After lunch, we take a look at the house number 15, Plaza de la Merced, birthplace of Pablo Picasso in 1881. Declared a historic-artistic monument of national interest in 1983, the House-Museum began by occupying the first floor before to eventually spread to the entire building. Although the museum is open on Sundays, admission price seems a bit high, so we choose to admire it from the street.
We just had lunch, but as we haven’t ordered any dessert at the restaurant, we head to an ice cream shop located a little further. And we do not regret our decision as homemade ice cream from “Heladeria Freskitto” are simply excellent and frankly cheap, yummy! A must-do if you’re around, both summer and winter!
While enjoying our ice cream, we wander around streets and alleys, but there is nothing to do because everything is closed, like almost everywhere on Sundays. However, this does not prevent us from admiring the facade of some churches like the one of the Holy Martyrs, Saint John and San Felipe Neri, and the tower of the cathedral at a corner of a street.
We also pass by the Picasso museum and learn that, beside of being open on Sundays, is free of charge after 4pm! It’s perfect, so we have some free time before visiting it. We continue our walk through the historic center and get once again in front of the Roman Theatre, lighted by a much better light than during our visit in the morning!
After about an hour of walking, we make a break in a tearoom or “teteria” named simply… “La Teteria”. The place is packed and we are wondering how to get a space for us in there. However, after only 3 minutes of waiting, the staff show us a table that became available about a minute ago. This is the perfect opportunity for a little rest and to taste the fruity and/or spicy specialties of the place, may it be tea, coffee, juice or pastries of all kinds.
When done with our rest, it’s just out of the teahouse that we notice an open church across the street. As we still have some time before visiting the museum, it goes without saying that we spend a few minutes in the building.
Dating from the 16th century, the church of the Convent of Saint Agustin is divided into two distinct parts: the church on one hand, the school and the monks’ cells surrounding the courtyard of the cloister of the other. The church has three naves, is very bright and beautifully decorated, as shown on the pictures above. We still walk a little bit around the church, then go slowly back and then sit down on the terrace of the “Bodeguita El Gallo”, a nice little bar almost opposite the entrance to the Picasso Museum. We take the opportunity to eat some tapas while waiting for 4pm, when we will finally join the queue of visitors to the museum.
As is it the case in many of them, it is forbidden to take pictures or videos. Therefore we leave our bags at the entrance and go to discover the collection of 233 works that are available here. The building is “born” from the desire that a thematic space should be created in the hometown of the artist and the gift of a few works by Christine and Bernard Ruiz-Picasso, respectively daughter and grand-son of the artist, allowed this project to become reality. Browsing through the 11 rooms of the museum, we can follow the evolution of Picasso’s painting which breaks with established standards, but we are somehow disappointed as none of the most famous paintings of the artist are shown here. We go out of the museum a little bit frustrated, but it is all right as we didn’t have to pay 8 euros to get into the musem!
As our bus leaving to Granada is scheduled in less than two hours, we still have the opportunity to return visiting the park of Málaga which we’ve just seen before noon.