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About Málaga

Málaga is a city and a municipality in the Autonomous Community of Andalusia, Spain. With a population of 568,202 in 2012, it is the second most populous region of Andalusia, the sixth largest in Spain and 46th in the European Union. The southernmost large city in Europe, it lies on the Costa del Sol (Coast of the Sun) of the Mediterranean, about 100 km (62.14 mi) east of the Strait of Gibraltar and about 130 km (80.78 mi) north of Africa.

Málaga's history spans about 2,800 years, making it one of the oldest cities in the world. It was founded by the Phoenicians as Malaka about 770 BC, and from the 6th century BC was under the hegemony of Ancient Carthage. Then from 218 BC it was ruled by the Roman Republic and later the Roman Empire as Malaca (Latin). After the fall of the empire it was under Islamic domination as Mālaqah (مالقة) for 800 years, but in 1487 it came again under Christian rule in the Reconquista. The archaeological remains and monuments from the Phoenician, Roman, Arabic and Christian eras make the historic center of the city an "open museum", displaying its rich history.

The most important business sectors in Málaga are tourism, construction and technology services, but other sectors such as transportation and logistics are beginning to expand. The Andalusia Technology Park (PTA), located in Málaga, has enjoyed significant growth since its inauguration in 1992. Málaga is the main economic and financial center of southern Spain and the fourth-ranking city in economic activity in Spain behind Madrid, Barcelona and Valencia.

The important cultural infrastructure and the rich artistic heritage have culminated in the nomination of Málaga as a candidate for the 2016 European Capital of Culture.

Málaga is one of the most famous touristic cities all over the world with internationally well known museums, such as Picasso’s and Thyssen’s Museums, and wonderful beaches and villages along the Coast. The internationally acclaimed Pablo Picasso and Antonio Banderas were born in Malaga.

Málaga enjoys a subtropical climate. Here are the warmest winters in Europe, with average temperatures above 17.2 °C (63.0 °F) during the day in the period December to February. The summer season lasts for about 8 months, from April to November, although also in December and March sometimes there are temperature above 20 °C (68.0 °F). In July, you can reach easily more than 32 °C (90.0 °F).

ACA 2013 sessions will take place in the conference rooms of Málaga Palacio Hotel and in the conference rooms of a Government building next to the hotel. This hotel is highly recommended not only by Local organizers but also from different professors who have stayed in the hotel previously. Special prices have been arranged for participants. Please, refere to the Accommodation section to see specific details and booking information.


Travel Information


Málaga airport is one of the most important in Spain. It has direct flights from and to many different airports from all over the world (for example: New York, Montreal and many important European cities). Special flight connections are set on in summer time. You can find further information and destinations at
Málaga airport has connections with Málaga city center by bus, train and taxi.


Málaga railway station is located at 15 minutes walk from the city center and from Málaga Palacio Hotel. Málaga has a direct high speed train connection with Madrid which takes about 2:30 hours for covering the 550Km. distance from Madrid to Málaga. For further information, prices and timetable, you can visit


Málaga bus station is located near the railway station at 15 minutes walk from the city center and from Málaga Palacio Hotel. It has connections with main cities in Spain. For further information, prices and timetable, you can visit