Inhabited for more than 2000 years by a variety of Mediterranean civilisations, Malaga is today a city which combines tradition and modernity. Under the attentive gaze of the Gibralfaro castle spreads a warm-hearted and lively city full of attractive sites such as the Alameda Principal avenue and the La Farola seafront promenade. A city whose streets every year are filled with scenes of intense popular devotion from the local inhabitants during Easter week, an event which has been declared of International Tourist Interest. What's more, its status as the capital of the Costa del Sol has made it one of Spain's foremost tourist destinations thanks to its mild climate, its beaches and its outstanding offer of golf courses.
Phoenicians, Greeks, Carthaginians, Romans… over 2000 years ago the most important Mediterranean civilisations found in Malaga an exceptional place in which to establish trade routes, thanks to the strategic location of its port. The Alcazaba (8-11th century) is one of the symbols of the city, and one of the largest Arab fortresses in Andalusia. This building is today the site of the Archaeological Museum, containing valuable pieces dating from Phoenician and Roman times.
The Gibralfaro castle (14th century) is linked to the Alcazaba by a section of wall and offers the most outstanding views over the city, which is open to the sea through its port and the La Farola seafront promenade, one of the city's main leisure areas. At the foot of the Gibralfaro stands the Roman theatre, the bullring, (known as La Malagueta) and the historic quarter of the city.