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"Malaga: The laid back gem in Spain"

Malaga Tourism

A historical and cultural provincial capital, Malaga has long lived in the shadow of the Andalucian cities of Seville, Granada and Cordoba. It is the largest city on the Costa del Sol and is famous for being the birthplace of famous artist Pablo Picasso. The city holds in store beautiful beaches, challenging hikes and amazing architectural sites.

The largest city in the Spanish region of Andalucia, Malaga is a much more laid back city than Barcelona or Madrid. It's cultural significance is compared to Madrid while it offers fine dining and dynamism as Barcelona. Being the centre and transport hub for the Costa del Sol region, Malaga is often flooded with tourists during summer. With the brilliance of various historical and cultural attractions, the city set on the coast has a lot to offer. The Gothic cathedral along with the narrow streets flanked on both sides by bars and shops, it is a perfect horizon to the urban chic and contemporary cultures. It is one of the oldest seaports in the Mediterranean region. The landmarks are a proof of the proud past of the city: Roman theatre, Moorish castle, Alcazaba and Baroque Basilica. With great weather, Malaga is the perfect combination of culture and beautiful beaches. There is an old world ambience flowing in the air, which just sinks in among the tourists.

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Currency in Malaga

Euro is the only official currency in Spain since January 2002. People from other countries of Europe under the EU can come to Malaga and exchange their currency without much problem. There are notes with denominations of five, ten, twenty, hundred, two hundred and five hundred. There are also coins which are termed as cents. It is also possible to pay in the Malaga by Debit or Credit card. ATMs are also available throughout the day in various places and shopping centers.

Exchanging Money in Malaga

The rate of exchange of currency keeps varying from time to time. Travelers are advised to carry traveler cheques, debit cards and credit cards along with 2 days worth of Euros. There are Spanish auto banks from where anyone with a visa based card can withdraw cash in Euros. There is also the facility to withdraw money via switch cards. The credit and debit cards are acceptable in most hotels and shopping centers.

Daily Budget for Malaga

The daily budget in the Malaga range from 50-70 EUR. Apart from the accomodation, major part of the money is mostly spent on food and travel costs. A set lunch meal approximately costs 8-10 EUR. Transportation is a bit expensive here, but travelling in public buses makes it easier.

Religion of Malaga

Roman Catholicism is the most prominent religion in Malaga. Second most popular religion is Islam because of the increasing number of immigrants. There are also Evangelicals present in Malaga and a small number of Jewish still exist in the city.

Malaga Customs

Spanish people are extremely rooted to their culture and they pay proper heed to etiquettes and manners. Physical contact while greeting someone is normal here, and people generally place a kiss on the cheeks to say a hello. When it comes to dressing, Malaga is a bit conservative so one should dress accordingly and should restrict their beachwear only to the beaches.

Language of Malaga

The official language spoken in Malaga is Castilian Spanish. Being a popular tourist locality, English is also spoken in this city and the nearby areas.

History of Malaga

Established by the Phoenicians in the 12th century, Malaga was later under the power of the Romans and the Visigoths. It was finally conquered by the Moors in 711. They were the ones who took an interest in developing the town and they constructed masterpieces like the Alcazaba, Gibralfaro, both of which are extremely popular today. Malaga became one of the most important cities in Spain when it was the part of the Caliphate of Cordoba. It was then captured by the Christians in 1487. They built their own monuments and cathedrals, but kept the dignity of the Moorish forts. Today, Malaga is one of the most important as well as the largest ports on the Mediterranean coast.

Nightlife in Malaga

The city of Malaga has an eclectic nightlife and its charm is enough to surprise its visitors. There is a spirit of vibrancy in the air as soon as the sun sets. One has the liberty to choose anything that he wants, some seek for a quiet bar where as others want to dance their hearts out. Malaga has numerous options when it comes to nightlife. The major hub of nightlife is around the Plaza de la Constitucion, Calle Larios and Calle Granda, whereas clubs are mostly found around Plaza de la Merced and Plaza de Uncibay. Mosto, a sweet wine made of muscat grapes, is a must try in Malaga.

Shopping in Malaga

Malaga offers an amazing shopping experience since the last few years. Because of the boom in tourism, there has been an increase in the number of modern and trendy shopping centres, which houses the top fashion brands of the world along with the traditional accessories of Spain. It is an amalgamation of trendy brands with the Spanish artefacts. Some of the best souvenir shops are located in the centre of the city. Some excellent buys include textiles, almonds, anchovies and local sweet wine. Pottery is also popular in Malaga and it comes from the neighouring villages which make beautiful souvenirs.

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