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Costa del Sol and Costa de Almería Travel Guide

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Málaga

Málaga is one of southern Spain’s most welcoming and happening cities, and it more than justifies a visit. Visitor figures have soared since the Picasso Museum opened a decade ago and a new cruise-ship terminal opened in 2011, and much of the city has had a well-earned face-lift. Many of its historic buildings have been restored or are undergoing restoration; the area between the river

and the port is being spruced up and transformed into the Málaga Arte Urbano Soho (MAUS Art District); and some great shops, and lively bars and restaurants have sprung up all over the center.

True, the approach from the airport certainly isn’t that pretty, and you'll be greeted by huge 1970s high-rises that march determinedly toward Torremolinos. But don’t give up so soon: in its center and eastern suburbs, this city of about 550,000 people is a pleasant port, with ancient streets and lovely villas amid exotic foliage. Blessed with a subtropical climate, it's covered in lush vegetation and averages some 324 days of sunshine a year.

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