Leaving Cadiz we headed south and then east through the Strait of Gibraltar and made way for Malaga, Spain,
Málaga is one of the foremost Spanish Mediterranean ports after Barcelona. The port’s main exports, most of which are produced in the eastern Andalusia hinterland, include iron ore, dried fruit, almonds, olive oil, oranges, lemons, olives, canned anchovies, and the famous Málaga sweet wine; principal imports are petroleum, corn (maize), chemicals, iron, and steel. Málaga’s industries include the manufacture of building materials and foodstuffs; there are also breweries, fertilizer plants, and textile mills. There is a thriving electronics industry.
Sheltered by the surrounding sierras, Málaga’s mild climate makes it a popular and internationally known resort city. Nearby are a number of narrow beaches; some, such as Marbella and Fuengirola, have pine woods reaching to the seashore.
The city lies along a wide bay of the Mediterranean Sea at the mouth of the Guadalmedina River in the centre of the Costa del Sol. It was founded by the Phoenicians in the 12th century BCE, conquered successively by the Romans and the Visigoths, and taken by the Moors in 711. Under Moorish rule it became one of the most important cities in Andalusia. When the caliphate of Córdoba disintegrated, the kingdom of Málaga was founded, ruled over by emirs who named it “terrestrial paradise.” After they had failed several times, Christians took the city on August 19, 1487.
Here are just a few images we took in Malaga and Alcazaba and the surrounding area.