Málaga Travel Guide
Málaga has the best view in all of Spain. And that's no hype. Just climb the hill of Gibralfaro in the eastern part of the city, upon which sits the Moorish palace, the Alcazaba, and look down: there's the orange oval of the old bullring and the long, white-sand strip of the Playa de la Málagueta below, with the high-rise modern city blocks fanning out along two sides of the harbor and the Paseo del Parque running along the third to connect the two. It's a spectacular birds-eye view, with all the landmarks clearly visible. But there's more. Málaga is also the capital of Spain's famous Costa del Sol, with glorious sun-drenched beaches to establish that fact; plus it offers in itself a supremely historic city that dates from Phoenician times, around 770 BC, with a fabulous collection of archaeological finds to show for it. In fact, Málaga's historic quarter can fairly be described as a living museum, with more than 3,000 years of history on display, covering all the major eras – Phoenician, Roman, Arabic, Christian.
Málaga is the southernmost major city in Europe, situated on the Mediterranean coast in Andalucía, on the banks of the rivers Guadalmedina and Guadalhorce. It is about 63 miles (100 km) east of the Strait of Gibraltar, or 80 miles (130 km) north of Africa.
Málaga has a lot to offer the visitor, but among its principal draws are the ancient Roman Theatre, the Alcazaba and 11th-century Castle of Gibralfaro, the Renaissance Málaga Cathedral, and La Concepcion Botanical and Historical Garden. There are also several good museums here, led by the Museo Picasso. Modern flourishes such as the Palacio de Ferias y Congresos de Málaga further add to the flavor of the city.
Málaga's most famous son is Pablo Picasso. Its most famous Hollywood celebrity is Antonio Banderas. Its most famous musical offering is Cuban composer Ernesto Lecuona's magnum opus, Málagueña, named for the music of the gypsies of Málaga. Its most famous festivals are the centuries-old Holy Week of Málaga and Feria de Málaga.
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