Malaga in a hurry – So you’ve time for only one Church…

Cathedral de la Encarnación de Malaga does not open onto a massive square.  Nor is it situated on the highest ground in the city.  So you approach it through the narrow streets of the old town.   This means that it may not pack a punch with its first impression.   But this is truly a beautiful building.   Even if churches are not your thing,  just go and walk around the exterior and spend a while looking at the detail in the brickwork,  doors and decor.

Because you can’t really examine it from afar,  you might not notice at first that the church is unfinished.   Building began on the site of a former mosque in 1528.   As was often the case,  construction continued for a  few hundred years,  resulting in an eclectic  array of architectural styles – Baroque,  Gothic,  Renaissance.   Original plans allowed for two towers but lack of funds meant that only one was completed.  To this day,  the cathedral is nicknamed ‘La Manquita’ – the one-armed woman!














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If you decide to go inside,  the audio tour will guide you through some of the 17 chapels,  the beautiful choir stalls,  two 18th century organs with more than 4000 pipes,  museum, tombs and high altar.   Its worth a visit just to gape at its size and at the stained glass.  The height is unexpected as is the light coming through the windows.

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Small Stuff


Opening Hours:

Open most days at 10.00am.  Closing time varies according to season and weekend services.


Fee for Cathedral is €6 which includes audio self guide.

For €10 you can also access the roof.

Be prepared for queues.






7 thoughts on “Malaga in a hurry – So you’ve time for only one Church…

  1. Mainland offers nice places for photographing. My favorite places are on the Canary Islands – especially Las Palmas.

    Happy and safe travels!

    1. We’ve been to Gran Canaria and Tenerife – some stunning places on both islands – we tend to think of the islands as just beach and package tours but there’s so much more….

  2. Yes indeed. It was in 1969, when I worked in Las Palmas 4½ months. There I learnt Spanish. in 2017, we spent a holiday there and I made four posts showing which we saw.

    This post shows: Santa Catalina, Playa de Las Canteras, many stand up paddle boarding photos, sand sculptures, Castillo de la Luz, boats on the beach and the sea, life on the beach, cruise and tall ship and much more:

    Vacation in Las Palmas 1

    This post shows some general photos from Vegeta, old town of Las Palmas, Columbus house (Casa de Colón), Cathedral of Santa Ana, Plaza Mayor de Santa Ana in front of the Cathedral, dog sculptures in front of the Cathedral and folk music ensemble in front of the Cathedral:

    Vacation in Las Palmas 2

    This post shows: Bandama Caldera, Botanical garden, Dedo de Dios in Puerto de Nieve and coffee plantation.

    Vacation in Las Palmas 3

    This post shows: our visits to the area El Confital where we visited twice. El Confital is surfers’ paradise. There I took great surf photos.

    Vacation in Las Palmas 4

    Did you visit for example to Columbus Museum? It is awesome museum. Bandama Caldera is worth for a visit. Botanical garden is full of gorgeous flowers.

    We are not people who stay on the beach all the holiday, but we want explore places, sights, museums, gardens etc.

    Happy upcoming week end!

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