Winter trip report Malaga Spain

Posted: February 7, 2015 in Travel
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I’m home now after a delightful trip to Spain.  My stay included Madrid, Malaga & Cordoba.  I did a day trip to Ronda.  Next time, I will base all my stay in Malaga.  Awesome people, places and food!!!  There’s lots to see and do there.  Even with a week’s stay I have many more items still on my list.  My report is under construction.  I am going to be very busy the next few weeks but will get to this project as soon as I can.   Here’s a sneak preview.  I’ve got lots more to add.  I miss Spain.

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I’ve named this my Malaga trip report because I spent more time here than Madrid or Cordoba.  I already am planning a trip back and this time I will base solely in Malaga.  It has everything I love and easy access to day trips plus a beach and seafood.  It’s a town that has a little bit of everything and that suits me.

I land in frigid Madrid.  Not sure why that shocked me but it did because I probably didn’t check the weather.  The plan was to get rid of jetlag a bit and see a couple of things I missed last round.    I arrive to heavy police presence and I’m am okay with that considering events.

What we did in our two days:

Took the train to visit Goya’s Pantheon and have dinner at Casa Mingo.  Well worth the trip out on both fronts.  At first we didn’t know what way to go but once you come out to the street make a right.  Don’t go in the direction of the big cathedral.  Casa Mingo is right before the church that holds Goya’s Pantheon.  The chicken is good and also had my first ensalada rusa.  This is like potato salad with tuna with fresh mayo.  Didn’t realize that was going to even get better and it sure did plus I got my friend eating it too!  Glad MacPOLLO wrote about that dish in his restaurant recommendations list.   We are now hooked.   Goya’s Pantheon speaks for itself, go see it!

Okay so back to Madrid.  I visited the Prado again but before entering we saw the doors open for Saint Jerome the Royal church.  Always one to try and go in a church when you see the doors open, we enter.  Later I get locked in the church.  I am laughing as I write this because that’s truly a first.  It’s a pretty church and Ellen and I split up.  I’m taking my time in chapels and suddenly I hear a voice which kind of startled me from my thoughts so I look up and well —  there is a very handsome young man saying something to me.  I’m not sure what he is saying to me but I think it’s going to close?  I come out to the pews and everyone is gone!  I said to him my friend is in here somewhere.  “No”, he says.  I kind of call out her name and he does the same!  Ellen’s name is echoing throughout the church.  I’m kind of stunned where is she and all the people?   He takes me to the front door and open’s big locks.  I was indeed locked in church!  We had a good laugh after when I came out and I found her.

My last visit to the Prado I concentrated on Goya and El Greco so this time I saw more of other artists.  Me and Ellen split up and will meet at a designated time and place.  That helps so one can wander where they want in case of different interests.

I’m out a bit before her and back up to the church I got locked in and sit on the wall.  I caught some newlyweds having their photos done in front of the church and start snapping some of my own.  Very pretty setting for photos.

Some recommendations while in Madrid:

Treat yourself to an expensive drink at the Westin Palace Hotel.  I enjoyed it here.  It’s worth the price.

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Have a Spanish Mexican dinner here at Antigua Taquería:

http://www.yelp.com/biz/antigua-taquer%C3%ADa-madrid

Make sure to visit the San Miguel market.  It was packed on my last visit which was springtime. Of course winter is different but still worth a stroll and purchase.

Malaga next by train.

Train travel in Spain is excellent!  Buy your tickets early to get the discount and I have to admit that Renfe website drives me nuts (I have not tried with Paypal)  I use this :

www.petrabax.com  You get the tickets in your email about 24 hours later.  Click trains.  I bought early and with three different destinations I paid $104 total.

After arriving at my hotel, I unpack.  I need to make my room like home which always causes me two hours of repacking stress the night before departure.

I’m armed with a nice fat list of things to do and now that I’m home I’m shocked how much I didn’t get to this trip.  I’ll list that in a bit.

I’ll concentrate on what we did do and my thoughts regarding them.  My friend Ellen from NY joined me on this trip except for the Cordoba portion.  Chris from the UK flew over for a weekend because she has never visited Malaga before and got a great price.  She will definitely be back in the future.

The Market – it’s big and beautiful

This place is awesome.  They have beautiful fruit, veggies, seafood; olives you name it.  Right by the doors out is one of my favorite stalls.  They sell tapas and grilled shrimp, beer and more.   It’s mainly seafood.  This place became an addiction.  You stand up and it gets crowded but you make room for each other.  These guys are very busy and they will get to you when they can so just be patient.  It’s worth the wait plus they got to know me so I got good service.   Get the shrimp grilled on the stick!  I also loved the paella.   I am going to give you the name of this stall.  I just need to find it in my photos which are not with me at this moment.

I bought olives, strawberries, oranges, almonds and more for my room.  The seafood is so fresh it moves!   We were looking thru the glass and the fellow put his hand near and it moved I jumped back with kind of a squeal.  It truly just startled me.  I had him do it again and I have that recorded for you to see.  You can hear Ellen still laughing because like I said; I jumped away from that glass when I saw the shrimp move and my eyes must have been big as saucers because the vendor chuckled too!

I feel a bit intimidated ordering because I don’t know the language or quantities and wind up doing estimates with my hands and pointing.   It seems to work so that’s one thing I want to work on with myself-ordering confidence.

(Paella can save your life)

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The Coffee-

The coffee is delicious and one day poisonous meaning me and Chris who was now having her first full day in Malaga meet for the morning coffee.  Well it was sunny, beautiful morning and we got a table and had some great conversation.   The coffee we were having I don’t think he wanted us to have, not the size or the quantity we asked for but he let us because that’s what we asked for right?  Well I think we had two very large cups of very strong espresso because both of us were jittery, sick, and woozy.   We were supposed to go to Ronda and at the meeting time when Ellen shows up we are two invalids.  Chris is in her room vomiting and I am on the street yelling to her I MUST GET TO THE MARKET NOW!  I start tearing thru the market to get to my favorite stall and have rice.  Ellen catches up to me and is watching my hands shake trying to devour this paella.  I needed something to soak up this caffeine.  Once Chris can come out we head to the port and beach.   We were in no condition for Ronda.

Later at the beach, we finally started feeling human again and got to laughing so hard.  Chris says she will never drink coffee again in her life!    She will strictly be a tea drinker.   The chicken in me went to McDonald’s the next day thinking well that’s got to be safe!  Later, I resume cafés again but only ONE cup!  I have a habit of ordering two at a time in Europe because of the time it takes to make coffee the nice way.   I did this once in Italy but didn’t get that sick.   Lesson learned in Spain.  (but the coffee is excellent)

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The Cathedral –

It is truly gorgeous and tied to us Americans.  The funds for one of the towers was possibly used to fund our independence.  She has one tower and her nickname is La Manquita, meaning one armed woman.   She doesn’t need that other arm because she’s beautiful.  I’ve visited tons of churches in my travels and this one is in my top three of all time.  My friend Ellen was very impressed as well.   Make sure to visit the open air garden/museum!   Even when it is closed, it’s really lovely to walk by and admire and I certainly said a thank you in case it was useful to our revolution.  There are cafe’s near and I had in my notes to go to one on MacPollo’s list but it was in shade at that moment we were dying to be in the sun.

The Vintage Car Museum and fashions of the day – including hats

AWESOME AWESOME AND MORE AWESOME and that’s from a girl who isn’t even into cars really except to get from Point A to B.   The museum is housed in an old tobacco factory.  This is a very beautiful building.   Here is the link for more information.  This was not the place for a camera battery to run out but mine did but luckily I was able to snap quite a few photos beforehand.   We spent a good long time in this museum.  At the displays are very informative cards that you can read.   We walked there from Malaga center but you can get the #16 bus.  It will drop you off and pick you up right at the museum.   Prepare to be dazzled!  http://www.andalucia.com/cities/malaga/museums/automobile.htm

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El Trillo Restaurant –

This is right off the main pedestrian street Calle Larios.  Calle Larios is where all the exclusive shops are and it’s lovely for a stroll also.   El Trillo has a dining room, bar area and outdoor patio.  I only visited the bar and patio.  The waiter with the short brown hair and glasses is a sweetie.  Hope you get him.  I ordered the enslada ruso and Ellen got a mixed seafood plate and that’s where the fun came in.   Here comes the dish and the star of the show was this fish whose mouth was open biting his tail.  We were like in shock just staring at him.  Ellen starts to pretty much eat all the stuff around him and we just keep looking and laughing but are also trying to pretend we are often served fish with the head looking at us while biting his tail.  How in the world did he get like this we ponder?  Tail biter is going to be eaten last.  Ellen finally takes a bite and I’m watching and asking, “What’s he like”? “What’s he like”?   Tail biter is good! I give Ellen a bite of my ensalda ruso and she was hooked for life as well.  We went back again this time sitting outside.  Guess what was ordered?   No, not the tail biter!  Ensalda ruso!

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The market with the seafood stall for nibbles and drink:

http://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Review-g187438-d5207386-Reviews-Bar_Cafeteria_El_Yerno-Malaga_Costa_del_Sol_Province_of_Malaga_Andalucia.html

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The Picasso museum –

I for one am very glad this museum is housed in Malaga.  You can get an audio guide.  I will not say I’m some huge Picasso fan.  I am Michelangelo’s girl.  I’m smitten with El Greco but Picasso has been working on me for a while and drawing me into his circle.  Do check out the video of him drawing.  I enjoyed this museum.  It’s not huge and I like it that way.  Make sure you visit the archeology ruins underneath!   I leave here more intrigued and now plan when I get back to Madrid I will go to the Reina Sofia museum to see the Guernica.

The Alcazaba –

Our first visit is really just walking by this fortress using the paths.  There are nice views, people walking dogs or jogging and we just kind of kept wandering going up!   We don’t want to visit inside yet because we are saving that for when Chris arrives in Malaga.  The second visit with a ticket in gives us a bright sunny day!   It’s housed above the city and that’s one thing I love about Malaga.  You’ve got a fortress and castle, you have the port, beaches and boats, you have charming lanes that you can wander and hear someone singing all to their self, you have many museums to choose from and places to eat.  You can choose to do things of the old world, the new world and somehow it all comes together in this one place.  We took the elevator that BennyMalaga on TA recommended which sits behind city hall.  Thanks Benny for that tip!

My recommendation is to follow on the little paths all thru this fortress.  We didn’t want one part to be left unexplored.  There are gardens, artifacts, fountains, arches, ceilings and tiles.  This has all been built on Roman ruins.  I love how these kind of places have such exquisite detail.  An archway itself can be a work of art.  I have been to and very much enjoyed Alhambra Palace in Seville.  The Alcazaba here in Malaga has its own brand of magic for you as well.   Do not miss the views in the back of the city opposite the water side.  Take your time and enjoy!  Imagine being a Moorish ruler here?

It’s awesome!

link for more history:  http://www.andalucia.com/cities/malaga/alcazaba.htm

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The Roman Theatre –

Situated at the foot of the Alcazaba sits the Roman Theatre which was discovered in 1951.  Can you imagine what else lies beneath old cities that has never yet been discovered?   It must be pretty amazing to attend a performance here!   You can go in, sit and relax, feel the sun on your face and watch others enjoying themselves as well.  We spent one afternoon with no agenda at all found our way here and just sat watching the bubble man creating huge bubbles with a string.  The kids were all running trying to pop them.  It was the cutest thing ever, little tongues hanging out with fierce determination on their faces jumping up in the air.  The little girls were more competitive than the boys!  This was a great afternoon with the Roman theatre as a backdrop!

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stay tuned….more coming

Comments
  1. Yvonne says:

    As always, you crammed a lot into your visit!

  2. jessybobs says:

    great photos J looking forward to reading the report 🙂

  3. GiannettaJ says:

    day trips can be plentiful from Malaga and this would be another cool thing to see in Cordoba:
    Medina Azahara
    (copied from TA below) I didn’t have enough time to get there

    Yes, there’s a daily bus to Medina Azahara, it is cheap and very handy if you can’t go there because you haven’t rented a car.

    You can see the schedule of the bus here:

    reservasturismodecordoba.org/Publicacion/…

  4. Pat says:

    Only you would get locked in a church LOL!!!

  5. GiannettaJ says:

    couldn’t believe it ! lol I’m so glad he found me before he left the church!

  6. Jan says:

    Hi your trip sounds great- would love to read the malaga leg. Am off there next week for 3 nights. Any advice on clothes- can’t make the weather out at all at the moment- what was it like when you were there?

    Jan

  7. GiannettaJ says:

    Jan take warm things. I had a few sweaters and a few short sleeve shirts. I always took my coat. The daytime can be nice with the sun. Seems about 3-5 pm it changes quick and gets cold and a bit of wind. Make sure to visit the market! If sunny, do head down to the port area on the ocean promenade. It’s beautiful. El Pimpi was fun! One night had live music and the singer was a hoot! I will be working this week on Malaga leg. I HIGHLY recommend the auto museum with fashions of the day displayed with the cars, crystal museum, Picasso museum (ruins in basement from Roman’s), walk the seaport and beach, enjoy cafe life, the Cathedral is one of the most beautiful ones I’ve ever seen and I’ve seen a lot of them in my travels, the hotel under the castle is a great place for a drink and view, try to time it a sunset! Here is the link: we took a bus up and a taxi back.

    http://www.parador.es/en/paradores/parador-de-malaga-gibralfaro

    Next time I am staying two weeks! Than I can see more sights as well as have beach time with a book. My hotel was near the market. I think you will really enjoy Malaga.

  8. Vivian Sullivan says:

    Sounds so great & the pics as usual are beautiful… Sorry I missed it. Can’t wait to read the rest.

  9. Debbie says:

    I think I read that you didn’t get a chance to see everything on your list. What else was on your list?

    I’m thinking of using Malaga as a base from 1 week, after we visit Madrid/Toledo/Segovia for a week. I’m trying to get an idea of how we’d keep ourselves occupied for the week. Your report has provided me with some ideas.

    I also wondering if there are any day trips we should consider? We’ve been to Cordoba and Ronda on a past trip (overnighting in each), and although we loved them both, probably wouldn’t return to either.

    Did you make it to Nerja at all?

    • GiannettaJ says:

      I didn’t make it to Nerja. I also wanted to go to Mijas. In town, I didn’t get to the Flamenco Museum, the Wine museum, I didn’t get to Gibralfaro, the CAC Malaga, Museo Carmen Thyssen, the Costume museum, Museo Revello de Toro, the English Cemetary, Church of Santiago, plus a whole lot more and I had a week there! I wanted a balance of much ado about nothing as well as sightseeing. I did a good bit but still lots on my list to do so I’m coming back. More day trips as well. Loved the castle in Segovia btw and do the trails below it ! Toledo was awesome, (hilly) walked my legs off! Madrid is cool and make sure to get to the aristocrat’s house for the private collection and take the cable car, that was neat. Here are some links: http://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g187514-d261853-Reviews-Cerralbo_Museum-Madrid.html

      http://teleferico.com/en

  10. GiannettaJ says:

    if it’s hot when you go, we enjoyed the gardens of the place and putting our tootsies in the fountains and just chilling (Madrid)

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