Located in the province of Andalucia, Malaga is the capital city of the Costa del Sol. The city was founded over 3000 years ago by Phoenician traders, though then called Malaca (probably originating from the word Malac – to salt). Since then it has come under the rule of the Carthaginians, Romans and the Moors; with each of them leaving behind priceless architectural and cultural treasures.
Today Malaga is home to some 600,000 inhabitants and performs a mixed role as a busy port and industrial centre, as well as a gateway to one of the most popular holiday destinations in the world. So far the city is strangely untainted by tourism, but Malaga is becoming increasingly popular in its own right. Part of the cities attraction is its intriguing layout, making it particularly appealing to explore. It is a maze of narrow streets, historic buildings and landmarks, quaint old fashioned shops, stately gardens and bustling squares. Its people are welcoming and hospitable, and its atmosphere vibrant.