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8 Reasons Why You Should Visit Malaga

Malaga is one of those towns that has something for everyone, and no matter what type of traveler you are, there’s a reason to stop by. From art lovers to sports fanatics and even wine connoisseurs, Malaga offers some great sights and activities. Not only that, but it is also quite easy to get around and lots of fun. Here are just a few reasons why you should check out Malaga next time you have time off.

1) Get lost in its history

As far back as 4,000 years ago, people have called Malaga home. Long before it became one of Europe’s most visited cities, its coastal location was ideal for pirates to launch attacks on passing ships. The first known city structure is a fort that’s more than 2,600 years old. The Phoenicians started building major structures there around 800 B.C., including thermal baths and temples dedicated to Hercules and Venus (two symbols of Roman gods). In fact, it may be why they named it Malaka (which means place of apples) in Phoenician language: It had an abundance of fruit orchards at that time.

2) Learn about its architecture

The city’s architecturally unique buildings are spread over four parts: El Centro, La Caleta, El Arenal and El Mercadillo. These districts display a mix of Andalusian Baroque and Gothic architecture. Some architectural highlights include Iglesia de Santa María la Mayor (St. Mary’s Church), Palacio de Medina Sidonia, Palacio de Villavicencio and Convento del Carmen (Convent of St.

3) Sample some of the best food on Earth

Try some of Malaga’s simple, but delicious tapas like grilled sardines, squid rings or patatas bravas. While you’re at it, try a glass of wine, there are lots to choose from in Malaga: Sherry (Fino and Amontillado), Albarino (white wine), Monastrell (red wine) and Cava are popular options. Try not to gulp it down with an olive in your mouth!

4) Enjoy live music and dancing

This Spanish city is known for its traditional flamenco music and dance, which you can catch all over town. Plan your trip around major festivals, like La Feria de Abril in April or La Romeria de la Virgen del Carmen in July. For a more intimate show, seek out one of many tablaos (dance halls) and bohemian bars scattered throughout historic downtown.

5) Take a day trip to see the white village of Ronda

Taking a day trip to Ronda is a great way to get out of Malaga and see something that’s distinctly Spanish. Not only will you be impressed by how picturesque it is, but you’ll also learn about Ronda’s history in some of its many museums and ancient buildings. It’s one of those places where you can say, I know I could have just stayed in Malaga, but taking that day trip was totally worth it! Make sure you head back before nightfall though; Ronda is very hilly and not exactly well-lit after dark! Also, as much as we love Malaga, we wouldn't call it cheap.

6) Explore Gibraltar while you are there

The Rock of Gibraltar, one of only two remaining pene-topean islands (small land masses on either side of a strait), is steeped in history and culture. A peninsula attached to mainland Europe by three kilometers (1.86 miles) wide strip of land, it sits at an important strategic point in southern Europe—and its geography has played a key role in determining its history. Look for views from St. Michael's Cave or walk along John Mackintosh Promenade, which hugs Gibraltar's south coast before ending at Horseshoe Bay and offering panoramic views of Africa.

7) Taste test their wine at one of their vineyards

This region is home to one of Spain’s most important wine-making regions. If you love wine, don’t miss out on visiting a bodega (wine cellar) in town. Before you go, have a bit of background knowledge about wine—the different types of grapes used and how they affect taste, for example—so that you can be a savvy sipper!

8) Enjoy Malaga's splendid beaches

Every summer, thousands of tourists flock to Malaga's beaches to soak up some rays and cool off in a nice warm sea. The best beaches in town are La Concepcion, La Malagueta and El Camilo. If you like nightlife, bars and good food then check out La Caleta promenade on a Friday or Saturday evening when it becomes packed with people from all over Europe.

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