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THE CITY OF MALAGAMálaga is a city in the AutonomousCommunity of Andalusia, Spain. It lieson the Coast of the Sun of theMediterranean.Population: 568,507 inhabitants
THE CLIMATEMalaga has one of the best climates in Europe.The Malaga Mountains close ranks behind to form a barrier of peaks thatprotects the city from the cold, while the regulating effect of theMediterranean Sea ensures the area its characteristic mild temperatures.The summers are hot, though tempered by the citys proximity to the sea.
MALAGA IN THE HISTORYThe city was founded by the Phoenicians about 770 BC, who built a settlement near thehill on which the Alcazaba stands today. During Roman times, Malaga was declared aconfederated city of Rome.Under the rule of Islamic Arab, the city enjoyed an era of great progress. But in 1487 itwas re-conquered by the Catholic Monarchs.By the end of the 18th century, two high-class families, the Larios and the Heredia,converted Malaga in the second most important industrial centre in the country.
Festivities HOLY WEEKHoly Week, the most baroque, most typically Andalusiancelebration of all, sees Malaga become an enormous stageupon which its entire populace comes together to remember thePassion of Christ.In the candlelight, amidst the gleam of gold and silver and thearoma of incense and orange blossom, the huge processional‘tronos’, veritable moving altarpieces, paint a truly unforgettablepicture.
Festivities ST JOHN’S EVE The Feast of St John coincides with the June solstice also referred to as Midsummer. Festivities are celebrated the night before, on St Johns Eve (June 23), the shortest night of the year. In Málaga bonfires are lit in the streets and on the sand of the beaches. The rituals are jumping over the fire, swimming in the sea at midnight or asking for some wishes, and there are fireworks too.
Festivities ST JOHN’S EVE We do moragas (sardines grilled over open fires) on the beach. Bonfires are lit in order to scare away evil spirits. Some of the bonfires are of huge proportions and will burn all night. The climax of the festival comes at midnight, when juas, large cloth guys filled with sawdust, paper or similar materials, are set on fire.
FestivitiesST JOHN’S EVE Some students burn their books in bonfires celebrating that the school finished and the summer begins.
Festivities ST JOHN’S EVEAt 12 oclock fireworks are launched!
Festivities THE MARITIME PROCESSION OF THE VIRGIN OF CARMEN The typical procession of the Virgin of Carmen is held on 16th July, and is particularly celebrated in those districts of the city with maritime tradition. An image of the Our Lady Carmen is carried through all the fishing districts, and finally placed aboard a fishing boat adorned with flowers, where it is taken out to sea, followed by a multitude of small boats.
PABLO PICASSO, our more internationally known Malaga citizen The early life of Pablo Ruiz Picasso is intimately connected with Malaga city, where he was born in 1881. He is widely known for co-founding the Cubist movement. Among his most famous works are the proto-Cubist Les Demoiselles dAvignon (1907), and Guernica (1937), a portrayal of the German bombing of Guernica during the Spanish Civil War.