Blessed with one of the most agreeable climates in Europe, the sun-kissed resort of Málaga offers a diverse nightlife scene and an open-minded cosmopolitan ambiance that is hard to match elsewhere in the Mediterranean. As the largest resort in southern Spain, it is effectively the capital of the Costa del Sol (Sun Coast), and the most southerly major city on the continent.
Despite its predominantly modern architectural make-up, the city has a proud ancient past, and is still home to the remnants of a Roman theatre. Year after year, millions of tourists fly to this area of Spain to enjoy unforgettable holidays in Málaga.
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This stupendous Renaissance church was completed in the late-18th century after more than two centuries of construction, and contains many elaborate Baroque features in its interior. The building is also noted for its prominent tower and is adjacent to the Iglesia del Sagrano church, which is more than 500 years old.
Created more than 900 years ago during Islamic Spain, the Alcazaba of Málaga is an awe-inspiring palatial fortress with a carefully preserved inner and outer citadel. Here, you can witness the ruins of the Roman theatre that was established more than 1,900 years ago, parts of which were recycled and used for the building of the Gate of the Columns (Puerta de las Columnas).
Opened to the public in 2003, the Museo Picasso Málaga celebrates Malaga's most famous resident, indeed the most famous artist in Spanish history, Pablo Picasso, who was born in the city. See some of his greatest creations and learn about his fascinating life in a venue that is just a short walk from his birthplace, the Plaza de La Merced.
See the enchanting Gibralfaro Castle, which was built more than a millennium ago and still contains its original ramparts. For the perfect family day out, you can visit the popular Tivoli World amusement park, or take a day trip to the Sea Life Benalmádena aquarium in the suburb of Benalmádena.
For mouthwatering Spanish food, you can't go wrong at the El Meson de Cervantes restaurant, which also serves plenty of tantalising fusion dishes. Other reputed places to eat in the city include Brazilian-inspired La Posada de Brasil, the contemporary-themed La Consula restaurant, and the Tapeo de Cervantes serving other delicious tapas dishes.
Highly regarded, value-for-money hotels include the stylish Suite Novotel Malaga Centro, the well-presented Ibis Malaga Centro Ciudad, and the cosy Los Jarales Rural Hotel Istan. Some of the top-rated deluxe hotels are the opulent Room Mate Larios hotel, the charismatic Hotel Villa Guadalupe, and the sophisticated, contemporary Room Mate Lola.