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Malaga – what a wonderful city!!

So often people who come to the Costa del Sol, miss this lovely city. Seville, Cordoba and Granada have in the past had most tourists, Malaga is the secret that will be well known by 2016 when it becomes European Capital of Culture.

The Picasso Museum was opened in 2003 in the historic quarter of Malaga, and since then tourists have flocked to the city. In the last couple of years, there has been a 100% increase in the number of cruise ships stopping here and this is only because previous cruise passengers enjoyed their brief stop in the city so much.

There are other important places to visit in Malaga. The Baroque cathedral, The Alcazaba fortress, which looks down on the city and the bullring, and fortunately has a hotel nearby, where you can lunch after walking round the museum and walls of the castle.

Calle Larios is one of the most famous streets in Malaga. At 10pm any night, the pedestrianised street is full of people of all ages and types. This is a very busy area, with traditional buildings housing shops and cafes and hotels. At the top of Calle Larios is the Plaza de la Constitucion, which holds many cultural and religious festivals.

Eating and drinking is no problem in this area. You can find something that suits your taste. Either a tapas bar in the side steets, or one of the lovely traditional restaurants that are most costly.

If you want to get an idea of what the city is like, why not take the Malaga Tour Bus. The whole tour takes less than an hour and a half and is really worth the 15€ fee.   You can stop off and shop or eat or see landmarks, and the ticket is valid for 24 hours.