As much as I like Malaga, and have no doubt the designers and tourist engineers have got it right, personally it has always lacked something.
Huge investment in art and restructuring are paying dividends in so much as attracting international tourists and cruise ships. This time last year I almost sensed a bit of resentment from some local corners. Today everybody is appreciating the benefits.
Malaga is booming in many ways. It is very nice to see.
But, I have a small problem. Malaga lacks honesty.
The statue of Picasso in Plaza de la Merced is a lie. He never sat there in his later years. In fact he left aged just 10 years never to return. Malaga´s supposed new alternative barrio is Soho. Soho in London is South of Holborn. Soho in New York is South of Houston. Soho in Malaga is erm...erm... just a pretend Soho. It goes on.
Perhaps in time the polish will lose it´s gloss and we will all be able to see the real Malaga (north of Plaza de la Merced for anyone really interested).
They really didn´t need to do this. But, whatever, it all works financially.