Date: Dec, 2014
Location: Malaga, Andalucia, Spain
Málaga, located on the Costa del Sol, is the second most populous city of Andalusia and the sixth largest in Spain.
The city’s history spans over 2,800 years, making it one of the oldest cities in the world. It was founded by the Phoenicians as Malaka around 770 BC, and was ruled by the Roman Republic and later the Roman Empire as Malaca. After the fall of the empire it was under Islamic rule as Mālaqah for 800 years, it again came under Christian rule in the Reconquista.
The archaeological remains and monuments from the Phoenician, Roman, Arabic and Christian eras make the center of the city an “open museum”, displaying its rich history. This important cultural infrastructure and the rich artistic heritage have culminated in the nomination of Málaga as a candidate for the 2016 European Capital of Culture.
Málaga is also well known as the birth place of acclaimed painter and sculptor Pablo Picasso, Hebrew poet and Jewish philosopher Solomon Ibn Gabirol and actor Antonio Banderas.