MÁLAGA, the capital city (Pop. 550,000) of the Costa del Sol, was founded by the Phoenicians as colony some 3,000 years ago coming under the rule of the Romans, the Cartaginians and the Moors. Acity of some 600,000 inhabitants, it lives as both a busy port & industrial centre for the South of Spain, as well as the gateway to one of the world’s most popular holiday detinations. Often competing with its neighbour Seville, as to which claims to be the capital of the region of Andalusia -actually neither is officially recognised, though doesn’t lessen the rivalry between both cities.
The city was conquered by the Reyes Católicos (Catholic King & Queen) in 1487. Famous for its still-uncompleted Cathedral, Alcazaba (Morish Castle) and Gibralfaro Fortress, as well as for its wonderful gardens, Málaga boasts many beautiful sights. Famous painter Pablo Picasso was born in the city, and currently his former house -located at Plaza de La Merced, is a popular touristic attraction. One of the most interesting areas for the visitor is the old historic quarter, which still carries the mark of nearly eight hundred years of Moorish rule.
Málaga city is a bustling little one, where the old and the new meet on Marqués de Larios Avenue, Constitución Square and Granada Street; the three of them forming the backbone of shoppong area and thriving nightlife.
At weekends the area is full of young people going out to enjoy night life in one of a milliard bars, bares de copas (winebars) or night clubs. Locals often do not go out until midnight and will continue until morning comes, catching some breakfast on their way home.
At Easter, the city comes alive for Semana Santa (Holy Week) and the streets are packed until the early hours of the morning as the air is filled with sacred music and Procesiones (religious parades). Semana Santa celebrations are some of Spain’s largest ones and draw visitors from all over Spain and abroad, often doubling in size the city’s population. Another major event is the Feria de Agosto (Summer Fair) held every August is claimed to be Europe’s largest second one. For a whole week, the city celebrates in traditional andalusian style with processions, music and dancing. With plenty of food and drinks the streets are full of people enjoying celebrations. The fair displays Casetas (special temporary bars) most putting on Flamenco shows, as well as a large fair ground housing live music and night clubs.
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