Malaga is located in the south of Spain on the Costa del Sol of the Mediterranean sea in the community of Andalusia. Its province lies between Granada to the east, Cadiz to the west and Cordoba and Seville to the north. It is Spain’s fifth-largest city with a population of around 650,000. Malaga offers an interesting mix of a cosmopolitan business centre and a traditional Andalusian city with a relaxed atmosphere and joyful people.
Malaga has a long and interesting history dating back to its founding as a Phoenician town 3000 years ago. Thanks to its strategic position next to the Mediterranean Sea, this province has long been a highly disputed territory; in 550 BC the Carthaginians took control from the Phoenicians and in 218 BC the area was invaded by the Romans. The large Roman theatre located in the centre of the city stands as a testament to this period in the city’s history. The Moorish rule of Southern Spain (which lasted from 700 AD until the Christian reconquest in the late 15th-century) also left behind several interesting historical sites – among them the 15th-century Gibralfaro castle and the Alcazaba fortress built in the 11th century.
In modern times, Malaga has gained international fame for its pleasant year-round weather, which boasts around 320 days of sun per year. Since the 1970s the region has been a preferred tourist destination for thousands of North Europeans who flock each year to the surrounding towns of Marbella, Torremolinos and Benalmádena. Other popular destinations on the Costa del Sol (which is home to a thriving and diverse expatriate community) can also be found just 20 minutes west of Malaga’s city centre.
Apart from being a popular tourist destination, Malaga is also an important business centre for Southern Spain. The city’s airport and harbour are among the busiest in the country, and the newly built Technology Park and International Congress Centre on the outskirts have attracted large national and international companies to the city.
Málaga city is the centre of an important communications hub, so getting here is easy, whatever means of transport you want to use.
Malaga is also a city rich in culture; apart from the numerous historical monuments that grace its streets and plazas, it is home to some of Spain’s most interesting museums and theatres.
The geostrategic location of Malaga in the south of Europe and bordering the Maghreb offers a variety of opportunities in the field of international relations for the economic and socio-cultural development of the zone.
In addition, the city is privileged to be the Peninsula ́s premier tourist zone, converting the city into a warm and inviting place that combines art, culture and tradition on the shoreline of the Mediterranean Sea. Malaga ́s three thousand years of history have conferred upon it the character of an open, enterprising and hospitable city; in essence a cosmopolitan city with a world outlook.
Alcazaba | Address: Calle Alcazabilla, 2 - 29012 Málaga
This fortress palace, whose name in Arabic means citadel, is one of the city’s historical monuments and is much visited because of its history and beauty. The building, which dates from the Muslim period, is located at the foot of the Gibralfaro hill, crowned by the Arab defence works to which the Alcazaba is connected by a walled passage known as the Coracha. With the Roman Theatre and the Aduana Customs Building, this special corner offers the chance to observe Roman, Arab and Renaissance culture, all within a few yards of each other. It has been restored several times, most recently in the 20th century, and today the building and its important archaeological legacy can be visited. The remains of the Roman walls lined with red stucco were uncovered and small cisterns carved into the rock and used for making garum (the fish paste made by the Romans) were found during the first archaeological dig. There is also a dungeon where Christian slave girls were kept after working during the day.
Castillo de Gibralfaro | Address: Camino de Gibralfaro, 11 - 29016 Málaga
This castle, built in the 14th century to house troops and protect the Alcazaba, is today one of the most visited monuments in Málaga. From its walls, visitors have spectacular views of the city and you can visit the Interpretation Centre to discover the site’s history. It was named after a lighthouse at its peak (Jabal-Faruk, the light mountain). Although it was used by the Phoenicians and Romans, in 1340 the Nasrid King Yusuf I turned the place into a fortress. The castle is divided into two parts. The upper part is referred to as the main courtyard and houses the Interpretation Centre where you can discover the history of the castle through the lives of its inhabitants. You will find the Torre Mayor(Main Tower), 17 metres high, the Phoenician well and the baths in this section. The Airón well was dug through solid rock to a depth of 40 meters. The lower part, or courtyard, held the troop barracks and stables. The watchtower or Torre Blanca (White Tower), facing the northeast, is one of the most visible ones and inside you will find a water tank, auxiliary buildings and storerooms.
Catedral | Address: Calle Molina Lario, 9 - 29015 Málaga
Its full name is Nuestra Señora de la Encarnación (Our Lady of Incarnation) although in Malaga it is simply known as “the Cathedral”. Cathedrals are important in all cities, but here in
Teatro Romano | Address: Calle Alcazabilla, 8 - 29012 Málaga
Malaga’s Roman theatre is one of the remaining symbols of Roman Hispania in the city. In addition to the theatre itself, it has a modern interpretation centre where new technologies present the life and customs of the time. The theatre has also been returned to its original use and different types of shows take place inside. Discovered in 1951, it lay half-hidden for many years by the Casa de la Cultura (Culture House) building, built between 1940 and 1942 and renovated in the 1960s. It was during these works when the first signs of the theatre were discovered and the Casa de Cultura was demolished to uncover and properly assess this theatre, which came to be a part of the cultural programmes of 1992. Excavations began by uncovering the Proscenium, that is, the stage, remnants of the Orchestra, the place reserved for senators, and the Cavea. These stands have a 31-metre radius and reach a height of 16 metres; there are 13 raised rows of seats and the entrances passageways, which are referred to as the Vomitorium. Built in the time of Augustus in the 1st century AD, it was in use until the 3rd century. Much of its construction material such as its stones, columns and carved stones were later used to build the Alcazaba. The Interpretation Centre is decorated on the outside with original fragments of the Lex Flavia Malacitana (municipal code of law, which granted free-born persons the privileges of Roman citizenship), recovered in the excavations.
Museo Picasso Málaga | Address: Calle San Agustín, 8 - 29015 Málaga
The Buenavista Palace houses a permanent collection showing eight decades of work by Pablo Picasso, who was born in Málaga in 1881. The collection conveys the rigour and creativity of an artist who is essential to understand the history of Western art. Further, temporary exhibitions delve into the artistic context, while the program of activities proposes many ways to enjoy the arts. The collection features 233 works that cover 80 years of the painter’s work, from 1892 to 1972. In its 11 rooms, you can see how Picasso breaks with convention and breaks new creative ground. He is considered the most important artist of the 20th century. He was also a very versatile creator, as proved by works in several disciplines. The Museo Picasso Málaga, which opened in October 2003, is set in this Renaissance building with Mudejar elements, with other architecturally modern buildings completing the installations. In the centre we find the Fig Tree Patio, presided over by this beautiful fruit tree, leading to the library, shop and auditorium.
Centre Pompidou Málaga | Address: Pje Doctor Carrillo Casaux, s/n
The centre invites all to feel the experience of the Centre Pompidou through its rich collection, its excellent open times, the mutual collaboration of artistic disciplines and its innovative educational programs. Malaga, the birthplace of Picasso and an international tourist destination, positions culture and museums at the heart of a new stage in its development. The exhibition presented by the permanent collection of the Centre Pompidou Malaga is divided into five topics: las
Museo Carmen Thyssen | Address: Calle Compañía, 10 - 29008 Málaga
The Carmen Thyssen Museum Málaga is the most comprehensive collection of 19th-century Andalusian paintings in Spain. It is located in the Palacio de Villalón, a 16thcentury palatial building located in the heart of Málaga. The permanent collection consists of 230 works that brilliantly summarise 19th-century Spanish art.
The Organization has selected a number of recommended hotels for the accommodation in Malaga during EHEC 2018.
The recommended hotels list, together with useful information about each hotel, is available here: