In Málaga, Traditional Meets Cutting Edge

             Christiane Birr


On the traditional side, in several weeks, from 14 to 21 April, all of Spain celebrates Easter week, and one of the more notable and colourful celebrations takes place here in the capital of the Costa del Sol.  In addition to elaborate costumes, music, incense, processional thrones and floats, and other traditions dating back more than half a millennium, this year some changes will be introduced in times and places – for example, the route will be 400 metres (1,312 feet) longer, and begin of the south side of the old quarter’s Plaza de la Constitución, thence proceeding southward along Calle Larios, Martínez, Atarazanas, Torregorda, Alameda Principal, Plaza de la Marina, and Molina Lario, ending up at the unfinished tower of the Encarnación Cathedral on Plaza del Obispo, one of Andalusia’s Renaissance gems.



            Nick Kenrick

It’s a truly moving and overall extraordinary experience to be immersed in all this pomp and emotion, with highlights including the Palm Sunday procession featuring a donkey and another by the Brotherhood of the Cautivo, featuring a statue of Jesus Christ dubbed “the Lord of Málaga“.   




Yet like most Spanish cities, Málaga balances its traditions with forward-looking modernity – and nowhere more than its “Soho MLG“, located in a once delapidated waterfront area between Heredía Wharf, the port, the Plaza de la Marina, and the Guadalmedina River. This recently rehabilitated “arts district” is now packed with cool galleries, shops, cafés, restaurants, nightspots including flamenco clubs, and hotels with rooftop lounges affording fantastic city and bay views.


               Hernán Piñera

Top area musts include CAC Málaga, an old marketplace turned into a contemporary art centre with ongoing temporary exhibitions;  the reinvigorate pedestrian street Calle Tomás de Heredia; and the Teatro del Soho, the revamp of the 58-year-old Teatro Alameda cinema spearheaded by Málaga-born actor Antonio Banderas and due to debut in mid-September. But the real star of the new local show is MAUS- Málaga Arte Urbano Soho, a series of enormous street murals adorning various buildings, by nationally- and world-reknowned grafitti artists such as Obey, D*face, Boamistura, Roa, Dadi Dreucol, Manuel León, Faith47, Dal East, Pejac, and Felipe Pantone. entre otros.

These two sides pretty much sum up the dynamic dichotomy in Málaga in 2019. For more info on the city, check out some of this blog’s previous posts, about the city’s Lagunillas neighbourhood; cool coffee shops; downtown’s culinary “golden mile”; and a weekend in Málaga.

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