Synonymous with overwhelming heat in summer, Andalusia has another face on its shores where the sun's bites are tempered by the sea breeze.
Whatever the season, it is bound to stroll through the streets mixed by five centuries of Arab domination. Malaga, where Antonio Banderas was born, and its region are home to many treasures.
At the foot of Mount Gibralfaro, stands a must-see site, the fortified palace of the Alcazaba. The entrance of this fortress of the eleventh century is located on the side of the Roman theater. The progression between the spans and walls reveals interior gardens and shady courtyards in an architecture that marries the rock.
At the top, from the ramparts of Gibralfaro Castle, Laurent, a forty-year-old on vacation with his wife, pecks almonds from the tasty local produce sold on every street corner. "We almost forget that we are in an old military citadel. And the views of the city and the harbor are breathtaking! "
The capital of the Costa del Sol has in recent years developed its cultural identity. She even has a lot of potential! On October 25, 1881, Pablo Picasso was born at number 15 of Merced Square. In the apartment turned into a foundation, family photos, souvenirs, engravings and personal items are exhibited.
A few blocks away, in the Palacio de Buenavista, a museum inaugurated in 2003 is dedicated to the master of Cubism. Open daily, it is free on Sundays from 4 pm. The Center Pompidou, it has established near the port its first declination outside France. Impossible to miss El Cubo, this miniature Beaubourg raised from a glass cube in color revisited by Daniel Buren.
In spring and autumn, jacarandas, trees native to South America, bloom in flaming clusters of lavender blue. An explosion of colors that contrasts with the whiteness of the villages on the ridges, whose charm is due above all to the serenity they radiate. Mijas welcomes the visitor with "burros-taxis" (donkeys), but the walk is just as recommendable. In Ronda, a hundred kilometers from Malaga, the Arab baths are the best preserved of the Iberian Peninsula.
On the way to Marbella, do not miss the panorama from the small caves of Ojen. Marbella, famous for its festive and superficial aspects, is better than its reputation. Once turned from the beach, Salvador Dali's esplanade of sculptures leads to its historic heart. "I could not imagine finding these shady squares and tiny alleyways here," says Jean, a French tourist seated at a cocktail of natural fruit juice.
On the terrace or in the church of the Incarnation, a mosque transformed after the reconquest of the Catholic kings, the stormy fury of the seaside is unsuspected.
Change of atmosphere at the busy and busy beach of Malagueta, less than 10 minutes walk from the city center of Malaga, where a trendy atmosphere reigns.
Want wild landscapes? 35 minutes east by car, the natural site of Maro-Cerro Gordo offers a gentle intimacy in small coves where you walk down the cliff. Crystal clear water is also appreciated by diving enthusiasts. A few miles away, Nerja is worth a visit for its cave, including the imposing cataclysm hall where a 35-meter high column stands amidst thousands of other concretions.
Still in Nerja, the "Balcony of Europe" offers a 180-degree view of the bay. Baptized by King Alfonse XII, visiting the devastating earthquake of 1885, he symbolically marks the end of Europe, facing the African coast that can be easily seen in good weather.
On the 160 kilometers of coast, you will find the beach that corresponds to your temperament!
Cordoba, pearl of Moorish art
1 hour by train from Malaga, (1 hour 50 by car on a free highway) the fortified city of Cordoba, on the banks of the Guadalquivir, is famous for its mosque-cathedral. This unique architectural splendor in the world was first established Visigothic basilica. The mosque, symbol of five centuries of Arab rule in the region, then took over before a cathedral married its eastern forms under the reign of Charles V. A mixture of religious and architectural styles – Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque intermingle – remarkable by the perspective of its 854 columns and two-tone arcades.
The historic center of the city, with its Jewish quarter, its patios that we discover in the labyrinth of narrow streets is classified Unesco heritage.
Cathedral Mosque of Cordoba. 10 € per adult, 5 € for 10 -14 year olds and disabled people, free for children under 10 years old.