Area Metropolitana de Malaga - Andalucía
Populations (1): Malaga
Attractions: Monuments such as the magnificent cathedral, the Arab fortress built between the 11th and 14th centuries, the Roman Theatre, the Palace customs nde, the Episcopal Palace, and the houses the Rectorate of the University of Malaga, among many others.
With the opening of the Picasso Museum in 2003, the capital of the Costa del Sol is becoming one of the major destinations of the so-called cultural tourism.
Nature tourism: Natural resources, especially the coastline.
Agricultural production: The olive grove olive oil, almond, lemon, Orange, olive groves of olives for table and the vineyard.
Gastronomy: The fish of sardines, anchovies, either fried in vinegar, and the fried fish made from anchovies, mackerel, red mullet, Octopus and squid, are the most typical dishes, but also include noodle casserole, gazpacho, the gazpacho, crumbs, Malaga salad, ajoblanco and porra antequerana.
Traditions: Such as its fair in August and Holy week festivities are equally important signs of the identity and culture of the people of Malaga.
300 days a year of Sun in the Costa del Sol
As its name suggests the Costa del Sol is one of the bulwarks of the Andalusia tourism and having the Sun at its peak throughout the year, specifically 300 days a year. 35% of tourism that concentrates the autonomous community is located in this part of the coast which brings millions of tourists throughout the year. Many of them decide to stay to live.
This part of the coast begins at the coast of Granada and ends at the Malaga municipality of Manilva. It has many kilometres of Beach the majority of fine sand, some parts with one influx of more tourists in another. Marbella, Fuengirola, Torremolinos and Benalmadena are the three most tourist towns and have increased hotel capacity.
Marbella is considered one of the jewels of Spanish tourism. Focuses much of the tourism that arrives at the Costa del Sol and is a city that offers many possibilities for leisure. During the summer its population will reach to triple especially for foreign visitors.
Torremolinos also offers miles of beaches and a town dump with tourists. Next to the municipality is Benalmadena that has a very eventful night life with many clubs. All accompanied by numerous restaurants and tourist infrastructures.
The best way to reach the Costa del Sol is through Malaga airport, which has flights from different parts of the world. The roads are in perfect condition, the N-340 is that links all around the coast, having the option to travel around the Mediterranean motorway.
The province of Málaga is one of the eight Spanish provinces that make up the autonomous community of Andalusia. It is located to the South of the Iberian Peninsula, on the Mediterranean coast, between the provinces of Cadiz and Granada, East, West. To the North it borders the provinces of Cordoba and Seville. Its capital is the city of Malaga.
It has a surface of 7306 km² distributed in 101 municipalities, districts 9 and 11 judicial districts. Its population exceeds one million six hundred thousand inhabitants, according to the Census of 2012, being the second province of Andalucia and the sixth in Spain by population, overcoming widely in number of inhabitants to autonomous communities such as Aragon, Asturias, Balearic Islands, Cantabria, Extremadura, Murcia, Navarra and La Rioja.
The territory occupied by the province of Malaga was inhabited since ancient times, as the whole of dolmens of Antequera, the cave paintings of the cave of Nerja, the first known of humanity with more than 40,000 years old, the Pileta cave in Benaojan and the Treasure Cave in Rincón de la Victoria.
Dominated by the first Mediterranean colonizers, the Phoenicians in Malaka and Greeks in Tuscan and Mainake, the province was economic and commercial centre to the Carthaginians, Romans and Byzantines, and had historical antecedents as the old Muslim Kingdom of the Taifa of Málaga from the 11th century, being incorporated in its current configuration after the administrative division of 1833, complying with territories attached in that historical moment to the ancient kingdoms of Granada and Seville.
Andalucía is an autonomous community of Spain, with the status of a historic nationality, in accordance with the Statute of autonomy that governs it. It consists of the provinces of Almeria, Cadiz, Cordoba, Granada, Huelva, Jaen, Malaga and Seville.
Its capital is Seville, the city recognized by the Statute of autonomy as the headquarters of the Junta de Andalucía. The headquarters of the Superior Court of Justice of Andalusia is located in the city of Granada.
It is the most populated region of Spain (8 449 985 inhabitants to 1 January 2012) and the second largest, which explains its important position in Spain.
In general terms, the typical vegetation of Andalusia is Mediterranean forests, characterized by vegetation of Evergreen, and trees that adapt during the summer drought. There are abundant cork trees, pine trees, fir, among others, and of course the olive and almond trees.
The traditional cuisine of Andalusia is very varied. It forms part of the Mediterranean diet, based on olive oil, grains, legumes, vegetables, fish, nuts and meat; In addition to a long tradition of wine consumption.
Cured ham is produced in the highland areas of Sierra Morena and Sierra Nevada as the Sierra de Huelva ham Pedroches, of Trevélez. The three are denominations of origin and have a proven quality.