Things are certainly looking up for Málaga. The city has transformed itself from an interesting but unremarkable port city to a Top 10 place as a Spanish cultural destination. Thus according to leading British newspaper, The Telegraph, a respected source for travel information and a go-to source for many travel writers and bloggers seeking expert opinions.
The newspaper has labelled Málaga ‘Museum City’, which as we locals know is an appropriate name. The city’s town hall has worked hard to develop its museums and art galleries, starting back in the early 2000s with the opening of the Picasso Museum. This was followed by the Carmen Thyssen museum and the development of the Soho modern art district around the Centro de Arte Contemporáneo.
The announcement that Paris’s famous Pompidou Centre would open a satellite gallery on Málaga’s stunning Muelle Uno was another coup for the city council, and the glass cube that will contain it is already under construction. What art lovers can hope to see displayed has not been announced yet, but it is sure to be interesting and will add to a modern art scene that could just make Málaga a rival to Barcelona.
It has also just been revealed that the St. Petersburg State Russian Museum will be opening in the Tabacalera building in 2015. The opportunity to see works by Chagall and other Russian greats is another step in the right direction to confound those who claim that Málaga province is bereft of culture. And, to add weight to that, a new Museum of Málaga is to open this year as well.
The Telegraph says that all this combined with the city’s Moorish, Baroque, Phoenician and Roman heritage, means that Málaga “packs a considerable cultural punch.” The article further recommends visiting the Soho area and taking a walking tour with We Love Malaga and staying at the chic Room Mate Lola hotel, which is within a few minutes’ walk of many of these cultural highlights.
It is also convenient for a stroll to another of Málaga’s little gems, the Pedregalejo seaside walkway, which is as close as you can get to the famed Venice beach of Los Angeles, albeit this one is lined with some of Spain’s finest fish restaurants. The cosmopolitan mix of the crowd that habituates this stretch makes it an excellent spot for people watching while enjoying fish Málagueño-style.
Málaga no longer need fear being overlooked and neglected by visitors to Spain, a benefit to us all as people discover the vibrant cultural life and urban sophistication that exists on their doorstep.