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Malaga is the major coastal city of Andalucia and preserves all genuine and typical characteristics of this region.

Its historic center, particularly around La Alcazaba, a fortress which dates back to 1065 and is now a fascinating archaeological museum, recalls all its past, especially the Moors occupation of the city that lasted until the mid fifteenth century, after which it grew to become one of the foremost merchant centres in the entire Iberian Peninsula.

Also worth a visit is the nearby castle which was rebuilt by the Moors and is today a parador (state hotel) with superb panoramic views. The impressive park on Calle Alameda dates back to the Moors era and represents one of the most celebrated botanical collections in Europe. In winter time, open air concerts are held here which makes an appreciated change from the scenario on the coast.

Malaga is the native town of Pablo Picasso (and of Antonio Banderas of course!) and several galleries permanent show his works, including the Museum of Fine Arts, next to the Cathedral.

As well as being a cultural centre, Malaga is also a great place to eat out: bars and restaurants here as everywhere else in Spain, are where the real social life takes place. Tapas, small portions of many different dishes is an Andalusian tradition that spread all over the country and a wonderfully inexpensive way to try a variety of local food, especially the best known "pescaito frito".

Malaga prides itself on being a modern city with the heart of commerce. Calle Larios is the recommended place to start exploring the city as it is surrounded by attractive small streets and plazas, as well as the cathedral.