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8 Facts you Didn’t Know About Malaga, Spain
Malaga is a beautiful city on southern Spain’s Costa del Sol, with lots of things to see and do. It is best known for Picasso’s birthplace, its culture, gastronomy and museums. Apart from cultures and history, here are some of the facts about Malaga you may want to know.
Pablo Picasso birthplace
The famous artist of 20th century Pablo Picasso, was born in Malaga, Spain. Picasso’s birthplace Casa Natal is open to the public and gives a view of the artist’s early years in Malaga.
The Museo Picasso Malaga, opened in 2003 in the Buenavista Palace, features 285 works by Picasso donated by his family. Museum visitors can also see Malaga’s oldest architectural remains (walls of the Phoenician city) in the cellar.
Weather in Malaga
The climate in Malaga is Mediterranean with mild winters and hot summers. Malaga enjoys an average of 300 days of the sunshine and 50 days of rain each year. Because of its good weather, it attracts so many visitors yearly.
Malaga attracts millions of visitors yearly because of its beauty, history , culture and beaches. Besides the city itself, the countryside around Malaga is very attractive and scenic.
On the east side of Malaga you can find fields of avocados and mangos plantations, this are is known as the Axarquia. On the west side, the Serrania de Ronda is a beautiful area with lots og hiking trails and whitewashed villages to visit.
Malaga is an Old City
Malaga is probably one of Spain’s oldest cities. This city was founded by Phoenicians in 770 BC. It was then known as Malaka meaning ‘factory’. A lot of tourists come to visit this amazing historic city every year to enjoy its history and traditions.
Today the historic center of Malaga contains a variety of archaeological remains and monuments from the Phoenician, Roman, Arabic and Christian eras covering more than 3,000 years.
Malaga is the fourth city (behind Madrid, Barcelona and Valencia) in economy activity in Spain. The most important industry sectors in Malaga are tourism, construction and technology.
Malaga is also the second most populated city of Andalusia and sixth largest in Spain. The population of Malaga is approximately 600,000. Many people from different countries have called Malaga their home. It is also the southernmost largest city in Europe.
Today one of the busiest seaports on the Mediterranean, specially for cruises, the Port of Malaga has operated continuously since at least 600 BC.
Actor Antonio Banderas
Known for his roles in Desperado, The Mask Of Zorro and Spy Kids, as well as the voice of Puss in Boots in Shrek 2 and sequels was born in Malaga on August 10th, 1960
As the New York Times says, Malaga is becoming a cultural hub. “More than 20 museums have opened in the port city showcasing everything from paintings by art world heavy-hitters to rare automobiles”