Inhabited for more than 2,000 years by different Mediterranean civilizations, Malaga is today a city which combines tradition and modernity. Stretching below the watchful eye of the Castle of Gibralfaro is a lively and bustling city crammed with beautiful corners, such as the Alameda Principal or the promenade of La Farola, in which it is possible to discover neighbourhoods of a rich Andalusian flavour, such as El Perchel or La Trinidad. A city whose streets are filled, year after year, with the popular fervour of its residents during Holy Week, declared to be of international tourist interest. In addition, its position as capital of the Costa del Sol makes it one of the most important tourist destinations in Spain, thanks to its mild climate, its beaches and the excellent golf courses available.
And these are excellent beaches, cleaned every day and with all the services that only a great Spanish beach can offer. And if you want none of this, but to lie on an empty beach with nobody around, or even with no clothes on, you can have that too, because there are also small coves and beaches set aside for naturists.
One could be on another continent by a visit to the interior of the province, and not within a relatively short driving distance of the Costa del Sol. The landscape changes dramatically from place to place, and with 23 protected spaces in the province of Malaga, there is plenty for nature lovers to choose from.
The festive calendar in the province of Malaga is as wide-ranging as it is surprising, with traditional festivals just about everywhere, from Malaga City itself to the smallest of mountain villages. Most of these festivals take place over the summer period, the most important usually being the so-called "feast of the patron saint" of the locality, better known to us all as the annual "feria". Holy Week is an important festival everywhere in Spain, especially in Andalusia, and there are many other types of festivals too, among them the various gastronomic festivals that have become very popular over the past decade.
Malaga is probably best known for its proximity to the popular tourist destination of Costa del Sol in Spain. However, Malaga in Spain also has a rich history as it was the main sea port for the Islamic emirate of Granada that prevailed in Spain centuries ago. Malaga is also the birth place of Picasso who is one of the most famous names in the history of art in Spain. Malaga is not only about sun and beaches, which are incredible. Places such as the Botanical Gardens can be a relaxing way to spend a couple of hours especially for nature enthusiasts. Other places of interest are the Cathedral or the Alcazaba, a good place to visit to get a feel for the Muslim past of Malaga and Spain. Malaga is the birth place of one of Spain's greatest artists; Picasso and you can see more than 200 of Picasso's original works of art at the Picasso Museum.