Malaga City - Fact 3

In the 19th century, Malaga was popular with well-to-do Brits recovering from illness. Its mild climate made it ideal for those with a weak constitution, but many succumbed while living here. At first, infidels (non-Catholics) were buried upright in the sand at night, so their bodies would often reappear on the beach. Then in 1830 the British consul finally obtained a plot of land for an English cemetery, outside the city walls. Its more illustrious inhabitants include the writer Gerald Brenan and his wife, poet and novelist, Gamel Woolsey. In this leafy, peaceful haven next to St GeorgeĀ“s church, the inscriptions on the graves offer an intriguing glimpse into the past - look out too for seashells decorating the graves, which symbolise immortality.

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