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Málaga, the main city of the Costa del Sol Region, is home to over 670 thousand people. It’s a harbour with many ancient streets and villas, burrowed deep in greenery. Málaga and its surroundings comprise one of the most important and most popular tourist zones in Spain. What's more, it’s the sixth largest city in the country. Málaga’s development as a harbour and centre of trade determined its architecture. You won’t find many castles, manors, fountains and all those things we marvel at in big European cities, here. In Málaga, old buildings were demolished and new, more practical ones erected in their place.

In any case, buildings are not the reason why people come to here. 160 km of beaches, a great climate, 300 days of sun a year and an average annual temperature of 18 degrees make Málaga and the entire region of Costa del Sol an ideal place to live and vacation. There’s a reason why the city has the third biggest airport in Spain and has been favoured by holidaymakers and celebrities since time immemorial.

For centuries, Málaga was ruled by a succession of masters. Established by Phoenicians 2,800 years ago and later conquered by the Romans and the Vandals, it was independent only four times. Moreover, the city belonged to Arabs for over 800 years, and only later did it become part of the Spanish Kingdom. For this reason, Málaga has a lot of cultural heritage and is home to some of the friendliest people in the whole country, who always greet you with big smiles and tasty dishes.

Typical costumes of flamenco in Spain
Photo taken by 123rf.com.  Typical costumes of flamenco in Spain

If you ever come to Costa del Sol, make sure to try some authentic dishes from the south of Spain. The entire coastline of Costa del Sol is littered with hundreds of inexpensive little restaurants and diners. Here you’ll find magnificent seafood and specially-prepared grilled fish – usually sardines. Apart from fish, Málaga is rich in fantastic salads and meat-based dishes. Many restaurants serve cheap lunches and delicious snacks.

The harbour city is the home of such famous artists as the painter Pablo Picasso and the actor Antonio Banderas. The region of Andalusia and Spanish culture in general also became the love objects of the eminent writer Ernest Hemingway, whose books are full of accounts of life in Costa del Sol – and especially of Spanish bullfighting.

Bullring with people practicing the art of bullfighting
Photo taken by 123rf.com.  Bullring with people practicing the art of bullfighting

Most of Picasso's paintings are now in Paris, New York and various private and national galleries. The most personal of his paintings, however, remained in Málaga. The great painter's individual and family portraits, which initially belonged to his family, can now be seen by anyone who's interested.

Every year, Málaga is graced by three memorable cultural events: the Holy Week, the August fair and the Málaga Film Festival. The street processions of the Holy Week begin exactly one week before Easter. It's a memorable and colourful sight.

Those who are after more in-depth knowledge of Spanish culture should come to Málaga in August, when the streets flow with sweet wine, snacks, live flamenco shows, music and historical costumes. Also, don’t forget bullfighting and night festivities in restaurants and clubs.

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