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Starbucks City Mug Malaga - Biznaga Malaguena

Málaga is a municipality, capital of the Province of Málaga, in the Autonomous Community of Andalusia, Spain. It is the second most populous city of Andalusia, sixth largest in Spain and the southernmost large city in Europe. It lies on the Costa del Sol of the Mediterranean, about 100 km east of the Strait of Gibraltar and about 130 km north of Africa. Málaga's history spans about 2,800 years, making it one of the oldest cities in the world. It was founded by the Phoenicians as Malaka about 770 BC, and from the 6th century BC was under the hegemony of Ancient Carthage. Then from 218 BC it was ruled by the Roman Republic and later the Roman Empire as Malaca. After the fall of the empire it was under Islamic domination as Mālaqah for 800 years, but in 1487 it again came under Christian rule in the Reconquista. The archaeological remains and monuments from the Phoenician, Roman, Arabic and Christian eras make the historic center of the city an "open museum", displaying its history of more than 3,000 years. The internationally acclaimed painter and sculptor Pablo Picasso, Hebrew poet and Jewish philosopher Solomon Ibn Gabirol and actor Antonio Banderas were born in Málaga. The most important business sectors in Málaga are tourism, construction and technology services, but other sectors such as transportation and logistics are beginning to expand.

Biznaga Malaguena - is a tradition unique to Malaga city. They are basically handcrafted "flowers" of jasmine with a very strong, summery aroma. The unique blend of this distinctive fragrance, together with the sea breeze, has inspired many a love song and poem. The biznaga is created from two components. The frame of the biznaga is a dried thistle, picked much earlier in the year, which has a large number of very narrow spikes coming out of its head. Once the thistle has dried out, it is then stripped back so that only the skeletal structure remains. To make the biznaga, fresh jasmine is picked in the early morning before the flowers have opened. The short-stemmed jasmine flowers are then slipped onto each individual spike, and when the flowers open, they form almost a ball of jasmine exploding from the stem.

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  Malaga, Spain, 08 Icon Edition, Málaga

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