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Malaga boasts a population of well over 200,000 residents; making it the sixth-most populous city in Spain. While stemming from rather humble roots as far back as the pre-Roman times, it has now become one of the most popular (if not THE most) popular tourists spots within the entire country. It offers very warm weather, numerous pristine beaches, a vibrant nightlife and numerous shopping opportunities. As it is also conveniently serviced by Malaga International Airport, arriving here is never difficult. Let's have a quick look at the basic arrival facts, what you can expect to experience and some of the sights that should never be missed.
Malaga International Airport is one of the busiest hubs in the country; especially during the height of the tourist season. Although many believe that it caters to primarily British passengers, the fact of the matter is that other international airlines are served as well. Some of the top providers are:
As it is found directly within the city centre, transportation is a cinch. Above-ground railways, metros, buses and taxis are all options.
Malaga is known as home to some truly spectacular beaches. Some of the most unforgettable include Playa de Alicante. Playa de Malagueta, Baños del Carmen and a stretch commonly known as “Picasso Beach” found along the aptly named Picasso Promenade. Although the waters here are unbelievably inviting, the fact of the matter is that the most frequented beaches can be quit congested. Furthermore, there can be times when local vendors are quite a nuisance. It could be a better idea to think outside of the proverbial box and take a walk up or down the coast to find a more tranquil spot.
Malaga is home to some very rich historic sites. Owing to the influence of the Moors during ancient times, locations such as the Alcazaba of Malaga and the Gibrafaro Castle should not be missed. Other spots including the Museum of Malaga, the Malaga Cathedral and the Palacio de la Aduana are additional windows into the past of this eclectic region.
If you are arriving here with little ones or teenagers, be sure not to miss Tivoli World (one of the largest amusement parks in Europe) and Sea Life Benalmadena. Days can be spent wondering at the sights here and if you plan in advance, tickets will actually be quite agreeably priced.
Finally, never miss the bars and restaurants found along the strip closest to the beach. From local Andalusian dishes to flavours from home such as a Sunday roast or fish and chips, you will undoubtedly find what it is that you are looking for.
Malaga is perhaps the most agreeable location within all of Spain if you are looking for a brief “home away from home”. Additionally, you will normally not have to worry about speaking Spanish; the majority here speak fluent English. You could very well believe that you are in England (with sun)!