Information about Malaga

The capital of the province of Malaga and the administrative center of the Costa del Sol, a major Mediterranean port and the second largest city in southern Spain with a population of 560 thousand inhabitants.

Malaga was founded by the Phoenicians before our era (around 1100 BC) under the name of Malaca and managed to endure the onslaught of the Greeks, Carthaginians, Romans, Visigoths, Moors and French, which is reflected in the cunning interweaving of cultures, traditions and architecture.

Today, Malaga is a thriving resort town with picturesque natural landscapes, comfortable and attractive beaches and a large number of hotels on the Mediterranean coast. In addition, Malaga is famous for its wines and olive oil.

In this city, in its historical part (Plaza de la Merced), one of the geniuses of Spanish painting, Pablo Picasso, was born. Now there is a museum in his house. The House Museum is not to be confused with the new Picasso Museum located nearby.

Malaga was also the birthplace of the famous Hollywood actor Antonio Banderas, who from time to time takes part in various events organized to promote tourism in his hometown.

In architecture, the traditions of Moorish architecture are felt, a striking example of which is the Gibralfaro lighthouse castle (“mountain with a lighthouse” or “lighthouse on a cliff”). From the hill, the whole plain and the port are perfectly visible. The place is strategic, so fortresses have been built here since ancient times. From the last castle of the Nasrid era, only the fortress walls have been well preserved.

At the foot of the hill is the Alcazaba fortress, built by the Arabs in the 11th century on the ruins of a Roman bastion and connected to the castle by a passage along the fortress wall.
The presence of the prefix 'al' in the name clearly indicates an Arab origin, although there are almost no real traces of the Moors. Later, the Catholic kings turned the fortress into their residence. Now it is the only palace-fortress that amazes tourists with its rich park area with an abundance of exotic flowers and palm trees and fancy fountains. The seemingly endless labyrinths of courtyards, which are enclosed by high walls, make an especially unforgettable impression. The Alcazaba houses an archaeological museum

Below the Alcazaba, a well-preserved Roman amphitheater (Teatro Romano) (I century) of a classical form. At one time, the fragments of Roman structures were widely used by the Arabs for the construction of defensive lines.

Paseo del Parque stretches along the port with subtropical plants rare for Europe. It is curious that this piece of land was reclaimed from the sea: fish once swam here.

And how many tourists are attracted by the most unusual collection of plants, which is located in the Botanical Garden (Jardín Botánico-Histórico La Concepción) in the center of Malaga. The collection of this Botanical Garden contains various plants from all over the world. Here you can quietly wander along the ornate alleys, enjoying the fabulous beauty of nature, watch the ducks swimming measuredly in the ponds, and throw a coin into the pond with goldfish, making your most cherished wish.

The Cathedral (Catedral y Museo Catedralicio) of Malaga was laid on the site of a former mosque back in 1528, but construction dragged on for more than two centuries: it began at the beginning of the 16th century, after the liberation of Malaga from the Arabs, and lasted until the 18th century. The base of the building is made in the Gothic style, its facades are made in the Renaissance style, and the towers and vaults are in the Baroque style. Several architects had a hand in the construction of the cathedral and interior design at different times, which explains the bizarre mixture of different styles. One of its towers, due to misuse of funds, remained unfinished, which is why the cathedral was popularly nicknamed 'la Manquita' - 'one-handed'.

In August, the grandiose Malaga Feria takes place in Malaga - a traditional fair, considered the second largest in Europe. Noisy processions, music, flamenco, amusement rides, brisk trade... - the fair in Malaga is a living witness to the fun fair traditions of medieval Europe.

Malaga International Airport is located eight kilometers from the city center. A motorway running along the coast connects the airport with resort centers.