MALAGA has been hailed as the second top city to visit in the world in 2015 by Rough Guides.
The beautiful Andalucian port is in the midst of a booming cultural revival, and the renowned travel guide has picked it out as one of the world’s hottest travel destinations for the coming year.
The annual top 10 rankings are headed by Johannesburg in South Africa, with New Orleans in third place and, perhaps more surprisingly, Birmingham in England makes the list in ninth place.
With the Picasso Museum, the soon-to-be-opening Cube in the harbour and a burgeoning art scene, Malaga is beginning to really put its name on the global map.
“Founded by the Phoenicians, the ancient city of Malaga has far more to offer than the usual Spanish cocktail of sun, sea and sangria – though all of those things are still in plentiful supply,” states the Rough Guide.
“Projects signaling Malaga’s cultural revival include a new museum of Russian art, set to light up a former tobacco factory, and the continued development of a mural-daubed Soho, which attracts trailblazing artists.”
Tourism in Malaga has increased by a reported 8% this year. In April the city was named one of Spain’s top ten travel destinations by TripAdvisor.
Top 10 for 2015
- 1. Johannesburg (South Africa)
- 2. Malaga (Spain)
- 3. New Orleans (USA)
- 4. Hamburg (Germany)
- 5. Nizwa (Oman)
- 6. Wellington (New Zealand)
- 7. Belgrade (Serbia)
- 8. Salta (Argentina)
- 9. Birmingham (UK)
- 10. Yangon (Myanmar)