The Spanish city of Málaga is one of the oldest cities in the world, making it a must for lovers of history and culture. Blessed with a sunny Mediterranean climate, beaches and a mountainous backdrop to the north, this Andalusian gem is unsurprisingly popular with tourists. Yet despite the rapid expansion of the tourist industry in the 20th century and its location on the infamous Costa del Sol, Málaga is nowhere near as tacky as you might expect. In fact, it is a city with elegant treelined avenues, a historic centre and inspiring architecture.
Málaga is located in the region of Andalusia in the south of Spain. It lies on the Mediterranean Costa del Sol, 80 miles north of Africa. Visitors staying in holiday apartments in Málaga enjoy an extended tourist season, with the city enjoying about eight months of summer. Even from December to March, the weather tends to be extremely mild.
The city is thought to be about 2,800 years old and the historic centre showcases architecture from an array of eras. Málaga is home to almost 600,000 people, while approximately six million tourists arrive every year to see the city's numerous attractions. Many are so impressed by its charm and pleasant weather that they return to make their homes in Málaga, which now has thriving British and German expat communities.
Visitors to Málaga are certainly spoilt for choice when deciding upon things to do and see. Here's a small sample of what's on offer:
Pablo Picasso's Birthplace The 'Casa Natal' of this worldfamous artist is situated in the historic heart of Málaga. It was built in 1861 20 years before Picasso's birth and was taken over by the Picasso Foundation in 1998, after being listed as an official heritage site in 1983. Visitors can see artworks, family mementos and archive material.
Museo Picasso Málaga The museum opened in October 2003 and has a collection of more than 230 works. There are also a number of other Picasso pieces on temporary loan. The museum is housed in a 16th century palace and should be on the todo list of anyone with an interest in art.
Gibralfaro Castle This undoubtedly offers the best views of the city and the ocean beyond. Situated on a 130mhigh hill, the castle dates back to the early 14th century. If you don't fancy too much walking, you could take a bus up to the castle and enjoy a leisurely stroll back down again.
Alcazaba Málaga's large Alcazaba was built in the early 11th century and is a fine example of a Moorish fortification. It has been surprisingly well preserved, with two of the three original walls remaining. There is a small archaeological museum onsite.
The city is served by Málaga Airport, which is located just eight miles from downtown and handles direct flights from most of the main European cities, as well as further afield. The airport is connected to the city by train and bus routes.
Thanks to its mild Mediterranean climate, Málaga is a yearround destination. The hottest weather is usually experienced in July and August, while July is also the driest month of the year. Those wishing to enjoy sunshine without extreme temperatures may be better off visiting in the spring or autumn.
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