Monday, September 29, 2014

Postcard from Andalucía: Málaga

Postcard from Andalucía: Málaga on afeathery*nest  |  http://afeatherynest.com

Málaga was the perfect entry point for our Andalucían road trip—and not just because we found a direct flight there from Stockholm. But, the city is bustle-y, without being overwhelming, and there wasn't a lot of pressure to see and experience everything, like we'd have had if we'd landed in Sevilla.

Situated right on the coast, we immersed ourselves straight away into the splendid southern Spanish climate: breezy, warm, and without one single drop of humidity. It embraced us kindly, especially after our early morning journey which began with a 4:30AM trip on the airport shuttle bus to make our 7AM flight down to Spain. We'd spent the previous night at my mother-in-law's since she's a few blocks from one of the stops, which meant we could get an extra hour of sleep, but also put us in "travel" mode a day earlier so we were quite foggy when we finally landed.

Barceló Málaga, our first hotel of the trip, was chosen specifically for its convenience—it's two stops on the city train line from the airport and right on top of the agency we'd rented a car from. I wouldn't usually ever stay in a business hotel for a trip like this, but we figured it would be a better base for our very quick stop in Malaga rather than something a bit more charming in the historic district.

Málaga Cathedral  |  Postcard from Andalucía: Málaga on afeathery*nest  |  http://afeatherynest.com
Málaga Cathedral + horse carriages  |  Postcard from Andalucía: Málaga on afeathery*nest  |  http://afeatherynest.com
Postcard from Andalucía: Málaga on afeathery*nest  |  http://afeatherynest.com
Postcard from Andalucía: Málaga on afeathery*nest  |  http://afeatherynest.com

Once we'd checked in we headed straight to the old town. We strolled the twenty minutes there along the waterfront, where the nice sea breeze perked us up a bit, and entered the old city via this welcoming (and nicely shaded) avenue. The beautiful blue of the Spanish sky blinking off of the bright facades was so captivating, and something we'd experience in all the towns to come.

The first surprise of our trip was coming upon the city's saint's day festival for the Virgin of Victory right in front of the cathedral where young girls in brightly-colored folk costumes danced and twirled. We watched for a few minutes and then set off to wander around some of the charming and brilliant buildings before finding a tapas bar with outdoor seating where we indulged in my specific lunchtime request: crispy, salty, battered and fried seafood with pints of beer.

Postcard from Andalucía: Málaga on afeathery*nest  |  http://afeatherynest.com
Postcard from Andalucía: Málaga on afeathery*nest  |  http://afeatherynest.com

Then we went back to the hotel for a nap and freshening up before heading back out again for dinner in the evening. We found another little tapas bar with outdoor seating at the crossroads off two cobblestoned avenues where we perched ourselves on high stools to people watch and plan our first drive for the next morning.

Before taking a bus back to the hotel I also began what would become my nightly indulgence in helado (ice cream). I was determined to find the best, which I eventually did in Sevilla.

Updated—other Andalucía posts:
After 9 years, 9 days in southern Spain 
Postcard from Andalucía
Postcard from Andalucía: Granada and La Alhambra 
Postcard from Andalucía: Nerja + Marbella
Postcard from Andalucía: Gibraltar + Tarifa 
Postcard from Andalucía: Conil de la Frontera
Postcard from Andalucía: Cadíz + Medina-Sidonia   
Postcard from Andalucía: Vejer de la Frontera  
Postcard from Andalucía: Jerez + Carmona  
Postcard from Andalucía: Sevilla   

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2 comments :

  1. Wow, gorgeous photos! The colors and architecture are stunning.

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  2. Thanks, Amanda! The whole trip I basically walked around open-mouthed in awe at all the beauty.

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