The charm and allure of Malaga has evolved over three thousand years of history. Originally founded by the Phoenicians, the city retains influences from the Greeks, Carthaginians, Romans, Muslim dynasties and finally the Christians. Malaga is the gateway for exploring the Costa del Sol and the inland areas of Andalucia. Sheltered by the Montes de Malaga, the city enjoys the warmest winters in Europe, as well as a fantastic year round climate, where the temperature rarely falls below 17 degrees centigrade.
The rich artistic heritage gives Malaga a strong cultural attraction in addition to excellent local cuisine and fascinating monuments from Moorish and Roman times through to the modern day.
Places To Visit
Malaga is the birthplace of Picasso and the opening of the Picasso Museum in 2003 triggered the city’s cultural rebirth. The city has more museums than any other city in Andalucia and learn about the city through the origins of wine at the Wine Museum, its social history and customs, from the collection of 19th century paintings at the new Carmen Thyssen museum and its famous local personalities such as the painter Felix Revello del Toro.
Great historical monuments include the imposing Baroque Cathedral, popularly known as “La Manquita” (One Armed Woman) and the newly restored Roman Amphitheatre. High on the hill is the Parador (state run hotel), which is situated in the Glbaralfaro Castle.
Malaga is ideal starting point for exploring the rich topography of inland Andalucia and the Costa del Sol.
Local Weather & Useful Info
Sea breezes from the Mediterranean coastline regulate the summer heat to a more comfortable level than the inland Andalusian towns, while the Malaga Mountains form the perfect barrier to protect the city from colder winter weather. However it is still hot in summer, average temperature in July and August is 30 degrees centigrade, though mild between December to February around 15 degrees centigrade. some much needed rainfall is to be expected in the cooler months, but does not last for long.