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Welcome to Malaga

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Malaga was founded on the site of an old fishing village where locals used to salt the fish they caught to help preserve them for selling. The word Malaga even comes from the Phoenician word Malaka, which means salt. It’s now one of the oldest continually inhabited cities in all of Europe and has a population of a little more than half a million people. You’ll find it charming, nestled on the coastline of the region of Andalusia, with a typical Mediterranean climate, rolling hills, and beautiful beaches, and a lively international community. With a car hire from Car Rentals Network, you can easily explore the beaches that spread all across the Costa del Sol, and the city: home to many centuries worth of architecture and the vibrant Spanish culture.

 


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Malaga - The Facts

 

  • Perhaps the most well known of Malaga’s residents was Pablo Picasso - one of the founders of the cubist art movement and Malaga escapee - he actually spent much of life living in France. If you’d like to learn more then you should head to the Museo Picasso Malaga that currently holds around 285 pieces of his works. 
  • The city fondly boasts more than 300 sunny days a year and less than 40 days of rain. 
  • In the 19th century wealthy Brits would head to Malaga to help when recovering from sickness. Though as you
    might expect, many didn’t last long and those who were not catholic were buried upright in the sand at night - so disturbingly, their bodies would often reappear on the beach. But in the 1930’s the British Consulate secured a piece of land for an English Cemetery outside the city walls, which is home to, amongst others, the writer Gerald Brenan and poet, Gamel Woolsey. 
  • Malaga has its own branch of flamenco known as malaguenas. 
  • Malaga is home to two Moorish castles, the most impressive of which is The Alcazaba of Malaga which dates
    from the 8th century.  

Malaga - A Short Guide


Perhaps the most popular reason for a visit to Malaga is to lay back and relax on the white sand beaches, of which there are plenty, but it’s the largest city on the Costa del Sol and as such, has a plethora of other things for you to get stuck into should the beaches start to wear you down. If you’re a lover of art then of course a visit to the Museo Picasso Malaga should be on your to do list. It has the largest single collection of works from the artist, including paintings, ceramics and sculptures, all housed in the 16th century Buenavista Palace which in itself is something of a piece of art. If architecture is your thing, then you’ll find the eclectic mix of Roman, Moorish, Baroque and Renaissance stylings quite a feast for the eyes as you wonder around the city passing the dominant Moorish Fortresses and elegant Cathedrals and churches. The most notable of which is the Malaga Cathedral which dates back to the 1600’s and is part Renaissance and part baroque.

 


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If you’d like to indulge in a little festivities while in Malaga, then it’s worth your effort to visit the city during one of the festivals Malaga holds each year. Like elsewhere in Spain, you’ll find that festivals and street celebrations are all part of the lifestyle, but there are 3 festivals of particular interest: the Holy Week celebrations where you’ll see floats depicting scenes from the passion of Christ; the Malaga fair in August and the Malaga Film Festival. Throughout most of these events you’ll be able to enjoy traditional music, dancing on the streets and fabulous food and wine. if you’re a fan of music and are looking for a budget friendly way to enjoy Malaga then the festivals are a great choice, but there is also the Interactive Museum of Music which is great for kids too. There are hundreds of instruments on display, many of which can be played and there are often installations and demonstrations by musicians from the classical and world music genres.

 


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The beaches in Malaga are typical of the Mediterranean coastline, white and dark sand beaches, sun drenched vistas out to the hilly surrounds of the andalusian countryside and fragrant bars and restaurants serving up seafood and Sangria by the bucket. The most popular beach is so due to its convenient location close to the city centre: the Playa de la Malagueta. It is 1.2km long, good for swimming and has plenty of conveniences such as bars and restaurants to keep you fresh throughout the day. Another one close to the centre is the Playa Huellin which is just a short journey away by car and it’s less busy than Playa de la Malagueta, making it a little more laid back. If you’re adventuring around Malaga by car though, what’s to stop you from going further afield to explore some of the less trodden beaches and private coves? Just half an hour along the coastline you’ll find the 300m long Playa Torrox, it’s not busy at all, though with it’s close proximity to the road, it can be a little noisy. As you go further along the coastline you’ll find more and more beaches, many offering first class facilities and other more basic.

 

Travelling around Malaga and the Costa del Sol is perfect when doing so by car. You can rent a car in Malaga from us on great daily rates or even take something for the whole week or more. You’ll find driving through the Andalusian countryside to be exhilarating, with views out over the vast blue sea - spectacular during both day and night, and you’ll encounter beautiful wildlife - it’s the perfect place to just sit and lap up the history, culture and of course the fabulous local foods and wines that you must sample!


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