Video About Malaga

About Malaga, Spain

The province of Malaga is one of the most exciting and popular destinations in Spain. It is offering travelers beautiful beaches, traditional and historical villages, bustling holiday resorts, world-class golf courses, vibrant cultural scenes and numerous charming hotels. That is why we offer our students the chance to do their practices here in private and public companies belonging to the tourist field, such as hotels, restaurants, travel agencies, shops, doing so they can develop different positions to acquire training and knowledge, always with monitoring and personalized guidance, which will allow acquiring fluency in the language.

MALAGA – EUROPEAN CAPITAL OF CULTURE

The spotlight is expected to shine on Malaga for some years to come since Malaga City Council decided in 2004 to present a bid to the European Union requesting it be given the title of European Culture Capital in the year 2016. This bodes very well for work and improvements to continue over the next decade to achieve this goal.

CLIMATE OF MALAGA

Sea breezes from the Mediterranean coastline regulates the summer heat to a more comfortable levels than the inland Andalusia towns and the Malaga Mountains form the perfect barrier to protect the city from the colder weather in winter. It can still be very hot in July and August and it can be colder (minimum of around 13 °C) between December and February. Some much needed rainfall is to be expected in the colder months, but it usually does not usually last for long. On the other hand, the figures for sunlight are very high: an average of 300 days of
sunlight a year. The maximums are in July, and the minimums in December. This, together with the mild temperatures makes Malaga's climate in winter ideal and its spring and summer weather very pleasant.

MALAGA´S BEACHES

The Costa del Sol's beaches are the major attraction for our visitors. Internationally-renowned sands with clear water, secluded coves and stony beaches make up the Costa del Sol's beautiful natural landscape. The many blue flags awarded by the European Union are a guarantee of the high quality of our beaches, which are famed for both their cleanliness and for the services and facilities they offer.

HISTORY AND MONUMENTS

As well as homage to the great Picasso, other great historic monuments include the imposing Baroque Cathedral, popularly known as ‘La Man quita’ (One Armed Woman), referring to its rather lopsided appearance due to the missing east bell tower. High on the hill above the city is the Parador (state run hotel) of great historic importance. It was once a Moorish castle and is a wonderful place to either stay the night or have a long lunch enjoying these privileged surroundings with panoramic views over Malaga city and out across the port to sea.
Although there was much destruction in Malaga, especially during the time of the Spanish Civil War, there is still plenty of proof of the Moorish occupation. Today you can visit the Moorish Alcazaba fortress, dating back to 1065, which also now features a very interesting archaeological museum. The fortress rambles across a hill which used to form part of the shore line, before the land that now forms the port was recaptured from the sea.
There are also many churches in and around the centre, of great architectural and historic interest well worth visiting

MUSEUMS IN MALAGA

The museum Picasso Malaga is located in the old quarter of the city, next to the Cathedral of Malaga and Plaza de la Merced the birth place of Picasso. The Aquarium of Malaga has all kind of maritime recreations, with a variety of different sea species. The Archaeological Museum contains important archaeological findings from the Phoenician era to the Moorish epoch. The Dioxesal Museum is dedicated exclusively to religious art, including important works of Nino de Guevara, Valdés Leal and Pietro Vannuci.

SHOPPING & FESTIVITIES & THINGS TO DO

Malaga centre is not only the perfect place to explore the many historical monuments, atmospheric little streets and squares with delightful café culture, but it is also a wonderful shopping centre. The main street to head for runs perpendicular to the stunning tree lined avenue, the Alameda, and starts at the Plaza Marina, near the port. Calle Marqués de Larios (often simply referred to as ‘Larios’) was made pedestrian in 2002 as part of the overall improvements being made to Malaga centre. The result is a busy chic area with many boutiques, designer shops and classy cafes, all surrounded by beautifully restored buildings

Also a the main square at the north end of Larios is the entrance to the five star Larios Hotel, whose visitors include big names such as Malaga born Antonio Banderas and wife Melanie Griffiths. There is a very sophisticated cocktail bar on the six floor of the Larios Hotel, from which there are stunning views across to the top of the Cathedral – especially spectacular at night when it is floodlight. As well as cocktails and other drinks, the bar has food and snacks and there is often live music on – a magical venue at any time of year and especially on a balmy summer night.

The Paseo del Parque is a large avenue that runs between the port and the old quarter of the city, with its sides lined with gardens it provides ample shade from the heat of the day under its many palms and plane trees. It is popular with locals for sitting in the afternoon and watching the world go by whilst breathing in the perfume of the jasmine which arch over some of the paths around the gardens. Gibralfaro crowns the top of hill that overlooks the city. The road that leads to the top is long and winding, if you feel like walking it will certainly help keep you fit, otherwise there are buses that run from the town centre or you can take taxi. Once at the summit you will have a superb vista of the City including the bullring (Malagueta), the Port and the beaches surrounding the city.    
There are also several indoor commercial shopping malls, one just behind the landmark building of the huge quality department store, El Corte Ingles. Whereas previously, Malaga centre used to live up to the southern tradition of keeping the siesta time sacred, more and more shops are now open all day. Some of the smaller, family run businesses may still lock up for a long lunch. But the commercial shopping centres, and many of the shops in Calle Larios stay open all day, to meet the demand of the resident or tourist who enjoys the freedom of longer shopping hours.
During the summer months and leading up to Christmas and Kings Day (January 6th) many specialist shops, such as Centro Maria Zombrano department store extend their hours to open on certain Sundays. The urban sprawl around the city is undergoing expansion and development as the population of Malaga grows year on year. Included in the many on-going Municipal projects is the construction of a Metro (underground) system to link up key areas including the large University Campus and the International Congress Centre to the West.    
There are many festivals celebrated throughout the year in Malaga, such as the International Jazz Festival (at the beginning of November) and Film Festival (held early in March). The main theatre and location these and many such events as well as excellent theatre and music is the beautiful Teatro Cervantes (Cervantes Theatre).During the nineteenth century, Malaga was a popular winter resort for the wealthy famed for its elegance and sophistication. Garden lovers won't be disappointed in Malaga. The impressive park on Calle Alameda dates back to this era and is recognized as being one of the most celebrated botanical collections in Europe. During the winter, open air concerts are held here every Sunday.    

EATING AND DRINKING IN MALAGA

As well as being a cultural centre, Malaga is also a great place to eat out. From top notch, Michelin rated restaurants to the most humble tapas bar, there is everything in between. Marques de Larios, Plaza de la Constitución and Calle de Granada form the backbone of the shopping area and the thriving nightlife. The narrow side streets form a maze of alleys crammed with tapas bars and bodegas - old fashioned wine shops brimming with casks including the local sweet wine which is similar to Port. At weekends the area is full of young people going out to enjoy the thriving nightlife in one of the cities many bars, bar de copas (winebars), or nightclubs.    
Typical Malaga´s Tapas bar
The Mala gueños love their food and the bars and restaurants here are where the real social life takes place. Locals often do not go out until midnight and will continue until morning light, catching some breakfast on there way home. If you find yourself in a Malaga chiringuito (beach bar) then the traditional ‘espeto’ sardines cooked outside on a skewer is not only delicious, but also an integral part of the healthy Mediterranean diet. There are many other delicious fresh fish dishes to choose from on most menus and generally at a very reasonable price.