On the southern coast of Spain, Malaga is a port city in the Andalucia region with a population of around half a million, famous for being the birthplace of Picasso and Antonio Banderas.
Renowned for its Moorish and Roman historical architecture the Alcazaba fortress is well worth a visit.
Malaga now has a lively art scene, thanks to the opening of the Picasso Museum in 2003, paying homage to their most famous citizen.
The old city with its stylish hotels has a pedestrianised centre buzzing with bistros and taverns – perfect for tapas and a glass of sangria.
Offering a Mediterranean climate, Malaga is hot in summer with mild short winters. Temperatures are on average 30C in July and August and drop to 13C minimum from December-February.
With around 320 sunny days a year and glorious yellow sandy beaches it is easy to see why this is a popular destination.
Malaga seems to have bucked the trend of the Spanish property market and has continued to grow despite the recession with Britain’s buying more property than any other foreign nationality in the past year.
From central Malaga it is only 12 minutes to the airport where a number of low-cost airlines offer flights to the rest of Europe.