A recent article in the Costa del Sol News reports that Malaga is the second least congested city in the whole of Europe. The recent survey conducted by satellite navigation makers Tom Tom, showed that drivers in Málaga spend just 5 minutes per day on average waiting in traffic! This is an excellent statistic for a major city like Málaga, which sees tens of thousands of commuters circulating every day and hundreds of thousands of tourists visiting every year.
As the capital of the Costa del Sol and home to a busy airport and cruise ship port, Málaga has come a long way from its humble past as an earthy Mediterranean port city. Now classed as Europe’s largest ‘Smart City’, Málaga is doing its bit for the environment by installing recharging devices for e-vehicles and other energy saving initiatives. The road networks and public transport system make easy work of travelling through the city and as the report shows, thankfully it’s highly unlikely that you will be stuck in traffic for long while sunny promenades entice!
Málaga is one of the oldest recorded cities in the world, dating back nearly 3000 years. Rich in history, ancient architecture and natural beauty, the city also boasts the warmest winters in Europe, making it a very desirable, year round holiday destination – and with easy, congestion-free access there is no reason not to make the most of it.
Here are some of the main reasons why Málaga has become so popular:
Museums – Málaga has more museums than anywhere else in Andalucía, many of which are right in the city centre, including the famous Picasso Museum, the Carmen Thyssen and one of Europe’s finest car museums.
Shopping – There are several large commercial centres in Málaga offering a huge range of high street shops and things to do such as Muello Uno and Plaza Mayor.
Gastronomy – Many of the region’s best bars and restaurants are based in Málaga, including those of famous chefs such as Dani Garcia. Together they attract diners from across the Costa del Sol. Whether you are just looking for some tasty tapas or a three-course gourmet meal, you will be spoilt for choice.
Beaches – Stretching alongside Málaga city is 14 kilometres of beautiful sandy beaches, which can be easily reached by private and public transport. The busiest beaches are usually Malagueta and La Caleta, very popular with families and tourists. Guadalmar and Campo de Golf are two of the quieter ones with a more tranquil atmosphere.
The new tour guide app, En Tu Mano, makes it easy to find your way around and provides information about these and various other public interest points in the area, plus local news and events, using GPS signal. It’s easy to see why so many locals, foreign residents and tourists fall in love with the city’s charm. With so many things to see and explore, Málaga’s appeal is endless!