Pablo Picasso was born here. Art is everywhere. Malaga is nearly 2,800 years old, making it one of the oldest cities in the world. And the best known part of the Costa del Sol also begins here.

Several million tourists arrive at Malaga Airport each year, though most of them continue onward to other seaside resorts along the Costa del Sol. This doesn't distract from the fact that it's worth taking a closer look into one of the most exciting and historical port cities in the world.

You have to look past the many modern additions, but once you do so, you'll see that the historical city centre is wonderfully charming crowned by the majestic, never-completed Malaga Cathedral, surrounded by narrow lanes and fantastic tapas bars like Lo Güeno.

Museums there offer exhibitions of Picasso's paintings, glass and crystal objêts d'art, and works by other Spanish and Andalusian artists. In Malaga you'll enjoy simply letting the day take you where it will and giving the city time to do it's magic.

City Facts

  • Location

    Second largest city in Andalusia, on the Costa del Sol.

  • Population

    About 568,000

  • Size

    About 395 km²

  • Public transport

    Good network of busses

  • Climate

    Mediterranean climate with warm summers and mild winters.

  • Best time to visit

    Year round; the average temperatures in winter hover around nearly 23° C.

  • Good to know

    Malaga (or Málaga in Spanish) was established in the 8th century BC as Malaka by the Phoenicians. When the Romans took over they called it Malaca, and later the Moors called it Malaqah.

  • Nice to know

    Famous people from Malaga include Pablo Picasso and Antonio Banderas

  • Airport

    Malaga Airport; about 8 kilometres southwest of the city centre.

  • Bus

    The A Express Bus departs from Terminal 3. It takes about 15 minutes to reach the city centre.

  • Railway

    The train line C4 leaves from Terminal 3 and reaches the city centre in about 12 minutes.

  • Taxi

    There is a taxi stand in front of Terminal 3.