In the south of Andalusia lies Malaga, a city with endless possibilities for leisure and culture, but which not everyone knows about.
Many of the city’s secrets are not told or have been forgotten over time. In this blog, we bring you a series of curiosities that you didn’t know about Malaga, facts that will make you feel like a real ‘boquerón’.
Considered the oldest cemetery for non-Catholic Christians in Spain, it was founded in 1831 by William Mark, the English consul in the city. Concerned about the eternal rest of his English companions, Mr. William decided to create a space for them.
The location of the monument is currently in a remarkable area, close to the bullring and the Limonar, a bourgeois neighbourhood in the 19th century. Access is free of charge or you can also make a small donation for its conservation. After this, we will walk up the paths surrounded by vegetation, observing the impressive mausoleums and sculptures that can be found there. We can also visit the Anglican church of San Jorge (1891) or the tombs of Roberto Boyd or José María Torrijos, famous liberals who were executed by firing squad. Guided tours are available in both Spanish and English and you can even enjoy night tours.
Every December 28th, specifically on April Fool’s Day, the ‘Fiesta de los Verdiales’ is celebrated in Malaga. With 50 editions in the past, it is considered one of the most popular festivals due to its folklore, music, colours and dances. The name of this festival comes from the ‘Verdial’, that is, a composition of popular music and traditional dances used by men to woo women during the harvesting of the verdial olives. These songs are considered the first ‘fandangos malagueños’.
Depending on the geographical area and the instrument played (guitars, tambourines, violins…), there are several verdial styles. They also differentiate between the different styles of dance, ‘comares, montes or Almogía’. On the other hand, the iconic garments they wear must be in colourful tones.
This brotherhood has its headquarters in the chapel of Veracruz. Its origins date back to 1558 as ‘Hermandad de Jesús Nazareno’, and later, in 1756, they changed its name to the current one. This brotherhood is so popular in the city because Charles III granted them in the 18th century the possibility of releasing a prisoner for a minor conviction every Wednesday of the procession. At a time when the plague was ravaging the city, there were no volunteers to carry the images, so the prisoners volunteered as thanks.
In Malaga, we can enjoy and visit more than 30 museums that reflect the cultural richness of the area. We can find the museum:
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