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Málaga, Costa del Sol, Spain

 
 
 

Overview
Málaga is the capital city of Costa del Sol. Located in the middle coast of Costa del Sol, Málaga is the biggest and one of the most beautiful and most visited cities in the region with its International Port which is one of the three international arrival and departure point of Spain. Besides its historical and cultural scene, Málaga also has a great party atmosphere and beautiful beaches.

Things to Do and See in Málaga
The Picasso Museum, Malaga Cathedral and the Gibralfaro Catsle are the most popular places to visit and see in Málaga.

There is subtropical garden which lies between the port and the old town that the cabs making sightseeing tours also located in.

From the medieval citadel, Gibralfaro, visitors may have a spectacular overall look at the town. The lower castle of Gibralfaro is the Moorish Alcazaba fortress. This masterpiece of Spanish Arabic architecture was originally built for protection against pirates in 1040. Later it was renewed by more than a hundred towers and gave place to royal residences. Tourists are attracted by its intimate inner yard surrounded by high walls, fountains, rich flora in the gardens and fascinating view to the city.

Malaga Cathedral which is also called as La Manquita is named as "one armed" by most people as one of its towers has never been completed. It is considered to be one of the masterpieces of the Spanish renaissance.

Teatro Romano, the Roman theatre dating back to 100 BC is the city's most ancient monument that is located at the foot of the Alcazaba.

Food and Drinks in Málaga
The streets with quality bars, cafes, restaurants, and pubs is attractive. There are variety of restaurants to choose from in Málaga.

Coastal Málaga is famous for its freshly caught fish and seafood that is cooked with unique and special skills. Pescaíto frito (mixed fried fish), grilled or marinated fish, anchovies, red mullet, squid and sardines are the famous dishes of Málaga.

Shopping in Málaga
The shops in Málaga are charming. Shopping is one the best daytime attractions in Málaga. Many luxury designer shops and boutiques are lined up on the streets. Travelers and holidaymakers are able to find wide variety of products in excellent quality.

The northern part of Málaga is the place for esparto grass products. In Vélez Málaga visitors may shop delicate handiwork on religious vestments in silk as well as embroidery and metal objects.

Culture, Art and Festivals in Málaga
Málaga has the most popular museums in Costa del Sol which includes; Picasso Archeological Museum, Provincial Gallery of Fine Arts, Cathedral Museum, Arte Sacro Museum, Popular Arts Museum, Aquarium and Holy Week Museum.

The art and architecture is spectacular in Málaga. Malaga is the birthplace of the famous painter Pablo Picasso and the birthplace is located in the corner of the Plaza de la Merced is open to the public for visit. The Picasso Museum is one of the best attractions to take in Malaga. It is located in the former palace in Buenavista.

The Picasso Foundation and the Cultural Center of the Generation of ‘27 in Málaga are the important cultural institutions that are holding numerous cultural events related with painting, literature etc.

Málaga displays a wonderful and lively array of color and the townsfolk’s participation during its “Ferias”. The typical folklore is a must to visit and see. Feria of Málaga in August is one the most visited festivals.

Holy Week is the major grand festival in Costa del Sol and with its traditional display of the passion of Christ by the townsfolk, it holds a special significance especially in Málaga, Riogordo and Ronda. Brotherhoods, religious images, bearers of stages in the Passion of Christ in the company of religious songs.

Festival of Verdiales which is held on Innocents’ Day in the late December are the other lively festivals of autumn and winter in Málaga.


Getting to and Transportation in Málaga
Málaga-Pablo Ruiz Picasso International Airport is the international airport is Costa del Sol and it is 8km from Málaga City. There are a lot of direct flights from many Spanish, European, Northern African and US cities to Costa del Sol via variety of major airlines. (Airport Passenger Information Telephone: (+34) 902 404 704)

There is a Commuter train C1 (Cercanías RENFE, www.renfe.es) runs between Málaga and Fuengirola and stopping opposite Airport Terminal 2. To reach the airport from Málaga by train takes about 15 mins.

The Port of Málaga operates ferries (passengers and goods) between the Iberian Peninsula and the Autonomous City in Africa. Port of Málaga is the leading port for the most Mediterranean cruises.

 
 


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