Málaga, the capital of the province with the same name, is the fifth most populated city in Spain. It is located in the south of the Iberian Peninsula, in a privileged spot. The city covers 398.25 square kilometers and has a population of almost 568,000 inhabitants, although almost a million people live in the metropolitan area.The main environmental and geographical factors that have influenced the city's evolution and development are maritime influences, its location between two river valleys (the Guadalhorce and the Guadalmedina), its topographic relief and its climate.Whilst the Mediterranean Sea bathes the Málaga coastline, the Málaga Mountains close ranks behind the city to form a barrier of peaks that protects it from the cold, while the regulating effect of the sea gives the area its characteristically mild temperatures. The hottest months are July and August. December and February are usually the coldest. The average temperatures fall between a maximum of 22.8° C and a minimum of 13° C. Rainfall in Málaga follows the seasons, with the most abundant rainfalls occurring in autumn and winter.You can find more information about Málaga on the website of the Málaga City Council Travel and Tourism Information Center.