From the net:
Atarazanas - Malagas central Market
La Puerta de AtarazanaAs with so many buildings in Malaga, the market, offers a fascinating, but hidden history.
The name Atarazanas comes from Moorish times, and when translated literally from the Arabic means a ‘place where ships are repaired’.
Although hard to believe now, most of current day Malaga was underwater during the Moorish rule and the Atarazanas was right at the sea’s edge.
The are records well into the 18th century of people still fishing from the market (ship building yard’s) walls.