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Malaga is one of the busiest port cities on the Costa del Sol and is often known as the capital city of Andalucia even though the city of Seville is the official capital of this autonomous region. With one of Spain’s busiest airports, Malaga Airport just 8km from the city centre, thousands of tourists pass through Malaga on a daily basis.

In 2010 Malaga airport is set to expand a significant amount with a brand new terminal able to cope with millions of aditional passengers. The expansion is definitely needed and will see a massive food hall area and huge increase in the number of retail outlets. The official opening will be around Easter 2010 but is expected to open for business shortly before.

Malaga is central to most tourist destinations on the Costa del Sol, including Benalmadena, Fuengirola, Manilva, Estepona etc. and is a city steeped in culture and history. Malaga city was the birth place of Pablo Picasso as well as Antonio Banderas. Malaga city is a vibrant and dynamic metropolis that is home to many different cultures and peoples and continues to grow as a modern European city and currently has an outstanding bid to be European City of Culture 2016. The preparation for the bid should prove to be very beneficial for the city as it comprises no less than 10 flagship projects that hope to ensure the city is no less than perfectly prepared for its bid. The projects include increasing the number of cultural centres such as museums in the city and will also include improvements to existing services and facilities as well as plans for new cultural facilities.

As a major business center, Malaga also has a lot to offer local businesses so if you are planning to set up a new venture Costa del Sol printers, marketing firms and much more besides are all nearby to help your latest ventures.

So much to see and do

Notwithstanding all of the plans for the city, Malaga already benefits from a huge number of things to do and see in and around the city and famous attractions include the Alcazaba, a Moorish fortress dating from the early 11th Century that serves as a reminder of the long Moorish occupation throughout Spain but these days serves to house a museum.

There is also a very impressive Cathedral in Malaga city and construction on the continued into the 18th century. The original plans for the cathedral included two towers, but due to lack of funds only one tower was completed and so you will often hear the cathedral referred to as “La Manquita”, or “One Armed Woman”.

As Picasso’s birth city, there is also a museum dedicated to him located in the centre of the historic district of the city where you will find many of his original works and is a hugely popular spot on the tourist trail.

As a thriving Spanish city, Malaga is also a fantastic place to eat, drink and shop and you will never tire of the different markets you can find on each day of the week where you can pick up a local handicraft, souvenir for back home or a little bargain for yourself. Malaga has everything that a major Spanish city should offer and you won't have to worry about finding your favourite products or exclusive beauty favs as the city can offer it all.

If you happen to be in Malaga in August you can also take full advantage of the “Malaga Fair” or Feria de Malaga that celebrates the retaking of the City in 1487 by the Catholic monarchs Ferdinand and Isabella. With street processions, dancing and drinking in to the early hours, a thoroughly traditional Spanish fiesta is definitely recommended. 

A land of contrast

Would you have known that Malaga has it's very own lakes, known affectionately as Malaga's "Lake District"? Those who do take a day trip up to the lakes are always thoroughly surprised to find 3 huge turquoise lakes surrounded by luscious vegetation and pine trees located only an hour from Malaga.

Malaga is located on the Costa del Sol, which is also often affectionately known as the Costa del Golf due to the sheer number of golf courses there are! You will never go short of opportunities to play a round of golf and make sure you can wear in the new golf shoes so make sure you remember to take yours with you.

With so much to do and see we would recommend using Malaga car hire to help you get around ensuring that you don’t miss a single thing.

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