Malaga’s history spans about 2,800 years, making it one of the oldest cities in Europe and one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world. According to most scholars, it was founded about 770 BC by the Phoenicians as “Malaka”.
The Malaga Alcazaba is an ancient Moorish fortress built on a Phoenician fortification that was also used by the Romans. This place above the sea with a great view of the area was a great strategic advantage that every civilization based on the Mediterranean would take advantage. The fortress was built in the 10th Century during the Al-Andalus period.
Malaga’s Roman Theater is one of the remaining symbols of Roman Hispania in the city. It was discovered in 1951, it lay half-hidden for many years by the Casade la Cultura building, built between 1940 to 1942 and renovated in the 1960’s. It was during these renovations when the first signs of the Theater were discovered. They demolished the Casade la Cultura building to uncover and properly assess the Roman Theater in 1992. The remnants of the Roman theater date back to the 1st century BC.