Calle Marqués de Larios is one of the most famous and emblematic streets in town. As a connection to the sea, it serves as an unforgetable entrance to an unique city. For us it is always a pleasure walking through it on our free tours in Málaga. And although it does not have a long history, it is full of beautiful stories.
- Do you know how it got its name? As it was financed by the company “Hijos de Martín Larios”, the Marquis imposed the condition that the street should be baptised with his noble title. Also he changed the orientation of it, to have it just in front of his palace, which does not exist anymore.
- What happened to the people that lived in that area? The people that lived in the area were compensated economically. But before construction started Larios was the owner of the majority of the expropiated buildings, receiving a lot of refunds for it.
- And his statue? After death of the Marquis, city council raised it in 1899 in remembrance and gratitude. It was made by the sculptor Mariano Benlliure from Valencia. The sculpture looks very aged as it lay in the sea for a long time during the Civil War. It was replaced by the statue of the working man, which you can find nowadays on the back of the base.
- During the Second Republic the street was called 14 de abril (14th of April) in remembrance of the announcement of the new democratic system. The day of the military fights it was the scene of little improvised trenches between the rebels and republicans. And later during the Civil War, it was bombed, although it did not suffer big architectural destructions.
- It was the first to become pedestrian. The street is about 16 meters wide, 8 of which were the roadway. This change of image has been applauded, re-awakening its touristic potential and transforming it into one of the most expensive streets in Spain, concerning the rent of commercial stores.
- In Semana Santa it is part of the official route established by the Agrupación de Cofradias. Before the Agrupación was founded, no official route existed. Every brotherhood had a different itinerary. During its construction, the Brotherhood of Azotes y Columna was the first to parade through it, little by little being imitated by others.
- Feria and Christmas are two dates on the calendar during which Calle Larios plays a leading role. During the annual fair in August, the street is covered by canopies to protect it from the sun. It is full of music and traditional dances and the entrance from the Alameda Principal is decorated by a big arch to welcome all its visitors. Christmas is a perfect time to get to know it as well, as it transforms with its famous Christmas lights and other surprises.
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