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Malaga Holiday

An unpolished gem in Andalucia

Traditions and culture in Malaga

Malaga came to the fore in the 11th century after reportedly being founded by the Phoenicians, and its role as a port was pivotal to the Emirate of Granada.

Later in its development, a 400-year period of decline was eventually reversed with the establishment of a number of industries in the 19th century, not least dessert wine, known as 'mountain sack', which became popular in England.

However, the vineyards were all but destroyed by a vicious bug at the start of the 20th century and the advent of tourism in the city then began to gradually fill the void.

Nowadays, the high-rise hotels and apartment blocks are an indication of Malaga's role in the property boom experienced in many southern coastal areas in Spain, while it has also established itself as the country's commercial capital.

Things to do in Malaga

The emergence of Malaga as a hugely popular holiday destination can probably be traced back to the 1960s, although it may have as much to do with its proximity to the Costa del Sol.

Nevertheless, the city sees a healthy influx of tourists every year as they come to visit the birthplace of world-famous artist Pablo Picasso, while other cities such as Sevilla and Granada are a short journey away.

The number of imposing modern buildings and the noticeable boom in the economy in the past ten years should not disguise the fact that Malaga plays host to leafy boulevards, pretty gardens and a peaceful atmosphere.

The main attractions in the city include the fantastic August Fair and Gibralfaro castle - situated next to the Alcazaba fortress - which offers impressive views after a pleasant walk to the summit.

With the number of cheap flights to the Malaga seemingly endless, it can provide a diverse and relaxing holiday for anyone wanting to get away from the hustle and bustle of daily life in the UK.

Weather in Malaga

The climate in Malaga is stereotypically Mediterranean, with balmy winters and very hot summers, with the average temperature sitting at around 29C in August.

Destination checklist for Malaga

Malaga has a population of around 558,000.

The city is one hour ahead of GMT/UTC time.

The official currency is the euro.

Spanish is the official language spoken.

The city's international dialling code is +34.