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Malaga is the largest city on the Costa del Sol and the second largest in Andalucia. This is both a commercial city and a port with over half a million inhabitants and the cities airport is Spains fifth busiest. The river Rio Guadalmedina divides Malaga in two, though flows only sporadically, to the east, the crowded old part of the town, and to the west the modern urban city. It is a city full of history. The Alcazaba is a fortress with patios, fountains and gardens surrounding a former palace built during the XI century on Roman foundations. Nearby is the Roman amphitheatre recently discovered and not far away the square of La Merced and the house where Picasso was born which can be visited.
There is an archaeological museum and nearby the old customs house which now houses Malaga town hall close by to the bullring La Malagaueta. The cathedral is the finest example of Spanish renaissance architecture; a trip up the tower affords tremendous views across the city. There is also the Gibralfaro, an old arab fortress which also offers tremendous views from an even higher vantage point.
For a day of leisure visit the Chinitas passageway or take a horse and carriage ride. There is also the tourist bus - look for the signs - where you can hop on, pay the fare, and hop off when the fancy takes you. Tickets last for 24 hours. The city has many shops which includes a branch of Spain's most popular department store, Cortes Ingles, plus the Larios Centre, a large shopping complex next to the bus station which houses a huge hypermarket on the ground floor. Locally there are many vineyards producing grapes for the popular local wine and the landscape is dotted with citrus orchards and vegetable farms.
The coastline has not been forgotten in recent years with a re-generated El Palo beach and a new promenade. In the east there is another beach area which has been provided with a new promenade, gardens, palm trees and a new park. The hotels here are some of the best in the region with two paradores - one in the old part of the city and one near the beach between Malaga and Torremolinos.
Picasso Museum. The artist Picasso was born in Malaga and the biggest collection of his work is actually in a museum in Barcelona. The house where he was born can also be visited nearby this museum which only opened in late 2003. This is a building which once was a palace and was built in the 16th century. Many cannot understand or appreciate Picasso's later work, but this collection of which there are 200 examples, was donated by Picasso's daughter in law and grandson and includes some examples of his earlier and very beautiful paintings. The building is in the old quarter of Malaga at c/ San Augustin, Malaga 8.
La Concepcion. This, it is claimed, is the most beautiful and important tropical garden in Spain. The garden was created in 1850 and is the best example of a tropical forest anywhere in Europe. It has recently been acquired by Malaga City Council and is situated at Carretera de Las Pedrizas, which is on the main road out of Malaga to Antequera and is well signposted. Closed Mondays. Museum of Malaga. This is basically a rather compact but extremely good public art gallery in c/Alarcon Lujan in Malaga, close to the Picasso Museum. Closed Mondays. Entrance is free. There is a half hourly train service from Benalmadena / Arroyo de la Miel to Malaga at 0:14  0:34 and 0:54 minutes past each hour. Timetable here.
Alight at Malaga Maria Zambrano for Cortes Ingles department store, and Malaga Centro for the city centre and sightseeing buses.
The main tourist office is in Plaza de la Marina. Telephone +34 952 12 20 20. Website.