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Malaga Holidays Overview
Malaga is seen as the second city of southern Spain after Seville, and has a population of around half a million. It is one of the poorer cities in Spain and unemployment is relatively high, but it still has plenty to recommend it to visitors.
The elegant central area has recently been revamped and renovated, and as the birth place of Picasso is something of a place of worship for art lovers. Once you have visited his birthplace, there is an excellent Picasso museum to browse around. Malaga has built on the success of this museum, and is opening other galleries such as the popular modern art museum.
Malaga is particularly renowned for its seafood, and some of the best seafood cafes can be found along the coast in the fishing villages of El Palo and Pedregalejo, that are now joined with Malaga.
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holidays - Top Events
Holy week is celebrated all over Spain, but especially in Malaga, where huge floats depicting religious scenes (pasos) are paraded around the streets by hooded penitents atoning for the sins of the city during the year. Good Friday is a particularly solemn occasion and usually draws the largest procession.
The Night of San Juan
The high point of this festival is around 23rd June, but celebrations begin a couple of days before the Saint’s day itself. Large ‘juas’ or grotesque dolls made from cloth, sawdust, wood and paper are burned on bonfires on the beach. Once the fires have died down the young people form rings around them and take turns to jump over them. Legend has it that people who bathe their faces in the sea on the Night of San Juan will stay eternally beautiful.
holidays - How to Get There
Flight time from Australia to Malaga is in the region of thirty to thirty four hours. Airlines that fly that route include Qantas, Iberia, and British Airways, and stopovers are common in London, Frankfurt or Madrid.