain (60 meters in diameter). Underneath the stands you will find the Bullfighting Museum of Ronda. The truth is that it is impressive to step into the arena of the square and make a full turn and imagine the stands full. Very nice, I recommend a visit. You may be interested to visit the bullring in Mijas.
Marbella, among other things, has a really beautiful old town. It is as if someone had built a small Andalucian whitewashed houses in a modern city. Naturally it is just the opposite, concrete block without much taste surrounding a well-preserved historic center. The fact is that the old part of Marbella is a tremendously walkable place, during the day and especially at night. When night hits, the squares fill up, especially the Patio de los Naranjos which is filled with terraces. Then a little later, the surrounding bars fill up with people having a drink and meeting friends.
I have hiked to this garden many times, but I have really only known its magic through the lens of the camera. Here are some specimens, showing the greatness of the Botanical Garden and the magical corners within it. I hope you enjoy it and, if you visit, you feel as enthralled as I did...
La Plaza de la Constitución is a square in the historic city center of Malaga, Spain. It's the old Plaza Mayor, during the Nasrid period it was already a main square, known as La Plaza de las Cuatro Calles or Plaza Público. It was renamed to La Constitución in 1812, but historical it's constantly renamed: From De la Libertad, de la República Federal, del 14 de abril and de José Antonio Primo de Rivera, until democracy when it was renamed de Constitución. In the nineteenth century, it underwent some modifications, several buildings were demolished and houses were built with shopping malls like Pasaje de Heredia and Pasaje de Chinitas.
.In 2003, the square and the nearby Calle Marques de Larios became pedestrianized.
Well, I had a great time here. Outside it was raining, the wind was cold, it was better inside, with half lights, ornaments and stone and iron with heat produced by the wall. The views are great through the windows. When clear you can see all Antequera, roofs glued haphazardly, it seems they are freshly cleaned, whitewashed houses makes them shine more. You do not see the streets. Raining yes, but that did it! The Alcazaba deserves all the respect and admiration of his present and his past.
A great museum if you like cars, dedicated to cars through the ages. Here you can see some of Europe's largest engines. If you have a favorite car brand, you're sure to find it here. My favorite is James Bond's ... what's yours? If you pass through Malaga, be sure to stop here!
The beach of "Mercy" is set in a picturesque corner of Malaga, where I go whenever I can to visit my family or to rest when I go on holiday. It is a wonderful place where the dawn rises majestically, full of light and life. Where you can walk along the promenade in the morning, feeling comforted in both body and mind. The coolness of the water and the sun shining on the shore give me energy. Returning to this remote corner of Malaga is one of my great pleasures in life.
For me, visiting Benalmádena Stupa was wonderful. I was impressed by the size, location, height, and views. The meditation room was lovely and the ground floor had a very interesting exhibition on Buddhism. It's certainly a must if you're in the area. It also has a veranda with spectacular views of Fuengirola. You also have the butterfly Benalmadena just a few meters away.