Picasso, Pompidou or Thyssen are some of the names of museums that have made Malaga a cultural destination of reference. But beyond all you can find in its museums, this city offers the possibility of enjoying art and leisure in a different way. We invite you to discover the most indie Malaga.
Malaga’s "Soho", the quarter of the arts
Between the Alameda and the Port of Malaga we find the Soho of Malaga, with its exhibition halls, galleries and studios of new creators. The impressive murals painted by graffiti masters such as Obey or D*Face on the facades of some buildings are just a preview of what the quarter of the arts holds. A place that sets trend.
In this neighbourhood full of art you can go to the theatre, update your wardrobe, buy comics and even get a tattoo. Although if you are looking to relax, this area has bars frequented by all kinds of urban tribes. A suggestion? Visit the market of design and crafts that is installed in Calle Tomas Heredia on the first Saturday every month.
A market transformed into a museum
If the streets of Malaga's Soho are like canvas for urban artists from all over the world, the Centre of Contemporary Art of Malaga is the emblem of this neighborhood. Located in the old Wholesale Market, the CAC departs from the traditional concept of museum. Hence, its facilities include exhibitions, conferences, workshops, film series...
In its halls they have been exhibited from works by Andy Warhol, Banksy or Mark Ryden to performances by Marina Abramovic. A bet on the vanguard of which you can enjoy without spending any money, since the entrance to the centre is completely free. Finding the museum is very easy: it is on the left bank of the mouth of the Guadalmedina river.
On the west side of Malaga, next to the Antonio Banderas promenade (street that honours the universal actor from Malaga) La Termica awaits you. Don’t be fooled by the appearance of this building that years ago served as a hospital and a shelter for children. Today it is an innovative centre of cultural production, open to new artistic approaches and a incubator for new creators.
Its pavilions, lounges and gardens host exhibitions, concerts, plays, markets and even cooking workshops throughout the year. And it is also located one mile from the Collection of the Museum of Russian Art in Malaga. The latter, located in the old tobbaco factory, shows a hundred pieces from the fifteenth and twentieth centuries.
Malaga sounds good
Do you like independent music? In Malaga you can listen to the most modern sounds in concert halls spread out on the outskirts of the city. Although if you prefer to live the nightlife of the old town, there are places where guitars and drums sound live at weekends.
You will also find small galleries and alternative art centres in the historic centre where microtheatrical representations, retrospectives or a wide range of shows are held. Surely after this alternative tour you will bring home a new and very pleasant memory of the capital of the Costa del Sol.