Tuesday, July 14, 2015

An Introduction to Malaga (City + Province)

This post is slightly different from every other post in this blog. This post started as a real mail sent to someone who asked me for some tips to organise a vacation in Malaga. Malaga seemed to be a very popular destination at the time because I was asked for some holidays ideas two more times and again, this mail helped two more people to plan the perfect holiday in Malaga. And because summer after summer Malaga remains a top destination in Spain I decided to publish all this info at Away from Tenerife for everyone out there.

So if you're looking for some advice regarding Malaga as holiday destination and wondering what to do there, look no further than here. Every suggestion I give has been tried and tested, first by me and then by the original recipients of the mail. And we all have a happy holiday to remember - I'm actually packing and flying off to Malaga tomorrow. First holiday ever with BabyGirl!

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Here's some info regarding Málaga. The province is really nice with many interesting towns and villages to daytrip around.
First of all, Málaga city is a must-see, as it has some worthy sights and a couple of new museums, which are rather interesting. The Alcazaba is a former moorish palace and it has lovely yards and gardens that offers great views of the city and the port. Nearby is the Roman Theather which can also be visited (but I'm not sure about this). The port has been recently renovated and there's a new promenade called El Palmeral de las Sorpresas which has some cafés. The park is also nearby and so is the beach of the city, which is within walking distance. Some new museums are the Picasso Museum, the Carmen Thyssen Museum and the Museum of Modern Art. There are many churches - just like in most Spanish cities - and the Cathedral is right in the old town. Besides, shopping possibilities abound. Calle Larios and the adjacent streets are probably the most rewarding possibilities and they have all the high street retailers you will find anywhere else in Spain. Calle Larios is particulary charming with its marble floors and in summer some veils are laid over the street to create shades and keep it cool if possible. Casa Mira is a very famous ice-cream parlour and it can be found more or less in the middle of Calle Larios, they serve very good artesanal ice-creams.
For daytrips, Ronda is a very popular option visited by many tourists. It is a land-locked village and is famous because of its canyon and the bridges over it. Its bullring is also quite famous but I don't understand much about this.
Marbella is another nice option. It's always crowded and it's renowned for its famous visitors and high-end shopping. There are nice beaches in Marbella and the Puerto Banús neighbourhood is also cool to visit. Its harbour has many a luxurious yatch and the promenade is lined with restaurants, designer boutiques and top-range cars. It's a very photogenic place and there's also a nice beach at the other side of the harbour.
For more shopping, Marbella/Puerto Banús also offer great affordable options - more shopping malls and El Corte Inglés department stores - and there is a huge shopping center between Marbella and Ojén, called La Cañada, which has every most high-street shops, a cinema theatre, a big supermarket and many bars and restaurants.
Benahavís is a very popular town and is known as the 'kitchen of Andalusia' because of its good restaurants. It also makes for a nice (half)daytrip as it is a typical andalusian village with white houses and any restaurant will be a good option for a tasty meal.
Finally, Granada and Córdoba are also possible daytrips but maybe that's too far for a short stay.
Well, that's all I know, I hope that'll be enough. Happy holiday!

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