Playing with Time on the Costa del Sol

Photographs from Malaga

By / August 2017

Malaga, a port city in southern Spain, is one of Andalusia’s cultural capitals. In restaurants, museums, and markets, old and new do a strange dance. Moorish architecture, modern art, and graffiti join together in a kind of collective tribute to the surrounding hills, olive trees, seascape, and sky. Timelessness might just be the theme of this place, which is to say childishness, in the best sense of the word. As Picasso, Malaga’s most famous son, once said, “Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up. ” — SL    

The sunset over Muelleuno (Pier 1), on the Costa del Sol.


The Mercado Central de Atarazanas is an architectural beauty, with its iron framework, high ceiling, and massive stained-glass window depicting Malaga’s glory days. Though the site of Malaga’s main market dates to the 1300s, the current incarnation was constructed in 1868.


Malaga’s main market, the Mercado Central de Atarazanas, offers a wide selection of fish from nearby waters.


Produce at the Mercado Central de Atarazanas. Photograph by Scott Lashinsky.


Though famed painter Pablo Picasso spent the bulk of his life in France, Malaga is his birthplace. “Bust of a Woman on a Bicolor Background” (1928) is one of more than 200 of his works on display at the Picasso Museum in Malaga.


Rafe Pearlman, of the Tyler Bates Band, performs during the Movie Score Malaga event in early July 2017. Tyler Bates (not pictured) is an American composer and guitarist known for scoring movie soundtracks.


The Cuarentuna Malacitana band leads in an impromptu concert at a Malaga cafe.


Malaga has a thriving street art scene. In neighborhoods like Lagunillas and SOHO, works from icons such as Dean Stockton and Shepard Fairey share wall space with lesser known graffiti artists. 


The Centre Pompidou Malaga art museum in Malaga’s Muelleuno (Pier 1) district.


Scott Lashinsky, an EthnoTraveler contributor, is a photographer based in Jordan.