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Basic City Facts

Malaga, with a metropolitan population of 1.1 million, is a dynamic Southern European hub. As the “Gateway to the Costa del Sol and to Andalucia,” it enjoys one of the best climates in Europe with beautiful beaches, attractive mountain landscapes, more than fifty golf courses, several sailing marinas and a ski resort in the nearby Sierra Nevada mountains.  It is a dynamic city known for its culture (birthplace of Pablo Picasso and Antonio Banderas) and innovation.

So why do so many people consider Malaga one of the best places to live, to work and to invest? Perhaps it is its strategic position on the Mediterranean coast or the low cost of living juxtaposed with a high quality of life, but more than likely it is the fact that Malaga is an entrepreneurial Smart City with a surrounding innovative ecosystem called Malaga Valley where rich historical heritage & technology meet to improve the quality of life for everyone.

Population (2022):

  • 580,032 (6th largest in Spain)
  • 1,1 million in the metropolitan area
  • 16.7 % foreign population


  • 36°43′10″N, 4°25′12″W 


  • 398 km2 (154 mi2)  City
  • 561 km2 (217 mi2)  Metropolitan area


  • 11 m (36 ft)