By Corey Sandler, Destination Consultant Silversea Cruises
The rust-colored walls of the Alcazaba, the azure waters of the Mediterranean, the dramatic flair of Spanish and Moorish architecture.
All are conducive, I suppose, to great art, and it was here that Pablo Picasso was born.
For all of these reasons and more, Málaga has wrapped itself in a mantle of art.
This small city has developed a remarkable portfolion of world-class art collections, starting with a Picasso collection and a branch of Madrid’s Carmen Thyssen museum.
More recently, the Centre Pompidou Málaga and a branch of the Russian Museum of Saint Petersburg opened.
On this visit, I went up into the hills to visit the ancient city of Mijas, the “Balcony of the Costa del Sol.”
It was the morning after the night before, in Feria or fair season.
A MALAGA ALBUM
Granada, one of Spain’s most spectacular and famous cities lies just under two hours to the northeast of Málaga, at the base of Sierra Nevada mountains.
The city has been inhabited for thousands of years.
In the 8th century, the city became the capital of a province of the Caliphate of Cordoba.
The Alhambra, Arabic for “the red one”, or the red fortress, was built in the mid-14th century.
In January 1492, the last Muslim sultan in Iberia surrendered control of Granada to Ferdinand and Isabella, Los Reyes Católicos (“The Catholic Monarchs.”)
By the 16th century, Granada took on a Christian and Castilian character, as immigrants came from other parts of the Iberian Peninsula.
Many of the city’s mosques, some of which had been established on the sites of former Christian churches, were converted to Christian uses.
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