As a lot of you guys know i do what I can do promote Málaga as much as possible. Not just because I live here but because Málaga has so much to offer these days.
In Calle Larios they are celebrating right now 50 years of Spain and Málaga´s most popular lager - San Miguel.
So much has changed since the beer came out. Tourism boomed, people bought houses all over Andalucia, then things went quiet and the recession hit us all. But tourism in Spain thrived again and this summer the province of Málaga was one of the most visited.
With me being on my hols from my full time job and yesterday organising my first proper meet for SpainLINKED, bringing together some of the nicest people I have met in my life and feeling proud of what I had achieved - I have more time to go what i called them - Walkabouts.
I am a big fan of taking photographs as well as some of you may know from our chats on Facebook or from you reading my older blogs. Photography is a passion of mine and although i do not posess a proper camera I do have that handy device called a smartphone.
I love to document as much as possible and have lately uploaded more photos and videos to Instagram also, as well as Facebook and Twitter. You could say everything that i do, or
put on my website SpainLINKED for other people gets posted vigourously. Yes i am a post freak!!
I believe in continuous contact with people and in keeping SpainLINKED updated as much as possible.
Anyway back to the theme of the blog. The Future of Málaga is bright. There are so many projects and extensions of projects going on around the city it's pretty amazing.
First of all is the next stage of the Metro, Málagas Underground system that has been running for a while now and is being extended further into the city centre and other urban areas.
Some of it will overground via tranvia - tram - and underground of course.
The stretch of line going past El Corte Inglés going on towards the Avenida Alameda is changing the landscape quite dramatically.
Half of the bridge has now been chipped away very carefully and slowly and now only half of it is left. I will be no doubt updating people with photos in another blog as the work progresses
as well as the other two projects I will mention here but see for yourself in the photos I took - and if you know the bridge and what it was like before - what a huge change has been done.
From another smaller bridge further towards the football stadium - La Rosaleda you can see just below the Ibis hotel an underground pass for cars that has been cut off, from the photo
of that it looks like a scene from The Walking Dead!
The second project is a larger big wheel than the Mirador Princess that came to a halt to move onto another city that they are going to build in Málaga´s port. The Mirador Princess
which I had the pleasure of going on is 70 metres tall. The new Ferris wheel be 100m, taller even still and reached via the ferry terminal roof opposite where the Mirador Princess still stands.
The name of the new wheel will be Estrella de Alborán - Star of the Alboran Sea. The company involved in the new wheel is the same as the present one - Mederyt.
Estimated costs to build the wheel and improve the general area is 40 million euros. A meeting held place at the end of July to discuss the idea and costs and for now it seems
that the project has a political go ahead.
FFinally the third project is believe it or not, bigger even still. 35 metres taller to be exact. A project that could create around 1,300 jobs during construction and when completed a further 350 when the project opens.
The Qatari group are bringing hopefully if all goes well an exciting set up on the furthest side of the port, past the lighthouse and near the Maritime Station where the big cruisers go from.
A new skyscraper hotel, 135 metres tall with a casino and shopping area. It will house a restaurant, auditorium, 280 standard rooms, 20 superior rooms,
24 standard suites, 16 superior suites, 12 royal suites, spa and gym. 35 floors in total. The developers feel confident that all permissions with be granted midpoint of next year. Work could begin at the end of 2017 or beginning of 2018. Construction is expected to last around two and a half years giving a opening date during the year 2020.
To spend a night there though wouldn't be for the people
that come to Andalucia with a rucksack on their back or an average couple or family.
A night at the hotel could cost you between 300 and 600€ a night. So time to save up and treat yourself guys!!
Gallery - Photos by Alistair Watts - Artist impressions above courtesy of Sur in English