Discovering the mysteries of the Chinitas Passage in Malaga

Discovering the mysteries of the Chinitas Passage in Malaga

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It is said and rumoured that in Andalucia there is no historical centre more authentic and with more history than the centre of Malaga. The second capital of Andalucia and the residence of famous cultural figures such as painter Pablo PIcasso or Estrellita Castro. Malaga hides in the alleyways of the unique history of the old town. This exciting city could be the central theme of a novel or feature film. The most authentic? It comes to life in the so-called Chinitas passage.

Situated face to face with the Petit Palace Plaza Malaga, the Chinitas Passage is one of those mythical places in Malaga where the history is particularly special. This small footpath was more than a key for the commercial and cultural growth of Malaga, it was also the meeting point of the main artistic figures of the country. The main reasons? The creation of the well-known Cafe Chinitas, a place that you could go to enjoy plays and small concerts and it was frequented regularly by Federico Garcia Lorca himself.

This passage which is flanked by two half pointed arks came to life in the middle of the 19th century, in order to connect the 4 busiest areas in the centre of Malaga (the same you can see from your bedroom in the Petit Palace Plaza Malaga hotel). Constitution square , Fresca street, Santa Maria street and the popular Nicasio street.

Although it’s not a neighborhood or a street, the fact is that Chinitas Passage was, as we said earlier, a crucial point for the commercial development of the historic centre of Malaga, as it connected the four areas of the city in a way that gave visibility to dozens of smaller alleys that began to come to life thanks to the craft shops, small hotels and popular cafes. In other words, the passage is a small urban island with its own identity and character.

Furthermore the Constitution Square is a large and beautiful piece of work dating from the 15th century. From the Chinitas Passage one can access other zones of the city like Larios street: the main commercial zone of Malaga.

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