Location NH Malaga (ISHS Symposium Venue)

Area: City Center.
Calle San Jacinto, 2
29007 Malaga, Spain

How to arrive at NH Málaga

From the airport

From Malaga Airport the hotel can be reached via:

From the train station

The hotel is approximately an 800-meter walk from the central train station.

By car

From Malaga Airport (N340):

Cross the bridge over the Guadalhorce River.
Get in the right lane to take the A7 highway towards Almeria-Madrid.
Take the exit for Centro - Av Andalucia.
Follow Av Andalucia to the roundabout next to the Corte Ingles Shopping Mall.
Turn right and, at the second roundabout, turn left.
Follow the bridge over the river then turn left.
You'll see NH Malaga on your left.

From North:

Continue on A7.
Take the exit for Malaga Centro - Ciudad Jardín.
Follow the river until you see the football stadium on your right.
Turn right at the bridge.
Turn left after you cross the river.
Pass a tunnel then take the next two lefts.
The NH Malaga will be on your left. 

From West

Continue on N340.
Take the exit for Centro - Av Andalucia.
Follow Av Andalucia until the roundabout next to the Corte Ingles Shopping Mall.
Turn right and, at the second roundabout, turn left.
Follow the bridge over the river then turn left.
You'll see NH Malaga on your left.

From East

Continue on A7.
Take the exit for Malaga Centro - Ciudad Jardín.
Follow the river until you see the football stadium on your right.
Turn right at the bridge.
Turn left after you cross the river.
Pass a tunnel then take the next two lefts.
The NH Malaga will be on your left.

Tourist information

Málaga

Location

Málaga, capital of the province of the same name, is the fifth most populated city in Spain. It is located in the south of the Iberian Peninsula, in a privileged spot. The city covers 398.25 square kilometres and has a population of almost 568,000 inhabitants, although almost a million people live in the metropolitan area. The main environmental and geographical factors that have affected the city's evolution and development are maritime influences, its location in two river valleys (the Guadalhorce and the Guadalmedina), its topographic relief and its climate. Whilst the Mediterranean Sea bathes the Málaga coastline, the Málaga Mountains close ranks behind the city to form a barrier of peaks that protects it from the cold, while the regulating effect of the sea gives the area its characteristically mild temperatures. The hottest months are July and August. December and February are usually the coldest. The average temperatures fall between a maximum of 22.8° C and a minimum of 13° C. Rainfall in Málaga follows the seasons, with the most abundant rainfalls occurring in autumn and winter. Málaga has a natural heritage of great environmental wealth. The natural setting of the estuary of the Guadalhorce, located within an island of 122 hectares demarcated by the branches of the river in its final stretch, is a stopping point for hundreds of migratory species and is noted for its great ecological value. The Natural Park Montes de Málaga occupies an area of 4,996 hectares that are home to over 230 plant species and over 160 types of vertebrates.

Málaga Province

Area: 7,276 km2
Population: 1,641,098 inhabitants.

City of Málaga

Area: 398.25 km2.
Population: 567,433 inhabitants.

Climate

The climate in Málaga is extremely moderate in winter with very mild minimum temperatures. The summers are tempered by the city's proximity to the sea. Rainfall is low with an average of 469.2 mm. The highest rainfall occurs between November and March; the summer is very dry. On average rain falls on 70.9 days. Málaga enjoys an annual average of 2,901 hours of sunshine. The maximum hours of sunshine are achieved in July with an average of 354 hours and the minimum hours of sunshine are in December with 167 hours. This, together with the mild temperatures, make Málaga's climate ideal in winter and very pleasant in spring and autumn. The prevailing winds are gentle breezes from the S and SE. The mean maximum gusts of wind reach speeds of 83 km/h. The average pressure is 760.6 mm.

Street maps

http://callejero.malaga.eu/

What to see and do

The Cathedral 

http://www.diocesismalaga.es/visita-a-la-catedral-y-museo-catedralicio/)

Cathedral

Its full name is Nuestra Señora de la Encarnación (Our Lady of Incarnation) although in Málaga it is simply known as "the Cathedral". Cathedrals are important in all cities, but here in Málaga it is even more important than usual. It is not only a religious building but a landmark, a national landmark, a milestone along the road and a witness to many events. The building is one of the best examples of Spanish religious art and it is located on the remains of other cultural buildings such as the early Almohad mosque. Its foundations were laid around 1530 and work ended in the 17th century, although it is unfinished and lacks coping on the main façade and the south tower. The missing tower has led to it being popularly known as La Manquita (one-armed) and a legend that is still told today says that the money allocated for its completion in the 19th century was sent to pay for the wars in America, although there is evidence that the money actually went to fund emergency public works in the province. With three naves with ambulatories, it is in some ways an evolution of Gothic art. This style initially welcomed the new Renaissance ideas building all the naves to the same height with ribbed vaults forming the characteristic cupolas that can be seen from above, for example, when you observe the cathedral from the Málaga Palacio hotel.

Roman Theatre

Teatro romano

Málaga's Roman Theatre is one of the remaining symbols of Roman Hispania in the city. In addition to the theatre itself, it has a modern interpretation centre where new technologies present the life and customs of the time. The Theatre has also been returned to its original use and different types of shows take place inside. Discovered in 1951, it lay half-hidden for many years by the Casa de la Cultura (Culture House) building, built between 1940 to 1942 and renovated in the 1960s. It was during these works when the first signs of the Theatre were discovered and the Casa de Cultura was demolished to uncover and properly assess this theatre, which came to be a part of the cultural programmes of 1992. Excavations began by uncovering the proescenium, that is, the stage, remnants of the Orchestra, the place reserved for senators and the cavea. These stands have a 31-metre radius and reach a height of 16 metres; there are thirteen raised rows of seats and the entrances passageways, what is referred to as the vomitorium. Built in the time of Augustus in the 1st century AD, it was in use until the 3rd century. Much of its construction material such as stones, columns and carved stones were later used for building the Alcazaba. The interpretation centre is decorated on the outside by original fragments of the Lex Flavia Malacitana (municipal code of law, which granted free-born persons the privileges of Roman citizenship), recovered in the excavations.

Alcazaba

Alcazaba

This fortress palace, whose name in Arabic means citadel, is one of the city's historical monuments and is much visited because of its history and beauty. The building that dates from the Muslim period is located at the foot of the Gibralfaro hill, crowned by the Arab defence works to which the Alcazaba is connected by a walled passage known as the Coracha. With the Roman Theatre and the Aduana Customs Building, this special corner offers the chance to observe Roman, Arab and Renaissance culture, all within a few yards of each other.

According to Arab historians, it was built between 1057 and 1063 at the instructions of Badis, King of the Berber Taifa of Granada. Transported material was used in its construction and columns, capitals and other materials were taken from the nearby Roman Theatre.

The Almoravids in 1092 and the Almohads in 1146 reached Málaga. In 1279 the city was conquered by Muhammed II Ben al-Ahmar and became part of the Nasrid kingdom. The renovation of the building on its rocky base gave it a markedly Nasrid appearance. It combines its defensive purpose with the beauty characteristic of an Arab palace and is organised around rectangular patios and spaces around gardens and pools. According to the traditional architectural tenets of Granada, the rooms attempt to combine the play of light and shade that the Arab master builders achieved so well.

The building's military components make it one of the most important Muslim works in Spain today. Despite its machiolations, turrets, arrow slits and battlements, perhaps its most effective defence was its location, overlooking the city and bay.

In its day it was surrounded by a neighbourhood that no longer exists with latrines in every house and its own sewerage system, proof of the high level of civilisation achieved at the time.

It was restored several times and most recently in the 20th century, and today the building and its important archaeological legacy can be visited. Remains of the Roman walls lined with red stucco appeared and small cisterns carved into the slate and used for making garum (the fish paste made by the Romans) were found during the first archaeological dig. There is also a dungeon where Christian slave girls were locked after working during the day.

The Castle of Gibralfaro

Gibralfaro

This Castle, built in the 14th. Century to house troops and protect the Alcazaba, is today one of the most visited monuments in Málaga. From its walls, visitors get spectacular views of the city and you can visit the Interpretation Centre to discover the site's history.

It was named after a lighthouse at its peak (Jabal-Faruk, the light mountain). Although it was used by the Phoenicians and Romans, in 1340 the Nasrid King Yusuf I made the place into a fortress.

During the reconquest (i.e. the Reconquista) it was besieged by the Catholic Monarchs in the summer of 1487 and Ferdinand the Catholic made it his temporary residence after the victory. In addition, he designated the castle as a symbol on the coat of arms of the city.

It was considered the most impregnable fortress on the Iberian peninsula for a time. It has two lines of walls and eight towers. The outer wall meets the coracha, zigzagging walls arranged to link to the Alcazaba Castle. Inside you can walk around the whole perimeter of the fortress.

The Castle is divided into two parts. The upper part is called the main courtyard and houses the Interpretation Centre where you can discover the history of the castle through the lives of its inhabitants. You will find the Main Tower (Torre Mayor), 17 metres high, the Phoenician well and the baths in this section. The Airón well was dug in solid rock to a depth of 40 meters.

The lower part, or courtyard, held the troop barracks and stables. The watchtower or White Tower (Torre Blanca), facing the North East, is one of the most visible ones and inside you will find a water tank, auxiliary buildings and storerooms.

Malaga´s Park

Parque Málaga

Located between the Alameda Principal and the Paseo de España, which runs parallel to Guadiaro Quay, the park extends from the Plaza de General Torrijos to Plaza de la Marina.

It is made up of three walkways, each 800 metres long and ten metres wide; one is on the north side and the other two are to the south of the 25 metre-wide central thoroughfare for vehicles, a continuation of the Alameda Principal.

It covers an area of 30,000 square metres if we count the rose garden surrounded by orange and cypress trees next to the City Council building and the gardens called Jardines de Puerta Oscura.

Picasso Museum

http://www.museopicassomalaga.org/

Picasso Museo Málaga

Buenavista Palace houses a permanent collection showing eight decades of work by Pablo Picasso, who was born in Málaga in 1881. The collection conveys the rigor and creativity of an artist who is essential to understand the history of Western art. Further, temporary exhibitions delve into the artistic context, while the program of activities proposes many ways to enjoy the arts.

The Museo Picasso Málaga was born of the brilliant painter's desire to have an exhibition space in his hometown. Christine and Bernard Picasso, daughter-in-law and grandson of the artist, made this wish possible by providing the core of the collection.

The collection features 233 works that cover 80 years of the painter's work, from 1892 to 1972. In its 11 rooms, you can see how Picasso breaks with convention and breaks new creative ground. He is considered the most important artist of the 20th century. He was also a very versatile creator, as proved by works in several disciplines.

Subjects such as support for the most disadvantaged, family, familiar characters, everyday occurrences, are examples of what can be found in the work exhibited in Málaga. Among these we can single out some, such as "Mother and Child", "Composition", "Woman with arms raised", "Acrobat", "Olga Khokhlova with shawl" or "Insect".

Centre Pompidou Malaga

http://centrepompidou-malaga.eu/

Centro Pompidou

The center proposes all public to feel the experience of the Centre Pompidou through its wealthy collection, its excellent schedules, the mutual interference of artistic disciplines and its innovative mediation programs. Malaga, birthplace of Picasso and an international tourist destination place, positions the culture and the museums in the center of a new stage of its development.

The exhibition presented by the permanent collection of the Centre Pompidou Malaga is divided into five topics: las metamorfosis, el cuerpo en pedazos, el cuerpo político, autorretratos, el hombre sin rostro (the metamorphosis, the body in pieces, the political body, self-portraits and the man without a face). They are extended pointing in two directions. It is an emblematic building and a unique cultural model.

In Malaga, the Centre Pompidou will offer a permanent exhibition of several dozens of works of the impressionist collection of the Centre Pompidou in Paris, inviting the public to explore the art of the XX and XXI centuries. Some of the names in the first presentation of the collections, which exceeds the 90 pieces, suffice to highlight the importance of the project: Francis Bacon, Georg Baselitz, Constantin Brâncuși, Alexander Calder, Marc Chagall, Giorgio de Chirico, Max Ernst, Alberto Giacometti, Jean Hélion, Frida Kahlo, Fernand Léger, René Magritte, Joan Miró, Francis Picabia, Pablo Picasso, Antoni Tàpies, Jean Tinguely and Kees Van Dongen.

Along with this permanent presence, two or three temporary exhibitions, either thematic or monographic, will be presented per year. These exhibitions will explore the different parts of the collection (photography, design, architecture, and video). This experience will be lived through multidisciplinary programs dedicated to the dance, the performance, the word and the cinema, helped by devices intended mostly for a younger audience.

Carmen Thyssen Museum Malaga

http://www.carmenthyssenmalaga.org/es

Museo Thyssen

The Carmen Thyssen Museum Málaga is the most comprehensive collection of 19th-century Andalusian painting in Spain. It is located in the Palacio de Villalón, a 16th-century palatial building located in the heart of Málaga. The permanent collection consists of 230 works that brilliantly summarise 19th-century Spanish art.

These works of the Carmen Thyssen Bornemisza Collection have been on display since March 2011. The works are mainly from the 19th and early 20th centuries. There are four different routes.

Old Masters: housed in the former Palace chapel, are works of great masters of the 13th to the 17th century, such as Zurbarán or Ezquerra. The latter is the creator of an outstanding work that you can view in the museum: "Santa Marina".

Romantic Landscape and Costumbrismo displays how the way of capturing landscapes changed during romanticism. In these works, national and foreign authors recreate bullfighting traditions, gypsy themes, fiestas or architecture with a Morisco air.

Précieux style and naturalist painting: the change in Spanish painting in the mid-19th century fills the works with colour and realism. The paintings are smaller, but have more detail, leaving aside romance to focus on reality.

Fin-de-siècle: this section brings together major artists who were key figures in rethinking and modernising Spanish painting at the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th centuries. Sorolla, Casas and Iturrino share space with Zuloaga and Julio Romero de Torres, a Cordoban painter and creator of works like "Buenaventura", which can be seen at this museum.

 

More tourist information: http://www.malagaturismo.com/en