The origins of Málaga date back to 770 BC when the city was first founded by the Phoenicians from Tyre, under the name of Malaka - which was derived from their word for salt, due to the salted fish close to the harbour. It later became a part of the Roman Empire, during which the city underwent extensive growth and development. The city was also an important trade centre during the Muslim Arabic rule over Spain in the 8th century.
The city is home to several historic sites such as the Alcazaba, Roman Theater and Castillo de Gibralfaro, as well as numerous museums and galleries that showcase items of historic importance. The birthplace of Pablo Picasso is yet another highlight of the city.
Málaga is a tourist hotspot, often referred to as "the capital of the Costa del Sol". It spans across an area of over 300 square kilometres and is home to a population of half-a-million residents who are mostly Roman Catholic in faith. However, Islam is also a major religion in the city due to the growing numbers of immigrants in Málaga, from various parts of the world.
The Málaga Airport is the main airport serving the city of Málaga. It is Spain's fourth busiest airport, as well as one of the oldest airports in the country. It has three terminals and serves millions of passengers every year.
Malaga offers a fair share of Halal food and Halal restaurants, Turkish and Middle Eastern cuisine in particular. Popular spots include Al-Yamal, Re-Pitta, El Rey del Shawarma, Restaurante Marroqui Azahar, El Balneario, Al-Yasmin, El Tapeo, El Sultan and Restaurante Amador.
The Centro Cultural Andalusí is located in the heart of Malaga and has all prayers including formal Jum'a. It can be easily found by the side of the road and a Halal market is also located in close proximity to the mosque, offering a range of fresh meat and spices.