Malaga

I have divided the information below into 2 categories. The reason for this is due to the fact that the Malaga is both the name of the province and the name of a city.

The Province of Malaga

The province itself is located is located in Southern Spain, in the Autonomous Community of Andalucia. It is bordered by the Mediterranean Sea to the South, and by the provinces of Cadiz, Sevilla, Córdoba and Granada.
The province of Malaga covers an area 7.308 km² and has an approximate population of 1.5 million inhabitants. With most of the population being concentrated in metropolitan area and the coastal area.
Malaga is mainly known as a tourist destination with areas like the Costa del Sol drawing millions of people every year who come to enjoy the weather or to make a new start.
Within the province of Malaga there are 100 municipalities which include such towns and cities as Benalmádena, Mijas, Velez-Malaga, Fuengirola, Ronda and Marbella.

MALAGA CITY

Malaga is a port city on the Costa del Sol. As of 2007 the population of Malaga was just over 550,000, while the population of the metropolitan area is slightly over 1 million, making Malaga the fifth largest metropolitan area in Spain.

Malaga is surrounded by mountains, lying in the southern base of the Axarquía hills, and two rivers, the Guadalmedina – the historic centre is located on its left bank – and the Guadalhorce, which flows west of the city into the Mediterranean. The inner city of Málaga is just behind the harbour. The quarters of El Perchel, La Trinidad and Lagunillas surround this centre.

Malaga was originally founded around 1000BC by Phoenicians from Tyre and was named Malaka. The name is believed to be derived from the Phoenician word for salt because fish was salted near the harbour.

By the 8th century, Malaga city became an important centre of trade. At the time Malaga was part of the Caliphate of Córdoba. After the fall of the Umayyad dynasty, it became the capital of a distinct kingdom, a dependent of Granada. During this period the city was known as Malaqah.
Malaga once again became at Christian city in 1487 during the later stages of the reconquista.

Malaga has strong religious tradition which started with the consecration of its first bishop in 290 AD Under the Visigoths; Malaga was made an Episcopal see. After the battle of Guadalete, the city passed into the hands of the Arabs, and the bishopric was suppressed under the Moors.
In 1487, Isabel and Fernando besieged the city, which after a desperate resistance surrendered and the Episcopal see was restored. Since the concordat of 1851, the Cathedral Chapter has had 20 canons and 11 beneficed clerics. There were in the diocese (1910) 520,000 Catholics and a few Protestants. The diocese of Malaga had 123 parishes, 481 priests, and 200 churches and chapels. The Augustinian Fathers had a college at Ronda while the Piarists were teaching at Archidona and the Brothers of St. John of God had schools at Antequera, where there is also a Capuchin monastery.
Malaga there were convents for women, including Bernardines, Cistercians, Augustinians, and Dominicans. The ‘Little Sisters of the Poor’ maintain homes for the aged and infirm at Malaga, Antequera and Ronda.

Modern Malaga has a wide spectrum of religions with most citizens declaring themselves to be Catholics. Islam is also represented with the construction of a new mosque. The Evangelicals also have a presence in Malaga. The Jewish Community in Malaga is represented by its synagogue and the Jewish Association. There is a Hindu temple and outside of the city in Benalmádena there is a Buddhist stupa.

The city is a tourist destination, due mainly to its proximity to the Costa del Sol. Tourists also visit here to see the birthplace of Pablo Picasso. The castle is next to the Alcazaba, which in turn is next to the inner city of Malaga.

Malaga is a very accessible city with high speed train connections to the rest of Spain. There is also the cercanias train that currently reaches all the way to Fuengirola. Of course there is the airport that is becoming a major international hub and has recently started flights to New York.

Hope this has been of interest

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Andrew Belles

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