Málaga, capital of the province of the same name, is the fifth most populated city in Spain. It is located in the south of the Iberian Peninsula, in a privileged spot. The city covers 398.25 square kilometres and has a population of almost 568,000 inhabitants, although almost a million people live in the metropolitan area.
Whilst the Mediterranean Sea bathes the Málaga coastline, the Málaga Mountains close ranks behind the city to form a barrier of peaks that protects it from the cold, while the regulating effect of the sea gives the area its characteristically mild temperatures. The hottest months are July and August. December and February are usually the coldest. The average temperatures fall between a maximum of 22.8° C and a minimum of 13° C.
With its excellent location at the entrance to the Mediterranean , Malaga has always been an attractive region to live in. Malaga was founded by the Phoenicians already 3000 years ago . Malaga was already an economic center for the region . After the Phoenicians came the Carthaginians in about 500 BC. The Romans drove the Carthaginians 218 BC. The Romans incorporated Malaga in the Roman Empire and it was the beginning of a strong development of the Malaga region including the Roman Theatre in Malaga.
After the Romans came the Moors who took over large parts of Spain . The Muslims took over most of Spain . They called southern Spain for Al-Andalus which gives the name to the southern province of Malaga is a part of. Andalucia . During this periodthe moors built the Alhambra, Granada , Cordoba and many other cities with Moorish extension. It was a rich region , and as such the Alcazaba gardens and Gibralfaro Castle were built in Malaga.
The Moors were forced to leave Malaga in 1487 and Malaga will now begin a major change from the Muslim city to a Christian . Much of Moorish buildings were destroyed but not all. The Cathedral of Malaga built in the 1500 's to highlight that Malaga had become a Christian city.
Malaga center is very nice with large parts of the center are pedestrianized . Here the pedestrian streets are full of small shops and tapas bars and restaurants. In the center lies Malaga Cathedral which is a big attraction . Below the cathedral lies the newly built harbor with lovely outdoor cafes. Perfect to enjoy the afternoon sun. Malaga is Spain's fifth largest city , and it shows in the vibrant city life . Malaga also has three fine art museum CAC , the municipality's own art museum with many fine exhibits and free admission. Close to Malaga Cathedral is the Picasso museum which has a permanent exhibition of Picasso. Picasso was born in Malaga. Carmen Thyssen Museum is another art museum in Malaga . It has fine collections of 1800 and 1900 century art . Inside Malaga center near Museum Carmen Thyssen is the market hall . It is newly renovated about a year ago and has excellent meat, fish and vegetable stalls.
Malaga attracts many foreigners to buy an apartment or a house with more than 300 sunny days in a year. In Malaga you get both access to big-city life and beach. Malaga has some amazing beaches around the city.
Málaga’s beaches enjoy a privileged location alongside a great city with all that this means in terms of services and attractions. There are 14 kilometres of beaches in the city; they can all be easily reached and are all equipped with all types of high-quality services. In general, the beaches are separated from the urban traffic by a network of wide esplanades, making them true havens of peace and oases of tranquillity.
You will be able to choose between the urban and lively beaches of La Malagueta, Pedregalejo or San Andrés, or the more out of town and secluded beaches such as Guadalmar (with a nudist area) or you can even choose some of the little bays with particular charm such as Baños del Carmen or Peñón del Cuervo.
In addition, you will stumble across numerous beach bars and restaurants along the promenades; these are true sanctuaries of good traditional Málaga cuisine where "fried fish" and skewered sardines reign supreme.
Malaga airport is just outside the center about 10 km . The airport of Malaga is called Malaga Costa Del Sol Airport. The airport was reopened in 2010 after having been expanded properly. Today it is a modern and comfortable airport in Malaga.
Distances to local destinations:
Torremolinos (10 mins), Benalmadena (15 mins), Fuengirola (20 mins), La Cala de Mijas (25 mins), Marbella (35 mins), Puerto Banus (40 mins), San Pedro de Alcantara (45 mins), Estepona (60 mins) and Puerto de la Duquesa (90 mins).