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Get to know Málaga: seven streets you can’t miss out on



Get to know Málaga: seven streets you can’t miss out on

To know the history of Málaga you just have to take a walk through some of its most important and famous streets, stop to behold its architecture or enter its museums, monuments and palaces

Málaga is a city of Jewish and Arab streets, renowned streets and curiosities that we recommend you to know about visiting the city. Routes full of history, heritage and special spots that are waiting for you to discover them. In this post we tell you about seven streets in the city and what you will find in them.

The Larios family’s legacy

LariosIn 1891 was inaugurated the most famous street in the capital, Calle Marqués de Larios, an artery filled with the Mediterranean breeze. This chameleonic street is named after Manuel Domingo Larios y Larios, second Marquis of Larios, whose sculpture, the work of Mariano Benlliure, can be found at the beginning of the street.

The history books affirm that Calle Larios is the most elegant street of the 19th century. Why? Because its architect, Eduardo Strachan, designed it flanked by buildings with a curved design on the corners, inspired by the Chicago school. Thus, he balanced and made symmetrical this emblematic street and somehow revolutionized the image of the city. Also, it is interesting howStrachan drew an imaginary vanishing point where all the lines of cornices and balconies meet.

Nowadays, Calle Larios is the most chameleonic street in Málaga. In it you can behold the passing of the seasons and the events that take place throughout the year, such as Christmas, Carnival, Easter, the August Fair or the Larios Fashion Week.

Moreover, in this enclave we find numerous stores, some of them with a lot of history and essential stops when visiting the city.

Manuel Agustín Heredia

Manuel Agustín HerediaNot a street, but an avenue, it’s also known as "Muelle Heredia" and separates the Ensanche district from the Málaga harbor. It was laid out on reclaimed land, and was born at the same time as the Paseo del Parque in the city. Thus, it’s  named after the former businessman and industrialist from Málaga, one of the promoters of the industrialization of the city in the 19th century, whose sculpture is located in the avenue, near the Alameda de Colón.

This wide avenue was the location of the Málaga Fair at the beginning of the last century. Nowadays, unique buildings can be found overlooking the Mediterranean. Thus, on the northern sidewalk were built blocks of apartments, the law court, the headquarters of the vertical unions and the Health Department (nowadays known as the Alameda-Perchel health center). On the edge of the harbor, buildings were constructed for port services, such as the Customs Office, the Civil Guard, the Fishermen's Guild (Aula del Mar) and some warehouses.

Alcazabilla, where heritage lives

Calle AlcazabillaFrom the Palacio de la Aduana, in Cortina del Muelle, to Calle Victoria, the most historic street in the city makes its way through: Calle Alcazabilla. Its name, which derives from the Alcazaba of Málaga, located in this street, comes from the Arabic al-Qasabiya, which means "street of the Alcazaba".

But, in addition to the Muslim fortress, in this street we also find the Roman Theater of the city, dating from the first century BC, which is accessed by the street.

The Palacio de la Aduana, home to the Museum of Málaga, is another of the architectural jewels of this extensive journey, a place that holds thousands of architectural pieces and artworks from different periods.

The gardens of Ibn Gabirol (now of Manuel Atencia), with the Picasso Museum Málaga right behind; the glass pyramid that we find in the center and that houses the Roman garum pools; or the Albéniz Cinema, are some other wonders that you can visit in this particular street.

From the Plaza de la Constitución to the Plaza de la Merced: Calle Granada

CALLE GRANADAThe ancient medina of Málaga is the protagonist of the following story. Calle Granada, a central street that connects the Plaza de la Constitución with the Plaza de la Merced, although at first it only went as far as the gate it is named after, in the city wall.

Winding, narrow and elongated, like the Arab streets, this emblematic street gives access to the Jewish quarter of Málaga, Calle San Agustin -where the Picasso Museum Málaga is located- or Calle  Beatas. We can also find here the church of Santiago, the oldest in the city, and where the Málaga painter Pablo Picasso was baptized in 1881.

This is one of the liveliest streets of the city, always full of visitors who come curiously to its stores, many of them craft stores. They also come to taste the best of Málaga's gastronomy in any of its terraces and bars.


Calle Victoria, the main street of a traditional district

San LázaroThe patron saint of Málaga, Santa María de la Victoria, gives her name to the main artery of the district with the same name. This street covers the 650 meters that separate the Plaza de la Merced from the Plaza de la Victoria, a route that was once the path the troops of the Catholic Monarchs traveled on their entry into the city, starting from their camp, where nowadays we found the Sanctuary, to the gate of Granada.

Along this street we find the Plaza de la Victoria, formerly known as the Jardín de los Monos (Monkeys Garden), the church of San Lázaro or the famous Maristas School of Málaga.


Calle Compañía, Thyssen environment

Calle CompaniaLinking the west and east of the center of Málaga and only 220 meters long, Calle Compañía connects the Plaza de la Constitución with Puerta Nueva. With a narrow layout, following the Muslim canons, it was named Calle de las Guardias after the arrival of the Catholic Monarchs to the city, since it was there where houses were distributed to the squires of the guards of the royal armies.

But the Society of Jesus settled in this place with the foundation of the Novitiate of San Sebastián (a school that is nowadays the headquarters of the Ateneo de Málaga and the University Choral Society) and the church of Santo Cristo de la Salud (built on the chapel of San Sebastián, which was also built on an old mosque), so the street got its name changed in honor of the Jesuits. Thus, the street widens at the cross with Calle Salvago and the Callejón de los Mártires, and there we discover the Palacio de Villalón, which, along with other buildings, make up what is nowadays the Carmen Thyssen Museum Málaga.

If we continue walking we find the imposing neo-Gothic church of the Sacred Heart and the Calle Pozos Dulces, Calle Santos, Calle Horno and Calle Fajardo.

This was also the old location where the offices of the City Council of Málaga used to be.

Calle Císter, history and art in the center of Málaga

Calle CisterCíster Street covers from the Plaza de la Aduana to the intersection with Calle Santa María and Calle San Agustín. This street is named after the Cistercian nuns of the Abbey of Santa Ana de Recoletas Bernardas del Císter, who gathered here in 1617.

Some historians say that the origin of this street could be in the Vía Decumana Máxima of Roman Málaga, although the Phoenician sanctuary of Malaka is documented in the area.

The Cathedral of Santa María de la Encarnación, the Palace of Zea-Salvatierra, the house-workshop of Pedro de Mena -nowadays location of the Félix Revello de Toro Museum- and the aforementioned abbey, are the monuments of interest to be found in the area around Calle Císter.