MALAGA has been hailed as the second top city to visit 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 list is topped by Johannesburg in South Africa and also includes Birmingham, England, in ninth place and Nizwa in Oman comes fifth.

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, and in April it was named in Spain’s top ten travel destinations by TripAdvisor.

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Rough Guides’ Top 10 cities to visit in 2015

Johannesburg (South Africa)

Málaga (Spain)

New Orleans (USA)

Hamburg (Germany)

Nizwa (Oman)

Wellington (New Zealand)

Belgrade (Serbia)

Salta (Argentina)

Birmingham (UK)

Yangon (Myanmar)

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