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Malaga, cosmopolitan and hip


Contemporary culture reigns in this Andalusian city.

Several things make Malaga one of the most important Spanish cities for culture. The House-Museum where Picasso was born, the Contemporary Art Centre (CAC), the Russian Museum and the Carmen Thyssen, the first ever branch of the Pompidou Centre… and over 30 more highly recommended exhibition spaces. If you add a film festival, a food festival and a music festival which goes on for a month, the result is a city that can easily compete with national and international cultural hubs.

Street art in Malaga’s Soho

The contemporary cultural phenomenon has transformed the city - once a simple seaside resort, it has constructed an identity for itself at the cutting edge of art and culture. Malaga is on the international street art circuit thanks to its Art District, better known as Soho. Huge graffiti artworks signed by Kenny Scharf, Ben Einee, Abraham Lacalle, Obey, Faith47 and others decorate some of its buildings. Design, craft, antiques and other vintage objects abound in the “Made in Soho” market held on the first Saturday of every month. Dining options are very diverse: from the traditional cuisine of Malaga to vegetarian restaurants and gourmet experiences.In addition, Malaga’s Soho is home to one of the city’s latest cultural offerings: the Soho Caixabank Theatre, set up by one of the Andalusian city’s most international ambassadors, the actor Antonio Banderas. 

Soho district, Malaga

Rolling out the red carpet for film and music

One of the events that get the whole city moving is the Film Festival held in spring. Malaga rolls out the red carpet and welcomes the famous faces of Spanish cinema. The movie-making atmosphere is everywhere, and there are special themed activities. For example, there are guided tours with wine tasting and tapas visiting locations in the city where scenes were filmed with Anthony Quinn, Alain Delon, Claudia Cardinale, Raquel Welch, Sean Connery, George C. Scott, or Robert de Niro, among others.Meanwhile, just 60 kilometres out of Malaga in a natural amphitheatre formed by the rocky terrain of Nagüeles (Marbella), there is another important event for the people of Malaga: the Starlite Festival. Although music is the common thread, with over thirty outdoor concerts starring famous national and international artists –Lenny Kravitz, Julio Iglesias, Plácido Domingo, Laura Pausini, Andrea Bocelli, and Elton John have all performed there at some point– this festival also celebrates cuisine, art and fashion with cooking demonstrations, fashion shows and exhibitions. The event ends with a benefit gala hosted by celebrities. The exclusivity of a venue which holds only 3000 people adds to the attraction.

Posing on the red carpet of the Málaga Film Festival

The latest culinary trends

The latest culinary trends are also given the festival treatment in Malaga. In May, the Malaga Gastronomy Festival is an ode to culinary culture, with a bit of everything: signature menus, debates, tastings, street food spaces, haute cuisine workshops, a film cycle, a guest country… The event features the finest products from the area, with pride of place given to the local wines and fruit from Axarquía.You can dive deeper into the culinary development of Malaga with a visit to the seaside district of El Palo, an area without hotels and off the usual tourist circuit. Here an avant-garde cuisine is being developed which respects the best of local traditions - for example, gluten-free fish fritters, or crabs stir-fried in a wok.As you can see, Malaga has all the ingredients of a hip and happening city.

Chef at work
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