Its main industry and claim to fame is its tourist resorts, particularly those on the beaches along the Costa del Sol ("Sun Coast"). These beaches are visited by millions of European tourists. But besides the beaches, the mountainous province has some very interesting places to visit, like the gorge of El Chorro or the Torcal in Antequera.
The population is concentrated mainly in the metropolitan area of Malaga and throughout the coastal area. The population density surpasses both the Andalusia and Spanish averages, reaching 204.06 hab/km². The municipalities of Antequera and Ronda , both with more than 35,000 inhabitants, are located in the interior.
The prevailing climate is a warm Mediterranean with dry and warm long summers with short mild winters. The geographical relief varies greatly from zone to zone. In general, the Eastern coastal zone has a subtropical Mediterranean climate. While in the Eastern end, the influence of the Mediterranean ocean gives more rains that are quite abundant. To the north, a Continental Mediterranean climate exists with cold, dry winters and warm summers.