Málaga’s contemporary approach to tourism seems to be working. The construction of the city’s pier, ‘Muelle Uno’ and the renovation of various neighbourhoods including the trendy Lagunillas, which was once a derelict area of town, have contributed to creating a modern and desirable city to visit and/or live in. Málaga is unique, dating back to 770BC, it has been refined continuously and influenced by different cultures. Everywhere in the city, you will find streetart, but especially in downtown Málaga and Lagunillas.

When did Málaga start its street art project?

2013

There are also various museums and expositions around the city, such as the Picasso museum or Carmen Thyssen, which was once a private collection but is now displayed to the public. Málaga is cultural and this can be seen when visiting the city. The Moorish castle. ‘La Alcazaba’ which overlooks the city, is right next to the Roman amphitheatre.

There is an innovative initiative named MAUS (Malaga Arte Urbano Soho), which aims to cheer up the city, especially the Soho neighbourhood, and create a better place to live. Well-known artists have contributed cooperating with locals and their works can be found almost everywhere.

What makes the project so cool is that the inclusion of different artists allows space for different styles of art and that really suits the city. Seeing streetart in the undiscovered parts of town is cool; abandoned yet also visited, such as the main square of Lagunillas. It seems sad that one day it will all be destroyed to make way for new apartments, but we should trust the town hall. Surely, one of a kind locations will be conserved?

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Jochem Kooloos

Jochem Kooloos

Hi! I'm Jochem, founder of marbelja.nl and (extremely) amateur photographer. Support my project of showing a different side of Marbella by following me at @jochemkoo and @marbelja.nl on Instagram. Read my stories to find out more! For contact mail me at kooloosjochem@gmail.com .

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