Malaga is the capital city of the Costa del Sol, founded by the Phoenicians as a colony some 3000 years ago it has come under the rule of the Romans, the Carthaginians and the Moors. A city of some 600,000 inhabitants, it lives a Janus faced life as both a busy port & industrial centre for the South of Spain, and the gateway to one of the most popular holiday destinations in the world.
Often competing with its neighbour, Seville, as to which claims to be the capital of the region of Andalucia - in reality neither is officially recognised, though this doesn't lessen the rivalry between the two cities.
Malaga is a bustling little city, the old and the new meet on Marques de Larios , Plaza de la Constitución and Calle de Granada , which form the backbone of the shopping area and the thriving nightlife. The narrow side streets form a confusing maze of alleys crammed with tapas bars and bodegas - old fashioned wine shops brimming with casks including the local sweet wine which is similar to Port.
The climate, with more than 300 days of sun and a year around average temperature of 23ºC (73ºF), makes Málaga a perfect location to grow olives and fruits like lemons and oranges. The perfect weather in Málaga together with the many beautiful beaches in the area make the province one of the most popular places for tourists to visit in Spain.
At weekends the area is full of young people going out to enjoy the thriving nightlife in one of the cities many bars, bar de copas (winebars), or nightclubs. Locals often do not go out until midnight and will continue until morning light, catching some breakfast on there way home.
The lively city of Malaga, on the coast about 80 miles (129km) southeast of Seville, is the gateway to Spain's popular Costa del Sol holiday resort region.