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, you can walk to the harbour until you get to Calle Larios, the main commercial street of the city.
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The population of Malaga city was 568,479 as of 2013 estimates, while the population of Malaga province was 1,652,999 in 2013, ranking as the fifth largest metropolitan area in Spain. Málaga is surrounded by mountains, lying in the southern base of the Axarquia hills, and two rivers, the Guadalmedina - the historic centre 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 Malaga, as well as the main rail station, Malaga-Vialia, which is connected with Madrid by the Talgo 200 and the high-speed train AVE, reducing the journey time to Madrid to just two and a half hours. The city also provides two commuter train lines, called Cercanias, and a metro system. There is no train service to Marbella at this moment, but you can always hire a car at Malaga airport.
Aside from car rentals, buses are the main mean of transport used around the city. Malaga'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.