The southern largest city in Europe, Malaga is only 80 miles north of Africa and is one of the world's most ancient cities. Founded by Phoenicians in 770 BC, it was originally named "Malaka". The city became a part of the Roman Empire and later came under Islamic rule for over 800 years. Then the Christians took over during the Reconquista in 1487. Known for its yellow sand beaches, high rise resorts and a looming modern skyline, its Port that has been in operation since at least 600 BC is one of the busiest seaports on the Mediterranean. With its 2 gigantic hilltop citadels, the Alcazaba and the ruins of the Gibralfaro plus the Renaissance cathedral nicknamed "La Manquita" due to the fact that one of its towers was left unfinished, the city is a contrast of old blended with new.
Today the city's fine dining scene is being compared to Barcelona, its "mile of art" comparable to Madrid and its restored historic center flanked by a delightful hodgepodge of traditional and funky bars rivals any that can be found in Europe. The eclectic skyline will leave you gob-smacked when peering at church spires competing for attention with lofty contemporary apartment buildings. The port area has been rebuilt and is where cruise ships disgorge its cargo of human locusts wandering the world.
You can gaze upon monuments and archaeological treasures from the Arabic, Phoenician, Roman and Christian eras covering eons of years - think 3,000. This is where Pablo Picasso was born and his birthplace is open to the public, Casa Natal. You will find over 285 of Picasso's works in the Buenavista Palace.
Once you have done over the cathedrals and the new Carmen Thyssen Museum, then grab an espresso, sit in one of the many squares and watch the passing parade of humanity.
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