Relaxing in Malaga
I used Malaga as my down-time on this trip, some time to do less, eat more and simply relax.
Although I haven't been away from the coast and seaside that long, weirdly due to the climate in the non-coastal cities it felt like a life time and I'm a water baby!
On arrival in Malaga I went to the main market where locals shop for their produce and small tapas bars line the sides. I went to one of the bars and ordered Skewered Prawns which were delicious then headed off in search of the sea! Running parallel to the port there's some nice manicured gardens which gives you a more shaded route to the sea!
The Malagueta Beach is known amongst locals and visitors alike as not the best beach but the most convenient. I liked it (I'm from England after all!) but the Australians I met were not keen. It's known as dusty and they say it's polluted due the port... I didn't actually swim in it but I did sunbathe for a day. Elevated off the sand on a lovely sunlounger which I rented for €4 for the day, I could have been on any beach! With the waves lapping on the shore, I was engulfed in my book with the sun beating down on more. What more could a relaxing beach holiday demand?
I dined in the famous El Pimpi Restaurant which has quite the queue at night but has attracted many famous faces over the years. I had Salmon in a Cream and Almond Nougat Sauce with mixed Vegetables. It was delicious and I finished this off with the selection of mini desserts (I shared with a friend!) which I can highly recommend and a delicious tiramisu cocktail - a dessert in itself!
Malaga was a nice walkable city, I wandered along the parade of shops and markets that line the port, shopped in the big fresh market for local fish and vegetables.
One of my highlights was the Hammam Baths - absolutely amazing!!! (Although not cheap!) there are a few dotted around the Andalucia region but I only tried the Malaga one and I'm glad I did. Set in an amazing building, the baths, changing rooms, ambience, staff and the massage I treated myself to were all amazing!
The place is spotless and oozes the Muslim charm and incredible architecture and interior design. After a few weeks on the road I loved the long soaks in various temperature baths and rolling around on hot stones...
I wandered up the hill to the old castle which you can pay to walk in and I chose to do so. I walked around the ruins and to the viewpoint which gives you amazing views over the whole city and to the mountains, ocean and landscapes beyond! There's also a cute little bar nestled into the ruins of the castle which is a good place to stop and refuel before heading back down...