So I spent this past weekend (19-21 Nov) in Malaga with my lovely Dad who had flown over for a couple of days. We were together from Saturday afternoon to Monday night, staying in a little apartment right in the centre of Malaga and had a great time together. We decided that it was best for me to travel to Malaga rather than my Dad come to Seville then we could make the most of the time we had.
I caught the 8am bus from Seville to Malaga, arriving at roughly 11am and Dad didn’t land until 2pm so I just chilled out in a cafe and read a bit more of Harry Potter. Once he had landed safe and sound we caught a bus into the centre to drop our bags off at the apartment. We took Saturday nice and easy, first stopping for some food and drink and then going for a walk around the centre and to the beach. We spent Saturday night having more food and drink (mainly delicious pizza) and watching the X factor on catch up until the early hours.
Sunday was jam packed as I had been researching things to do in the week leading up to our trip. First we headed out for breakfast, a little later than we’d intended as I slept in until 10 o’clock (oops) which meant that we had to knock 2 museums off our itinerary as we didn’t have time. After breakfast we headed to el Teatro Romano, la Alcazaba and el Castillo de Gibralfaro which are all conveniently next to each other. Sunday night was spent eating pizza (at the same restaurant) and drinking (I sense a theme here?) all ready for our last day on Monday. After another breakfast out, we had our walking tour planned at 11am with a lovely girl called Amanda, then went to look around the Cathedral and the Picasso museum before heading back to the airport for Dad’s 19:20 flight.
El Teatro Romano
This Roman theatre was discovered in 1951 after the construction of Casa de Cultura revealed the first archaeological clues, 4 years later the library was demolished and excavation works began at the site. After the full excavation it was clear that the site required a lot of reconstruction, and after 27 years it opened to the public. The amphitheatre is open year round for visitors and even hosts open-air performances in the summer. There is a small visitor centre that gives information about the theatre, which is free to enter and is open Tuesday to Saturday 10.00 to 18.00 and Sundays 10.00 to 16.00.
The first of two Moorish fortresses in Malaga, La Alcazaba is the best-preserved Moorish fortress palace in Spain. La Alcazaba has a much older feel than other more famous palaces such as the Alcazar in Seville (#2), as it was built up to 3 centuries before the others. The Alcazaba is situated on top of a large inland hill and gives out views over Malaga, restoration began in 1933 and today 2 of its original 3 walls remain as well as over 100 towers and 3 palaces. Opening times are as follows:
1st April to 31st October 09.00 hrs to 20.00 hrs
1st November to 31st March: 09.00 hrs to 18.00 hrs
Cost: €2.20, €3.50 for a joint ticket to see the castle too, and 60 cent discount for students, Malaga residents and children.
El Castillo de Gibralfaro
The second Moorish fortress in Malaga, the castle of Gibralfaro is a magnificent sight. On the top of a huge hill overlooking Malaga from even higher than the Alcazaba, you really get a fantastic view which is well worth the climb to the top. If you don’t fancy the walk to the top (make sure you wear trainers!!) you can catch bus 35 which drops you off right outside. Unfortunately there is no path linking the castle to the Alcazaba which is a bit of a pain as you have to exit the Alcazaba to get to the castle even though it looks really close. The castle is famous for the 3 month siege in 1487 by the Catholic monarchs which ended when hunger forced the Malagueños to surrender.
As our apartment was literally a 30 second walk it would have been rude not to venture inside, we decided to save this until the Monday as it was forecast rain and we wanted to make sure that we got all of the outside sights seen. Nicknamed La Manquita, the one armed lady, as one of its towers was never completed the Cathedral stands proudly in the city centre. Unfortunately I was left slightly underwhelmed at the Cathedral as it understandably didn’t compare to the one in Seville but nonetheless it was worth a visit. Entrance to the Cathedral was 5€
We also visited the Picasso Museum and his house which I’m not going to write about because we didn’t find them immensely amazing but if you’re into art then you could check it out! Here are some more photos from the trip:
Thanks for an amazing weekend Dad and buying me loads of food as always, love you and can’t wait for Christmas to see you and Mum. xxxx