Malaga - some facts
capital of the Province of MÃ¡laga, in the Autonomous Community of Andalusia, Spain. With a population of 568,479 in 2013, it is the second most populous city of Andalusia and the sixth largest in Spain. The southernmost large city in Europe, it lies on the Costa del Sol (Coast of the Sun) of the Mediterranean, about 100 km (62.14 mi) east of the Strait of Gibraltar and about 130 km (80.78 mi) north of Africa.
MÃ¡laga's history spans about 2,800 years, making it one of the oldest cities in the world. It was founded by the Phoenicians as Malaka about 770 BC, and from the 6th century BC was under the hegemony of Ancient Carthage. Then, from 218 BC, it was ruled by the Roman Republic and later the Roman Empire as Malaca (Latin). After the fall of the empire, it was under Islamic domination as M?laqah (?????) for 800 years, but in 1487, it again came under Christian rule in the Reconquista. The archaeological remains and monuments from the Phoenician, Roman, Arabic and Christian eras make the historic center of the city an "open museum", displaying its history of more than 3,000 years.
This important cultural infrastructure and the artistic heritage have culminated in the nomination of MÃ¡laga as a candidate for the 2016 European Capital of Culture.
The internationally acclaimed painter and sculptor Pablo Picasso, Hebrew poet and Jewish philosopher Solomon Ibn Gabirol and actor Antonio Banderas were born in MÃ¡laga. The magnum opus of Cuban composer Ernesto Lecuona, "Malague?a", is named for the music of this region of Spain.
The most important business sectors in MÃ¡laga are tourism, construction and technology services, but other sectors such as transportation and logistics are beginning to expand. The Andalusia Technology Park (PTA), located in MÃ¡laga, has enjoyed significant growth since its inauguration in 1992. MÃ¡laga is the main economic and financial centre of southern Spain, home of the region's largest bank, Unicaja, and the fourth-ranking city in economic activity in Spain behind Madrid, Barcelona and Valencia.
Holidays and complete freedom
Holiday also a time to rest, because we do well, if thoroughly prepare yourself plan how to spend this period. Full freedom is conducive to holiday travel, therefore it is worthwhile to go in some interesting corner of Europe, visited him and win exciting memories. Definitely worth a command country is Spain, which tourists come each year from around the world. That's where we can soak up the sun and sea, and to enjoy the splendours cultural, culinary and others. You just need to go to a good travel agency, buy a tour and start to count down the days to go. Our holiday could be better than all the previous ones. Therefore, let's use this opportunity!
Main sights of Malaga
The old historic centre of MÃ¡laga reaches the harbour to the south. In the north it is surrounded by mountains, the Montes de MÃ¡laga (part of the Baetic Cordillera) lying in the southern base of the AxarquÃa hills, and two rivers, the Guadalmedina ? the historic center is located on its left bank ? and the Guadalhorce, which flows west of the city into the Mediterranean.
The oldest architectural remains in the city are the walls of the Phoenician city, which are visible in the cellar of the Museo Picasso MÃ¡laga.
The Roman theatre of MÃ¡laga, which dates from the 1st century BC, was rediscovered in 1951.19
The Moors left posterity the dominating presence of the Castle of Gibralfaro, which is connected to the Alcazaba, the lower fortress and royal residence. Both were built during the Taifa period (11th century) and extended during the Nasrid period (13th and 14th centuries). The Alcazaba stands on a hill within the city. Originally, it defended the city from the incursions of pirates. Later, in the 11th century, it was completely rebuilt by the Hammudid dynasty.20 Occupying the eastern hillside that rises from the sea and overlooks the city, the Alcazaba was surrounded by palms and pine trees.