Look what we found in Malaga! Pronounced: Malaya. Sitting on the far south coast of Spain, Malaga is definitely for sun-worshipers! The average weather for a whole year is 65.3 degrees F and most every day is sunny! January has an average daily temperature in the 53 degree F range and in August it averages 78. This alone brings thousands of ex-pats from all over the world.
The area was originally founded by the Phoenicians about 770 BC and became a thriving Mediterranean port before it was taken as part of the Roman Empire. When that fell, Malaga changed hands again to the Moors for 800 years. In 1487, it became under Christian rule. Remnants of these occupations can be seen in the really fine open air museum. All these occupations have left Malaga with an architectural and genetic hodgepodge that somehow all fits beautifully together and Malaga has been nominated for the 2016 European Capital of Culture. Of note is that Malaga was known in the 19th century for its fine sweet wine that became one of Europe’s most popular drinks.
Malaga is part of the Costa del Sol (coast of the sun) and about 65 miles east of Gibraltar. The Malaga Airport is a busy link with the rest of Europe and also with New York, Montreal and Toronto.
A town of 560,000, the cost of living is well below the U.S. and the rest of Europe. We found one bedroom flats in the city central area for $600 US and outside the busy metropolitan area for $450 US a month. You can ride a bus all over town for less than $2.
Today’s Malaga is still a busy place and a favorite spot for cruise ships. There are many fine museums and galleries – this is the birthplace of Picasso, after all. The historic downtown area has shops and fabulous restaurants where you can sample many of the fine Spanish wines. Walking around town, we found a bull ring (no, thanks!), wonderful ancient architecture, and on the hill above, the Gibralfaro Castle has a great view of the city, beaches and surrounding area.
Not the sleepy little town we expected, but a great place for sun worshipers who retire in Malaga.
Zoom in and out on the map below to see roads and attractions!