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Malaga proved surprisingly enjoyable and nice tourist stop

The Roman Theater dates from the 1st century BC; it was rediscovered in 1951

The Roman Theater dates from the 1st century BC; it was rediscovered in 1951

Spent 5 days enjoying the best view in Torremolinos; had great apartment but seldom left it and never even went to the beach

Spent 5 days enjoying the best view in Torremolinos; had great apartment but seldom left it and never even went to the beach

Malaga is the southernmost large city in Europe and the 6th largest city in Spain

Malaga is the southernmost large city in Europe and the 6th largest city in Spain

Alcazaba; combo ticket to see hilltop castle and Alcazaba was less than $5; the complex is woefully short of good signs though and I think I walked twice what I should have

Alcazaba; combo ticket to see hilltop castle and Alcazaba was less than $5; the complex is woefully short of good signs though and I think I walked twice what I should have

Nazari Palace within the Alcazaba; the complex is marketed as a mini-Alhambra but that is giving the Malaga Alcazaba way too much credit

Nazari Palace within the Alcazaba; the complex is marketed as a mini-Alhambra but that is giving the Malaga Alcazaba way too much credit

18th century Baroque Bishop's Palace; unique, colorful marble facade makes the building stand out

18th century Baroque Bishop's Palace; unique, colorful marble facade makes the building stand out

The cathedral is crammed in among other buildings making it impossible to get a full shot of its facade; an excellent audioguide provided tons of detail on the interior

The cathedral is crammed in among other buildings making it impossible to get a full shot of its facade; an excellent audioguide provided tons of detail on the interior

Malaga Cathedral was constructed between 1528 and 1782; the cathedral was designed to have two 276 foot towers but only one was built

Malaga Cathedral was constructed between 1528 and 1782; the cathedral was designed to have two 276 foot towers but only one was built

17th century choir stalls carved from mahogany and cedarwood in the Malaga Cathedral; most of the sights in Malaga are within easy walking distance of each other

17th century choir stalls carved from mahogany and cedarwood in the Malaga Cathedral; most of the sights in Malaga are within easy walking distance of each other

Pablo Picasso's birthplace is now a museum; there is also a snazzier Picasso Museum in town

Pablo Picasso's birthplace is now a museum; there is also a snazzier Picasso Museum in town

Walls at the 11th century Castle of Gibralfaro; Malaga sees an estimated 6 million tourists per year

Walls at the 11th century Castle of Gibralfaro; Malaga sees an estimated 6 million tourists per year

I loved the colorful green parrots which were quite common and quite loud; Malaga is the 2nd busiest cruise port on the Iberian peninsula

I loved the colorful green parrots which were quite common and quite loud; Malaga is the 2nd busiest cruise port on the Iberian peninsula

I stayed at an airbnb place in a very working class neighborhood; many people have dogs and they weren't very good about cleaning up after them

I stayed at an airbnb place in a very working class neighborhood; many people have dogs and they weren't very good about cleaning up after them

Malaga is one of the oldest cities in the world having been founded by the Phoenicians in 770 BC

Malaga is one of the oldest cities in the world having been founded by the Phoenicians in 770 BC

Plaza de la Merced; Malaga enjoys 300  days of sunshine a year;  it's a breeze to navigate the coastal area around Malaga by train and/or bus

Plaza de la Merced; Malaga enjoys 300+ days of sunshine a year; it's a breeze to navigate the coastal area around Malaga by train and/or bus

Alcazaba courtyard; the Malaga airport is conveniently linked to Torremolinos and downtown Malaga by train except not at 4:30am when I needed to go

Alcazaba courtyard; the Malaga airport is conveniently linked to Torremolinos and downtown Malaga by train except not at 4:30am when I needed to go

The cathedral was planned with Renaissance architectural ideals but there was a shortfall of building funds so it was finished in Baroque style

The cathedral was planned with Renaissance architectural ideals but there was a shortfall of building funds so it was finished in Baroque style

City Hall and the attractive Parque de Malaga; Malaga has the warmest winters of any large city in Europe

City Hall and the attractive Parque de Malaga; Malaga has the warmest winters of any large city in Europe

The Alcazaba is an impressive complex dating from the 11th century; it was the palace/fortress of the Muslim rulers of the city

The Alcazaba is an impressive complex dating from the 11th century; it was the palace/fortress of the Muslim rulers of the city

Malaga is about 100km east of Gibraltar; it's Mediterranean coast is focused on tourism and is famous as the Costa del Sol

Malaga is about 100km east of Gibraltar; it's Mediterranean coast is focused on tourism and is famous as the Costa del Sol

Malaga is a popular stop for cruise ships; cube in lower left corner is the Center Pompidou Malaga, an off-shoot of the Paris museum, which opened in 2015

Malaga is a popular stop for cruise ships; cube in lower left corner is the Center Pompidou Malaga, an off-shoot of the Paris museum, which opened in 2015

View of the Alcazaba from the Castle of Gibralfaro; the rocky hillside was a natural strategic point and today provides great views

View of the Alcazaba from the Castle of Gibralfaro; the rocky hillside was a natural strategic point and today provides great views

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