'Caleta Palace', the hotel of the intellectuals who saw Málaga burn in the Civil War

The eastern end has always been the privileged area of Malaga, and it remains that way. In that strip that goes from Malagueta to Pedregalejo, there were important buildings, luxury hotels and, once past the Baños del Carmen, the villas of the upper bourgeoisie, nestled under the shadows of El Limonar just four steps from the beach. There, well-to-do families, diplomats and foreign merchants who made their fortune in the industrial boom of the 19th century built their homes there. There was also Caleta Palace, first a shop, then a boarding house, later a summer hotel in Lorca or Falla and, finally, a refuge for a handful of intellectuals, journalists, soldiers, spies and adventurers of all stripes who saw Malaga burn.

Their testimonies have been rescued by José Antonio Hergueta in a feature film nominated for the Goya for best documentary. This week the film premieres in Madrid, where it is also screened to mark the one hundred years of the Hotel Florida (Friday the 19th, El Corte Inglés cultural venue) and there is a dramatized reading with the cast (Tuesday the 16th, Ateneo de Madrid).

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