Málaga has a rich history that reflects the ebb and flow of Mediterranean cultures. One civilization rises and another falls like the tide.
Moorish culture left its mark on Málaga in the Middle Ages. On a hill in the city you can see the Gibralfaro castle and the Alcazaba royal residence. Even the imposing Church of Santiago has Islamic influences. Today, Málaga has many imposing high-rise hotels and a host of cafés, restaurants, bars and clubs. In August the Feria de Málaga festival brings traditional food stalls, bands and dancing to the streets. This part of Spain is famous for flamenco, and there are many opportunities to see and learn it.