Málaga is the second most populous city in Andalucía after Sevilla and the sixth largest in Spain, with 600,000 inhabitants. Its 2,800-year history – Málaga is one of the oldest cities in the world – has been dominated by a strategic location beside the Mediterranean, nestled between two riverbeds and framed by verdant mountains. Málaga province has been inhabited since prehistoric times… paintings of seals found in the Nerja caves are believed to be about 42,000 years old.
Today, Málaga is a mix of modern and historic, an intriguing blend of Roman, Muslim and Spanish cultures, each of which has left behind its own distinctive imprint, more recently enhanced with a major commercial port, airport and university.
The birthplace of Pablo Picasso (and Antonio Banderas), Málaga offers everything from venerable landmarks and ancient ruins to sunny beaches and some of Spain’s most noteworthy centres of contemporary art. Centuries of culture and history are ripe for exploration at the Castillo de Gibralfaro Moorish castle, the Renaissance Málaga Cathedral and the Roman theatre located near the Alcazaba, home of the Archaeological Museum.
Also not to be missed are the Picasso and Carmen Thyssen Museums, just two of the 20 fascinating museums that can be found in Málaga. The Neo-Baroque town hall is one of Málaga’s most important buildings, while the La Malagueta bullring seats 15,000 spectators and includes a museum dedicated to bullfighting.
Málaga has large expanses of beautiful beaches, with La Malagueta extending for more than 2,500 metres. There is a wide and varied range of festivals and musical concerts, as well as the popular August fair, Málaga Carnival and Holy Week (“Semana Santa”), one of the most magical events of the year in Málaga. Between Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday, the brotherhoods (“hermandades”) carry their Christ and Holy Virgin statues in processions through the city.
Shopaholics visiting Málaga will be impressed with the facilities on offer, including major commercial centres and vibrant flea markets. Shopping trips lead visitors to quaint old shops scattered throughout the town, top-brand boutiques in Calle Larios, the city’s high street, and the new Muelle Uno complex near the port.
Nature lovers, on the other hand, can enjoy a vast array of flora in Málaga’s numerous gardens and parks. Málaga houses some of the most beautiful and breathtaking parks and gardens in Europe, among them the stunning Alameda Gardens, Jardines de la Concepcion, El Retiro estate and Málaga Park – a paradise of botanical heritage… lush gardens featuring a diverse range of species dotted with historical sculptures and buildings.
The Andalucía Technology (Parque Tecnológico de Andalucía) is a significant centre for industrial growth in Málaga: agriculture, construction, technology, logistics and transportation. Home to more than 500 companies, the Park is a cutting-edge workplace for more than 13,000 employees.
The city’s important cultural infrastructure and rich artistic heritage culminated in its nomination – ultimately (and some say unjustly) unsuccessful – as a candidate in the election for Europe’s 2016 Capital of Culture.
A convenient 10-minute journey by car from the international airport, with excellent train, bus and taxi connections, Málaga is also well-connected to Andalucía’s other provinces, capital cities and major towns.
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