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|Some 3000 years ago this city was called MALACA, derived from Malac which means Salt in some Semitic languages because Phoenicians used its harbor for salting fish for many years. They built the fortress overlooking Málaga city which is now replaced by the Alcazaba castle. It was futher inhabited by Greeks in the 6th century BC and then by the Romans in 218 BC, who stayed in Spain for more than six centuries. Some major developments were made during the Roman era. They extended the castle and built a theatre as its base, whose remains can be seen outside Alcazaba castle. Romans also developed Malaga’s Port as major trading port for the exports of iron, copper, lead, olive oil, wine and Garum. The Moors invaded Spain in 711 A.D and called it Al-Andalus. Málaga became a major Moorish city and trading point for figs and wine. They built the Gibralfaro as a defense against the Christian conquerors Isabella and Ferdinand, but after a harsh obstruction Málaga came under the Christian rule in 1487but it did not last long as the City faced a decline which led to a revolt in 1568 by the Moors, which resulted in their complete expulsion from the region.
In 1704 the largest naval battle of Malaga was fought which remained indecisive war. 17th and 18th century were bad times for this region until the 19th century prosperity truly returned to Málaga. Families from the north brought wealth which they invested in factories, shipyards, and sugar refineries. Meanwhile, Malaga’s dessert wine became famous in Royal families which helped soaring of the exports. There was an economic crisis in early 20th century when Malaga faced many natural disasters Agricultural problems and political instability which lead to Civil War of 1936-39. The City, truly recovered under the dictator ship of General Franco. The City met a major boom after 60s mainly through tourism. Many hotels and tourist resorts were built and many developments were made to the city. Today it houses the Spain’s second largest port and the third largest international airport. It is also known as the business and cultural center for the southern Spain.
|Location and size|
|Málaga is located in southernmost part of the Spain. It is the largest city to lie along the Costa del Sol (Sunny coast) on the northern side of the Mediterranean Sea, that’s why it is generally regarded as the capital of Costa del Sol.|
|It is the second most populated city of Andalusia and ranked sixth in Spain. It has population of 568,507 in 2010. Approximately 1.3 million people live in the metropolitan area of Malaga.|
|General characteristics of the locals|
|Málaga city offers a fabulous and vibrant Andalusian atmosphere. The people are very helpful towards tourists because they are used to having foreigners around. You’ll find many British, Irish and Germans who have moved there to enjoy better climate conditions. So don’t worry if you don’t know Spanish, their experience would be of great help to you.|
|WHAT TO DO AND SEE IN MALAGA|
|Alcazaba: The most visited sight of Malaga is this well-preserved castle which dates back to the Arabic Hispanic era around 11th century. It is located on top of a hill in the center of the city, thus allowing a panoramic view over the port of Malaga. There’s an interesting archaeological museum housed in this Castle. You can also visit the remains of an ancient Roman Theatre adjacent to the entrance of the castle
Castillo de Gibralfaro: It was built in 929AD, located on a high hill overlooking Malaga port. The castle walls have been well restored, inside the fortress there are some buildings and courtyards as well. It is less touristy and very interesting place to visit offering a great view over the beach and Malaga’s Port.
Malaga Cathedral: Malaga´s cathedral was built between 1528 and 1782 on the site of a former mosque. The façade of the cathedral is Baroque style while the interior has the influences of Renaissance. The original plan included two towers but only one could be built due to the lack of resources. It is famous as La Manquita since then, which means "one armed woman".
Museo del Vidrio y el Cristal: This museum is the only one of its kind in Andalusia, displaying about 700 objects of glass and crystal, from Egyptian and Roman times to the present. The museum is located in an 18th century palace in downtown Malaga. These artifacts belong to some very important and historic European manufacturers. Objects include chairs, sofas, paintings, mirrors, porcelain, lamps, carpets etc.
Picasso Museum: Museo Picasso (Picasso Museum) was first inaugurated on the 27th October 2003 by the King and the Queen of Spain in the Buenavista Palace. Also visit the adjacent Casa Natal (Birthplace of Picasso), which has been open to public since 1988. It contains some classical art pieces and painting by Picasso. Besides the great display of the work by Picasso, the museum is also devoted to exhibit the city's cultural life.
Interactive Museum of Music: contains one of the most complete private music collections in Europe, with approximately 400 instruments belonging to different eras, countries and cultures. It provides a complete introduction to music, using the most advanced technologies such as interactive panels and audiovisual modules to increase the modern musical knowledge of the visitor.
Museo Carmen Thyssen: The museum of private collection of Baroness Carmen Thyssen containing over 230 paintings which eloquently display some prospects of the great history of Andalusia.
La Conception Botanical & Historical Garden: extensively called the jewel of Málaga these botanical gardens were created in 1850. These are the Spain's most beautiful tropical garden and one of Europe's best and also declared an artistic historical garden in 1943.
|Playa de la Malagueta: The most popular and crowded beach of Malaga that has been awarded with a blue flag as well. It is famous for its black sand, good facilities, accessibility, restaurants and beach bars.
Playa Palo: Located next to El Candado marina also offers good atmosphere, common facilities, restaurants, car parks etc. This beach is considered good for activities such as sailing, diving and swimming.
Playa Del Chanquete: is named after a tiny fish that was once a daily meal of fishermen around this area but are now an endangered species. This beach is a very popular picnic spot for the local families. Restaurants over here serve excellent fresh seafood.
El Candado: It possesses nice sights and many urban developments such as basketball court and other sports facilities. It also has a park for children, beach umbrellas and hammocks, showers and parking.
Playa Huellín: Another well-developed town beach, located in the promenade named after Antonio Banderas.
Playa Las Acacias: This beach is very popular with young people. A grey sandy beach divided into sheltered sandy coves by long rocky breakwaters.
|Ronda: Located about one and a half hour way from Malaga, the mountainous Ronda region with magical scenery. There are many attractions to see here like the Plaza de Toros Maestranza, which is the oldest bullring in Spain, the Church of the Holy Spirit, the charming Town Square and the museum that offers an introduction to the Bullfighting equipment.
Benalmadena: The town is located around 20km from Malaga along the A7 route. It is a beautiful town of white washed buildings which are nestled amongst the pine forests. At Benalmadena you can enjoy a cable car trip into the hills and mountains, as high as 700 meters, where you can enjoy the majestic views of rocky outcrops of the eastern coast and the unmistakable Rock of Gibraltar to the right. There’s an amusement park called Tivoli World near the cable car station with plenty of rides and activities for kids.
Fuengirola and Torremolinos: Famous coastal resort towns of Fuengirola and Torremolinos are also well worth a visit. Fuengirola is home to wonderful Andalusian street markets. Saturday and Tuesday is the day of the large street market. Also enjoy a trip to Fuengirola Zoo and see exotic species of animals
Torremolinos has long been transformed from a small fishing village to one of the most visited areas of the Costa Del Sol Region. There are plenty of attractions to be enjoyed, for all members of the family here.
Frigiliana: It is a lovely white village. Frigiliana has been termed as the most picturesque village in Spain in a government run poll. Many nobles lived in this town during the Moorish rule. Every plaza in the town has got its own history a day trip to Frigiliana can be truly magical.
|Malaga is as family friendly as any city can be. Nearly all the attractions can be visited with the family. Its beaches offer many sports facilities for kids and adults. Or you can take you family to the famous road trips around the other towns of Andalusia.
Try visiting Tivoli World which is an amusement park in the town of Benalmadena, offering plenty of rides and activities for the kids. Or you can also visit Selwo Marina which is the home place for wonderful sea creatures from oceans including dolphins and penguins.
The Crocodile Park and Aqualand located in Torremolinos approximately 20 minute drive south on the A7 from Malaga will guarantee a great day out for the whole family.
|WHERE TO EAT IN MALAGA|
|You can dine for the best Spanish cuisine in Malaga in a reasonable budget. Malaga has a good reputation for its seafood, especially its fried fish which is widely acknowledged as the best in Spain. Many seaside restaurant offer fresh seafood most famous among them is El Tintero II. Vincci Seleccion Posada del Patio Restaurant is a top rated restaurant with a five start hotel that will for sure provide you with great dining experience. Other famous restaurants include El Rescoldo, Restaurante Mariano, El Trillo, Restaurante Real Club Mediterraneo de Malaga and many more.|
|BARS AND NIGHTLIFE IN MALAGA|
|Malaga has a very diverse night life. This city houses some of Spains best night clubs and music bars. Whether you like to relax in a romantic piano bar, or ‘shake the stress away’ at one of the city´s music clubs or a dinner with a cocktail at the port side, this city has everything to suit your needs. Some of the most vibrant bars and pubs are found in Malaga Port, where many venues offer water side terraces. Some of its best Clubs include Vista Andalucía which is one of the most famous flamenco venues and boasts some of the best performers in Andalucia. El Cantor de Jazz is the only jazz bar in Andalusia offering a friendly environment for its visitors. El Jardin is another interesting music bar which is surrounded by some of the city`s most beautiful gardens, and boasts a stunning location. It is housed in an old building which was built in 1887 and is a perfect example of the city´s great architecture. Other famous night venues include Gilbralfao Bar, O'Neill´s Irish Pub, Liceo, Sala Wengé and many more.|
|SHOPPING IN MALAGA|
|Do not under estimate Malaga shopping wise. Many central parts of Malaga offer a good selection of shops, especially around the districts of Pedregalejo and El Palo, near downtown Malaga. Also visit Calle Marques de Larios, which is lined with boutiques, fashion stores, Restaurants and cafés, stretching all the way to the crowdy Plaza de la Constitucion. Many new shopping Malls are being opened in Malaga outskirts.
Try visiting Calle San Miguel in the famous town of Torremolinos, which is one of Spain's best tax free shopping streets. Just take the Cercanias train to Torremolinos from Malaga. There are several jewelry stores, clothes shops and shoe stores, many stalls selling souvenirs, where you can haggle for the best bargains for yourself.
|The weather is considered one of the best in Europe; it enjoys a subtropical Mediterranean climate. It experiences one of the warmest winters in European cities and longest summers which last about 8 months of a year. In winters the average temperatures are 17–18 °C. It is known to have very mildly warm summers with average temperature of 23 °C. This is the reason why so many foreign nationals are moving to Malaga to enjoy its pleasant climate.|