Malacca (Malay: Melaka), dubbed "The Historic State", is a state in Malaysia and located in the southern region of the Malay Peninsula, next to the Straits of Malacca. Back when Kuala Lumpur was a malaria-ridden swamp and Penang was yet to become the ‘Pearl of the Orient,’ Melaka was already one of the greatest trading ports in Southeast Asia. Over time it lost favour to Singapore and became a sleepy backwater compared with its high-rolling cousins. However this downturn preserved much of the ancient architecture as well as the old ways of life and today Melaka is hugely back on the tourist radar thanks to its 2008 designation as a Unesco World Heritage Site.
More allure comes from the city’s mixed Malay, Chinese, Indian and European heritage and the serene kampung (villages) scattered among the state’s tropical forests, farmlands and beaches. Over generations, this cultural mix has developed variations on traditional cuisine, including the famed Malay-Chinese Nonya food, which are so delicious that just the food is reason enough to visit.
Porta De Santiago (A Famosa) which translates to 'The Famous' in Portuguese is one of the few oldest surviving remnants of European architecture in the whole of Asia. It was built in 1511 under the command of Alfonso de Albuquerque. The fortress was built to consolidate their gains in Malacca after they defeated the armies of the Malacca Sultanate