A GREAT CITY
The city of Malaga is today one of the most internationally popular cultural destinations. Its valuable historical and artistic heritage owes its merits to the Phoenicians, Romans and Arabs, and the Roman Theatre, the Arab castle (Alcazaba) and the Castle of Gibralfaro constitute one of the Spain's best preserved archaeological sites. There is an extraordinarily wide variety of museums, with 37 major museums including such as the Malaga Picasso Museum, the Malaga Pompidou Centre, the Russian Museum collection, St. Petersburg/Malaga or the Carmen Thyssen Museum, among others.
There are outstanding natural areas, too, such as the La Concepción Historic-Botanical Gardens or the Natural Park of the Montes de Malaga. Its rich, varied gastronomy draws its main ingredients from the sea and the mountains: anchovies, cockles, skewers of sardines, kid meat, sausages, cheeses and, last but not least, the delicious sweet dessert wine of Malaga. And, of course, there is the sunshine and those miles of sandy beaches.
Malaga is the capital of its province and the fifth most highly populated city in Spain. Situated in the south of the Iberian Peninsula, the city lies in a privileged natural site. The municipality covers an area of 398.25 square kilometres and has around 568,000 inhabitants, while the metropolitan area has an area of 7.276 square kilometres and a population of 1,641,098 inhabitants.
Its coasts are bathed by the Mediterranean Sea and the city is surrounded by the mountains of Malaga, which form a rocky barrier protecting it from the northern chills. The sea naturally regulates the temperature, producing a mild climate all the year round, with temperate winters and not too hot summers. The warmest months are July and August and the coldest, December and February. In an average year, temperatures range from a minimum of 13°C up to a maximum of 22.8°C, with a mean 2,901 hours of sunshine per year.
Malaga has a natural heritage with a wide range of attractive country areas. One of the sites with greatest ecological value lies at the mouth of the River Guadalhorce, where the banks of the estuary form an island 122 hectares in size, home to many species of birds, especially passage migrants. The Natural Park of the Montes de Malaga covers an area of 4,996 hectares, and boasts over 230 plant species and 160 vertebrates.
With over 3,000 years of history, Malaga, as cultural destination, has one of the highest reputations on the international scene. The birthplace of artists such as Picasso, the city has fulfilled all its potential and provides the visitor with a wide variety of unforgettable moments and experiences.
Malaga is an exciting city where we can admire the monumental heritage left behind by Phoenicians, Romans and Arabs; enjoy the beauty of the art on display in the many museums open every day; savour the delicious, varied cuisine, in bars and restaurants serving top-quality local products which rival the world's best; go shopping in classy local stores while you feel the breeze in your face and the sun on your skin and smell the scents of the sea and jasmine blossom that perfume the city.
Culture, gastronomy, parks, natural areas, beaches, shops, parties – Malaga has everything.
Malaga is a great city in every way.