Malaga City Information

Facts: Malaga is located in the southern part of Spain and is the biggest coastal city of Andalucia with a population of 600,000 people. Malaga is also known as the Sunny Coast (Costa del Sol), with more than 320 days of sun and a year round average temperature of 23ºC (74ºF). The town is located near Seville and Granada and within the province of Malaga it is possible to visit tourist attractions such as the Caves of Nerja (5,000 year old stalagmite caves) and donkey riding in Mijas. For people who want to go further, it is possible to visit Morocco by boat from the harbor in the center of Malaga. To visit other parts of Spain Malaga flights are available from the airport where you can find connections to all over Spain, Europe and bigger capitals outside Europe.

History: The Phoenicians founded the city of Malaga more the 3000 years ago and it has since been populated by Greeks, Romans and Moors until the Catholic Kings won it back in 1487.

Views over Malaga cityThereafter its strategic position in the Mediterranean sea has made it an important merchant center for Iberia and the rest of the Mediterranean countries. Today Malaga is a cosmopolitan city with Spain's second largest port and third largest international airport. It is also known as the Business and Cultural center for the southern part of Spain, including the Costa del Sol, one of Spain's most popular tourist areas.

Attractions: The rich and diverse history of Malaga can today be discovered by visiting some of the many ancient monuments in the city. The Moors built the castle of Alcazaba (today hosting an archaeological museum) while the Gibralfaro fortress (dating back to the 11th century) and the Romans built a big Roman theater. Malaga also has a lot of parks and gardens in which to relax and enjoy the sun and which are also used on many occasions for open air concerts, flea markets and other attractions. The city of Malaga is full of other attractions such as theaters, shopping malls, cinemas, sports facilities and museums (including the Pablo Picasso museum, which is the pride of the town as it is located in the house where the famous painter was born).

Going Out: Malaga City has a great variety of restaurants, bars and bodegas (a pub where you can try the local Malaga wine directly from the barrel). The people living in Malaga love going out for drinks, a chat or for partying, and the city center gets crowded every night of the week. Apart from Malaga center, you can discover some of the biggest and most popular pubs and discotheques in Spain in the nearby tourist areas of the Costa del Sol (1/2 hour away by bus).

For more information about Malaga, see the following Malaga Guide.or if you are looking for accommodation in Malaga or Costa del Sol take a look at this site where you can find further information about renting apartments in Costa del Sol and Malaga.