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Teatro Cervantes Málaga - Música, teatro, danza, lírica
Malaga is a great place for exploring; the honeycomb of Malaga's back streets with their many and varied shops, restaurants and tapas bars is great fun.
Malaga has a fortress that dates back to 1065. There is also a castle that was rebuilt by the Moors in the 14th century and is now a traditional Parador (hotel); worth a visit if only for the views.
Pablo Picasso was born in Malaga and the city has several galleries that feature his work including the 16th century Museum of Fine Arts.
For lovers and those enjoying a new romance, Malaga is the perfect destination. By the sea, beautiful sunsets, even better sun rises, fabulous beaches, romantic settings in gardens and parks,  beautiful squares with cafe's and restaurants to stroll and relax. The perfect weather all year round.
From horse and carriage rides to concerts, museums, art galleries Malaga also has the Cathedral, the Plaza de la Aduana Square and the area surrounding the Plaza de la Marina Square. Then there is Plaza de la Merced: It is the most popular square in the city, especially because it has been used as a subject by many painters and illustrators. The area is full of bars to spend time together while the sun goes down. One of the buildings also houses the Picasso Birthplace Museum. What could be a great scene for your memory? A couple surrounded by fluttering pigeons, which once inspired Picasso in this square. And if you fancy discovering his work, you can visit the Picasso Museum.
Places to visit in Malaga

Carmen Thyssen Museum in Malaga

Malaga Museum

Pablo Ruiz Picasso House-Museum

Picasso Museum in Malaga

Malaga Cathedral

Alcazaba fortress in Malaga

Malaga Roman Theatre

From the first days of December the streets and main seats of Malaga fill of lights and color. A spectacular decoration navideña that it invites to the stroll and the delight.

Numerous activities are developed in these dates: belenes (emphasizing among them the one that the own City council installs in the Large house of the Park) tracks of skating, music concerts…. One animated life in the street within the framework of a special decoration worthy to see.

And so that not to think about some purchases. Numerous positions are distributed throughout the Park in these special dates. And our commercial centers, department store, with the numerous commerce that surrounds and all the historical center by all means him will be able to offer what it is looking for.

Anímese to spend with us some days at this time of the year, will enjoy. Y S.A. to take a walk by some of our beaches is people taking the sun, is not surprised. In our splendid days of December in Malaga the sun can be taken.
Day 5 of January of every year, indeed at the Port of Malaga, Kings Magos arrive at the 17 hours. Once located in his respective floats, a boy, in representation of all the small ones of Malaga, will read to His Majestys his letter of Kings. After the reading, the Cavalcade initiates its route, that goes from the Stroll of the Park to the seat of the City council.
Kings Magos carry out every year, the traditional Cavalcade that arrives at the streets of downtown. Melchor, Gaspar and Balthasar will be accompanied by a dozen of floats, as well as by five one pastoral and bands. In their stroll by main the avenues of the city, all the members of the Cavalcade will distribute between the hundreds of of malagueños that attend every year the thousand courtship more of a million and average of caramels.
Like end of the acts, the main Administration of Post office and the Center of Telecommunications organize a shining festival, with performances of singers, ilusionists and other artists of the city. Later the tremendous entrance arrives from the Kings, applauded by all the reunited children there. Caramels are distributed and treats and give to toys and gifts.
Every year, the category and the quality of the acts of the cavalcade malagueña increase.

Coín New year's eve.
31st December
 A festival with fancy dress and street parades in Coin, Malaga  
Malaga Fiesta de los Pandiales
28th December
In the hills above Malaga City, another wild and wonderful music party day for the thousands who gather on the hills above Malaga, at La Venta de San Cayetano in Puerto de la Torre, to enjoy the Fiesta de los Pandiales.
 Romeria type pilgrimage to jeva
25th December
  Declared to be of National Tourist Interest in Andalucía. It starts with a peel of bells followed by the traditional "Clash" of verdiales folk groups at the entrance to the Hermitage.
Verdiales folk festival
28th December
  Venta San Cayetano. Puerto de la Torre.
  From early in the morning the colourful verdiales folk groups wearing bright clothes with mirrors and ribbons on their hats...
Fair. Nuevo Futuro market
Palacio de Ferias y Congresos de Málaga
5th to 9th December

 Fair. Nuevo Futuro market. Spaces: Pavilion 2. Open from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. At the Fair and Congress Palace of Málaga.

Fair. Mime. 4th Children's fair of Málaga.
Address: Palacio de Ferias y Congresos de Málaga
 24th, 25th, 31st December  and 1st January
Fair. Mime. 4th Children's fair of Málaga. Mime is a fair for children where there are different activities every day: Jumper, Rockodrom, inflatables, team games, workshops. Open from 11 a.m. to 9.30 p.m. At the Fair and Congress Palace of Málaga
Malaga Christmas Fair
6th to 10th December
Traditional Christmas Fair in Malaga
in the Palacio de Ferias and Congresos in Avenida Jose Ortega and Gasset plenty of stalls selling a all sorts of articles and products from gifts to food.
 More information is available from the Palacio de Ferias y Congresos on 902 400 344, Fax 902 400 345.
Málaga Film Festival.
  Varias Sedes
8th to 16th November
International Week of Fantastic Films from Málaga University. The Cervantes Theatre, the Alameda Theatre, the Auditorium of the University and the Rector's Hall are the stages where the films will be shown and for the activities that will take place throughout the week of the Film festival: films, round tables, conferences and concerts.
Teatro Romano de Málaga – Malaga Roman Theatre
Calle Alcazabilla, s/n 29015 Málaga (Malaga)
Tel. +34 686130978 Tel. +34 686130983
After being hidden underground for many centuries Malaga's Roman theatre lies at the foot of the Alcazaba fortress in the western part of the city. Discovered in 1951 it dates back to the first century and  was built during the Empire of Augustus.
It was used up until the third century.
The Arabs used parts of the theatre for their own building purposes. They took capitals and column shafts for their own Alcazaba fortress as support for the horseshoe arches over the doorways. The theatre has a radius of 31 metres is 16 metres tall and has an orchestra of 15 metres. The area has three main stands and gateways that lead into the stands (vomitorium).
Timetables: 1 April to 30 September, Wednesday-Saturday, 10am-2.30pm and 5-8pm. Sundays and public holidays, 10am-2pm. 1 October to 31 March, 10am-2pm and 4-7pm. Sundays and public holidays, 10am-2pm.
Entry fee: Free admission.
Services: Guided tour
Annual festival calendar in Malaga capital, Costa del Sol, South of Spain

1st of January, New Year
2nd of January (in case its a Monday) the following day of New Year
6th of January, Magic kings.

28th of February, Day of Andalusia
Carnivals, according to the calendar

Carnivals, according to the calendar
Easter week, according to the calendar

Easter week, according to the calendar

1st of May, Day of the worker

16th of July, Festivities of the Virgen del Carmen.

Feria and fiestas of Malaga
15th of August, Assumption Day
19th of August, Incorporation into the Spanish crown - Malaga

8th of September, Our Lady of the Victoria

12th of October, National Spanish Day

1st of November, All Saints

6th of December, Day of the Spanish Constitution
8th of December, Immaculate Conception
25th of December, Christmas Day

Tourist Office: Pasaje de Chinitas, 4 - 29015 Málaga (Malaga)

Tel. +34 952213445
 Fax +34 952229421

Fundación Pablo Ruiz Picasso
The Picasso Foundation - Native Home Museum is a public foundation that depends on the Malaga City Council and established on the 26th February 1988, under a decision of the City Council. Its head office was chosen as the very building where Pablo Ruiz Picasso was born on the 25th of October 1881, which is considered as a Historical-Artistic protected Monument since 1983. The building is part of the Spanish Museum System since 1991.

In August 1997, the whole building went through exhaustive renovations and the Foundation then took possession of all of it. The inauguration, presided by Their Majesties the King and Queen of Spain, took place on the 22nd of June 1998. The Foundation is situated in Plaza de la Merced, in the very historic center of the city, near monuments such as the Alcazaba (Arabic castle), the Roman Theatre, the cathedral and a few minutes away from the Cervantes Theatre.

The building of the Picasso Natal House was built in 1861 by the architect Diego Clavero, and completed by Rafael Moreno and Gerónimo Cuervo, on unused ground left after the splitting up of the convent of Santa María de la Paz. The building is part of an urban structure known as Casas de Campos, in memory of its promoter, Antonio Campos Garín, marquee of Iznate.

The house was rented by José Ruiz Blasco, father of the artist, from 1880 to 1884, date in which they move from the nº36 (nowadays, nº15) to the third floor of nº32 on the same square. In 1891 the father obtains a job as a drawing professor in La Coruña, and consequently, the family moves to this city.

In the name of the team of Picasso Foundation, I would now like to welcome you and hope that the content of these pages shall be an incentive to come and visit the Picasso Native Home so that you can enjoy the various services we offer.

Since 1988 until the present day the Pablo Ruiz Picasso Foundation - Birth Place Museum has collected 3500 works of art from 200 different artists.

To locate the origins of this collection one must look at the history of the Foundation during these 12 years. The fact that it is located in the Birth Place of Pablo Picasso has meant that people who are intimately linked to the artist show sympathy to the institution through artisitic donations: such is the case of Marina Picasso, the granddaughter of the painter who in 1989 donated a file of original engravings of Picasso "Sueño y mentira de Franco" (aguafuerte and aguatinta, 1937) where biting irony and criticism are joined in an iconografia which betokes the emblematic Guernica.

On the same theme, one of the donations which is without doubt one of the key pieces of the collection, is that from Christine Picasso, daughter -in-law of the artist, who in October 1992 brought 10 books with original graphics. This is an artistic book collection which illustrates the perfection and masterwork of Picasso in the different techniques of engraving and his approaching of the literary world.

The history of Picasso's graphic works is widened by some other acquisitions which are on show to the public to give a general view of the different eras, styles and techniques of the artist of Malaga: "Las tres bañistas II", aguafuerte, made in 1922-23, and an example of a classic iconography, "Bañistas en bañador con el tiempo nublado", 1933, full of surrealist figures, "Escultor y su modelo ante un grupo escultórico representando a un centauro abrazando a una mujer", aguafuerte, 1933, mythological references and belonging to the Suite Vollard and "Picador entrando en la arena", linograbado, 1959, in which a moment of bullfighting is captured.

The Picassian ceramic collection is interesting, comprising of 9 pieces displaying the preferred themes of the artist in his final years: the bull, the bull stabber, schematic faces, a jug of zoomorphic inspiration... Thus the Foundation possesses some pieces of sentimental character related to the biography of the artist, donated by the sons of his sister, the Vilató family.

Alongside the works of Pablo Picasso, The Foundation displays other interesting collections, one of which being by Frank Rebaxes, peculiar personage, philosopher, inventor, creator of kinetic sculptures, whose collection was donated to the Pablo Ruiz Picasso Foundation in 1988.

Another donation worth bearing in mind are the drawings of Luis Molledo's legacy.

In October 1996 the collection of the hungarian photographer Juan Gyenes was acquired, who visited Picasso in 1953, 1957 and 1961. The documental testimony of this collection is emotive as it offers us images of the painter in his daily life, his work, his workshop, his family...

Quantitatively and qualititavely,the most complete collection of the Foundation is that of graphic works which excluding the works of Picasso amounts to 2502 engravings.

The names of the Equipo Crónica, Pablo Palazuelo, Mompó, Eduardo Arroyo, Canogar, Manuel Rivera, Arman, Alfonso Albacete, Manuel Quejido or Marc Chagall, make up a collection of 2443 works acquired in 1998. The graphic works offer a complete panorama of contemporary aesthetics. They include names such as Miró, Christo, Francis Bacon, Joan Brossa, Max Ernst. Tápies, Chillida, Perejaume, Jaume Plensa, Dokoupil, Guayasamín, Guinovart, Wifredo Lam, Matta, Henry Moore…

The Pablo Ruiz Picasso Foundation is very proud of its collection from artists of Malaga. Representatives of the 50s generation are: Manuel Barbadillo, Enrique Brinkmann, Eugenio Chicano, Jorge Lindell, Francisco Peinado and Dámaso Ruano.

Other names with works in the collection are: Carlos Durán, Joaquín de Molina, Diego Santos and Joaquín Gallego along with the winners of the many grants Beca Pablo Ruiz Picasso a las Artes Plásticas, Rafael Alvarado, Andrés Repiso, Rogelio López Cuenca, Joaquín Ivars, Jesús Marín Clavijo, Bola Barrionuevo, Chema Lumbreras, Lope Martínez Alario and Jorge Dragón.

Last but not least, one cannot forget the sculpture collection with 21 pieces from authors such as Antonio Yesa, Stefan, Alfredo Alcaín, Pablo Serrano, Frechilla and José Luis Sánchez, amongst others.

 Fundación Pablo Ruiz Picasso
 Plaza de la Merced, 15, Málaga , Málaga , Andalusia 29012, Spain
Tel +34 952 06 02 15
Antiguo Conservatorio María Cristina Municipality:  Málaga Province:  Málaga Address:  Sq. De San Francisco

Ciudad de Marbella
Municipality:  Marbella
Province:  Málaga
Address:  Sq. Ramón Martínez, s/n
Telephone:  952903159

Teatro Cine Alameda
Municipality:  Málaga
Province:  Málaga
Address:  St. Córdoba, 9
Telephone:  952213412
Teatro Cánovas
Municipality:  Málaga
Province:  Málaga
Address:  Sq. de El Ejido, s/n
Postal Code:  29013
Description:  Tickets sales:
Tuesday-Friday: 10a.m. to 2p.m. and 5p.m. to 8p.m.
Saturday, Sunday and holidays: two hours before the show.
Telephone:  952260611
E-mail:  teatro-canovas@teatro-canovas.org

Teatro Torcal Municipality:  Antequera Province:  Málaga Address:  Cantareros, 8 Telephone:  952700135

Festival in honour of our lady of the immaculate conception.
8th December
Municipality:  Arriate
Province:  Málaga
Url:  http://www.malagaturismo.com
 With a procession of the image of the Virgin Mary.

Festival. day of the young girls or
8th December Municipality:  Tolox
Province:  Málaga
Url:  http://www.malagaturismo.com
 The young men of the village ring bells and blow shells. This tradition dates back to Moorish times. History tells that after the Reconquest a small group of Moors stayed in the village and rebelled against the Christians. The Christians asked the neighbouring vilage for help and they came ringing bells and blowing shells, making such a racket that the Moors fled.
17th December
Municipality:  Torrox
Province:  Málaga
Url:  http://www.malagaturismo.com
 Festival declared to be of National Tourist Interest in Andalucía. This festival dedicated to the local dish of "migas" attracts more people than any other in the district. Around 40 thousand visitors come to eat this delicious dish every year. Early in the morning, a team of cooks prepare the "migas" and serve them after the start has been announced by blowing a shell - the "migas" and salad are served from different points of the village, liberally washed down with wine from the barrels that have previously been selected in a competition for local produce. The festival is completed with live music and dancing for everybody, stalls in the streets offer wine, honey, raisins, figs, doughnuts or traditional "arropía".
Malaga is the capital city of the Costa del Sol and its international airport provides the gateway to all of the other Andalusian towns. Malaga airport is one of the largest in Spain and in a typical year can welcome up to 10 million visitors. Malaga also serves as a major port and an industrial centre for Southern Spain. Entrance to and exit from Malaga is made easy by the N340 highway and the coastal rail service. There is a wonderful Three Kings Festival in Malaga each year at the beginning of January, so if you're visiting during this time don't forget to take the kids along.

Malaga is a city steeped in more than 3,000 years of history. Excavations have discovered evidence of the Carthaginians, the Romans and the Moors. As a result, there is a large selection of historical monuments in this city. Malaga’s cathedral is known as La Manquita, meaning “the little one armed lady”. Due to the length of time, which it took to build the cathedral, it denotes Renaissance, Baroque and Neo-classical styles.

Close to Malaga cathedral is the Alcazaba, which is a fifteenth century Moorish fort and is one of the most important in the area. The roof of the Alcazabar offers panoramic views of Malaga city and the port. Further on from the Alcazabar is Malaga’s Castle, which stands on Monte de Gibralfaro. At the foot of the hill, Malaga’s ayuntamiento (town hall) is located, next to the city’s museum in the Palacio de la Aduana. In fact, Malaga has so much to offer as a result of its history, that the best way to see it is by open top bus and there are many in the city.

Malaga is also well worth a visit during one of its many festivals. The Fiestas here are numerous and each one is celebrated with the vigour that is synonymous with Andalucia. The main Fiesta is the Feria, which takes place in the middle of August.
A great way to see Spain is by traveling by train from Malaga to Barcelona. This trip takes you all through the interior of Spain. Once you arrive in Barcelona, don't forget to visit the Parc Guell. It is a perfect example of the art of Gaudi. Getting a hotel in Barcelona isn't difficult. Many hotels are in the city center and quite a few are also located near the airport. Public transport is very well organized in the city with trains, underground and busses crisscrossing the whole area.


Semana Santa in Málaga
Cofradía de la HumiliaciónSemana Santa is one of Southern Spain's most famous religious celebrations and has become a major part of the booming tourism industry in the region. Every year, the different stages of the Via Crucis, or Way of the Cross, are commemorated in every Andalusian town and city with ornate processions that have a long and rich tradition. In Malaga, a series of richly decorated processions takes place from Palm Sunday to Easter Sunday.
Each paso or procession is led by an hermandad or brotherhood, each of which has its own history and traditions. La Hermandad del Cristo de la Veracruz and La Archicofradia del Cristo de la Sangre are among Málaga's oldest, dating back to the 15th and early 16th centuries respectively.

Some of Málaga's most distinctive processions take place on Palm Sunday. The children's Pollinica procession on this day is the first paso taken to the streets every year and the spectacular Cofradia del Cristo de la Esperanza en su Gran Amor, which pilgrims must carry on their knees according to tradition, gives visitors a taste of the unique character of Málaga's celebrations.

The 20th century is referred to as the "golden revival" of Málaga's processions. Following the 19th century decline in religious traditions due to the Napoleonic wars, which led to the disappearance of many cofradías, the 20th century witnessed the revival of the city's Easter traditions.






























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