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     Goulbourn Associates
     Edf Iris, Avda Gamonal
     Benalmadena Costa
     Malaga, 29630
     Spain

Welcome to Goulbourn Associates - with more than 16 years experience of the property market on
the Costa del Sol you can be assured of a personal, professional yet friendly service at all times.

Malaga

Costa del Sol La Merced Square, Malaga

Malaga is both a commercial city and a port with half a million inhabitants and one of the best climates of any European city.

It is the most important southern coastal city after Cadiz.
Malaga port has a true international flavour with many cruise liners and large naval ships visiting on a regular basis yet the fishing fleet remains almost untouched and provides the local restaurants with freshest and most succulent seafood available in Andalucia. Consequently Malaga is a great place to eat out with an almost unlimited choice of fare. Be prepared to take your time, Malagueños treat eating out as a real social event.

The old town is very quaint with many small lanes and sides streets. The park (Parque de Alameda) in Calle Alameda is world renowned for its botanical collection and not to be missed by anybody with green fingers.

On a more modern note, there are many big name stores and shops in the city, so shopping can be a real pleasure. The Larios centre and surrounding area are famous for the shops and very close to the central railway station if you want to come into town via the local train service.

For football fans Malaga boasts a premier league football team with many foreign nationals as supporters.


Historical Note :
Malaga is the capital city of the Province of Malaga. Seldom visited by the U.K. tourist, the city is a real mixture of old and new.

In the 1st century B.C., Estrabon mentions a Phoenician town which stood at the foot of the hill now occupied by the city’s
fortress, the Alcazaba.

Roman Malaga enjoyed periods of great splendour, as witnessed by its Roman Theatre and other important archaeological remains, as well the statute which declared it a confederate, self-governing city, known as the Lex Flavia Malacitana.

Costa del Sol La Alcazaba, Malaga
A long period of decadence followed the fall of the Roman Empire. In 571, the city was captured by the Visigoth king Leovigildo.
In 711, Tarik, lieutenant to the governor of the north of Ifriquiya (Africa) Muza ben Nusayr, crossed the straits of Gibraltar (Yebel-Tarik) with almost 10,000 men to begin the conquest of the whole peninsula -a feat which took just five years-, which was achieved more by convincing its inhabitants of the virtues of a new creed and way of life than by using military force. That same year, Malaga was taken by the Moslems, and a new chapter in its history, one which was to span eight centuries, had begun. The area was settled by a variety of peoples -Yemenies, Berbers, Southern Arabs, Muladies (Hispanogoths converted to the new religion), Mozarabs (Christians who continued to observe and practise their religion) and Jews. In the first three centuries of Moslem domination, the city's population grew rapidly as a result of a considerable economic impulse which brought prosperous times for Malaga, with commerce and barter of products via its sea port.

The Moors occupied the city until 1450 and left their mark by constructing Alcazab fortress and the nearby castle, which is now a very well known Parador (a Government run Hotel).

The birth place of Pablo Picasso in Plaza Merced is a tribute to his work and life and well worth a visit. Indeed Malaga has a wealth of culture, including fine museums, art galleries and the famous Cervantes Theatre (where Antonio Banderas started his career)


Accommodation :
Parador de Malaga-Gibralfaro **** Castillo de Gibralfaro 38 rooms
tel: 952 221 902
Parador del Golf **** Autovia Malaga-Algeciras 60 rooms tel: 952 381 255


Costa del Sol El Cenachero, Malaga

PROVINCE: Málaga

ALTITUDE ABOVE SEA LEVEL (m): 8

AREA (km2): 394

Nº OF INHABITANTS: 528.079

NAME FOR PEOPLE: Malagueños o Malacitanos

 
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