Malaga's beach on the south side of the city is a perfect place to pass the time on a hot day, swimming, relaxing and people watching is the main activity, the esplanade is well-designed and tarmac-surfaced to accommodate pedestrians, and cyclists have their own dedicated cycle lanes. There are several beach tavernas specialising in freshly-caught fish by long rods and hooks fixed in the sand. Barbecued fish can be ordered and cooked on outdoor grilles, some of which are sheltered in old boats.
Along the esplanade there is plenty of seating for visitors, with shelter from the hot sun, I also observed that topless female sunbathing was very popular, as was the voyeur activity, nobody seemed shocked or sensibilities offended, it was all very relaxed. There are also cold fresh water shower stations sited on the beach for swimmers to wash off the sea salt, after a dip.
There are, however, other beach restrictions, notably no camping, dog fouling etc.....
The perfect venue for a relaxing afternoon.
On a hot Spring day in Malaga, the place to be is Misericordia beach, where cool breezes and the prospect of a plunge into the blue Mediterranean waters attract numbers of local people and tourists alike. The beach extends several kilometres along the coast road Calle Pacifico, where at its junction with Avenida Juan XX11 an outdoor gymnasium is built on the pavement for the use of anyone feeling energetic enough to climb on to the various pieces of body-twisting apparatus. The attraction is popular with all age groups, elderly citizens out walking their dogs sometimes pause to complete a few twists and turns.
The fixed equipment is well-maintained and free to use, but having observed others over-exerting themselves and limping away, I decided that my usual regime of a brisk five kilometre walk was preferable.......
In the centre of Málaga there is a small pedestrianised street behind the Alameda (called Calle Trinidad Grund) In this street there is a lovely new French Patisserie called 'French touch' - it has lovely cakes and savoury goodies (see the photos), there is an outside seating area and it's in a quiet location, so is a sanctuary from the busy tourist spots...
(It's opposite the Hotel Sur)
If you're out travelling Malaga Province by car, stop by Fuente de Piedra, a small town in the north that is famous for having one of the largest natural lakes, with over 170 different bird species. It is spectacular to visit when flamingos migrate here in their 1000's.
The same town has a small donkey sanctuary, run by volunteers where there are over 120 donkeys of all shapes, sizes and ages that have been rescued from dire circumstances and are now well-cared for. They love visitors. Sanctuary is close to the Hotel Conde de la Laguna. Follow navy blue sign posts for 'Refugio de Burritos'. Say hello to white Farruquito - we adopted him :-)
Before visiting Malaga I had heard about the Montes de Malaga, but thought it's 30- 50 km away from the city. As I haven't got a driving license nor enough money for additional trips I gave up the idea of hiking in the mountains. But on one, rainy, February day I set off from my hotel near the railway station up the city, along the river (it's the easiest way to find your way north) to visit Le Conception Botanical Garden. The Garden is really amazing. I was charged 4,20 euro and I really enjoyed the stay there discovering beautiful hills around the city. What's more coming back from the Garden to the bus stop bus number 2 , I discovered that just at the edge of city there are noisy highways, the garden of course and ... to my surprise a hiking path. The next day I decided to follow the path. Again I went there praying for a free way from dogs which I am scared of much. Leaving the city and going along the local road, passing by the Garden on the left and San Juan de Dios hacienda on the right I turned at the first crossing right seeing the first sign :"Picaderos-Boticario"and then I had to cross the little village through a narrow road to get to the gate of the reservoir. I was so happy. Beautiful, scenery place not very steep, I hiked up to the end of marked path at the top of nearby hill / mountain. I wish I could refresh in a hotel, which was closed. I had breath-taking views over the city and the sea. I really recommend. I came back quickly to the centre and could do other activities enjoying the fact of visiting the beaches, city and mountains at the same time for a penny. In fact the ticket in a bus one way cost 1,10 euro.
The access to Parque Natural de los Montes (or the Montes de Malaga) is actually through the town of Malaga and almost impossible to find. We tried to follow the directions given, but were unable to find the turnoff, so we took the easy way by driving north toward Antequera and then doubling back into the park...Our first day in Spain and we found a beautiful spot to stop and enjoy a picnic lunch of fresh bread, cheese and Hamon (the specially prepared pork of Spain).
If you are staying in the City of Malaga then why not hire a car for a couple of days and go off exploring. Within 30 minutes of the city you will find the most amazing countryside, white villages, local ventas (cafes) and fabulous scenery.
The poppies are starting to fade now but coming in behind them are fields and fields of big smiley sunflowers...especially around the town of Antequera.
If you do happen to hire a car and go off exploring, take the opportunity to park out in the countryside and just go for a walk.
The clean air, the smell of the wild flowers and the occasional animals you might meet on the way, all make for a great way to relax and take in the surrounding beauty.
If you happen to be there, look for a nice spanish architecture and reflections of moorish tradition. I found the house with their balconies and windows really fascinating.
Had this feeling as if I were in Cuba (i've never been to Cuba:).
Guadalmar is the beach of Málaga which is located east of the city towards Torremolinos. It is said that this is one of the last unspoiled beaches of Málaga. There is a large white sandy beach where you can hire sunbeds. There are two chiringuitos (beach restaurants). Along the beach is a nice promenade with children's playground and a icecream vendor. There is also a small supermarket close by.
If you'd like to stay here, there are as far as I know two hotels: Typ Guadalmar right at the beach and Hotel Picasso which is located in a side street of the promenade only 5 minutes walk.
You can reach Guadalmar by car by driving from Málaga towards Torremolinos over the highway and take exit "San Julian/Guadalmar" (first exit after exit towards airport).
Senda El Retiro is an ornithological and botanic park, where people will be surrounded by beauty, stillness, water and entertaiment and will enjoy a world of vegetation, water and exotic species.
Opened every day.
16 May-15 Sep 10.00 Am-20.00Pm
Senda El Retiro es un parque ornitológico y botánico donde el visitante está rodeado de belleza, agua, un mundo de vegetación y especies exóticas. Está abierto todos los días.
16-Mayo-15 Sep 10.00Am-20.00Pm
I am not a great fan of the 'costas' but I do admit to enjoying the occasional visit to Benalmadena Marina. It makes me feel as if I'm on holiday! There are a good mix of restaurants centred around the moorings and a number of tourist shops. The biggest pull for me is the best pizzas ever at a place called Metro, situated in the heart of the marina but most of my visitors seem to love this location for a leisurely bar crawl whilst checking out the yachts and boats. A true tourist haven.
Totalán is a small villiage in the mountains above Velez. It is small enough to 'not exist' as a place on VT.
I have created my Totalán page as a travelogue to Malaga with a link from my homepage and here.
'Lobo Park' is a conservation project set in vast natural park lands. Run by a german fella who trained animals in the forces and who has subsequently studied and hand-reared wolf cubs, it is a fascinating place to observe and learn more about pack animals, much of which can be related to your domestic dog.
There are several species of adult and young wolves in vast outdoor enclosures, including the rare white 'polar' wolf. Daniels guided tour is captivating and as many of the wolves have been personally hand-reared by him, their interaction is incredible. It's a great trip, for kids too as there is also a petting zoo and riding stables.
the ENGLISH CEMETERY
paseo de reding,near bullring.
open daylight mo to fri
sat. closed;sun.morning only.
among old tombs,you'll finf tombs of members of german frigate "geisenau" sunk in malaga waters on 1st of january 1901.
also,gerald brenan,a here famous english author (among a lot,wrote al sur de granada...)who spent great part of his life in andalusia.dead in 1989,gave his body to science and was finally buried here in 2002.
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Ctra De Cadiz Km 168, Estepona, Costa del Sol, 29680, Spain
Good for: Solo
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