Malaga City - Fascinating Fact 3

The English Cemetery in Malaga, the oldest Protestant cemetery on mainland Spain (1831) © Michelle Chaplow
The English Cemetery of Malaga is the oldest Protestant cemetery in mainland Spain (1831)

Malaga City - Fascinating Fact 3 -English Cementery

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 George´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.



  • Fact 1 - Malaga´s most famous son, Picasso, finally has a museum with his most personal works
  • Fact 2 - While other Andalucian cities have their Alcazars, Malaga boasts not one but two Moorish castles
  • Fact 3 - A cemetery might seem a curious tourist highlight, but this one has a fascinating history
  • Fact 4 - From Hollywood to Semana Santa, nice guy actor Antonio Banderas is loyal to his beloved Malaga
  • Fact 5 - Art lovers will be spoilt for choice in Malaga
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