The Province of Málaga (pronounced: [ˈmalaɣa]; Spanish Provincia de Málaga) is located on the southern mediterranean coast of Spain, in Andalusia. It is bordered by the Mediterranean Sea to the South and by the provinces of Cádiz, Granada, Córdoba and Seville.
Its area is 7,308 km² and its population is 1,639.127 (2012), which is concentrated mainly in the metropolitan area of Málaga, province capital, and throughout the coastal area. The population density surpasses both the Andalusia and Spanish averages, reaching 222.53 hab/km². Málaga contains 101 municipalities. Besides the capital, its main cities are Marbella, Mijas, Fuengirola, Vélez-Málaga, Torremolinos, Estepona and Benalmádena, all in the coastal zone. The towns of Antequera and Ronda, are located in the interior.
The prevailing climate is a warm Mediterranean with dry and warm long summers with short mild winters. The geographical relief varies greatly from zone to zone. In general, the coastal zone has a subtropical Mediterranean climate. To the north, a Continental Mediterranean climate exists with cold, dry winters and warm summers.
Its main industry and claim to fame is its tourist resorts, particularly those on the beaches along the Costa del Sol ("Sun Coast"). These beaches are visited by millions of European tourists. But the province has some very interesting places to visit, like the gorge of El Chorro, near Álora, the Torcal de Antequera, the Moorish-Mudéjar district of Frigiliana, the Dolmen of Menga or the Caves of Nerja.
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