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Information about Malaga
- Malaga is Spain's 6th largest city, with a population of 567,000.
- Located on Spain's southern coast
- The city's international airport is also one of Spain's oldest.
- Malaga has a Mediterranean climate, as well as coastal benefits, such as beautiful beaches.
- Birthplace of Pablo Picasso.
Malaga is located in southern Spain in the Andalusia region. Malaga's coastline is on the Mediterranean Costa del Sol (Spanish for the Sun Coast due to its gorgeous weather), of which Malaga is the capital. Initially founded by the Phoenicians who named the city Malaka (meaning "place where fish are salted"), Malaga's intriguing history spans more than 3,000 years, over which the city has hosted Roman, Muslim and Spanish civilizations - all of these have left their distinct influence on Malaga's unique character. Malaga's commerce and architecture flourished for centuries under Roman and Arab rule. Remnants of the city's historic prosperity can still be seen today in a number of monuments: the Roman amphitheatre is located alongside the Moorish Alcazaba fortress, which stands in the hills that are close to Gibralfaro, an old Muslim palace.
Malaga offers a wide variety of museums, bars, parks, cultural attractions and narrow streets, and visitors can discover the city's beauty and enjoy its engaging features just by taking a walk around town. Calle Marques de Larios is a commercial street that offers great shopping. Malaga's beautiful Cathedral is also in this area, and well worth a visit. The areas of San Agustin and La Judería boast the inviting tranquility of Moorish-style streets. The Plaza de la Merced has many churches and museums that offer proof of the Spanish presence during the post-reconquest period in Malaga.
The city is also the birthplace of Pablo Picasso, and the Museo Picasso Málaga is a must-see attraction for anyone interested in learning more about one of Spain's most famous painters.
Malaga enjoys the warm climate of southern Spain. The mountains protect the city from the north's cool winter winds and the summer months see temperatures regularly reaching over 30ºC.
Many ingredients found in Malaga's cooking traditions come from the sea; meals commonly include fish and other kinds of seafoods. Vegetables also make up a large portion of the diet here, as do fruits (oranges in particular) and of course Andalusia's nutritious Gazpacho soup.
Malaga is a coastal port city, where visitors can enjoy both cultural attractions that reflect its rich history, as well as a social scene that keeps the city lively.