Málaga is the capital of the province of Málaga, located in the Comunidad Autónoma (autonomous community) of Andalusia, Spain. It is a beachside city, located in southern Spain by the Mediterranean Sea, on the eastern side of the Costa del Sol.
Málaga was founded by the Phoenicians in the 12th century BCS. The city boasts a wealth of history with spectacular monuments and other historical sites spread across the city, witness to its turbulent past. Following the Phoenician settlement, the city was conquered successively by the Romans and the Visigoths and then the Moors took it over in 711. Under Moorish rule, Málaga became one of the most important cities in Andalusia. When the caliphate of Córdoba disintegrated, the kingdom of Málaga was founded. It was first ruled by emirs who after several failed attempts, the city was taken over by the Christians on August 19,1487.
MONUMENTS THAT STAND THE TEST OF TIME
Perched above the city is Mount Gibralfaro, where an ancient Arab fortress nestles. The cathedral, located in the city centre, right in the heart of the old town, originally was meant to be a mosque. Construction started in 1528. The first tower was completed in 1782 and the second tower remains uncompleted to this day. The city boasts numerous churches including the Santo Cristo de la Salud, Sagrario and Victoria, the latter known for its macabre decorations on the tomb of the counts of Luna. The Provincial Museum of Arts offers a wonderful collection, a mixture of 17th-century masterpieces and modern works of art, including some famous paintings by Pablo Picasso, who was born and raised in the city of Málaga. As a matter of fact, his home of birth, No. 16, Plaza de la Merced is open to the public. His home has now been turned into the Picasso Museum. Málaga offers a wealth of cultural centres including the Pompidou Centre and the Russian State Museum. Whilst the Gibralfaro fortress remains in its original state, the Moorish castle, the Alcazaba, has been converted into a museum surrounded by spectacular gardens.
THE CITY’S MAIN ECONOMIC ACTIVITY
Málaga is the second largest port on Spain’s Mediterranean coastline, after Barcelona.
Import and Export
As one of Spain’s largest ports, one of its main economic activities is import and export of goods. The port’s main exports include products produced in the eastern Andalusian region such as iron, ore, dried fruit, almonds, olive oil, oranges, lemons, olives, canned anchovies and the famous Málaga sweet wine. Its principal imports are petroleum, corn and steel.
In 1992 Málaga opened the Andalusia Technology Park opened to encourage the development of technology within the area. The Technology Park is now home to huge international technology enterprises including oracle to name one. It has become one of Europe’s key centre for development and research.
Due to its seaside location and wonderful weather, Málaga has got a very buoyant tourist industry. Its airport, Pablo Picasso, is one of the busiest airports in Spain, welcoming millions of tourists per year from all over Europe and other parts of the world too. The British, Germans, Scandinavians, Russians and French make up the majority of its guests. Surrounded by a wealth of world-renown golf courses, it is also a number one destination for golfers worldwide. Especially as many of the golf courses host various international golfing events and competitions throughout the year.
Real Estate is certainly one of the big drivers of its economy and that of the province of Málaga. Perhaps one of Europe’s number one destinations for a “home away from home”, Málaga welcomes property investors throughout the year. As a result, there are areas within the province, including Marbella, Fuengirola and Sotogrande that have a wealth of properties owned by foreigners in some municipalities it is close to a 50/50 ratio between local owners and foreign owners. This makes for a very multicultural environment, where people enjoy each other’s cultures, celebrate and share their own customs as well as local customs. A fantastic blend which makes living at home away from home, easy and comfortable under bright blue skies, sunny beaches and year-round warm weather.
PLACES OF INTEREST
Málaga Capital includes 11 districts each with numerous Barrios (quarter). Here are five of the top “barrios” to live in.
La Malagueta – Málaga’s Magical Jewel
La Malagueta is Málaga’s magical jewel. Centrally located on the seafront, nestled between spectacular buildings of the nineteenth century, large, decorative trees and modern skyscrapers, La Malagueta is the city’s most prestigious neighbourhood and consequently the most expensive part of Malaga. Lined by the city’s best beach carrying the same name and including some of Málaga’s main attractions, La Malagueta is a spectacular city centre neighbourhood, offering a fantastic lifestyle.
The Plaza de Toros, an ancient structure towering over the city, is a testament of its history. In front of the bullring is the Reding Promenade, which takes its name from the Swiss soldier, Teodoro Reding, who helped the Spanish army defeat the French troops at the Battle of Bailén. The promenade joins the city centre from the east with its majestic, shaded boulevard of large Fiscus, ornamented by an array of beautifully designed buildings, a combination of the old 19th-century bourgeoisie and modern skyscrapers.
One of the well-known buildings is the Malaga Museum of Heritage, which houses 4,000 pieces of Malaga’s heritage. To the west, the Paseo de Reding extends to the Paseo del Parque and to the east through the Paseo de Sancha, parallel to the coastline, towards Pedregalejo and El Palo.
The port includes the famous lighthouse, La Farola, boasting over 200 years of history. From there lies the brand new boardwalk, Muelle Uno and the Palmeral de las Sorpresas, where visitors can enjoy the breath-taking sceneries of the Mediterranean Sea, the port where private luxury yachts moor and are flooded with choice when it comes to delicious portside restaurants and shops. The Pompidou Centre, a spectacular glass cube, is never short of contemporary art displays, and Calle Larios, a shopper’s paradise, is just a stone’s throw away.
El Palo is a beautiful beachfront residential neighbourhood on the east side of Málaga, the city. Until recently this quiet fisherman neighbourhood, nestled by the Mediterranean Sea in the deep southern part of Spain, was relatively unknown to the outside world. However, its burgeoning dining scene, trendy seafood bistros and traditional “chiringuitos” (beach bars) serving exquisite Mediterranean dishes amid distinctive, colourful homes, has placed El Palo on the map.
One of the most desirable places to live, Europeans including Scandinavians, the French, Belgians, Germans and the English succumb to temptation and choose El Palo for their second home or to retire. This ideal location has everything to offer even for the most discerning.
El Palo brings the best of both worlds: the city buzz at your doorstep and the relaxed, healthy Mediterranean lifestyle under the sun. Those looking for the cultural buzz of a capital city have got everything from museums, art galleries, restaurants and bars all a stone’s throw away from their home. Equally, Kayakers and paddle-boarders can enjoy the sunshine offshore from the linked beaches of Playas del Palo, while the seaside promenade is popular for biking and sunset walks.
El Limonar is located towards the northeast of la Malagueta and is, beyond any doubt, another of Malaga’s privileged neighbourhoods. This quiet neighbourhood, is surrounded by a green picturesque landscape, ideal for those seeking a near get away from the daily hustle and bustle of Malaga. The residential neighbourhood is home to some very impressive homes with stunning views to the Mediterranean Sea and the entire city.
El Casco Antiguo – The Old Town
Located in the heart of the capital, Málaga’s Casco Antiguo (Old Town) is where all the action is and where lies the largest concentration of historical monuments and sights of the city. The streets are narrow, somewhat like a Medina in Morocco and very charming.
The old town is comprised of historical buildings, a testament of Malaga’s multi-layered history, including museums, churches and typical Andalusian squares surrounded by an abundance of local cafés, restaurants, shops, boutiques, night clubs and souvenir shops. The main square, Plaza de la Constitución, (Constitution square) is the beating heart of the city. It is home to a majestic fountain, Fuente de Génova, a marble fountain of the 16th century – a vivid example of the Renaissance influence.
Calle Marqués de Larios, extends from the Plaza, offering its visitors a wealth of shops, boutiques, restaurants and the city’s well known ice-cream parlours. Often street performers are found entertaining local residents and tourists. In the backdrop of the Plaza lies Picasso’s place of birth and the home where he grew up.
Puerta del Mar, another quaint street in the area is home to a church, Iglesia de San Juan Bautista, whose origins date back to 1487 when Malaga was conquered by the Catholic Kings. The Catedral de la Encarnación de Malaga, (Cathedral of Malaga) is perhaps one of the most famous. It is considered one of the last standing jewels of Andalusia’s Renaissance period. Facing the cathedral’s main entrance is Plaza del Obispo, ornamented with a beautiful fountain in the centre and across from the cathedral lies the Palacio Episcopal, (Episcopal Palace). This palace is classified as a Cultural Heritage site. It was built in 1762. Currently, the building houses the Diocesan Museum of sacred art.
The Teatro Romano de Málaga, (Roman theatre) is located at the foothills of Gibralfaro, near the Alcazaba. The Roman theatre dates from the 1st century BC. Behind the theatre are the high ancient walls of the two fortresses, the Alcazaba and the Gibralfaro. The Alcazaba was built in the 11th century. It was the palace-fortress of one of the Muslim rulers of the city at the time. The Gibralfaro was built in the 14th century.
Plaza de la Merced, also known as Picasso’s place of birth, is home to an obelisk called Genera Torrijos. During the 15th century, this square was a public market. Nowadays it has become a place of recreation and entertainment for residents and visitors alike. The Teatro Cervantes, where the Malaga film festival is held every year, also forms part of this Plaza.
The Old Town boasts an endless list of historical sites and monuments for one to discover. It is a city full of wonderful things to discover and experience.
Soho is Malaga’s bustling artistic culture scene located next to the Guadalmedina River and home to the CAC – Centro de Arte Contemporaneo. The area is inundated with trendy cafés, art galleries, including graffiti. Huge international names have their art plastered on the walls of Malaga’s Soho, including D*FACE, Obey, Pejac and Manuel León.
Soho also offers a wealth of exciting venues including Sala Chela Mar, Sala Alameda UP and Feel Soho Hostel, but the most significant is the CAC, which exhibits world-renown artists, hosts talks, seminars and film screenings. This area is also famous for skateboarding. Skateboarders get to skate in the dry riverbed which has been transformed include great ramps and other exciting features.
Málaga offers a wealth of culinary delights for every pallet. After all, it is famous for its healthy Mediterranean diet. Culinary tourism is a growing business for Málaga and Spain. Spain is one of the countries with the most Michelin star restaurants in the world.
We have selected some of our favourites which we recommend you try. The experience of dining in these places is exquisite.
Sancha de Lara 7, 29015 Málaga
+34 952 220 315
Fresca 12, 29015, Málaga
+34 952 226 851
Plaza de la Capilla, 29016 Málaga
+34 952 003 588
Vélez- Málaga 8, 29016 Málaga
+34 952 225 043
C / Varadero 11, 29017 Malaga
+34 951 431 756
Calle Mariblanca, 10. 29012 Málaga
Calle Calderón De La Barca 6 | Local 2 y 3.
+34 952 220 350
Calle Zegrí, 4, 29015 Málaga
+34 952 228 990
Av. Salvador Allende, 340, 29017 Málaga
+34 952 206 826
Avenida de Pries 16, Malaga
+34 952 609 489
Real Club de Campo Malaga Real Club de Golf el Candado
Baviera Golf Anoreta Golf Club
The British School of Málaga Academia Malaga Plus
Alhambra Instituto Internacional Escuela Waldorf-Steiner Internacional El Farol
Platero Green School Lycée Français – French Liceo
Centro Internacional María Montessori Sunny View School
Sunland International School
Regional Hospital of Málaga Hospital Universitario Virgen de la Victoria
Vithas Hospital Parque San Antonio Hospital Dr. Galvez
Hospital Materno-Infantil Private Clinic in Málaga – Chip Hospital
Sanatorio Maritimo Torremolinos Hospital Angel
Psychiatric Hospital Hospital Civil
Unidad Hospitalizacion de Salud Mental H. Regional
Parada Hospital Clínico