Malaga in Spain is the sunflower paradise, located on the Mediterranean Sea and blessed with beautiful beaches. No wonder Malaga is referred to as ‘Paradise City’, or ‘Ciudad del paraiso’ to use the words of Vicente Aleixandre. And to anyone’s astonishment, this summer paradise with summer “8 months a year” has much more to offer than sand and sun, even without impressive Gibralfaro and its beautiful views of the city.
But Malaga is no small town, so it should be missing. Forget the idea of a sleepy village in Spain. Nearly 600,000 people live here, and it is a sizzling life, day and night.
This big city on the Costa del Sol is the hometown of famous people, and by comparison, both Antonio Banderas and Pablo Picasso come from Malaga. The latter’s museum is mandatory to visit.
Malaga furthermore offers the opportunity to see some of the best football teams in the world, because maybe Real Madrid or Barcelona come when you are in town? You can play tennis, golf, scuba or surf yourself. No matter what you choose, conditions are some of the best in Europe.
Also remember that the Spaniards do not pronounce the letter “g” in Malaga, but say “Malaya”.
Get to know Malaga
Malaga is a very old city. Phoenician settlements date back to 770 BC. Their name on the town was Malaka. The Phoenicians salted fish near where you find the city’s port today, and salt in their language was just Malaka.
Malaga has over the years been subject to a number of conquerors, including the Carthaginians and the Romans. As a Roman Republic (Malaca), the city developed considerably, including Malaga receiving a Roman amphitheater, under the reign of Caesar Augustus. Later Malaga came under Arab control and was given the name Malaqah. However, from 1487, Malaga has been under Spanish rule.
Malaga is a city where people live in close proximity. The approx. 600,000 inhabitants are squeezed into less than 400 square kilometers. Malaga belongs to the province of Andalucia and is located in the south of Spain, along the coast of the Mediterranean. The city is the second largest after Seville in Andalucia, and Spain’s 6th largest city overall.
In modern times, Malaga has experienced a thriving growth. Not least, this is due to the creation of a large technology park that has brought companies strong in innovation, research and technology. The park’s more than 500 companies have participated in the city’s population growth. Malaga has also been investing heavily in tourism since the 1960s, which has quite rightly become one of the largest and most important industries for the city.
- Abbreviation: AGP
- Country: Spain
The historic center
Malaga’s historic center is the part of the city where most of the major attractions and sights are. We are talking about the Castle of Gibralfaro, the Roman theater and the cathedral. And as always with old towns it is thick with people and just as full with cozy cafes, bars and small shops. The street Calle Acazabilla is central in this regard.
The heart of Malaga is Plaza de la Merced, a square with bars and eateries buzzing around it, and Picasso’s birthplace not far away. Both locals and tourists use La Merced as a meeting point.
Parque de Malaga
Along the coast, from the old town down to the harbor area, lies the beautiful Parque de Malaga park with its promenade. Open around the clock and packed with impressive palm trees and exotic plants. This is a lovely and almost vital oasis in Malaga when the heat becomes almost unbearable inside the city. Free entrance to the park.
You will also find a beautiful botanical garden at Camino del Jardin Botanico 3. Behind are Jorge Loring and Amalia Heredia. No less than 30,000 square meters of beautiful plants are here.
The beaches of Malaga
Of course, the beaches are of great importance when visiting Malaga. La Malagueta is probably the beach most associated with Malaga. It is very popular and it is not that strange since it is within walking distance of the city center. The beaches can be found north of the city center. Feel free to walk through the new and modern harbor promenade Paseo del Muelle Uno or through the aforementioned Parque de Malaga.
From Playa la Malagueta and further east, one beach comes after another. Many claim that the best is Pedregalejo which is less than 10 minutes from the said Malagueta.
There are also good beaches, indeed, very good ones, in the direction of the airport parallel to the street Calle Pacifico. Take a trip to the Huelin district and stroll the pedestrianized Antonio Banderas walkway with three kilometers of beach and countless beach restaurants by your side.
Spending the whole day on the beaches of Malaga is no problem. There are plenty of restaurants and bars of all price ranges and with different types of dining on and off the beaches.
It should also not be underestimated that many people go to the city of Torremolinos about 20 minutes from Malaga, to enjoy its popular beaches. There are regular buses from the center of Malaga to Torremolinos.
List of Malaga Acronyms
The most commonly used abbreviations about Malaga is AGP which stands for Malaga. In the following table, you can see all acronyms related to Malaga, including abbreviations for airport, city, school, port, government, and etc.