After spending 18 nights in Malaga we returned to the UK with wonderful memories that will remain with us for the rest of our lives. Memories like busy, narrow streets and picturesque alleyways.
|Calle Fresca, Malaga|
Around every corner was another plaza, another church and more tabernas (restaurants) most with outdoor tables to accommodate both locals and visitors alike.
|Plaza del Obispo|
|Plaza de la Merced|
Malaga's moorish history is evident everywhere from the Alcazaba...
...to the Moorish gate outside Malaga's central market, the Atarazanas.
...To the Gibralfaro...
...and its amazing city views.
Malaga has more churches than we could name or visit, including its impressive cathedral (above) viewed from the Gabralfaro and this next one we spotted tucked in behind some other buildings.
Painted walls and tiles adorn the exterior of many churches.
This includes monasteries and convents as well. The next photo was taken inside the monastery of the Santa Maria de la Victoria basilica.
|Hallway inside Santa Maria de la Victoria monastery|
|Santa Maria de la Victoria courtyard|
One memory we would gladly do without was the rain! At least half of our 18 days in Malaga had either overcast skies or included rain at one point during the day or night. We didn't let that stop us, however, and when it did stop raining there were some wonderful photographic opportunities as the city literally shimmered.
These next two images show how much rain actually did fall. The first photo of the river was taken shortly after we arrived. Take note of the dry, grassless edges as well as the skateboarders using the flat surface to practice their moves.
The next photograph was taken midway through our stay. The muddy colour would suggest the surrounding mountains also received their fair share of rain.
Food is a highlight of any destination and we had some incredible meals during our visit to Malaga. Our favourite starter was (what else?) aubergine, followed by a delicious pork or fish dish.
|Tapas (bread and olives) that come free of charge when one orders wine (it's LAW)|
One fun activity was searching for the art work of the French artist known as Invader. We found four. The first was opposite our Airbnb flat.
The second and third were close by as well - literally less than a minute's walk.
The fourth was on the harbour front.
Malaga is determined to be the cultural centre of Andalusia and while there are museums galore, that desire spill out onto every street corner. The city is teaming with art.
While walking to the Crystal and Glass Museum (a 15-minute walk outside of the historic area) we spotted these impressive street murals. This area is off the beaten track so we're unsure how many tourists get to see them - which is a shame because they are brilliant.
Another memory of Malaga is its reverence for the Catholic church that seems stronger than in other EU countries.
Night time is an integral part of the lifestyle of Malaga. Once the sun sets the streets come alive, filled with young and old alike, all intent on taking full advantage of their glorious Mediterranean climate.
Malaga is determined to preserve/maintain its incredible history. In keeping with that goal this construction site appears to have demolished the interior of the buildings, but preserved the exterior. One can only imagine the additional costs, but the benefits are far greater.
We're pleased to have experienced Malaga via its history, people, food and so many many charms. Muchas gracias.
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