Malaga may be the smallest province in Andalucia, but it compensates with its significant population and economy, much of it based on tourism. The provincial capital is the vastly underrated Malaga, Andalucia's second largest city with a lively nightlife, Picasso museum, trendy shops and some of the region's best tapas bars. The city beach is actually a more attractive strip of sand than many of the gravelly offerings of the Costa del Sol Venture inland and you will discover a more authentic Spain. Towns like Antequera with its prehistoric dolmens have evocative historic appeal, while more recent Moorish influence is seen throughout the region. Less than an hour away from the glitzy resort of Marbella, the ancient town of Ronda is stunning, set on the El Tajo gorge, while nearby pueblos blancos (white villages) are timelessly preserved - and you still need Spanish to order a beer. - Essentials section with practical advice on getting around.- Highlights map so you know what not to miss. - Comprehensive listings including where to have fun, sleep and eat the best tapas. - Detailed street maps for Malaga and other important towns. - Slim enough to fit in your pocket. Loaded with advice and information, this concise Footprint guide will help you get the most out of Malaga without weighing you down.