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The largest city on the Costa del Sol in the beautiful Spanish region of Andalusia, Malaga is the fifth largest city in Spain and is the southernmost largest European city, only about 130 km (81 mi) north of Africa. With a subtropical/Mediterranean climate, it has one of the warmest winters in Europe, with average temperatures dropping only to 17°C (63 °F) during the daytime in winter months. Its population is close to 570,000. One of the oldest cities in the world, Malaga was founded by the Phoenicians in 770 BC, when it was originally known as Malaka,very close to the Phoenician world for salt. As part of the Roman empire, Malaga was transformed into a highly developed city. Under Arabic rule during the 8th century, it becomes a central trading city. The city was taken over once again by Christians in the 15th century and housed the largest naval battle of the War of the Spanish Succession in 1704. After the aftermath of the Spanish Civil War of the 1930s, Malaga and the rest of Andalusia were the quickest to profit from the explosion of tourism that still strives to this day.