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About Malaga

Down in the South of Spain, resting along the Costa del Sol, lies the heart and capital city of the region, Malaga. Situated in the Autonomous Community of Andalusia, Malaga offers an unforgettable experience with its rich and diverse history. Its history combined with culture, gastronomy and shores of the Mediterranean Sea, make it a truly remarkable destination. Not only that, but with a population of approximately 570,000, it is the fifth most popular city in Spain and the second-most populous city of Andalucia.

The population of Málaga is almost 570,000 in 2015, it is the second-most populous city of Andalusia and the sixth-largest in Spain

Malaga has a subtropical-Mediterranean climate with its combination of very mild winters and hot summers. With an average of approximately 300 days of sunshine and only 50 days of precipitation annually, you can enjoy plenty of sunshine (and more) throughout the year. Whether you choose to spend countless hours on end soaking up the sun on the beach, hiking up the mountains, or even going skiing in the winter months, in Sierra Nevada, the possibilities are endless. Snow is almost non existent in the Costa del Sol although, an interesting fact to know is that Málaga city has once recorded snow in the 20th century, on 2 February 1954.

What to do and see in Malaga

Malaga has a lot to offer in its diverse culture of history and art. Most notably, the world renowned painter and sculptor Pablo Picasso was born in Malaga. As a celebration of his works, the Pablo Picasso Museum was opened in Malaga in 2003 and holds over 280 pieces of his work, donated by members of Picasso’s family. Another famous architectural framework is the Centre Pompidou Malaga, a cuboid glass structure which is a branch of the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris. First opened in 2015, it is located in El Cubo in Malaga port.

The oldest architectural remains in the city are the walls of the Phoenician city, which are visible in the Museo Picasso Málaga.

There are many architectural remains in the city which depict the differing cultures and their reigns, and the best way to visit them is with a private tour of Malaga. The Museo Picasso Malaga, for example, holds the oldest architectural remains of the city in the form of ´the walls of the phoenician city´; there is the Roman theatre of Malaga which dates back as early as 1 BC. The distinguished Cathedral, which was constructed between 1528 and 1782 was planned with ideas of Renaissance architecture. However, due to insufficient building funds, it was completed in Baroque style. Due to its incomplete state, the Cathedral has been named ´La Manquita´ which translates to ´The One-Armed Lady.

Malaga also hosts three major cultural events in the city each year; The Holy Week celebration, the August Malaga Fair (Feria de Malaga)and the Malaga Film Festival. The Holy Week celebration in Malaga holds traditions which are dated back to almost 5 centuries, and can be easily competed with the celebrations in Sevilla. In August, during the celebration of the Feria de Malaga, the streets are adorned with visuals of traditional Spanish culture, history and art. The streets are also laden with wine, tapas and offer live flamenco shows. And lastly, the Malaga Film Festival is a distinguished occasion as it is solely committed to showcasing films that are produced in Spain, making it one of the most important festivals in the country.

Origins of Malaga

The origins of this extraordinary city span back almost 3000 years to the age of the Phoenicians, in around 770 BC; subsequently making it one of the oldest cities in the world.

Malaga’s history spans about 2,800 years, making it one of the oldest cities in the world. It was founded by the Phoenicians about 770 BC.

The phoenicians were an ancient civilisation composed of independent cities which lay along the sea coast. These cities stretched through what is now modern Syria, Lebanon and Northern Israel. In regards to Malaga, The Phoenician people were responsible for founding a commercial centre here as early as 700 BC, which they named ´Malaca´. Accompanied by the Greeks and Carthaginians, they were able to establish Malaca as a key trading post. After Malaga was conquered by the Roman Empire in ca. 3 BC, the name was changed to Flavia Malacita; and the port was used to export raisins, oil, wine and salted fish and meat. The construction of the port greatly increased its status.

However, as is the case with most empires, the beginning of the 5th century saw the fall of the mighty Roman Empire. Malaga was then attacked by the Visigoths tribes who took full control of the of the city once the last of the Romans had left.

The flourishing times of Moors

Subsequently, their domination did not last long, and in the 8th century the Moors invaded Andalucia, naming it Al-Andalus. Malaga was famed at that time for being an important trade centre and port and not only for itself. Famed for its figs and wine, port of Malaga also exported to the whole Mediterranean and to the seaport of the Arabian Kingdom of Granada. The expansion of the town was helped greatly by Abd al Aziz.

Malaga was one of the Iberian cities where Muslim rule persisted the longest, having been part of the Caliphate of Córdoba and later of the Emirate of Granada

Much of Malaga´s culture comes from the cultural remains of Moorish architecture, festivals and cultural celebrations. One of the greatest historical structures left behind was the Gibralfaro. The dominating presence of the Castle of Gibralfaro which is situated on a hill offers breathtaking views; it is connected to the Alcazaba, the lower fortress and royal residence. Both of these castles were built during the Taifa period (11th Century) and extended during the Nasrid period (13th and 14th centuries). The Moorish ruler Yusuf I built the Gibralfaro as a defence against the Christian invaders Isabella and Ferdinand. However, their defences were not strong enough, and in 1487 after a bitter and bleak siege, Malaga fell to the Christians.

Malaga was retaken by Christian forces on 18 August 1487, five years before the fall of Granada.

In the aftermath of the conquest, the Moors were persecuted, executed, the city mosque was turned into a cathedral; and virtually the entire Moorish population was sold into slavery or offered as ´gifts´to Christian rulers. It was a melancholy time for Andalucia, the city collapsed and this in turn caused a revolt from the Moors. But they were not successful, and this resulted in complete expulsion from the region.

The War of Thrones of Modern History

At the early 18th century The War of the Spanish Succession was triggered by the death of Charles II, the last Habsburg King of Spain.

The largest naval battle in the War of the Spanish Succession, took place in the sea south of Málaga

This was known to be the first world war of modern times was a major crisis in European politics. The largest naval battle in the War took place in the sea south of Malaga on 24th August 1704. The Spanish Republican Navy based themselves at Malaga´s harbour, and it suffered heavy bombing and shelling from the opposition during this tumultuous time.

Surprisingly enough, at the end of the Spanish Civil War, there was a significantly large increase in the Spanish tourism industry. Much of which was was relished by Malaga and the rest of the Costa del Sol.