Out of the 8 provinces that comprise the region of Andalucia and the provincial of Malaga is among the most well-known in northern Europe due to its position as it’s home to Costa del Sol, one of the first destinations that became popular for holiday packages during the 1960s and 1970s. This is why Malaga is the fourth-busiest airport in Spain due in part to tourism. The capital city of the province is ranked fourth on the top five cities in the economy of the country. It is also the most populous within the southern region.
The total population of 1.6 million is comprised of 73,000 British residents, and over 168,000 people from European Union, almost all of them choosing to live near the sea. Almost 50% of the residents are from the EU throughout Andalucia. Almost all the major cities and towns are located in the Mediterranean (the major exceptions being the cities that have been inhabited for centuries, such as Ronda in the south and Antequera).
Malaga along with other places like Nerja, Marbella, Torremolinos, Fuengirola and Mijas have been branded as tourist hot spots and because of this popularity, there are now numerous Marinas as well as golf course across the 100-mile coastline of the province. To many northern Europeans this is now a home from home and the bars on the beaches as well as water sports facilities and seaside restaurants are among the most loved and visited in Europe.
Inland are the mountains that reach over 2500 meters close to the borders of Granada and are surrounded by vast areas of pine forest and are also close to Antequera. There are also numerous wetland natural parks like The Laguna de Fuente de Piedra. It is a stop-over place for flamingos on their migration, the lakes provide excellent opportunities for birdwatchers.
The region now known as Malaga has been home to humans for over 40,000 years an assertion that can be found in cave paintings found within Benoajan as well as Rincon de la Victoria. Prior to the time when the Romans arrived, the area was colonized by the Phoenicians as well as those of the Greeks and the Carthaginians and eventually became one part of Byzantine Empire prior to the Visigoths and later the Moors became the rulers.
Under Moorish rule, the city of Malaga was a flourishing capital of the region. It was among the last strongholds to fall to the Reconquista force of Catholic rulers of 1487. Following a siege lasting 6 months, the inhabitants were executed or used for slavery. Despite the economic prosperity of the port, it took many centuries for the city and its hinterland to be restored to their significance.
The development began during the nineteenth century, when Malaga was among the first provinces of Spain to embrace the Industrial Revolution. At one time, the city was among the most industrialized city in Spain and a huge trade was created because of technological advances in communication, however at the end of the century, the harvest of grapes had been devastated by natural and pest-related disasters that caused misery and hardship on the people. In the course of time, Civil War brought further suffering and it wasn’t in the late 1960s, that glamour tourists like Brigitte Bardot brought glamour returning to Malaga.
The positive times have continued even with being implicated by local officials in corruption scandals that have been widely discussed.
The cuisine of the coastal region of the province provides the option of Mediterranean and international cuisines including the best of course being seafood and fish along with tapas and local wines. The diversity of the local landscape guarantees that there’s meat and other products from the mountains and hills, as well as lots of fresh fruits and vegetables that grow in the fertile areas that lies between sierras and coasts.
The province’s life is marked like all over Spain by the celebrations. It doesn’t matter if it’s Easter or Christmas or Easter, Cruces de Mayo or All Saints day and All Saints’ Day, Spanish celebrate till dawn with fervour of the religious and it is never more evident then during Feria de Malaga in the capital city in either the third or second week in August. The sweet wine flows , and the flamenco music and dance are prominent in this traditional manifestation of the regional culture.
Most tourists to Malaga are initially drawn by the famed coast and the other attractions, but in the end this is the sixth biggest town within Spain and a province that has an array of landscapes and archetypal Andalusian personality to provide. One of Malaga’s most well-known brothers, Pablo Picasso, once declared” that “everything you can imagine is real” it would not be a bad idea to have the provincial tourism board take on that motto!