Escaping winter in Malaga, Spain
Winter really gets me down and I was still looking for some rays of sunshine and I just couldn’t wait for spring to come so I sneaked out to Malaga with Karolina in search for some warmth and sun. For these European city trips I didn’t wanna take too many days off so I’ve just been taking 1-2 days to make it an extended weekend get-away. So this time we were here for about 3-4 days as well. The concept is pretty much the same as usual, try to get the most out of a cheap budget. We looked for the best destination for the “best” price and Malaga came out on top. The weather was pretty decent and it wasn’t too expensive and I haven’t been to Malaga before so it’s a nice discovery. To begin with, I had no idea that Malaga was the second most populous city in Andalusia and the sixth largest in Spain! I thought it was some small coastal town. Once we arrived at the airport I knew I couldn’t be more wrong! The airport was pretty huge and the infrastructures were really modern and renewed. Oh and it was the birthplace of the famous Spanish artist Pablo Picasso! We booked a room through Airbnb in walking distance to the centre to make it more convenient for ourselves. I didn’t have any big plans to do a lot of sightseeing. This trip was just to get away and relax and chill out and eat some tapas and other Spanish food. It helped that Malaga was near the coast and had an abundance of seafood to offer! As I mentioned before, this trip was just to relaxed so we mainly just walked around the city center. Trying to get lost and discover hidden corridors and pathways and walking around circles. It was amazing! We did go to the Castillo de Gibralfaro all the way at the top of the hill. The views were pretty cool from all there. We went there on sunday and apparently entrance was free after 14:00! Lucky us!
To be fair, I’m not exactly picky with food. I don’t ask for much, this time I just wanted some Paëlla and some seafood and some tapas of course. I’m glad Karolina introduced me to Jamon Iberico. It was soooooo good! Of course we had some of the other popular dishes as well like cazon en adobo, espetos, pescaito frito and coquinas. We topped it off with some local Malaga sweet wine. It was so good that I even bought a bottle for back home! Which I usually don’t do.
We got lucky! Only last full day we felt like we’ve seen most of the sights already and just started wandering around till we heard some music and people gathering. As curious as we are, we decided to take a look and it turns out the carnaval parade was just about to start! It was pretty cool to be part of the festivities as everywhere around town there were people performing some theater, poetry and singing. Not to mention the rather “modest” parade with cars. Eventhough it wasn’t a huge decorated truck they didn’t lose out on details though. The “flowercarts” were really amazing and had really vivid colors and concepts. We hung around for a few hours taking in the sights and taking some pictures till the end of the parade and till it got too cold for us. All in all it was a great ending to a great weekend get-away. Definately recommend Malaga for a quick and relaxing getaway in Europe. It’s not far from Belgium and it’s pretty modern. The city center has been paved so if you’re with kids or a stroller, you’re good to go as well. Oh and did I mention there’s streetart and grafitti all over town?!