Lying on the sparkling Costa del Sol in the Mediterranean Sea is one of Andalusia’s jewels, the city of Malaga. A major tourist destination in Spain, Malaga is the home of the great Cubist artist Pablo Picasso, seaside resorts, villas with harbor views and sweet wine.

It is one of the oldest cities in the world, founded in 770 B.C. by the Phoenicians who called it “Malaka.” Like most of the Spanish cities, it has passed on from one civilization to another, from the Carthaginians, the Romans, the Muslims and the Christian Spanish. It was rehabilitated after the Spanish Civil War into a tourist area and has enjoyed a rather stable economic progress from the former as well as other industries such as technology services, transportation and logistics.

The Port of Malaga is one of Spain’s most important commercial ports. The city is also a candidate for the European Capital of Culture for 2016, an EU initiative to promote awareness about the richness of European cultures.

It’s easy to take in the interesting sights of Malaga without traveling extensively. Most are within walking distances from each other but you might need to spend more than a day to explore them.

The city holds a whole world of wonders that staying longer (and coming back again) is an easy decision to make. Malaga in fact draws an estimated 6 million visitors every year and they come not just for the allure of the beaches.

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