Malaga is the major coastal city of Andalucia, and in many respects is unchanged over time making it a good example of an authentic Andaluz city. With a population of over half a million, it is a thriving town with a great deal to offer the visitor. The currency in operation in Malaga, as in many European countries in the Euro.
Malaga is an old Moorish territory and many interesting historical remains can still be found from that era. La Alcazaba is a fortress dating back almost a century and has now been turned into an architectural museum. Nearby is Castillo de Gibralfaro, a magnificent Moorish structure of the fourteenth century which was the site of a long battle between the citizens of Malaga and the Catholic monarchs Ferdinand & Isobella.
The pleasant climate in Malaga makes it a great place for outdoor activities. Between April & September temperatures usually range from 13 ? 27 celsius. Even during the winter months, it rarely drops below 10 degrees centigrade. Many of the amenities in the centre of the city close for siesta in the early afternoon, so this is the perfect time to enjoy a walk in the sunshine surrounded by the beautiful flowering trees in the City Park.The renowned artist Pablo Picasso was born in Malaga and there is a museum in his honour which is housed in the Palacio de Buenavista in the heart of the city.
The local people, known as Malaguenos, love their food and the city is a great place in which to eat out. The bars and restaurants are where much of the social life of the city takes place. Prices are reasonable, and a good way to get a feel for the local fare is to visit one of the tapas bars where the visitor can try small portions of many local dishes.
For those who love to shop, the main shopping street is Calle Marques de Larios where there are a host of exclusive and expensive boutiques and shops. After a hard days shopping why not relax for a while, enjoy a meal and then go out on the town in one of the many music bars and clubs in the city. Nightlife in Malaga does not really get going till late with many venues not opening their doors before 2300hrs and staying open through the night, so visitors would be wise to adopt the local tradition of a siesta during the afternoon to recharge the batteries for a late night out!.
Malaga is a vibrant city with a lot to see and do and a beautiful climate in which to do it ? check it out!..Dara Ward manages over 20 Irish travel and 150 World travel websites. Some of his sites include Hotels in Barcelona and Dublin Hotels.
By: Dara Ward