A lot of people probably know that Pablo Diego José Francisco de Paula Juan Nepomuceno María de los Remedios Cipriano de la Santísima Trinidad Ruiz y Picasso
was born in Málaga, Spain. What's that? Too long for you? OK, just plain old Pablo Picasso
The famous Spanish painter, sculptor, printmaker, ceramicist, and stage designer was born in the house to the left on October 25, 1881 and passed away on April 8, 1973
But did you know that the famous Spanish actor, José Antonio Domínguez Banderas
, was also born there?
Known more commonly as Antonio Banderas
, he still "treads the boards" in Málaga from time to time and supports the local theater community.
While you won't find any buildings dedicated to Banderas in Málaga, you can visit the birthplace of Picasso and also a museum displaying both his and other famous Spanish art.
In the gift shop and outside the museum you can purchase quality art prints to take home.
Another famous note about the city is that the magnum opus of Cuban composer Ernesto Lecuona, "Malagueña", is named for the music of this region of Spain.
While you are in the historical center visiting the museum, why not take a stroll around the labyrinth of narrow streets with beautiful old buildings, some a little dilapidated, but still holding their own charm.
In this area you will find the Cathedral of the Encarnation, an imposing and beautiful building with a remarkable interior.
Beware! Just before entering the Cathedral you are likely to be bombarded by gypsies trying to sell their flowers, or tell your fortune. Some of these are crooks and will take a little cash from your wallet as you try to find the right change. Others are not so crooked, but the lady who told me I would meet a handsome man and win the lottery was so far out, its just not funny! You guessed it, Antonio wasn't in residence at the time!
You will see many artists and street performers as you walk around the historic area, some very talented.
If you feel like a major climb, you can visit the Alcazar, a Moorish construction close to the historic centre. The building is accessible on the hillside with magnicent views, and right at the top is the Gibralfaro Castle. Here are two examples of the views from the top.
The first shows the Plaza de Toros, or bull fighting ring and the port of Málaga.
This one gives an aerial view of the Cathedral and also the port.
At the base of the Alcazar you can see a Roman ampitheater, part of the city's Roman history, which is currently being restored.
For the shopaholic, there is a plethora of opportunities in Málaga. Not only are there quaint shops to browse in the historic centre, but also major boutiques and department stores on the more modern side of town. Calle Larios is the place to be for the fashions, and you'll come across many street mimes as you stroll.
Needless to say, being a port city, there are endless sandy beaches to get that essential sun tan and breath in the sea air.
Don't forget to get your tastebuds ready for the famous fried fish of Málaga or fresh local seafood, washed down with a tasty local wine!
And for the experience of a lifetime try to be in Málaga on May 12, 2012, when the 15M movement will be parading in full force in the "Global Evolution
"! They'll be drumming and dancing all the way and it will be the photo and video opportunity of a lifetime.
Read more about Málaga and see more photos here
and in the video below.