More than 3,000 years of history have passed since Málaga's establishment by the Phoenicians up to achieving the beautiful, friendly and cosmopolitan city that enchants tourists from all over the world today.
Stroll down Málaga's main street and learn more about the Marqués de Larios. Arrive at the Plaza de la Constitución, where most of the city's social events are held. Admire buildings of different ages and be enthralled by the stories that the city can tell.
Whilst the Mediterranean Sea bathes the Málaga coastline, the Málaga Mountains close ranks behind the city to form a barrier of peaks that protects it from the cold, while the regulating effect of the sea gives the area its characteristically mild temperatures. The hottest months are July and August. December and February are usually the coldest. The average temperatures fall between a maximum of 22.8° C and a minimum of 13° C. Rainfall in Málaga follows the seasons, with the most abundant rainfalls occurring in autumn and winter.
Málaga has a natural heritage of great environmental wealth. The natural setting of the estuary of the Guadalhorce, located within an island of 122 hectares demarcated by the branches of the river in its final stretch, is a stopping point for hundreds of migratory species and is noted for its great ecological value. The Natural Park Montes de Málaga occupies an area of 4,996 hectares that are home to over 230 plant species and over 160 types of vertebrates.
The climate in Málaga is extremely moderate in winter with very mild minimum temperatures. The summers are tempered by the city's proximity to the sea. Rainfall is low with an average of 469.2 mm. The highest rainfall occurs between November and March; the summer is very dry. On average rain falls on 70.9 days.
Málaga enjoys an annual average of 2,901 hours of sunshine. The maximum hours of sunshine are achieved in July with an average of 354 hours and the minimum hours of sunshine are in December with 167 hours. This, together with the mild temperatures, make Málaga's climate ideal in winter and very pleasant in spring and autumn.
The best itineraries to discover monuments, museums, and everything else that makes Malaga worth a visit. A great way to get a good overall impression of Malaga is to hop on the Official Malaga Tour Bus. The whole tour takes under one and a half hours and is well worth it at around 15 euros per adult. The Tour Bus ticket not only allows the enjoyment of taking in all the sights of the city, but it also offers a free voucher for bust transport to the beautiful botanical gardens on the outskirts of Malaga, Jardines de la Concepcion, on the main road to Antequera. There are many beautifully kept gardens in Malaga also worth seeing. Malaga is the quintessential city of museums. With close to 20 museums, it is among the cities worldwide that have the highest density of museums housed in one city.