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Málaga Travel Guide

The Province of Málaga is situated on the southern coast of Spain, in the Autonomous Community of Andalusia. It is bordered by the Mediterranean Sea to the South, and by the provinces of Cádiz, Sevilla, Córdoba and Granada. Málaga contains 100 municipalities and 6 regions. Besides the capital, its main cities are Marbella, Vélez-Málaga, Antequera and Ronda. The regions are: La Axarquía, Valle del Guadalhorce, Serranía de Ronda, Comarca de Antequera, Costa del Sol Occidental and Vega de Málaga.

Birthplace of Picasso, the attractive, cosmopolitan city of Málaga is the capital city of the Costa del Sol and lies on a beautiful sweep of bay in Andalucia. Málaga is surrounded by mountains, lying in the southern base of the Axarquía hills, and two rivers, the Guadalmedina and the Guadalhorce. The climate here is mild and equable, the mean annual temperature being about 19 °C (66 °F). Málaga has an International Airport, Pablo Ruiz Picasso Málaga International Airport, that provides the gateway to all of the other Andalusian towns. There are a lot of hotels and tourist facilities to support the number of visitors the surrounding villages and beaches attract each year.

Málaga Travel Guide
Málaga Travel Guide

Málaga Travel Guide
Málaga Travel Guide

 Area 7,308 km²
 Population 1,330,010 (2002)
 Population density 181.99/km²
 Population of the city of Málaga 558,287 (2005 estimates).

As one of the oldest cities in the world Malaga has seen its fair share of inhabitants through the centuries, from the Phoenicians through to the Byzantine many have fallen under her Mediterranean spell. It’s this rich tapestry of former cultures, along with the areas captivating climate, that helped establish it as a tourism hotspot in the 1960’s, Spain, as one of the most popular holiday destinations in Europe.

The advent of cheap flights to Malaga saw visitor numbers skyrocket, and tourism amenities have over the years gradually grown to accommodate this new demand. Indeed, tourism today is one of Malaga’s strongest economies, and being located within the world-renowned Costa del Sol region it enjoys the highest average amounts of sunshine in Spain.

When it comes to enjoying the bountiful Spanish sunshine the beach is the first on all our minds, and as you’d imagine of such a destination you really are spoilt for choice – just keep an eye out of the plane window as your flight to Malaga touches down for an idea of their widespread nature.
Being the closest to the City Centre Playa de la Malagueta is one of Malaga’s more popular beaches, so whilst you might find it busier than some others in the area it is also one of the most convenient for both location and amenities.
With miles of alluring coastline though, whatever it is you’re wanting from your beach trips, you’re sure to find the right one for you, many of Malaga’s beaches possessing the coveted Blue Flag award.

Thanks to its cultural heritage, many of Malaga’s main attractions are remnants of her more prominent former inhabitants, with Roman and Muslim architecture being particularly common throughout the city.
A prime example of this being La Alcazaba, an 11th Century Muslim fortress built upon the remains of a Roman fortress. As such, the site also houses a superb archaeological museum with collections of both Muslim and Roman origin.

Though leaving behind more of an ideological than architectural legacy, Malaga’s most famous son Pablo Picasso lives on through both his Birthplace Museum and the larger Malaga Picasso Museum located in the city’s Old Town area. The Picasso Museum houses over 150 pieces spanning his entire career and is a must for 20th Century art-lovers. Indeed, the cultural offerings in Malaga aren’t restricted to the past, with their Contemporary Art Centre and Interactive Music Museum both being of high repute within the wider art world.

It’s not just the tourists who benefit from Malaga’s gorgeous climate and Mediterranean coastline though, with the area being renowned for its foods, wines and of course the rewards of the sea. For those wanting to experience these wonders outside of a restaurant, the many markets across Malaga are the perfect chance to take in the sights and smells, and with the historic Atarazanas Market on hand what better way combine commerce and culture.

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