Malaga is located in the southern part of Spain on the coast of the Mediterranean Sea (see our Malaga map), known as Costa del Sol (the Sunny Coast). It is one of the eight regional capitals of Andalusia and the biggest coastal city in the south of Spain with a population of 1,100,000 aprox. (about a half of that population live in the city of Malaga). The town is located near Sevilla and Granada and its strategically good position at the Mediterranean Sea makes it easy accessible from the sea.
The climate, with more than 300 days of sun and a year around average temperature of 23ºC (73ºF), makes Malaga a perfect location to grow olives and fruits like lemons and oranges. Malaga Beaches and Malaga weather makes the province one of the most popular tourist destinations in Spain. Apart from the industrial sectors listed above, Malaga town has the second largest industrial port in Spain and an important production of textile and alimentary products.
The most important industrial sectors in Malaga are the agriculture and the tourism industry. Malaga airport handles almost 14 million passengers per year, and has become the fourth busiest airport in Spain (the main Costa del Sol airport). In addition, in 2008 will come into service the high-speed train AVE (Alta Velocidad Española). This train service will be able to take people from Malaga to Madrid (and vice versa) in less than 3 hours (you can take up to 6 hours by car, depending on the traffic). Malaga also counts with an Ikea store, it was inaugurated on 30th October 2007 and it's located just 2 minutes away from Malaga airport.
The town of Malaga is a fascinating town with a rich and unique history, which gives visitors a great variety of interesting things to do and see, feel free to take a look at our Malaga Pictures gallery.
Apart from all the cultural attractions, Malaga is a perfect place to enjoy life. The relaxed Mediterranean atmosphere and the perfect climate have attracted many foreigners (both tourists and foreigners settling down in Spain) during nearly half a decade.
The people in Malaga, called Malagueños, are known for going out a lot at night for a chat, a drink or a bite. Therefore the town has a great variety of restaurants, bars and bodegas, which normally are busy throughout the week. The Malagueños are also known for loving everything about their town and they are particularly proud of their two world famous citizens, the painter Pablo Picasso and the actor Antonio Banderas.
Apart from the Costa del sol Beaches and good climate, other Malaga attractions are Malaga gastronomy, Malaga monuments, Malaga museums and nice places to visit like: Alcazabal, the castle of Gibralfaro and popular events like Malaga fair, the Holy week and other festivities.
Malaga airport is being updated. The Malaga Plan has been created with the purpose of taking care of the fast increase in the number of passengers. This plan contemplates, among other performances, the construction of a new terminal building and a new parking terminal for vehicles, and the extension of the landing ground.
Nowadays you can find at Malaga airport useful services for tourists like Malaga airport parking and Malaga airport taxis. You can also book through this page your car hire at Malaga airport.
Sports have a strong influence in Malaga, you can practise all sort of sports and physical activities such as tennis, football (Malaga Football Club), basketball (Unicaja Malaga), Malaga Trekking, jogging or golf (Miguel Angel Jimenez) in the famous Malaga Golf courses (some of them were designed by the well known Spanish golfer Severiano Ballesteros). In addition, Malaga marinas gives you the chance to practise your favourite aquatic sports.
Most of the business are closed on the bank holidays. These are the main festivities in Malaga:
1st January - New Year's Eve
6th January - Epiphany of our Lord
28th February - Andalucia's day
5th April - Holy Thursday
6th April - Holy Friday
1st May - Worker's day
15th August - The Assumption of the Virgin
19th August - Malaga's incorporation to the Castile Crown
8th September - Our Lady of Victoria
12th October - National Day
1st November - All Souls' Day
6th December - Constitution Day
8th December - Virgin birth
25th December - Christmas Eve.
Malaga is a great choice for spanish courses in Spain. There are many schools in Malaga that offer Spanish classes to students whose native language is not Spanish. Cervantes International is one such school that offers Spanish immersion programmes for beginners, intermediate, and advanced students. Students at Cervantes International not only learn Spanish in the classroom, but they also practice the language while sightseeing, discovering the beauties of Malaga, and living with a host family. All these activities are organized by Cervantes International in order for students to feel part of a community at the school and in the city.
Malaga university is divided in two campuses, the old one called "El ejido" (the original University of Malaga), and the newer and bigger one called "Teatinos" (now most of the faculties are found here). At this moment there are more than 35.000 students and 2.000 teachers between both campuses (an average of 16 students per teacher). More information available at www.uma.es (Malaga university official site).
Malaga City council
Mayor: Francisco de la Torre Prados
Address: Avenida de Cervantes, 4 - 29016
Tel:+34 952 135 000
Website: Ayuntamiento de Malaga
Without any doubt, Puerto Banus is the main leisure harbour in Malaga province, indeed it's one of the favourite holiday destinations for celebrities all over Spain and the whole world (including Julio Iglesias, Niki Lauda, Severiano Ballesteros, Antonio Banderas, Miguel Indurain, David Beckham and many other).
Almost 5 million people visit Puerto Banus every year, there are lots of luxury shops and restaurants to enjoy. The harbour has a capacity of 915 moorings and its mouth is 80 metres wide.
Other marinas: Puerto deportivo Cabopino | Puerto deportivo estepona
Fuengirola marina | Marbella Port | El Candado marina | Duquesa marina
Puerto Marina | Real club mediterraneo
Main Malaga Cities
Antequera | Benalmadena | Estepona | Fuengirola | Manilva
Marbella | Mijas | Nerja | Ronda | Torremolinos | Velez Malaga
Other Malaga Villages
Alameda | Alhaurin el Grande | Alhaurin de la Torre | Almachar
Alora | Alozaina | Alpaindeire | Archez | Archidona | Ardales
Arena | Arriate | Atajate | Benagalbon | Benahavis | Benalauria
Benadalid | Benamargosa | Benamocarra | Benaojan | Caleta de velez
Campillos | Carratraca | Cartama | Casabermeja | Casarabonela
Casares | Coin | Colmenar | Comares | Competa | El chorro
Fuente de piedra | Gaucin | Guaro | Istan | Iznate | Maro | Monda
Montejaque | Ojen | Periana | Pizarra | Salobreña | Torrox
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