The city is a popular tourist destination, due mainly to its proximity to the Costa del Sol. Many tourists also visit here to see the birthplace of Pablo Picasso. There are very cheap flights to Málaga from countries in Northern Europe, particularly the United Kingdom, Ireland, the Netherlands and Germany.
From Malaga, other cities like Seville, Cordoba, Granada, and Jaen can be reached by train, bus or car.
A popular walk leads up the hill to the Gibralfaro castle (a Parador), offering extensive views over the city. The castle is next to the Alcazaba, which in turn is next to the inner city of Málaga. By taking the Paseo del Parque, a promenade that runs alongside a park with many palm trees and statues, one can walk to the harbour, finishing in Calle Larios the main commercial street of the city.
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The population of Malaga city was 567,433 as of 2012 estimates, while the population of Malaga province was 1,639.127 in 2012, ranking as the fifth largest metropolitan area in Spain. Málaga is surrounded by mountains, lying in the southern base of the Axarquía hills, and two rivers, the Guadalmedina - the historic center is located on its left bank - and the Guadalhorce, which flows west of the city into the Mediterranean.
The city is served by Malaga Airport and the port of Málaga. Also the main rail station is Málaga-Vialia which is connected with Madrid Atocha by Talgo 200. And recently the high-speed train AVE came into service, reducing travel time to Madrid to just two and a half hours. The city has two Cercanías (commuter train) lines and a metro system is under construction. There is no train service to Marbella at this moment, but you can always hire a car at Malaga airport.
Buses are the main form of transport around the city. Málaga's bus station is connected with the city by the bus line number 4, although it is only 10 minutes walk to the Alameda from there.
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