Over the course of almost 3000 years of history, Phoenicians, Romans and Arabs have left their cultural and historical mark on the city, lending it the huge personality and monumental beauty it enjoys today.
The Roman theatre (1st century), Alcazaba de Málaga (9th-century Moorish fortress) and La Encarnación Cathedral (18th century) are all hallmarks of their respective eras.
The birthplace of Picasso, today Málaga is known as the ‘City of Museums’, with a total of 37, the majority concentrated in the historic district. Highlights include such important legacies as the Picasso Museum Málaga, Carmen Thyssen Málaga, Centre Pompidou Málaga, Málaga Museum, Centre for Contemporary Art, Russian State Museum Collection Saint Petersburg/Málaga, Automobile and Fashion Museum, Wine Museum and Málaga Museum of Glass and Crystal.
There are a number of activities, festivals, and cultural and sporting events taking place in the city throughout the entire year. Some of the most noteworthy include: Carnival, Holy Week, the Spanish Film Festival, the White Night Festival, Saint John’s Eve, Málaga Fair and the Marathon.