Alcazaba probably was one of the nicest things I've seen in Malaga. Just don't have rush, like my colleagues did, and don't think that Alcazaba is the same thing as castle of Gibralfaro - yes, you can buy a "combined" ticket so you can see them both, but Alcazaba has some different spirit, just turn left when entered and you will discover nice inner gardens remained from Moorish times.
Prise yourself away from the...
Prise yourself away from the beaches and explore Alhurin further inland. It is a lovely urbanisation, with shops, bars and clubs. There are also golf clubs and nature parks nearby. Take a drive up the mountains and allow the adventure to unfold.
Marbella is a popular and luxurious tourist resort west of Málaga (about 60 km). It is well known as it attracts wealthy people from all over the world.
We spent an evening here walking through the old town with its small streets and alleyways and having dinner in one of its many restaurants and bars. Especially around Plaza los Naranjas there are many restaurants.
It can easily be reached by 'autopista' (highway).
Marbella nightlife is kicking...
Marbella nightlife is kicking and offers something for everyone.
Its musical life, both classical and pop, includes concerts and recitals by world famous artists. Lighter entertainment is also on offer - piano bars, karaoke bars, flamenco centres, and the like. Sabrina, Helen and I made the most of the nightlife and always chose to dress up to impress.
Beach view with local menu
When in Spain, be sure to check restaurant hours and days of operation. We wanted to go to Casa Pedro, but it was closed Monday's. Our hotel recommended Antonio Martin. We fifured it would be good based on a number of reviews in other publications. It was large, modern (under a canvas top) and on the beach in downtown Malaga. The clientele were mostly business people dressed as if they just came off the beach (we were dressed for dinner in Spain). The menu offered a good selection of classic Spanish dishes. We selected lamb chops and seafood paella. I guess it is expected, but the lamb chops were par boiled, gristly and cooked to obivion. The paella (you must order for two doubling the menu price, even if you want one order) on the otherhand was superb. It included muscles, small shellfish, whole prawns and a small, delcious rock lobster with saffron rice. We ordered a bottle of a familiar rioja that was reasonably priced. While we were waiting for our wine, I overheard a gentleman several tables away tell his waiter, "We did not order a reserve." I should have paid note. They presented to us a 1999 vintage and it was typically rioja with an initial tart, sharp edge. It mellowed after airing a bit. When the check came, the wine was more than twice the price of what we ordered, and sure enough, looking at the label, they served a reserve to us. It was not worth the extra price, but having consumed the bottle, it was too late to complain. I'll be more observant next time. The seafood paella was outstanding. We saw salt baked sea bass being served. This can be a delicious dish. The gentleman who ordered it reported that the bass was moist and very flavorful without the slightest hint of a salt taste.