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Located in the southern Autonomous Community of Andalusia, Malaga's coastline forms part of the Costa del Sol (Sun Coast) on the Mediterranean Sea. Today the capital of the Costa del Sol is the 6th largest city in Spain and has more than half a million inhabitants. Malaga was originally founded by Phoenicians who called it Malaka (which means "fish salting place"). Its rich history spans over 3,000 years and boasts a heady mixture of Roman, Muslim and Spanish cultures - each which has naturally left behind its own distinct imprint. It was particularly under the Roman and Arab rule that Malaga enjoyed many prosperous centuries in the areas of commerce and architecture. This prosperity can be seen in the Roman amphitheater found next to the Moorish Alcazaba fortress sitting in the hills near a Muslim palace known as Gibralfaro.

Malaga has many parks, bars, museums, churches and endless narrow streets. A walk through the city is a good way to get to know it and enjoy what it has to offer. The commercial Calle Marques de Larios is surrounded by enticing plazas and streets, as well as the magnificent Malaga Cathedral. Stroll through the areas of San Agustin and La Judería to experience the quaint tranquility of their Moorish-style streets. Then enter Plaza de la Merced, where you will find numerous museums and churches that attest to Malaga's post-reconquest Spanish presence. Malaga is also the place where Pablo Picasso was born, so visitors can visit and explore the museum dedicated to him there. Each year like every city and town in Spain, Malaga celebrates the local festivals and the Semana Santa (Holy Week) which is noted as one of Spain's best.

The climate is temperate, with average temperatures of 22ºC (74ºF) and 19ºC (65ºF) in winter thanks to the mountains that protect the coast from cold northern winds. However, being positioned on the coast the temperature can reach over 30ºC during the summer months.

The food of Malaga is heavily influenced by the sea thus many typical dishes contain fish and other types of seafood. Vegetables are also a big part of the diet along with fruit, especially oranges, and of course the healthy Gazpacho of Andalusia.

In short, Malaga is a unique sea port city filled with an enticing mixture of historical, architectural, and cultural attractions.

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