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About Malaga

The city of Malaga enjoys a privileged natural location. Its municipal area covers 398.25 square kilometres and the permanent metropolitan population amounts to one million.

The environmental and geographical factors having the greatest effect on the development and evolution of the city have been the maritime influence, the location of the municipality on two river valleys (the Guadalhorce and the Guadalmedina), its orography and its particular climate.



Surface area: 7,276 square kilometres

Population: 1,517,523 (as at January 2007)

Malaga Municipal area:

Surface area: 398.25 square kilometres

Population: 561,250 (as at January 2007)

The Mediterranean Sea bathes its coastline and the Malaga hills encircle it forming a mountainous barrier that protects it from the cold along with the thermal regulating role provided by the sea giving it its climate of balmy temperatures. The warmest months are July and August and the coolest are usually December and February with a maximum of 22.8℃ and a minimum of 13℃. Rainfall in Malaga is regulated by the seasons with most rain in autumn and winter.

The river Guadalhorce estuary has witnessed the formation of an area known as the “marismas de Guadalhorce” (the Guadalhorce fens) thanks to the agglomeration of river sediments covering an area of 60 hectares, which were declared an Area of Outstanding Beauty in 1989. The other river that has played a decisive role in the city’s history is the Guadalmedina, which means “the river of the city” in Arabic. It is 47 kilometres long and gathers most of the water flowing from the Montes de Malaga.

The Montes de Malaga were declared a Natural Park in 1989 that means they are well conserved. The protected area comprises 4,762 hectares of which 97% belong to the Malaga Municipality. Its orography is quite sheer with an average altitude of 500 metres. The tree plantation origin is based on the hydrological-forest reafforestation carried out from the 1930s. There you can find over 230 plant species and over 160 vertebrates.

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