Spain Guide


Málaga Spain

Malaga is located in the Spanish region of Andalucia. The city is the capital of the Costa del Sol and is probably best known as the home of the celebrated painter Pablo Picasso who was born here in 1881. A modern day son of the city is of course Spanish heartthrob Antonio Banderas.

Malaga is rich in history as you'll see everywhere in its tiny, narrow back streets which have remained surprisingly untouched by modern tourism.

The city was founded by the Phoenicians and has been inhabited by the Greeks, Carthaginians, Romans and Moors. Reminders of its rich past can be seen in various monuments and historic buildings in and around the city including the 16th century renaissance and baroque style cathedral, the Roman theatre and the Alcazaba Moorish castle and Gibralfaro fortress which both have fantastic views of the city and the Mediterranean coastline. Official tourist site for Malaga. (See top right button for English)

Today Malaga is Spain's second largest port and a cosmopolitan city with a population of more than half a million. The old blends comfortably with the new in a maze of medieval streets where you'll find a jumble of bodegas, tapas bars, art galleries and modern boutiques.

It's a typically Andalucian town where the people are open and friendly with seemingly all the time in the world to chat on street corners or enjoy a "paseo" with no particular destination in mind. In the back street bars you'll still find the charming Andalucian tradition of serving free tapas with every drink maybe some dried Serrano ham, some local chorizo sausage, a dish of mussels or prawns.

It's a city vibrant with culture, character and charisma; a city where authentic flamenco music and dancing still thrives (not just for the benefit of the tourists) and a city which never sleeps. It's not uncommon for the local "Malagueños" to take a siesta during the afternoon so they can go out partying at midnight and keep going till dawn.

What a pity that so many foreign tourists only know Malaga for its international airport eight kilometres to the west of the town. They head for their beachfront hotels and never explore the delightful and confusing Moorish streets where you can pop into one of the many old fashioned bodegas and sample the local sweet wine from one of the huge oak casks.

Small wonder the city and its beautiful surroundings have inspired great poets and artists including Salvador Dali who spent some of his most productive years here.

The wider region of Malaga is home to some charming and picturesque Andalucian villages which pepper the inland hillsides. The traditional whitewashed houses of these villages are becoming increasingly popular with expatriate residents who delight in the old fashioned charm and way of life to be found in the hinterland of the Costa del Sol, such a short distance from major national and international transport routes.

Down at Malaga's seafront you'll find good beaches at the edge of the city with numerous bays and excellent seafood restaurants where the daily catch is prepared right on the don't get much fresher than that!