At Global Alliance, we take the “Worldwide” in our company name very seriously. We pride ourselves in offering premium limousine services to our clientele not only in our home base of Toronto but around the globe. Through our sophisticated network of trusted worldwide affiliates, Global Alliance can provide professional chauffeured services in hundreds of international cities. We will discuss many of the major worldwide destinations served via our affiliate network on this blog. We remain in the country of Spain today, with a visit to the tourist favourite of sunny Malaga.
Often referred to as the capital of the Costa del Sol, Malaga is located in Andalusia on the Mediterranean Sea and is the Autonomous Community’s second-largest city after Seville. With a city population of over 560,000 inhabitants and 1.6 million inhabitants in the larger metropolitan area, Malaga is Spain’s sixth-largest city. These numbers are expanded greatly every year by an estimated 6 million visitors, who flock to Malaga for its consistent heat, sandy beaches, and historic charm.
One of the oldest cities in the world, Malaga has been inhabited for around 2,800 years. Originally founded in 770 BC by the Phoenicians, Malaga was ruled in turn by the Carthaginians, the Roman Empire, the Visigoths, the Byzantine Empire, and the Muslims of medieval al-Andalus before returning to Christian Spain after the Reconquista in 1487. An important but only occasionally historically significant centre thereafter, Malaga was at the core of the massive development of the Costa del Sol for the tourism business in the last half of the 20th Century.
The promise of warm climes and relaxation in the sun is the main draw for visitors to Malaga today, who flock to La Malagueta Beach in the centre of the coastal city. Malaga’s old city is also dotted with notable historic, architectural, and artistic attractons of note as well. The hilltop Castle of Gibralfaro, which includes the preserved Moorish fortress and palace the Alcazaba, dominates the central city.
Remnants of historical fortifications from the Phoenician and Roman eras can be seen around the city, as well as an excavated and reconstructed Roman amphitheatre. Malaga was the birthplace of the legendary Spanish painter Pablo Picasso; his birthplace is now part of a museum that displays many of his works. Numerous other museums of history, archaeology and art can be visited in Malaga as well. Historic churches are spread across the city centre, most notably the Church of Santiago, with its hybrid Moorish/Christian mudejar style.
Outside of tourism, other key industries in Malaga include technology, manufacturing, and banking. Malaga CF is the city’s major football club, which competes in Spain’s top league for the sport and plays its home games at Estadio La Rosaleda. Malaga is also home to a historic bullfighting ring.
Malaga Costa del Sol Airport is the fourth-busiest airport in Spain, handling millions of visitors to the Costa del Sol and to wider Andalusia every year. Malaga’s seaport, operating continously for 2,600 years, is one of the busiest on the Mediterrean for both passengers and cargo.
Please feel free to contact Global Alliance Worldwide Chauffeured Services for all of your transportation needs in Malaga, Spain.