The city of Malaga with its 655,000 inhabitants is considered the capital of western Andalusia, and its people are famous for their hospitality and love of life. The area has several kilometres of beaches both in the city itself and along the coast.
Malaga is 3,000 years old. It was founded by the Phoenicians and has been ruled by the Carthaginians, Romans, Visigoths and Arabs and was reconquered by the Catholic Kings at the end of the XV century. All these civilisations have left traces of their rule, especially the Arabs, whose fortifications (Alcazaba, Gibralfaro Castle) are still in good condition and are open to the public.
Streets with typical Andalusian buildings and squares. Hundreds of shops, bars and restaurants add to the bustle in the streets and at night time the town is full of young people visiting the bars and clubs. Malaga’s climate is one of its great attractions. From February-March until the end of October the average temperatures allow sun-bathing on the beach. On the Costa del Sol the sun really does shine all year round.
Although Malaga is the capital of the world-famous Costa del Sol, it is not simply a tourist town. Here, it is possible to enjoy the benefits of living in a big city while being very near to famous tourist areas such as Marbella, Torremolinos, Nerja, Mijas, Fuengirola, Benalmádena, Estepona and many more, but without suffering the disadvantages of the invasion of tourists that these towns suffer in the summer.
The Malaga Fair is in August. It is one of the biggest in the world, and almost a million people enjoy themselves in the streets of the old town during the day and in the enormous Fairground on the outskirts of the city at night.