Historical cemeteries in Malaga, alternative tourism

Malaga has an enormous amount of places to visit, but surely a visit to a cemetery wouldn’t even cross our minds during our stay…a cemetery isn’t exactly a touristy place, and we generally wish not to have to visit one while we’re alive…however, we’ll find, not one, but two cemeteries in Malaga that are well worth a visit as they’re declared cultural value.

Cementerio del Inglés (Englishman’s Cemetery)

It’s the oldest protestant cemetery in Spain and also known as the ‘cementerio de San Jorge’ (St. George’s cemetery), built as from the year 1821 for the British merchants that arrived at Malaga willing to make a fortune, and the truth is that Malaga had great commercial importance in the 19th century.

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Many of the English merchants that arrived to the province were protestants, and back then, most of those burials as they weren’t catholic, were done on the beach at night. This situation remained until 1824, with the arrival of William Mark, the new British consul, when they began the construction by the sea of what we now know as the Englishman’s Cemetery (Cementerio del Inglés).

In first place, we must highlight the cemetery’s first patio that has a great monument dedicated to the family of the British consul. If we continue walking and we reach the second terrace, we will come to a funerary monument in honour to the marines of the Fragata Gneisenau, a ship that sank just off the Malaga coasts around the year 1900 and the remains of the poet Jorge Guillen.

In the area of the primitive cemetery we’ll find the oldest graves covered with shells. One of the first graves there belonged to Robert Boyd, a young man who was executed on the beaches of Malaga in 1831 for defending and participating economically in the defence of freedom. In that same area of the cemetery we’ll also find the remains of the British writer Gerald Brennan and his wife.

The entrance is free, but we do recommend you leave a donation to support the cemetery’s maintenance. There are guided visits during the day and at night that began to be offered not long ago.

Today, this cemetery is also a botanical garden, although the thing that most draws our attention is the amount of old and artistic graves that we’ll find there, with different styles from the neo-gothic to the modernist.

To know more about the english cemetery: http://www.cementerioinglesmalaga.org/

Casabermeja’s Cemetery

Casabermeja cementeryPlanned as a small typical Andalusian town, the cemetery of Casabermeja is built with its streets and squares.

Declared as cultural interest and built during the 18th century, it’s undoubtedly worth a visit to explore its white narrow streets.

This is yet another aspect of Malaga and its history that not everybody knows about.

Holidays in Malaca for only 605.67 denarii

This would be the advert we’d see around the year 200, had we have published it in the blog back then…Ok, Malagaweb has been around for a while, but not that long!

Around the year 200, when the Romans dominated Europe, travelling from Londinium (London) to Malaca (Malaga) took approximately 24 days over 3455 kilometres during the month of August. It was a very long journey mostly by sea bordering the coasts of France and Portugal.

If we would have lived in Londinium around the year 200, and we would have wanted to enjoy our holiday in September in Malaga, we would have had to leave on the first week of August!… however, the positive side is that we would enjoy a trip with stopovers in the great ports of the olden days situated in the Atlantic…although not for a modest price.

Imagine an advert like this: “Enjoy your holidays in Malaca for only 605.67 Denarii” (The Denarii was the Roman coin back then, and 1 Denary would be equivalent to 6.63€; so, calculating the total price of the trip, it would come up to 4028 euros / 3264 pounds)…plus, the journey of 24 days would have enough boat trips to eventually make us get quite fed up.

The prices in Denarrii, based on the use of a faster sail ship and a civil boat (if necessary), and on these options of the route:

  • Per Kilogram of wheat (by donkey): 2.4
  • Per Kilogram of wheat (by cart): 2.41
  • Per passenger by transport: 605.67

Baring in mind that one Denary is equivalent to 6.63 euros, if we do calculations, it comes up to just over 4000 euros / 3264 pounds…a luxury that not many could afford, and this without including our luggage.

On this map we can see which places we would pass through if we would have lived in Roman times:
Londinium to MalacaLuckily, if nowadays we want an affordable vacation, the prices are much cheaper now than back then…and we can reach Malaga by airplane in the blink of an eye.

If we decide to hire a car in Malaga, the prices nowadays are much cheaper than in the olden days. Just imagine an advert like this:

Hire a car in Malaga from 1 Denarii per day, forget about horse caravans and enjoy the air conditioning!

So, do you fancy coming to Malaga these holidays? You’ll be able to enjoy the Roman theatre situated in the centre of Malaga, next to the Gibralfaro castle. In other periods, not everyone could afford it, but nowadays it’s easy to spend a cheap holiday in Malaga.

Thanks to Stanford University roman map http://orbis.stanford.edu/ and the website holidaysresources I was able to gather all this information.