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Europe » Spain » Andalusia » Málaga » Alora May 13th 2024

Marvellous Malaga -Piprey Start of journey One of informal things of being British is travelling to sunny Spain. Malaga is the capital of Costa del sol on the coast of the Mediterranean sea. With British train strikes right on the day of travel, I had to take a day off to rearrange my travel arrangements. After watching a pre-booked live British comedy show, I tried laughing my way from Swindon (Wiltshire) to Hayes and Harlington by the second last Great Western Railways (GWR) train of the day to stay overnight at a friend’s place. The comedy continued as in the morning, I slammed the door shut at my friend’s. My friend was not one to give up. She unscrewed the door latch; I looked up Youtube and we managed to open the door with a knife ... read more
Malaga port with cruise ship
Gorge of El Caminito del Rey
Story telling by experienced guide

Europe » Spain » Andalusia » Málaga April 1st 2024

In the area around Ronda, there are a number of settlements that are called white towns. We referred to a few in previous blogs. Nestled in the mountains close to Ronda, Juzcar was once a “white town” that turned blue. In 2011, Sony Pictures painted the whole town in conjunction with release of its 3D Smurf movie. The transition created so much publicity, that the local residents refused Sony’s offer to restore the original colour and hence Juzca is now called the “blue town”. Remnants of “Smurfdom” can be found throughout the town and although the road was narrow and winding, it was worth the visit. The first week of Angela’s and Dary’s visit provided more rain than the Andalusia region had all of last year. So with the water reservoir levels improving and the sun ... read more
Rolls Royce designed by John Lennon and used by Beatles
Brother Daryl “hamming it up” with Malaga street Busker.
Pan fried Grouper at Restaurant Almador

Europe » Spain » Andalusia » Málaga » Malaga March 22nd 2024

On our return visit to Ronda, we took a tour of the bull fighting ring, one of only a few operating in Spain. Bull fighting is still legal in many regions although its popularity has been diminishing. In the early days, bull fighting was forbidden by the church as it was a sin to put your life (soul) in danger. Originally bull fighting was done on horses but transitioned to the matador on foot which is today’s practice. Debra refused to attend a performance and I’m less enthusiastic about a sport where the winner is pre-determined! The tour of the Ronda bull ring was interesting as it’s one of the oldest in Spain (built in 1785) and still in operation holding appx 5000 people. There is also an information/museum section that provides a good background on ... read more
Ronda Bull Ring
Brother Daryl and Angela
St. Michael’s Caves in Gibraltar

Europe » Spain » Andalusia » Málaga February 15th 2024

A short drive inland from the coast, there are a series of small towns called “White Towns” which are historical communities going back to the Moors (Muslim occupiers). The Moors had some unique architecture in the area with narrow streets etc and they used a lime based plaster that made the buildings white. On a practical side, the buildings were cooler in the extreme heat and the lime reduced the amount of bacteria thereby making the town more hygienic. Or as an alternative explanation, my brother Daryl might hypothesis, ”maybe they got a deal on white paint”! After an hours drive along a winding road, we arrived in Ronda one of the larger of the “White Towns” with a population of 35,000. It was captured by the Moors around 712 AD. Running through the middle is ... read more
New Bridge Ronda
The Tajo Gorge — Ronda
White Town - Casares

Europe » Spain » Andalusia » Málaga February 9th 2024

We have arrived in Estepona which is about an hours drive from Malaga on the “Costa de Sol” (Sunshine Coast). Our Villa is only a few steps from the beach with easy access to a long, well maintained stone walkway that hugs the coast for miles. So far the weather has been comfortable with daytime highs around 18-22 C and the abundance of sunshine makes outdoor activity very pleasant. The Villa is somewhat compact, particularly in the kitchen, however, with 3 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms, it provides adequate space and is complimented with large back and front patios that includes a hot tub, barbecue and numerous pieces of outdoor furniture. Within a few minutes drive, there are a good selection of grocery stores, golf courses and restaurants etc. Of course, as with many places now, the ... read more
Path along coast in Estepona
Musical entertainment in Tangiers
Camel ride in Tangiers

Europe » Spain » Andalusia » Málaga July 14th 2023

We sleep long after yesterday’s exertions, and as I lie in bed half in dreamland I can‘t help but reflect on a couple of other apparent oddities of life here in Malaga. They‘ve got Un Museo de Videojuegos, which unless I’m very much mistaken translates to "a Museum of Video Games". Now I think most of us can probably cope with museums displaying artefacts from Ancient Greece and Rome … but things that were only invented last week? Now we didn’t go in, but I can’t help but wonder what exactly is on display - it’s a bit hard to imagine a bunch of 12 inch floppy disks with “Pac-Man“ written on the covers attracting too many customers. One of the busier squares in the middle of the city has pairs of wooden seats bolted to ... read more
Plaza del Obispo from the Cathedral roof
Malagueta Beach
Malagueta Beach

Europe » Spain » Andalusia » Málaga July 12th 2023

First cab off the rank this morning is La Malagueta, the Malaga Bullring. Issy’s anti-bullfighting so she’s staying in to work on one of her artistic masterpieces. I’m anti-bullfighting too, the problem being that I can’t paint. I read that the first bullfight was held here in 1876, and the ring can seat a little over nine thousand spectators. It was used to hold prisoners during both the Spanish Civil and Second World Wars. I thought Spain stayed neutral during the latter so I’m not quite sure where those guys would have come from. Anyway, a renovation completed in 2019 meant that it could be used all year round to hold events other than bullfights, and if the number of posters around the outside is anything to go by more than the odd concert is held ... read more
Vista from Castillo Gibralfaro
La Maleguita
Malaga Ayuntamiento from Les Jardines de Luis Pedro Alonso

Europe » Spain » Andalusia » Málaga July 11th 2023

Today we’ve decided to get adventurous and catch a bus five kilometres or so east along the coast to the beach at the seaside town (suburb?) of Palo. We’ve got no idea how the public transport system works here so we’re feeling a tad nervous. We join a group of fellow travellers lined up along the kerb next to the bus stop. The bus arrives and we surge towards the door behind other touristy looking types. I don’t know a lot of Spanish, but enough to pick up that the people behind us aren’t happy; it seems we’ve now been branded scum of the earth queue jumpers. Apparently the line along the kerb was locals queuing in an orderly fashion to get on, which it seems was a perfectly good system until the tourists got involved. ... read more
Beachfront promenade, Playa del Palo
Grilled seafood, Playa del Palo
Fishermen’s cottages, Playa del Palo

Europe » Spain » Andalusia » Málaga July 10th 2023

We were supposed to be going for a hike through the apparently legendary Caminito del Rey (Path of the King) tomorrow, but we get an email from the tour company to say it’s been cancelled due to “weather conditions”. Huh? We’ve scarcely seen a cloud since we got here, so I think “weather conditions” might be code for something else. The road there looks a tad on the windy side, so if that’s got anything to do with brakes we’re happy to delay for a few days. I head out for a stroll around the corner to Malaga’s main market, the Mercado Central de Atarazanas. I read that this 1870s structure was built on the site of a Moorish-era naval workshop. Renovation works carried out between 2008 and 2010 added a spectacular stained glass window depicting ... read more
Casa Natal Picasso
Malaga Cathedral door
 Jardines de Pedro Luis Alonso

Europe » Spain » Andalusia » Málaga July 9th 2023

I think jetlag’s got me; I can’t sleep. I start browsing the news and the first article that comes up is about the sighting of an eight metre shark in the waters just off Malaga. The article claims it hasn’t got any teeth, so it’s harmless. … so I clearly am really asleep and this is just one of those nonsensical nightmares. But no, it seems the article is real. Now that that’s clarified at least we can reinstate earlier plans to go to the beach at some stage while we’re here. Toothless sharks … they’re not going to believe that one back in Oz. First stop this morning is the Picasso Museum. We read that the great man was born in Malaga only a couple of hundred metres from where the museum now stands, and ... read more
Picasso Museum
Alcazaba
Alcazaba




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