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City of Malaga: No Longer the Andalusian Poor Relation
Brian Jones (Brian Jones )
I get the same question time and again: "We are flying into Malaga - what is the best way to get to Seville, or to Cordoba, or to Granada?"
I used to offer advice for such journeys, but now I simply ask a question in response: "Have you thought about basing your stay in Malaga, and making day or overnight trips to those other places?"
View of the Port of Malaga from the Gibrafaro
And some of those who take that advice have come back to me after, mostly with the same story: "We based ourselves in Malaga, and liked it so much that we stayed in the city most days, making just a few trips out. And we shall be back again!"
For Malaga has transformed itself over the past decade and in particular the last five years. So much so, that it can now be said now to be an all year round city with almost everything.
Malaga's Famous One-Towered Cathedral
What do you want in a city? Well – just take your pick:
And all this set beside the cool blue sea and the mountains behind.
The Lighthouse – La Farola: Linking the Malagueta Beach and the Port
But for me a key attraction – and this may surprise – is the peace and charm of the city. Malaga is a big place, but get into the historical centre and you can find the most delightfully quiet spots – and lose yourself in the real Spain.
So where to go for such tranquillity?
Top of my list would be:
And what better places than Plaza de la Merced and Plaza de la Constitucion for sitting and people-watching?
So Malaga should no longer feel the poor relation amongst the Andalusian cities. It may perhaps lack the individual ‘showcase’ attraction that those other cities, fabulous as they are, can boast – but when added together what it does offer is really quite a package.
So if you’ve not been there, or not been there for a while, take my advice – get a guide (see below), get on a plane, bus or train, and have a great time.
www.andalucia.com: Travel information
www.andalucia.org: Travel information
www.andalucia.com/travel/bus/: Bus schedules
www.renfe.es: Train schedules
www.alsinagraells.es/agsur/: Bus schedules
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