Beware leather elephants and carved giraffes
Malaga seemed to have far more street musicians and general street vendors than anywhere else I visited! Which is OK sometimes - there were some reasonavbe street accordionists, a haunting horn player and a top class violinist.
Maybe the 'problem' is that there are fewer tourist to go around in Malaga than other places. I had to push away a very persistent 'shoe-shine' guy while eating my breakfast!
But the most aggressive of them all were the West African ladies selling their wares in the bars and restaurants. I am not saying the goods were poor, far from it, but I don't think any traveller wants to carry around a Sengalese leather elephant, or prancing horse, for the duration of their holiday. The ladies simply walked into bars, plonked all their stuff on your table and started arguing prices.
Funnily though, they did not like to bargain, they were perfectly capable of that themselves!! Without me saying a thing, the price of the leather elephant dropped from 35 euros to 13 euros over a 10 minute period. No, I don't want a leather elephant, thankyou, go away!! Being West African they spoke excellent French and also good English, so "No Comprendo" doesn't work, I'm afraid.
The big no-no is to take a photo of this event. My travelling companion took a furtive photo of me being bargained at. At this point the lady got very angry, seizing our guide book. So we kidnapped the elephant!! After a long tense stand-off, the lady returned with the book and stormed off.
OK, it is not polite to photograph Muslim women, so my friend should have known better. But these women simply do not accept 'no' as an answer. Watch out!!
- Budget Travel
Take care in the sun !
I know that one of the high priorities on many peoples minds is to get in the Sun as fast as they can and for as long as they can to get a tan to be proud of when they return home. But.........
BEWARE OF THE SUN !
If you are fair skinned or even if not, USE Sun protection cream or lotion BEFORE hitting the beach. Even if just walking around town you can suffer from the Suns effects.
Buy and wear a Hat or Cap to protect the top of your head.
DO NOT sunbathe on the first day for more than TEN MINUTES ! I know that does not seem a lot of time but to avoid looking like a lobster and feeling itchy and uncomfortable, ten minutes only is recommended. Then gradually lengthen the time each day.
Remember that when in the Sea or Pool, the water acts like a mirror and reflects extra Ultraviolet back at you.
Seawater having a high salt concentration, has the same effect as putting salt on Pork Crackling ! So shower off as soon as you come out of the sea or saltwater swimming pool. By the way, beware of the little showers on the beach. They are intended for removing sand and are SALT water; so a shower in your apartment / hotel is better unless you are CERTAIN that the water is not salty!
- School Holidays
- Family Travel
Gipsy Women for read your hand at the center.
At the center of Malaga there are few gipsy women that will want to give you a leave of romero and tell you its free ... and tell you that they are going to read you hand ... DON'T PAY ANY ATENTION TO THEM ... TRY TO AVOID THEM ... they will ask you for money and can be rude ....
they go after tourist .. but also after locals ... just past by ... pay no atention...
Car Break Ins
Car Theft is very common in the Malaga province with Rental cars being a prime target. They do not usually take the cars which are mostly fitted with tracking devices but they will break in even if you have nothing of value on show.
Remove your back parcel shelf to show nothing is being carried. Thieves broke into my car when my laptop was in the boot, and it was left in a public place in the middleof the day!
You will not have to worry...
You will not have to worry about the quality of the beaches. All Marbella's wide beaches fly the European Union blue flag there are national and international schools for students of all nations. So keep an eye out for beautiful and intelligent people who may capture your heart!
Keep a careful eye out for...
Keep a careful eye out for pickpockets. For example anyone who chooses a seat suspiciously near you when there is plenty of vacant seating available as happened to us in a tapas bar. Fortunately we sussed what was about to happen and the bar owner was more than happy to help chase off the undesirables.
'Don't reject the flames just...
'Don't reject the flames just because the cold coals are easier to handle!... It is better to be a conscious servant of fire than the king of the ashes.'
The path leading to the...
The path leading to the fortress hill is very popular among tourists, which naturally attracts thieves. Take caution and don't carry all your valuables with you.
BEWARE OF PRETTY GIRLS SELLING...
BEWARE OF PRETTY GIRLS SELLING FLOWERS, THEY ARE SOMETIMES PICKPOCKETS.
DONT STEP ON ANYONE ALONG THE BEACH.....LOOK OUT FOR BEACH BUMS.
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