The character and architecture of the city has been influenced by the different invaders throughout history.
The area was first settled by the Phoenicians circa 1000b.c. Apart from being an important sea port the mountains behind the sea were rich in silver and copper.
Next came the Carthaginians around 2500 years ago and remained in control of the area until pushed out by the Romans in 220 bc. The Romans then extended their grip on the region reaching Seville and much further North. There are considerable remains of the Roman period visible today. The most important being the Roman Theatre below Alcazaber.
Malaga became a confederate city of Rome under the stewardship of the Emperor Tito.
As the empire crumbled in the 5th century, the city was visited by Visigoths, who eventually captured the city remained in control for next few centuries, despite incursions by the Barbarians and Vandals.
Nothing lasts for ever.
Or so it seems as the Visigoths were pushed out by the Moors in 710. The Moors set about building the town wall and the 5 gates around the city.
The city stayed under Moorish control until the 15th century, when they were defeated by Christians, who massacred or enslaved many of the captured Muslims.
Going forward the Christians stamped their character on the town by destroying much of what was good from the Moorish period and built their own Cathedrals and monuments.
By the 19th century the city was growing so fast that they demolished the wall to allow for more rapid growth.
The French tried to gain a foothold in the town which lasted a few years before the exile of Napoleon.
Today the city is a vibrant place and well on the tourist trail, particularly for those taking short city breaks.