Region Costa del Sol – Malaga City


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Málaga is a city and a municipality of Spain, capital of the homonymous province and located in the autonomous community of Andalusia. With a population of 569,009 inhabitants (2016), Malaga is the sixth most populated city of Spain, the second of Andalusia and the number forty-six of the European Union, as well as the largest of which are not autonomic capitals.

In addition, it is the most densely populated urban area of ​​the conurbation formed by a set of localities that lie along the 160 km of the Costa del Sol. It is the center of a metropolitan area, which surpasses its municipal limits, encompassing another 12 municipalities with 987 813 registered inhabitants. It is estimated, however, that Malaga is the fifth metropolitan area of ​​Spain, where more than 1 million people live.

It is located at the western end of the Mediterranean Sea and in the south of the Iberian peninsula, about 100 km east of the Strait of Gibraltar. Its municipality occupies an area of 398,25 km ² that extend on the Montes de Málaga and the Valley of the Guadalhorce. The city is located in the center of a bay surrounded by mountains. Two rivers, the Guadalmedina and the Guadalhorce, cross the city and flow into the Mediterranean.

Founded by the Phoenicians in the 8th century BC. , which makes it one of the oldest cities in Europe, Malaga was one of the first federated municipalities and after that had the Latin laws of the Roman Empire, and it was a prosperous Andalusian medina. Malaga was incorporated into the Crown of Castile in 1487. During the nineteenth century the city underwent a remarkable industrial and revolutionary activity that made it the first industrial city in Spain. It was the scene of one of the bloodiest episodes of the Spanish Civil War and protagonist of the explosion of the tourist boom of the 1960s and 1970s, Malaga is nowadays a notable economic and cultural center and an important communication node at the Mediterranean coast.

More info: Touristic website community Malaga

 

Neighborhoods


The layout of the city is quite easy, because on one side you have the mountains and on the other side the sea. The houses are situated in between. There are neighborhoods that only seem to consist of flats and others with monumental buildings from the 19th century.

So which neighborhoods are there? How is the ambience?

Beaches: From east to west there are the following beaches, each with their own charm and characteristics. El Candado is probably the most quiet, a nice neighborhood, but to get to the beach you have to cross a busy road. Then follows El Palo, a busy neighborhood with many apartment buildings and authentic restaurants.

Then the old fishing village Pedrejalego, here it is always nice with a nice boulevard to stroll and shallow bays where it is safe for  young children to swim.

The 19th century Malagueta district has a city beach that is often surprisingly quiet. It borders the modern port that passes la playa de La Misericordia. This is the ‘newest’ beach with a boulevard, many playgrounds, roller skating and bicycle tracks.

The centre: A lot of activity day and night. Going out, eating, shopping, museums and history. With its advantages and its disadvantages. Most houses in the center are apartments or flats, mostly small, expensive and have no parking space or terrace and not at all a garden. The Malagueños live exuberant especially in the hot summers at night . That means that it can be quite noisy.

La Victoria: La Victoria is located in the foothills of the Gibralfaro mountain, northeast of the historic center. The main axis of the district is Calle Victoria which connects to the Plaza de la Merced. Here are many beautiful old mansions and is within walking distance of the old center.

Suburbs: Then there are of course many suburbs, with often more space, cheaper and still with good public transport to the center.

 

Public Transport


Trains

The main station Maria Zambrano is located on Calle de la Explanada de la Estación. From that station, the AVE, the high-speed train to Madrid, Valencia and Barcelona, ​​for example, leaves. The slow train from the airport goes up to Alameda and has connections to the bus.

Buses

City bus transportation in Malaga is efficient, cheap and generally runs on time. The main station is at Alameda Principal in the center of the city. The local transport and the bus to the airport depart from Avenida. M. Agustín Heredia. There are also buses to the Plaza Mayor shopping center, the technological park (PTA) outside the city

 

Taxis

The taxis are strictly regulated, generally reliable and work with meters, but are not cheap. The taxi company’s telephone number is 952.333.333.

 

Malaga airport

The airport is 20 km outside the city. A taxi requires between € 30 and € 40, depending on the number of pieces of baggage and the distance for a single ride. During the day, cheap trains and buses run from the airport to the city center.

 

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