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Malaga City Costa del Sol Andalucia Spain holiday rental

Malaga City - Costa del Sol Andalucia . Malaga, Costa del Sol, Andalucia, buying a property, rental propertyWhen most people arrive in Spain for a holiday they will usually fly to Malaga airport. Malaga is the capital of the Costa del Sol and has everything that you would expect from such a popular city, the new high-speed train station linking it to Madrid in two and a half hours using the high-speed train. It boasts a  recently improved port which can now receive the largest cruise liners in the world. It is world famous also for being the birthplace of Spains most famous artist - Pablo Picasso. It has the well stocked “Picasso” museum, an incredible Cathedral, top quality shopping centres, many cinemas, restaurants, nightlife and of course Tapas bars galore.

The cathedral is called "Catedral Nuestra Señora de la Encarnación" to give its full title. The building is one of the best examples of Spanish religious art and it is located on the remains of other cultural buildings such as the early Almohad mosque.

Its foundations were laid around 1530 and work ended in the 17th century, although it is unfinished and lacks coping on the main façade and the south tower. Located in the city centre there is no excuse for not seeing this sight.

With three naves with ambulatories, it is in some ways an evolution of Gothic art. This style initially welcomed the new Renaissance ideas building all the naves to the same height with ribbed vaults forming the characteristic cupolas that can be seen from above, for example, when you observe the cathedral from the Málaga Palacio hotel.

Malaga Port

Malaga - Costa del Sol - Andalucia -buying a property - holiday rental - rental propertyOnly a short walk from the centre you will see the port. Malaga has recently completely renovated its port. It is now a lovely place to take a walk alongside the cruisers, yachts and water. You can just enjoy a long walk, looking back towards the city of Malaga you will see the Moorish castle mentioned here. There is a Feris Wheel from which you can enjoy even better views of the city. There are shops, cafes and restaurants all along the port promenade at which you can enjoy a meal or drink. These are surprisingly reasonably priced considering what a prime tourist venture this is. It is a truly wonderful way to spend a morning or afternoon. Few cities offer the chance to get away from the business of the city centre without taking a bus or taxi to get there. As the port is not overlooked is also a great place to receive direct sunshine when the angle of the sun´s rays is low. Many local come for an afternoon or evening walk just to feel the sunshine and hear the waves. There is also a good deal of people watching to be done and there are small pleasure boats offering short trips around the bay.

Malaga - Jewel of the Costa del Sol

Malaga lies on a beautiful bay in Andalucia. It enjoys over 300 days of sunshine each year and spectacular quality of light. The name "Andalucia" is derived from the Moorish al-Andalus (الأندلس)  word. The original meaning is still contested. See what Wikipedia says on the matter:-

Many believe that it comes from a reference to the Vandals who lived here in the 5th century. A number of proposals since the 1980s have contested this: Vallvé (1986) proposed derivation of the name of the Atlantic (ocean)The Spanish form "Andalucía" was introduced in the 13th century. 

Malaga has boulevards, palm trees, lively nightlife, good museums and superb Tapas bars and seafood restaurants. The coastal area enjoys a fantastic position protected from the North winds by the mountains, it enjoys the highest average temperatures in Spain and in excess of three hundred days of sunshine each ear. With mountains to the east and rocks into the sea. The terrain is gentler more gentle to the west, with large beaches. This has attracted development making it one of the most developed parts of Andalucia.

The Moors once ruled Malaga until around the mid-fifteenth century, after which it grew to become one of the foremost merchant centres in Spain. This cultural past has left its mark on the historic centre, particularly around La Alcazaba, a fortress which dates back to the 11th century.  It is now a fascinating archaeological museum.

Roman Amphitheatre

Malaga Costa del Sol Andalucia Spain Property for sale or rentThere is also a Roman Amphitheatre called "Málaga Roman amphitheatre" close to this area, right in the centre of the city. Much of this is still well preserved and warrants a visit. See details in the link below:-

There is much to see and do in Malaga and visitors will often find they are running short of time and do not know where their precious time in the wonderful city went to. The solution, of course, is to book another visit. Many tourists fall in love with the place and then think about moving here. If this happens to you a good plan is to stay in a holiday rental apartment, townhouse or villa rather than a hotel. By doing so you will experience living in the city rather than just staying in a hotel. You will be forced to find where the local amenities are located, bus station, train station, schools, shops, banks, restaurants and cafes. This will give you a better understanding of the layout of the place as a possible new home. Then if you are still interested you can look for rental property first to stay in the city for a while before committing to buying a property.


Malaga Castle (called Gibralfaro castle)

Malaga Castle Costa del Sol Andalucia Spain - Rental PropertyThe nearby castle which was rebuilt by the Moors & today operates as a traditional "Parador" offering superb and "strategic" views of the city and its access from the sea. In the nineteenth century, Malaga was a popular winter resort for the rich and famous due to its elegance and sophistication. The impressive Calle Alameda park dates back to this era and is recognised as being one of the most celebrated botanical collections in Europe. During the winter, open-air concerts are held here every Sunday which you may enjoy after spending time on the fantastic beach which is walkable from the city centre. In fact, the proximity to the beach and port is one of Malaga´s most charming features. The castle was built on the ruins of ancient Phoenician foundations. The word Gibralfaro comes from the Phoenician word ‘gebel-faro’, which translates as lighthouse-rock. It is believed that a lighthouse for regulating marine traffic was located here in ancient times. After the bloody and exhausting ‘reconquista’ in 1487, the Christians retook possession of Málaga and the Mosque that was built on the site was demolished. Gibralfaro Castle Malaga has been restored several times. A few strong towers, some cisterns, wells, bread ovens and a powder magazine remain to remind us of its past. The castle remained in use for military purposes until 1925. The castle is also reachable by car or by bike via the other side of the mountain. Parking is available and the site also contains a kiosk and a small restaurant. There is a scale model in the castle itself that provides a better understanding of historical Malaga. You will also find a small museum where you can view the clothes and weapons of soldiers throughout the ages (1487-1925). Once in the castle, it is definitely worth climbing the final steps. You’ve made it this far, why not go all the way up? Put in the extra effort and you will be rewarded with fabulous views of the Montes de Malaga.

Tourist Information Office

The Tourist Office is well located close to the main port entrance.

Whether you want to visit Malaga as a tourist or as a possible resident I am sure that you will love this beautiful coastal city in the sunshine.

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