Sometimes you get just the right things you need in the right moment. Recently, I got very unexpectedly very fortunate with a present from my aunt – she couldn’t attend her flight to Malaga and gave it to me instead on the very last minute. I packed my backpack, my camera and went off to clear my head with a fresh Mediterranean breeze, so tired after all the cold dull german kind of winter. And man - was that the best thing ever.
This time, so hungry for travelling and sun and all together for the Mediterranean flair, I enjoyed exploring the city all by myself, walk up and down streets, hills, ruins, parks in my go-explore-sneakers, without a plan nor timetable, just following my senses, my impressions and moods. And I noticed how well I felt just doing it alone – since my first time on the Saint James Way over a year ago I broke the ice about feeling a bit awkward to be a solo traveller. To feel this relief in action was a bonus of good emotion on top.
And as I’ve been sharing my trip on Instagram for a couple of weeks now, here’s the complete story. And some top eye-catchers and cozy places I loved exploring in Malaga for just a couple of days. Read bellow after the photo story.
The market - Mercado Central de Atarazanas
Catedral de la Encarnación de Málaga
fav' refreshing point - entrance to Castillo de Gibralfaro
Enter the Paseo España and its greenery
Walk East at the coast if you are a born flâneur
(it's never to late to become one! ,-)
Happy Place - family run plant nursery to tune ones head
El Balneario - now just chill with the waves
Here's my eye-catcher candy list for a couple of days in Malaga
the Cathedral: when I entered, first thing my eyes stayed on for minutes was the floor – so shiny, everywhere! Also, I love to lit the electric candles, it’s like experiencing childhood again, it’s oh-so-magical to see those bright candles everywhere in this kingdom of silence.
the Cathedral Mass: a nun sings and makes you sing along, the daily divine chanting together in a grand cathedral - magic, again.
walk along the coast heading East: waves, salty wind, cats, neat houses, a cute little nursery and finally – El Balneario.
Restaurant El Balneario: walk around, sit outside, get some patatas bravas con la salsa picante with a (non-alc) beer; and watch those waves hitting the barrier, but never reaching your feet.
walk through the park Paseo España, it's right at the promenade and main harbour - love it.
walk up the Castillo de Gibralfaro for the view and a big piece of a homemade cake in an awesome little garden cafe
have churros for breakfast: there’s 2 kinds, the fine laced ones or the big straight ones. Have them with hot chocolate. And watch how they are done: another flash back for the curious child within - watching how something so tasty is done, revealing the secret. Aaah..
CAC Contemporary Art Center: it’s modern, entrance free, wifi free and a good blast of art in between, ps: with a very good café restaurant of what I heard.
Of course, there's SO MUCH MORE to see, like the Picasso Museum and gardens, and botanical gardens like La Concepción, the roman theatre and the uncountable beaches or places around for day trips. All bit by bit.
Travel, take weekends, two days are enough to refill the glass with some fresh energy. And come again or go explore something else. Or ask me for more tips.
Meanwhile I’m crossing my fingers for good weather on Easter – some forest hikes are in planing. So stay tuned and follow me on my Instagram.