Malaga This and That – Supplement

II Marqués de Larios: (Malaga)

Don Manuel Domingo Larios, the Marquis II, played a major role in the development of Malaga and the city’s most elegant pedestrian street is named after him.

The Marquis (1836-95) was mainly a textile and sugar miller, but he was also responsible for the construction of the present Calle Larios in 1880-91. The chief architect of the new street was Eduardo Strachan Viana-Cárdenas.

In 1895, the city erected a statue in honour of Larios as a token of its gratitude, which was simply thrown into the sea when the Second Republic ‘broke out’ in 1931. In its place, a statue of the Unknown Worker was erected and the street renamed. After the end of the civil war, the statue was fished out of the sea and re-installed.

The street took on its current “pedestrian character” in 2002.

According to a 2018 statistic, the street ranks third in the ranking of Spanish streets ‘boasting’ the highest rents.

A major tourist attraction is the light and sound show that takes place every evening from the end of November until the Epiphany (here: Los Reyes Magos). My favourite show a few years ago was the one accompanied by Orff’s Carmina Burana.

Muelle Uno: Malaga

A positive example of brownfield redevelopment, this harbour pier, renovated a few years ago, now attracts thousands of visitors every day.

The pier, which is about a kilometre long, is lined with fashion boutiques and restaurants. Sometimes a yacht up to fifty metres long will turn up. The bay next to the pier is the departure point for the huge ferries to Melilla in Africa, and the daytime parking area for cruise ships carrying thousands of tourists. (The picture on the left shows the shaded walkway leading to the pier, the one on the right shows the lighthouse that closes the pier.)

A visit to the pier can be perfectly combined with a visit to the Pompidou Museum, the Hop-On Hop-Off bus, a related harbour cruise and a few beers to avoid dehydration. (The picture above is the ferry to Melilla.)

Hop-On Hop-Off: Malaga

The sightseeing bus is an excellent way to get to know Malaga for the first time, as the two shuttles stop at all the main points of interest. The red circular is the longer one and mainly runs in the city centre, while the green one is convenient for getting to the Botanical Gardens (page 1) and the Rosaleda Stadium (page 10), for example, on the outskirts of the city.

The red line is easiest to take above the Muelle Uno, 70 metres from the Pompidou Museum. (On the left in the picture. The stop is called Paseo Farola – Muelle 1.)

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The two lines have one stop in common, specifically in front of the María Zambrano train station (Vialia – RENFE).

In principle, you can also buy the tickets in the app, but I found it easier to do this at the boat station, where I was also informed about the departure times.

Boat trip to the port: Malaga

A ticket for the excursion bus includes a range of discounted or free extras, one of which is a 50-minute cruise on the sea.

You can’t miss the boat because it looks just like the bus and departs from under the Pompidou Museum. (On the left in the picture is a medium sized “cruise ship”.) The ship turns left at the end of the pier, not right towards the city centre and the working harbour, but left towards Almeria. It’s just as well, because this is a less familiar area. This is the more traditional, rustic part of the Malaga coast, but it’s just as nicely renovated.

10 January. 2022