Malaga Things to Do
Malaga is a city and autonomous community located within the borders of Spain. It is among the most heavily populated cities in the entire country, and contains a number of things to do and attractions to see.
The northeastern outskirts of Malaga make for a great time if you want to enjoy a walk surrounded by trees, shrubs, cacti, and other vegetation from all over the world. This part of the city houses the Jardin de la Concepcion, which is the biggest botanical garden in Europe. The gardens were created in 1857 by the Marquis of Casa Loring and declared gardens of historical and artistic importance in 1943. Three formal walks are offered, and you will find plenty of places to sit and admire the views. The garden boasts more than 5,000 tropical, subtropical, and indigenous species of vegetation.
The Alcazaba ruins are the remains of a fortified palace from the 11th century, said to be among the best preserved in Spain. There are several notable sections of the ruins. Plaza de Armas is the first terrace you’ll reach when entering Alcazaba. It is a beautiful terraced garden planted with a fountain at its center, and it affords great views overlooking Malaga.
One of the most beautiful features of Alcazaba are the 11th century, multi-lobed arches of Torre de Maldonado. The tower is accessed from the Patio de los Surtidores and has a balcony with beautiful views of the city. It also leads to an adjacent tower, la Torre de la Armadura, which has a 16th century Mudejar ceiling. This ceiling was built in the Islamic style by the Catholics after the Reconquest.
Another beautiful part of the ruins is the Patio de los Surtidores, which is made up of two levels. The lower levelis a nicely landscaped garden with fountains, hence the name “Patio of the Jets of Water,” and the second is a terrace that leads into la Torre Maldonado and Palacio Nazari. Rebuilt in the 14th century by the Nasrid rulers, Palacio Nazari contains the residential quarters. It consists of several structures joined together by multiple courtyards and decorated with porticoes and fountains.
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