Malaga – the historic jewel on the Costa del Sol

Malaga, the second-biggest town in the southern province of Andalucia, is the perfect real estate location. With one of the biggest airports in Spain the province capital is easily reached from Germany and the rest of Europe.

‚Malaga has a big heart‘ – this message can be seen in the centre of the old quarter and it is, indeed, true – the inhabitants are very sincere and outgoing.

The town has 570.000 inhabitants and is situated on the western Mediterranean on the so-called Costa del Sol. As the name ‚Sun Coast‘ suggests the town is, thanks to its year-round warm climate, popular both as a holiday destination and for holiday properties. Porta Mondial offers you an extensive selection of properties in Malaga.

The old town of Malaga

The historical centre of the town stretches south towards the harbour and north as far as the Plaza de la Merced, and is bounded in the west by the Guadalmina river and in the east by the Alcazaba with the Gibralfaro.

In the historical centre of this Andalusian city architectural styles and the art of urban construction from countless eras are combined, but above all it is buildings from the 19th century which characterise the appearance of Malaga’s old quarter. The historical city centre is not only the oldest part of the town but also reflects the multicultural history of Malaga and of the whole of Andalusia. The construction of the city was started in the 8th century by the Moors.

Inside the town walls, which were connected with the Alcazaba of Malaga and the castle of Gibralfaro, lived around 15.000 people. The main industries were fishing, ship-building, and the production of a fish sauce called Garum. The Moors, however, also left their mark in the modern town particularly in the Calle Carreteria and around the Picasso museum. The oldest buildings still existing in the old town originate from the 16thcentury. On an area of 49 hectares there are at present 1.319 buildings.

The centre of Malaga is a treasure trove for those interested in historic buildings.

The rule of the Moors ended in the 15thcentury when they were driven out after centuries of occupation and in the year of 1487 the Catholic kings began their rule of the town. They constructed numerous churches and monasteries, the most well-known of which are the Martyrs‘ church built in 1487, the church of the Holy Santiago from 1509, and the San Juan church from 1554.

A further focal point of the city which was established in the 18thcentury is the grand boulevard and main avenue Alameda Central. With its ficus trees, which still flourish to this day, it soon became an important thoroughfare in Malaga and is the hub of public transport in the modern city. The Calle Larios is a popular place for a stroll, and is home to numerous commercial and business premises. An attractive nightlife and the exhibitions held here also help to make the old town an excellent real estate location.

Old Town attractions

The large concentration of attractions and sites also makes the old town ideal for the purchase of a holiday property. The most well-known follow:

The former customs office

This fascinating Renaissance-style building was built between 1788 and 1826 and is reminiscent of a palace. The inner courtyard of the building is bordered by tall palm trees. At the conclusion of work being currently carried out it will become the city’s museum.

The Calle Larios and the Plaza de la Constitucion

This shopping street was opened in the 19thcentury and all of Malaga’s festivities take place here including the Feria (market), the Semana Santa during the Christmas period, and the famous carnival. The heart of the old quarter, the Plaza de la Constitucion, also borders with this street.

The Plaza de la Constitucion (Constitution Square) has existed since the 15thcentury. It is characterised by the many residences from that period amongst which the Jesuit college and the Consulate house particularly stand out. Also conspicious are the metal plates which show the headlines of newspaper reports from 1978 at the decline of the Franco dictatorship when the Spanish democratisation process began. This is now immortalised by the images of the newspaper coverage in this square.

The Picasso museum

This museum, dedicated to the most famous Spanish artist of all time, is located in the middle of the old town. It exhibits numerous works of Picasso who was born here in 1881. But not only the exhibits are worth a visit, the museum building itself has historical significance. The Palacio del Conde Buenavista in the Calle Sant Agustin was declared a national monument in 1939.

The birthplace of Picasso

This is where Pablo Picasso first saw the light of day on the 25thOctober 1881. Today the museum, for a small entrance fee, provides interesting insights into the early years of the world-famous artist. Since 1983 it has been an art-historical monument.

The gastronomy market Mercado Merced

Although this market has only existed for a short time it is already a first-class address for all gourmets. A large selection of of local delicacies are offered here which visitors can purchase at the many small stalls. The gastronomy market Mercado Merced is located in the immediate vicinity of Picasso’s birthplace on the Plaza de Merced.

The main market Atarazanas

At the time of the reign of the Moors over the south of Spain the Mediterranean still occupied a significant part of the old town, and where the town’s main market Atarazanas is now situated was then a shipyard. Nevertheless the market is, today, considered an attraction which should not be missed either by tourists or residents of the town.

The old town of Malaga as a real estate location

Its favourable location on the Mediterranean in an area which has mild temperatures all year round make Andalusia’s second-biggest city the perfect place to purchase real estate. Within Malaga itself the old town is in a prime location and home to almost all the sights and transport hubs of the city.

This makes the centre of the town without doubt a particularly high-grade locality. The area unites the influences of different cultures due to its eventful history and combines them with a modern Mediterranean flair which you will not want to do without. Those who own a property in this lovely town can stroll along the wonderful beaches Malagueta or Pedregalejo and confirm that the Costa del Sol really does live up to its name. Both these beaches are known for their large size and their views of the surrounding mountains which can be enjoyed from their promenades. Particularly good restaurants which can be visited after a stroll are Beluga Malagaand the Marisqueria Jacintofor the more sophisticated cuisine, or La Tranca and La Recovafor local and more inexpensive dishes.

Attractive, newly-built apartments in the city-centre of Malaga or on the town’s beaches are available from 100.000 euros upwards.

Much has been invested in the urban infrastructur in recent years – the new underground line will be opened soon and there is an increasing number of bicycle paths. All this makes the centre of Malaga more attractive, even for young people. New urban living concepts such as micro-apartments also make life in this city affordable for students.

Old-town charm meets modern living comfort. In Malaga’s historic centre many early buildings have been extensively restored.

The real estate prices in the centre of Malaga have risen by 25% over the last 3 years, and particularly properties from the 19thcentury are attracting buyers from all over the world.

Celebrities in Malaga

One of Malaga’s most famous sons is the actor Antonio Banderas who recently returned to his home town and now lives in a spectacular penthouse in the old town. He has opened his own theatre here and offers a stage to aspiring young talent from all over the world.

 

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