Spain · 5 Days · 10 Moments · January 2018

Laura's tour through Spain

19 January 2018

Day 5 Thurs After a good sleep had croissant and coffee in the little Parisien cafe downstairs. Met my friend Barbara off the airport bus. We worked together in the Embassy in Bahrain and she now lives in Estepona. She too was surprised how lovely Malaga is. After a coffee in the old part of town we headed over to the marina for a few gin and tonics and a good catch up ending up on the beach. Barbara left on the bus at 400 and I had a nap. Later we went to the local Moroccan for a lamb tagine and vegetable couscous. Lovely. Bed by 900 ready for an early flight. Adios Malaga, we will be back 👍

18 January 2018

Day 4 Tues After breakfast in local cafe, we walked about 4 km along the coastline and found a quaint seaside place called Playas de las Acasias. Enjoyed a mixed salad and whitebait whilst watching the locals walk by. This really is a lovely spot and totally surprised how friendly everyone are. After a long walk back enjoyed a gin and tonic on the Malaga beach; managed to catch a bit of a tan! Back to hotel for a nap then out to the old part of town to the little Irish bar where we met a couple from York who had also been there the previous evening. Finished with a pasta dinner on way home. All so cheap. Another day in heaven

17 January 2018

Day 3 Tues part 2 Bus back to Malaga listening to my music and admiring the Spanish countryside. It truly is a lovely country and Malaga is a little gem. Modern and old architecture mixed and very Spanish. Just good to get away from the British crowd I’m afraid. Sat in the old centre at the smallest Irish bar listening to street entertainers. Pizza opposite the cathedral and straight to bed after a lovely day.
Day 3 Tues Part 1 Up early for our bus tour to Alhambra. The Alhambra (Al-Ḥamrā in Arabic “The Red One" is a palace and fortress complex located in Granada, Andalusia, Spain. It was originally constructed as a small fortress in AD 889 on the remains of Roman fortifications, and then largely ignored until its ruins were rebuilt in the 11th century by the Berber king of Granada Badis ibn Habus who built its current palace and walls. We came here 4 years ago but it was too hot and the queues were too long. Perfect time of the year to visit. Wow unbelievable Islamic architecture. After 3 hours walking with our tour guide Andy the bus took us into Grenada for lunch in the Bib Rambla square. Squid, paella and sangria - heaven.

16 January 2018

Day 2 Mon Woke late to coffee and croissant as Abs had been to La Canasta cafe opposite hotel. Walked to the torro (bullring) situated next to hotel to catch the red hop on and off bus tour (20€). Visited the castle and again pleasantly surprised how lovely this city is. Lunch on the beach consisted of local fish, chips and mixed salad finished off with rose wine. Sitting in the sun watching the world go by! Oh how I miss this, the simple things in life and so heavenly. Times like this I just want to pause those moments! Time for a nap then to the hotel spa for sauna, massage and jacuzzi. I AM in heaven. Dinner at the marina - chicken stroganoff and Caesar salad. Cool breeze, bed by 1000 ready for an early rise.

14 January 2018

Day 1 Sun Part 1 Hannah dropped us off at East Midlannds for the Ryan Air 0600 flight, bargain £42 return!! Enjoyed watching the world go by whilst enjoying a bacon butty. Arrived to a drizzly Malaga and caught the Line A €3 Euro bus to Malaga central, happens to be opposite our hotel MS Maestranza. After a hot shower ventured round the corner to the Centre Pompidou and the strip of lovely shops and restaurants Muelle Uno. I was pleasantly surprised how lovely this city is; I expected it to be a bit like Benidorm but oh no! Very Spanish, besutiful buildings, very arty being Picasso’s birthday and Antonio Bsnderas. Looming over that modern skyline are the city’s 2 massive hilltop citadels, the Alcazaba and ruined Gibralfaro, remnants of Moorish rule.
Sun Part 2 Walked around the centre past the beautiful renaissance cathedral. A few gin and tonics, tapas (WD 40 got rid of olive oil spilled on my trousers!) and ended up in Logueno where Abs had suckling pig and I devoured my shrimp pil pil. Gonna like it here 👍