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Welcome to MALAGA
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Information about MALAGA Malaga was founded in around the 8th century by the Phoenicians, who called it Malaka. It was under the control of the Carthaginians, but it was the Romans who made Malaga into a city. The Arabs captured it in 711 and following the conquest of the Catholic Monarchs, reforms were begun to adopt the Arab city to the new Christian dominance. After the fall of the Roman Empire, Malaga was affected by large migrations and settlements of German tribes. At the beginning of the 8th Century, the decay of the Gothic monarchy began, and from the coast of North Africa, the Arabs invaded the Iberian Peninsula. Malaga was converted into a flourishing town, surrounded by a wall with five huge gates. From the 11th Century onwards Malaga became a commercial centre, exporting to the whole Mediterranean a diverse range of products from moscatel grapes to gilded ceramics. The reconquest of the city by the Catholic Monarchs in 1487 changed the history of Malaga completely: civic and religious changes, reorganization of urban areas, distribution of land between the conquerors. From the sixteenth century onwards a recovery began to be felt with numerous scientific and social developments which revived the life of the province. This resurgence made Malaga the second industrial centre of Spain in the middle of the nineteenth century. With the crisis at the end of the century Malaga entered into a state of decline once again, not recovering until the middle of this century with the appearance of tourism. The most important industrial sectors in Malaga are the agricultural and the tourism industry. The wonderful climate together with the many beautiful beaches makes the province one of the most popular places of Andalucia. Malaga is a perfect location to grow olives and fruits like lemons and oranges. . Apart from the above sectors Malaga town has the second largest industrial port in Spain and it also has an important production of textile and alimentary products. Malaga is a very fascinating town with a rich and unique history. Apart from all the cultural attractions, Malaga is a perfect location to enjoy life. The people in Malaga, called Malagueños, are known for going out a lot at night for a chat, a drink or to eat out. The town therefore has a great variation of restaurants, bars and bodegas, which normally are busy throughout the week. The Malagueños are also known for loving everything about their town and they are particularly proud of the famous painter Pablo Picasso.
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General Information
Capital: Madrid
Area: 505,988 sq km (195,363 sq miles); includes Spanish North Africa km2
Population: 44,708,964
Electricity: 220 or 225 volts AC, 50Hz. Generally, round two-pin plugs and screw-type lamp fittings are in use.
IDD: +372
Emergency number: 091
Timezone: Mainland Spain/Balearics: GMT + 1. The Canary Islands: GMT (+2 Hrs MAR-OCT)

Language: Spanish, Catalan (Catalonia), Galician (Galicia), Basque (Basque Country)

Government: Parliamentary Monarchy

Religion: 96% Roman Catholic

Health: Hepatitis A (sometimes).

Currency: Euro (EUR) 1.00 = 100 Cents

Exchange Rate
Exchange Rate: EUR 1.00 = USD 66.8382 = GBP 66.8382 = CHF 66.2032

Speed Limit
Speed Limit: Cities: 50 km/h, Outside cities: 90 km/h, Motorways: 120 km/h

Traffic: Traffic drives on the right. Minimum age 18 years.

Driving License
Driving License: International or national license with official translation.

National Holidays
National holidays: Jan 1 New Year"s Day, Jan 6 Epiphany, Easter Holidays (variable), May 1 Workers" Day, Jun 24 Saint Juan, Aug 15 Assumption Day, Oct 12 Spain National Day, Nov 1 All Saints" Day, Dec 6 Constitution Day, Dec 8 Immaculate Conception, Dec 25 Christmas Day

Climate: Temperate; clear, hot summers in interior, more moderate and cloudy along coast; cloudy, cold winters in interior, partly cloudy and cool along coast

A=Aver. Daily Temp. (°C)
P=Precipitation (mm)
S=Sunshine (Hrs/Month)

Mobile Network
Mobile Network: GSM 900/1800/3G 2100

GPS: 40 26 N, 3 42 W

Shopping Hours
Shopping Hours: Mon-Sat: 09.00-13.00 and 16.30-20.00. Most commercial stores and malls stay open from 10.00-22.00


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